How to relax in the garden

As a parents to two small children, being outside in the garden has never actually been that relaxing.

It is easier as they get older and their own common sense prevails; But when they are small you are basically just chasing them around the garden- making sure they don’t hurt themselves on a stray bramble/thorny rose/fall in the pond/tip over the bird bath/grab a wasp etc.

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It does depend on the child’s personality too. My eldest has a strong self preservation streak, and is rather cautious. Whereas my youngest (currently two and a half) is a bit wilder and has been known to eat things (snail anyone?) found in the garden and collect stones and leaves in her pockets. Thankfully she’s mostly past that now so we are not having to breathe down their necks quite as much as previously.

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It means when we are in the garden now I can actually do a bit of gardening and not have to worry as much as before.

When we first moved in the garden had been really well tended (unlike the actual house) but with me having the kids at home and my other half working very long hours, the garden has suffered. It’s only now, when we can ease our grip on the kids, that things are falling into place with being able to do the garden (make it look half decent) and actually have the time to spend in the outdoors simply relaxing.

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One thing that has help with the relaxing side of our garden is getting a chiminea. To be honest I was never really that into the idea of them, but perhaps as I’m now a grown up with kids of my own, the idea of sitting outside around a fire burning things whilst drinking gin and tonics is really appealing.

I was recently sent the Toledo Cast Iron Chiminea which we got to use for the first time recently. I even managed to tidy an area of the garden for it to go, so it’s not in the way of the kids meanderings.

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To have a few moments around a real fire is definitely therapeutic, it perhaps being to do with our evolution. It has actually been proven that this multi-sensory experience reduces Blood Pressure and eases Anxiety. Check out this article for more info on the good effects of gathering around a fire.

We need to have a few more go’s using our chiminea as we haven’t quite mastered it yet. But I’m really looking forward to the late summer evenings with this addition to our garden and I might even try cooking on it!

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I received the Toledo Cast Iron Chiminea from for my review but as always, all opinions, images and words are my own.
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  1. August 18, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    This is perfect for today! Thank you xxxx

    • Susie
      August 18, 2016 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. August 19, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I loved this post and laughed at the ‘making sure they don’t hurt themselves on a stray bramble/thorny rose/fall in the pond/tip over the bird bath/grab a wasp’ comment! The chiminea is beautiful.

    Have a great weekend! x

    • Susie
      August 22, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Ah thanks hon- yes, eyes in the back of your head comes to mind!

  3. August 21, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Oh loving the snail eating wild child almost as much as that chiminea!

    • Susie
      August 22, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      She is such a character!! Thanks darlin’!

  4. August 25, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Ahh I can so relate to this post ! Our garden was like a torture chamber when the twins were small, the horrors they got into. These days, its so much more civilised and we too have many nights sat around our chiminea, we especially love it in the winter. x

    • Susie
      August 26, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thanks Karen!

  5. August 25, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I so love the idea of sitting in front of flames drinking gin and tonics. I’m really envious 🙂

  6. August 25, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Drinking gin and tonics around a cosy chiminea – sounds perfect to me! Good luck with mastering the cooking side of it.

  7. August 25, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    I’ve just moved and have a garden for the first time, would love a chiminea, so nice for the warm summer evening!s x

  8. August 26, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    Sitting around a fire and sipping Gin and Tonic sounds heavenly. x

  9. August 27, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I’ve been dreaming of doing up my garden all summer. We’ve spent a fair bit of time in it this year but it’s not really been relaxing. The garden is quite sloped so the kid’s have been bouncing at odd angles in their bouncy castle and the paddling pool has a deep end lol. We’re hoping to start work on it in Spring to make it a more relaxing, and level, space. I’d love a chimnea or fire pit too but Id be petrified with the children running round. Maybe I’ll wait a few years for that. Yours looks fab though. Glad you’ve been able to relax a little.