Our garden is always a bit of a barren wasteland at this point in winter. Every year I look out of the kitchen window and despair a little at how forlorn it looks and I can’t quite believe that by Spring things will be waking up and beginning to bloom again. The first is always the Forsythia tree with its lovely yellow star-shaped flowers – that’s when I know winter is truly over. But until then, our little garden gets a bit ignored and we rarely go out there and spend time in it during the really cold months (unless there’s a snowman to be built). But I think we’ve hit upon a bit of a solution recently, especially for people like me who need to be warm at all times. Meet our lovely new fire pit.
I’m all for wrapping up warmly, going out and taking the kids for a long walk in winter but I have to keep moving otherwise I get nithered. So standing around while the kids potter in the garden is never tempting and sooner or later they get cold/bored and want to come inside too. But there’s something about lighting a fire (Charlie is particularly engrossed in this part since he learned all about it at Beavers), watching it grow, warming your hands and of course the perfect excuse it provides for a bit of marshmallow-toasting.
I love the way a fire brings everyone together and allows us to spend more time in the garden when normally we’d be holed up indoors, probably watching the telly (not that I don’t love that too). But this was a nice change and a great way to spend an afternoon as the weak winter sun started to go down. I don’t think I’d leave the kids unattended with the fire pit when it’s lit, although this one is nice and solid and comes with a lid so it feels fairly secure and safe. However, it’s still light enough to move around the garden or store under cover in between use.
Greig and I have been toying with the idea of getting a chimnea for ever, just so that we could do this sort of thing but I’m glad we ended up going for a fire pit like this as you can also barbecue on it so it feels quite multifunctional and looks pretty good as well I reckon. We can’t wait for the days to become lighter so we can spend some nights cooking and staying warm in the garden for longer. As Florence said, it’s really made us want to go camping again too. In the meantime, this is maybe the next best thing.
How do you use your outdoor space in winter?
Disclosure: We were sent a fire pit of our choice from www.trueshopping.co.uk free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions are honest and my own.