How to make that perfect garden the whole family can enjoy


A garden should be enjoyable for those who tend to it, but also for the entire family to enjoy the ‘green’ outdoor space together. So, how can you create an inviting space for everyone to make use of this summer? Consider some of these simple tips.

Add pop and colour

Choose flowers, plants, and arrangements which stand out. You don’t want a garden which is dull or is lacking something vibrant which sets it apart from your neighbour’s garden. So, consider a distinct floral arrangement, some fun garden ornaments, or other decorative pieces, so your garden will stand apart from the rest. If you are not a keen gardener and would like some assistance you could get a local gardener to come and help you. I would recommend looking on a trade directory like

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Add a spark of fun

Consider adding a swing set for the kids, a walking path, or even a jacuzzi or slip and slide area for them to play. If you have the space, add an attached deck or fire pit. The more interactive the space is, the more it is going to be enjoyed by the gardener, and the entire family. And, the easier it is going to be to bring everyone together, when you want to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Add a fountain

A water fountain or water pit, with surrounding gnomes or garden ornaments, will really stand apart from other gardens where you live. It is going to have a distinct look and feel, it is going to add a decorative flair to the space, and it can easily bring the entire garden area together, especially in a larger home, with large outdoor (or separate garden areas) space.

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Your garden should bring enjoyment to everyone who sees and experiences it. These are some simple tips to incorporate to ensure it is enjoyed by yourself, as well as your family and friends who come to visit your home as well.

For further ideas on garden transformation please see my former post on how to make the garden a fun filled space for kids.


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My Sunday Photo – 27th May 2018

The Big Bounce!


I don’t have a fancy camera, I took this on my phone by keeping my finger on the button and taking a burst of 24 photos. This meant I could get some fabulous action shots like this one of my girl bouncing in the air.

Can you believe, we’ve had this trampoline since December but have only managed to put it up in our garden. Thanks to all the snow and miserable weather our garden has been like a swamp. Now it’s all dried out and the grass has been cut (and partially destroyed) so it was a good time to get it out.

The kids have always wanted a trampoline and we got this one from Big Game Hunters it’s an 8ft Orbisphere with enclosure and it’s currently on offer for just £100. My kids are going have loads of fun on this all summer.

There are lots of times when we can’t get away from home because either mine or Star’s illnesses, so it’s great to bee able to provide the kids with lots of entertainment in our own back garden. Yes, I would like a pretty garden full of flowers and ornaments, but for now I’ll be happy with the swings, slide and trampoline which make my garden look more like a park. Sometimes I miss my old garden, it was so much bigger and I had room for both.

Is your garden full of flowers or toys?




Sunday Snap


My Sunday Photo 17th December 2017

My trees heavy with snow with more snow falling and the sky a white blur!

This is my garden on Sunday Morning last week. It’s so blurry because the snow was still falling. It’s hard to capture snow fall on camera.

And our car on Sunday Evening. It stayed like this for three days then hubby had to sweep off the snow so he could go out. I’m just glad I didn’t have to go anywhere.

Have you had any snow?

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Sunday Snap

My Sunday Photo – 15th October 2017

Autumn trees and two squirrels scuttling along a garden fence

I  have often complained about the view from my window. Nothing wants to grow, every attempt so far at cheering it up has resulted in disaster. Maybe I should give up on the flowers and plants and paint the fence bright rainbow colours?

In my old home we had a brick wall at the bottom of the garden and one summer day I gave the kids all the tins of leftover paint I had and gave them free range to decorate the wall. The effect was lovely and it lasted many years. Even when my kids were adults you could still see their art work, faded but no less beautiful.

I wanted to paint the shed (otherwise known as my hubbies man cave.) I envisioned it in light green and then plant pots attached along the side. The shed is the main view from my chair and I’d love it to look prettier. On my worst days when I barely leave my seat, it would be so nice to see something other than a plain shed!

Anyway, I’m digressing and I’ve not told you about my photo. I like to take photos of the trees at the bottom of my garden. I call them my trees, but they are not really, they line the canal at the back of my house. I love to watch them change colour in the Autumn, lose their foliage in the Winter and then see it grow again in the Spring to full bloom in the Summer. They give us lots of visitors, usually birds. There are owls in there too and we can hear their ‘conversation.’ On a summer evening if you stand still and quiet in the garden, you may be joined by bats. The past week or two though we have been visited quite regularly by these two squirrels. They are very brave and come right up to my door. I’m pretty sure they have hidden some of their nut supply in my garden as they keep visiting over and over, despite my cats.

I wasn’t actually taking a photo of the squirrels, as I said before, I like to take photos of the trees and I just caught the squirrels by chance, scuttling away because I’d opened the back door.

I hope they have all they need now to keep them warm and well fed over the winter.

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Sunday Snap

The Garden: A Fun-Filled Space For Kids Of Every Age

Your garden can be a peaceful place full of plants and wildlife, and there’s no better way to enjoy the last bit of summer than to get outside in the fresh air. However, if you’ve got kids (little, or grown-up); the garden can provide hours of entertainment and fun. Therefore, it’s worth investing some time and effort in providing an outside space that the whole family can utilise and enjoy; whatever the activity. The following are some ideas for those who want to give their garden a boost and encourage everyone to spend more time outdoors.

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The Food

Eating al fresco is always a welcome treat and can encourage even the most garden-phobic off the sofa and into the fresh air. Therefore. It’s worth investing in a few items that will make your outdoor meals a delight (whatever the weather). You can start with a classic BBQ; they’re not just for summer and can add that scrumptious, char-grilled flavour to an array of food all year round. Provide adequate shelter, with a canopy or covered patio area, add a patio heater, and start throwing some treats on the hot coals.

You can see the summer out in style with a family get-together; ensure everyone brings something tasty for the barbecue and perhaps a side dish. Or, wait for autumn to set in, before inviting everyone over for bonfire night; get some sparklers in mittened hands and pop some sausages on the BBQ to sizzle away. Your patio heater will provide warmth to the guests, and you’ll all be filling up with tasty barbecued delights. Quality outdoor furniture is also a smart investment, so everyone can be comfortable as they eat.

The Fun

It’s always fun to watch the kids playing in the garden, and perhaps join in yourself, so it’s worth thinking about how you can make your under-used lawn area a great place to hang out. Consider adding a goal net and a football for those who want a kick-about, or you could check out what trampolines are on the market and bring one into your garden for hours of bouncy fun. Fill the shed up with garden games like giant Jenga, bats and balls, and Twister, so that there’s always something to pull out on a good-weather weekend.

For a fun and simple garden game; water sprinklers can be enjoyed by kids (and dogs) during the last few weeks of summer (or during the colder months if you’re feeling brave). Get towels and warm drinks at the ready, switch the hosepipe on and enjoy the giggles and screams.

The Relaxation

You’ll want to chill out after all that food and fun; add a few seating areas to your garden space and add softness with outdoor cushions and throws (you can bring these out from inside). Lie on the lounger in the sun, or sit with a mug of tea on a bench and just breathe in the fresh air and relax in nature. Your garden space should have something for everyone and can be enjoyed all year round, so don’t forget it and get outside!

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.