If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know that I love the outdoors. I spend most of my time (when I’m not working) either walking, hiking or running outside. I love visiting new places and exploring the countryside, and as I grew up in beautiful West Wales I have always appreciated green landscapes, being by the sea and the peacefulness that comes with epic scenery.
Things are a little different now we are in lockdown. Luckily we have some beautiful green spaces and the sea right on our doorstep here in Cardiff, so our daily walks are never boring and there are plenty of different routes to take. But I did find it a hard to be stuck inside at first. I’m usually out of the house for more than 12 hours a day with work and going to the gym, and on the weekends where possible we head out to have a change of scenery.
Thankfully though, the stunning weather we have had over the last few weeks and the small, but pretty perfect, balcony we have that overlooks the city have been a godsend, and I’m so grateful that we have an open space so that we can enjoy the outdoors while still staying home. I’ve also made a conscious effort to create more “green” spaces in our flat, and here are a few of my tips:
Clean up your outdoor area
I am seriously soooo jealous of people with proper gardens right now. My parents back home have a lovely garden and it’s one of my favourite places in the world. It’s so peaceful and even has the added bonus of my little dog Lou Lou running around. However, I can’t complain because we have a balcony at our flat and it has gorgeous views overlooking the city of Cardiff. There’s also some green space below as we have some lovely gardens in the apartment complex where we live, so at the start of lockdown I gave the balcony a spruce up so we could get out and enjoy it.
It’s actually pretty therapeutic. I spent a few hours one Saturday afternoon scrubbing down the balcony walls and pots and furniture, after what’s felt like a long winter. Now it’s clean, I have a table and chairs and lots of plant pots ready for filling with flowers. I’ve also decked it out with some solar-powered lights and bunting, as well as some cosy cushions to make it feel like part of the living room. It’s the perfect place to escape and just sitting out in the fresh air while writing this makes me happy.
Another way to get some greenery in your home is to do some planting. I have planted some violas in window boxes which hang on the balcony, but I also have some indoor plants and seedlings for vegetables which I keep tucked by the living room windows so that they have lots of light. Placing them by the window is a great way of bringing the outdoors in and I also love succulents as they give a bit of a different feel to your home.
Buy some fresh flowers
I’ve been feeling pretty green-fingered over the last few weeks as I attempt to get my gardening on during lockdown, but another way to bring some greenery into your home is by treating yourself to some fresh flowers. I picked some up when we did our supermarket shop earlier in the week and they’ve made such a difference. I also love the flowers you can get delivered to your doorstep from Bloom & Wild. I’ve not treated myself to these, but get them for my mum often and it’s the perfect pick-me-up.
Open the doors and windows to get fresh air
Fresh air helps us to feel at peace and opening your windows wide, especially when we have such lovely weather at the moment, is a great way to make yourself feel as though you’re outdoors when you’re staying safe at home.
Let natural light in
And finally, lighting makes all of the difference. Pull up your blinds, shut off the lamps and overhead lighting, and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. I love waking up to the sunlight pouring through the window and that orange glow that lights up the room as the sun rises. It’s a sure fire way to kickstart your day.
Lots of love. xoxo