Summer means one thing: spending time outdoors. Soaking up the sun, tanning on the beach, hiking, walking and holidaying at wonderful seaside destinations. But with the new year in full swing it’s often hard to get away. Weekends are mostly spent at home with an odd weekend at a holiday home on the off chance that everyone in the family can make it.
But just because you aren’t on holiday, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still make the most of the summer sunshine! Summer is not over yet and there are still lots of hours to be enjoyed in the heat. There are so many outdoor activities that you can enjoy at your own home. Here are some fun ideas on how to make the most of your home this summer.
We all have memories of playing in the sprinklers as kids. Whether it was running through them as they wet the lawn, or “making it rain” with our arms stretched above our heads, this garden tool provided hours of entertainment, whether there was a swimming pool around or not. These days there are all kinds of innovative attachments that make a variety of sprays for pretty much every occasion. From huge spinning sprays to fine mists for lounging under on the hottest of days.
A Mini-Holiday At Home
There’s nothing quite like feeling you’ve made the most of your weekend. Why not try a mini-holiday at your own home? Spend Friday buying all your groceries for the weekend: braai meat, fresh fruit, supplies for a Saturday morning fry-up and don’t leave the house for the rest of the weekend. Prepare everything ahead of time, from your loungers, umbrella and magazine stack, to the fluffy towels and clean linen. Make a deal not to turn the TV on for the whole weekend and spend time around the braai until the sun has set and it’s time to make smores.
Create A Mini-Garden
Get your hands a little dirty and create something beautiful and satisfying. A mini garden is a gorgeous feature and something that you can be proud of putting up. Herbs, flowers, anything you like, these gardens are also perfect for homes with limited garden space or as a key feature in a larger garden.
Build A Fort
Kids who love nothing than sitting indoors playing on game consoles all day long can be coaxed into a little outdoor time with the promise of a great fort. Fort’s time time, and are a bit of a mission to disassemble, but the fun they provide is all worth it. Make sure that you have lots of old sheets and large pieces of fabric, a nice big space in the garden and use garden furniture of various different shapes and sizes to make your forte an interesting labyrinth.
So don’t spend these late summer months watching reality TV, get outside and enjoy the sunshine!