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How to get outside in all weather

The solstice is nearly here which means the longest day of the year.

I love these endless blue skies and sunny weather, but I have to admit, once June 21st arrives I start planning for the autumn!

If you want to make the most of the outdoors during bad weather, how can you achieve it?

I often find myself stuck indoors with cabin fever when the skies are grey and temperatures have plummeted.

Here are a few ways to make the most of the great outdoors, regardless of weather:

Bad weather?

According to various sources, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!

And it’s true, right?

If you can dress in warm, waterproof clothing, the only part of you that suffers from the elements is your face. And it’s actually quite nice to feel the bracing wind against your skin.

Check out eBay for second hand supplies or visit a local camping shop for hard wearing outdoor clothes and shoes.

getting outside whatever the weather

Just do it

In the words of Nike, ‘Just Do It’.

Every day, Mr Green and I go for a walk first thing.

Often I complain, but in all honesty, the anticipation of the event is much worse than the reality.

90% of the time I’m glad I’ve hauled myself up and taken a stroll – and it’s even nice in the rain (sometimes!)

Bring the outdoors, indoors

If you really can’t get outdoors, bring it to you instead.

Houseplants are not only uplifting to look at, but some houseplants remove pollutants from the air; giving you a healthier living space.

When you’re working or sitting reading, utilise as much natural light as you can, by sitting next to a door or window.

And even if it’s just for five minutes a day, throw open the windows to refresh the air in your home.

Extend your living space

Here’s one for the wishlist!

Patio Living’s timber alfresco design provides a natural extension to your living space.

Their architecturally designed outdoor rooms can even come fitted with kitchens for some fantastic alfresco dining, all year round.

Now you wouldn’t catch me complaining if I had to go here in the middle of winter!

Patio Living’s timber alfresco design

Solar Lighting

Some evenings in autumn are still relatively warm.

But the darkness might stop you getting outside.

By using solar lighting in your garden you can enjoy half an hour outside before bed to relax and unwind. You can buy solar lights specifically for gardens from online stores or garden centres.

What about you – how do you get outdoors all year round?

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