As I was saying last week – I’m not keen on being in the garden when the weather is utterly miserable, however this is a good time to think about what your outdoor space means to you and make plans for the future. One of my favourite things is just sitting quietly for a few minutes. It is really worthwhile taking time to choose the right seat and to put it in the right place.
Sounds self-indulgent, and of course it is, but being mindful of such things is a worthwhile investment. I like to be tucked away where no-one can see me – a bit of a secret spot.
This person likes to have a straight back but well guarded,
whereas this person is happy with very little security.
Here’s an interesting article by Antony Woodward (author of ‘The Garden in the Clouds’ HarperPress), about the history of garden furniture and where to put it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningequipment/10258993/The-art-of-garden-furniture.html
In it he dares to expose a bit of a common problem: ‘Discomfort remains the defining quality of outdoor seating. The goal of meeting the tripartite challenge of comfort, weatherproofing and looks continues to defy designers. Most seats make minimal concession to the fragility of the human frame. Sharp angles, hard edges and an absolute absence of ergonomics abound. Wooden seats promise a coating of green slime. Metal or stone ones freeze the buttocks. Grass or moss are obviously not to be taken seriously. ‘
It is possible to get good chairs these days though sometimes you have to relinquish dreams of beauty for practical purpose. The most comfortable chairs I ever had were hideous ones bought by my parents-in-law for their own use when they visited! Good luck with the search for your perfect perch.
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