Now that the clocks have gone forward, we can look forward to warmer weather, and sunshine stretching long into the evenings. Which leaves us with an enviable problem: how are we going to spend the time?
Spruce up the Garden
If you’re planning on hosting a few garden parties this summer, then you might invest in a few improvements ahead of time. Pizza ovens are more compact and affordable than they ever have been, and there’s always the classic allure of a full-sized barbeque.
If you’re planning on spending time outdoors even after sunset, then the addition of a few lights can make all the difference to the atmosphere you enjoy. A few solar-powered lamps spaced along the flowerbeds can be enormously effective. You don’t have to thread any cables, or change any batteries: just plug them in and forget about them.
Go out for a meal
Now that lockdown restrictions are more or less a thing of the past, we’re able to go out for sit-down meals. Find a restaurant with outdoor seating and make the most of the warm weather. Just remember to take an extra jumper – since we’re not in summer yet, and the UK’s weather is notoriously unreliable, after all.
Build a Pergola
A pergola is an inexpensive and highly effective way to make your outdoor living area feel that little bit more sheltered. You can either build one yourself, or you can have a carpenter come in and do the job on your behalf.
Cut down on screen time
You’re not going to appreciate the spring weather if you spend all your time engaging with social media. Make sure that you put away your phone at least an hour before bedtime – and if you’re out in the garden, you might get even stricter. There’s no point in renovating if you don’t actually look at your garden!
Visit a local park
Warmer evenings are an opportunity to get some exercise, and to soak in the outdoors. Note that this needn’t mean that you need to get intense about it: even low-intensity exercise is enough to keep you in good shape and good spirits, provided that you do enough of it. Make a habit of going for a jog, a stroll, or a kickabout in your local park. That’s what it’s there for!
Tidy the House
While it might not seem like a particularly fun way to spend an evening, getting the house in order can confer significant benefits in the long term. It’ll generate space, eliminate clutter, and help you to fend off stress. All of which, obviously, will make your home a more pleasant place to be, both for you and for your guests.