samedi 23 mars 2013

2013 garden furniture at IKEA

Well they keep promising that spring is round the corner but thén it snows again and we're back to winter, however the air seems softer somehow, the light more luminous, the sky less grey.  I popped my head out of the window to dead-head the primroses in the window boxes and I swear I could smell spring in the air, although it may have been the big viburnum bush coming into flower next to the window, whatever it was, it sure smelled good!

IKEA are well ahead of the game.  My local store has erected a substantial marquee just to house their garden furniture range, which is pretty wide this year with some old favourites and some new, interesting additions, and all it those IKEA prices.  I know some people who are really snobby about their garden furniture and would never consider it for their terrace.  I think they are wrong not to,at least, consider IKEA .  The pieces I have are still robust and attractive after 10 years and I like their design and innovation.  And by the way, some other makes of garden furniture are really overpriced for what they are.

Anyway I'll get off my soapbox and show you my photos of the new collection:-

These are a bit of a Fermob Luxembourg chair-like but at this price, nowhere near the expenditure..  Love the turquoise, very vivid in a green space.

 Firery orange
Modern black with matching table

Deckchairs, sun chairs and sun loungers at reasonable prices

Solar powered llights

Like this lacy, retro shaped chair

Handy trunk for  poolside

Elegant white and wood table

Paper lanterns that are also solar powered, very clever

A stylish hammock for lazy days,if you have the space

Loved this insprired display, very bohemian

Vegetable swop!

A surplus of tomatoes, too much mint, eggs up to your ears?  You need the new site, established in November last year,  Troc Légumes was started because the founder moved to live in à flat.  Hé had been used to eating fresh vegetables from the garden and he missed them.

On the site one can find individual producers who have a surplus of produce or plants and who would like to either swop or sell them at a really low price.  For example I searched in the Paris area and found someone who was willing to swop work in the garden or building work in exchange for vegetables or eggs.  Also organic eggs for sale at  20 centimes per egg.

Not only is this kind of trade economical and great for the environment (less purchases in the supermarket, less packaging) but à great way to meet other like-minded people.

Get clicking!

jeudi 14 février 2013

I'm coming back!

I've let this blog go for a little while because I've been too busy.

However, I'll be back soon, especially now the weather is less winter-like and thoughts turn to those green shoots bravely pushing their heads above the ground - look carefully and you'll see them everywhere.

Thanks for visiting anyhow, we've been getting a few hundred hits without posting, nontheless.

See you soon!