Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Product Reviews | Posted on 26-07-2013
I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we’ve been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there’s a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit and vegetables are being grown in bed, pots and baskets – basically anywhere I can squeeze them in. There’s also a nice little shed to store all our bits and pieces in at the bottom corner. We have two water butts to help save water, though these have run dry in the last few weeks. Our tortoise Oscar has his own raised enclosure which includes plants which he’s allowed to eat. And then there’s Little Man’s things. A sand pit picnic bench, a play house, and a multitude of toys are scattered everywhere in between. Its a very busy garden and one which I like to spend some time in when the weather allows. About eighty percent of our garden enjoys sunshine, some of it for most of the day and other parts are more dappled. Down our left hand side however there is a strip running along the fence which gets very little sun in the summer, and none at all during the winter months. Complete shade does not allow the most interesting of plant growing, though I do have few token Hosta’s just to brighten it up a little. This stretch of the garden has seen little to no work done to it since we moved in back in 2011 so I thought it was about time I did something to it.
It struck me that this would be the ideal place to sit and look at my garden, what with the all the plant action going on on the other side. Its also where Little Man’s sand pit picnic table is, so sitting near there seemed sensible. It would also provide me with a nice shaded spot to rest during the summer when I’m pottering around out there, or somewhere to sit and watch Little Man attempt – and more often than not succeed – in wearing his Daddy out. Whilst we have a couple of small deckchairs a bench seemed a more permanent feature, and would also provide us with more outdoor seating when friends and family visit. I spent ages looking at benches online and in local garden centres, and had decided that I wanted a companion seat. A nice two seater bench with integrated table to put a much deserved cup of tea on, or an evening glass of wine. There was a huge choice out there and it was all getting a bit overwhelming to be honest, but luckily for me the team at Garden XL got in touch after reading my gardening feature in association with Brit Mums. Garden XL have a great selection of garden furniture of all types, and it was there I found my perfect companion seat.
The Bracken Outdoors Kent Companion Seat is made from durable hardwood and features two well sized seats and a table which has two shelves. There is a hole in the table to put a parasol in – something I’m now trying to choose – and the seats are angled slightly so you’re facing in to each other, making it a very sociable seat. Daddy and Little Man set to building it whilst I was taking part in the #MMSkyDive last weekend, but thankfully they took some photos and told me all about their experience.
The enormous box contained all the pieces of wood needed to make the seat. Daddy was VERY pleased that there were so few pieces as he’d been worried that he would have to fasten every slat on for the table and seats individually. Not ideal when you’re being “helped” by a toddler. As you can see the screws were all provided too, along with Alan keys to fasten them with. The instructions were incredibly simple, with just three steps needed. In fact the instructions were SO easy that Little Man could follow them.
Obviously under careful supervision from Daddy at ALL times.
In no time at all they’d completed the companion seat, and I am thrilled with it. Best to mention that Daddy did fasten the table to the seat incorrectly the first time so they were angled apart, but that’s just him being a bit daft.
Now clearly the seat isn’t going to live in the centre of the grass, but we need to get some paving flags laid before we can put it in its final position. For now it is in fact sat on the garden path. I am pleased to announce that several cups of tea have been enjoyed from the comfort of the bench, and Little Man rather enjoys sitting there to eat his afternoon chocolate biscuits. And being the ingenious boy that he is, he also found a way to utilise both the seat AND the empty box it came it.
Who knew this would make the perfect ramp for his cars? Believe me this is hours of fun, and with a bit of help from me I can still sit down and enjoy a cup of tea whilst he’s playing.
You can find this gorgeous companion seat on the Garden XL website now, along with lots of other items of garden furniture as well as barbecues, wellington boots, and other products for outdoor life. You can also find them on Twitter @GardenXL.