Go bare­foot

EADT Suffolk - - HOMES & INTERIORS - From £179, limelace.co.uk

There’s noth­ing so lovely as the feel of grass be­neath the feet, but skip­ping from lawn to pa­tio isn’t al­ways a plea­sure. If slip­ping on the flip-flops is just too much has­sle, throw down a rug. We par­tic­u­larly love these ones, as not only are they su­per-plush, but made from re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles.

LAZY DAYS OF SUM­MER

Who doesn’t have a fan­tasy about laz­ing the day away in a ham­mock, sip­ping some­thing chilled and run­ning down the bat­tery on your Kin­dle? This one would make the per­fect gift for Fa­ther’s Day – and as he won’t be able to get in and out of it with any de­gree of poise, that makes it all yours.

Denim ham­mock with pocket, £175, el­la­james.co.uk

GROW YOUR OWN

It’s time to dig for Bri­tain! Okay, not ex­actly, but grow­ing your own de­liv­ers a sense of sat­is­fac­tion that far ex­ceeds the joy in a re­duc­tion of trips to the su­per­mar­ket. To get the ball rolling, a rather beau­ti­ful green­house is needed and what could be bet­ter than one from The Na­tional Trust, those gu­rus of all things gar­den?

The Stour­head, from £15,950, ali­tex.co.uk/na­tional-trust-green­houses

choose not to, but how many of them, dur­ing lock­down, dis­cov­ered that space out­side the back door? I had the priv­i­lege of host­ing Gar­den­ers’ World a cou­ple of times over Easter, a time when things seemed to be chang­ing by the day. Dur­ing film­ing I was mind­ful, even wor­ried, about the tone of the pro­gramme, ner­vous about show­ing too many lovely gar­den shots. Then, af­ter the pro­gramme went out, peo­ple started to send mes­sages and emails and it dawned on me that so many peo­ple were get­ting plea­sure from such sim­ple things.

It has just made me think that if any­thing good was to come out of all this mad­ness, it’s maybe a sim­pler life and a con­nec­tion with na­ture. I have known for so long about the power of gar­den­ing and what it can do for us, but this time has truly ce­mented that the­ory.

Like so many oth­ers I have felt the anx­i­ety of our predica­ment, wak­ing at 4am, but af­ter spend­ing the morn­ing in the gar­den I could both phys­i­cally and men­tally feel the anx­i­ety ebb away, the heart­beat drop and be­ing taken to a place of calm.

Since lock­down started, spring has come and gone, things have been cut back, mulching is done and the gar­den re­ally is in full flight. I have de­cided that these monthly ram­blings – be­cause I prom­ise you that this is what they will be – will cel­e­brate the nat­u­ral world that are our gardens and how we can en­joy them to the max. N

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