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For many people in the UK, the 19th of July signals the end of all coronavirus restrictions. In England, face coverings are no longer mandatory, social distancing is no longer required and indoor & outdoor gatherings can be as big as you please.

 

While many people are glad to see the back of the COVID-19 restrictions, a lot of people are still very anxious about the return to a more 'normal' way of living. To answer the question, do we still have to meet outdoors? the answer is no, wherever you live in the UK you can now meet with people indoors or in public places like pubs and restaurants if you wish. The exact number of people you can meet with depends on where you live (we'll get into this in more detail later). 

 

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Young children learning outdoors

 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still ongoing, and in accordance with the UK government's current guidelines, most children are currently staying home from school. Critical workers may still take their children to school or a childcare provider, but all other parents are having to look after their children themselves.

 

As a result, many children are now being homeschooled for the first time in their lives. Homeschooling has its disadvantages - most parents have no formal teacher training, and many children will miss be missing their friends right now - but here's one indisputable benefit of homeschooling: it gives kids an opportunity to do their learning outside instead of spending all day cooped up in a classroom.

 

If the weather's nice and you're lucky enough to have an outdoor space to call your own, why not mix up your homeschooling timetable and have some - or even all! - of your lessons out in the garden?

 

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Self isolating

 

With the UK's total number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases on the rise once more, many people are being asked to self-isolate in order to help slow the disease down. In particular, you MUST stay at home if:

  • You display symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough
  • You test positive for COVID-19
  • You are asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • You enter the UK from a non-exempt country (see gov.uk for details)

 

But self-isolation, while necessary, can take a real toll on your mental health - especially if you've already been experiencing frequent periods of extended isolation for some time, as is the case for half a million older people in the UK.

 

With that in mind, here are 3 tips to help you stay as happy and healthy as possible while you're limiting your contact with the world outside your home.

 

1. Establish a routine.

Ensuring that your days and nights have a consistent structure will help you to safeguard your mental health during this stressful time. Good sleep hygiene is essential - try to wake up at the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time every evening.

 

During the day, try to stick to a routine so that you're never unsure of what to do with yourself. Eat three meals a day; tune in to your favourite television programmes; schedule regular telephone calls with your loved ones; and assign different activities to different parts of the day. For example, you could garden after lunch and read in the evening.

 

2. Keep yourself entertained.

Sustained boredom can be very damaging, so it's important to find a variety of ways to occupy yourself during periods of isolation. You probably already have your own hobbies and interests - perhaps even a project or two that you can work on - but if you're not used to staying at home for long stretches of time, you may need to branch out and find new sources of entertainment now.

 

This may be a good time to sign up for a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime; there's also the BBC iPlayer, which allows you to watch all kinds of programmes you might have missed. Elsewhere on the Internet, there are countless communities on websites like Facebook and Reddit - have a look and you're sure to find a group of people with the same interests as you.

 

But not all entertainment has to revolve around screens. Self-isolation could also be a great opportunity to catch up on those books you've been meaning to read, or take up gardening, or even learn something new - if you've ever want to speak French or learn how to knit, now is the perfect time to start!

 

3. Go outside if you can.

Staying at home doesn't necessarily have to mean staying indoors. If you have a garden, you should definitely be making use of it while isolated. Fresh air and outdoor activity can bolster your mental health, and it's important to go out in the sun when you can and top up your vitamin D levels.

 

Alternatively, relaxing in your conservatory or garden room can be a great way to take a break from it all and give yourself a chance to breathe.

 

However you do it, please be sure to look after yourself during this stressful and potentially lonely time. If you have elderly and/or vulnerable relatives who are self-isolating at the moment, be sure to stay in touch with them - you may not be able to visit them, but you can still speak to them on the phone or chat online.

 

If you are considering adding a SunSpace to your home this spring, please bear in mind that our products require very little installation time. Our verandas typically take 1-2 days to install, while our sunrooms take just 2-3 days. This means that disruption to your schedule - and contact with our installers - will be minimal.

 

Originally published in March 2020. Updated 5th November 2020. Image from Pixabay

While we may call ourselves SunSpaces, the beauty of our products is that they can be enjoyed whatever the weather, all year round.
 

Why should you limit your outdoor enjoyment to when the sun allows? Moreover, who says the temperature has to call time on your garden fun and games?

 

We believe that your property should be yours to enjoy unrestricted and without elemental limitation, regardless of what the calendar reads.

 

In fact, our SunSpaces garden rooms are tailor-made to enjoyed even during the autumn and wintertime.

 

sunroom in autumn, sunroom in winter

 

Embrace the Change

British weather typically takes a notable turn from late-September onwards, with a frosty bite entering the air as the days get shorter and the nights get longer.

 

As a result, many Brits will retreat from their gardens, abandon their barbeques and leave their outdoor furniture untouched for the foreseeable.

 

With a SunSpaces garden room, such a definitive withdrawal is no longer necessary. In fact, it provides the perfect venue to enjoy the seasonal change in absolute comfort!

 

Protected from the frosty temperatures and adverse weather that autumn/winter brings, a garden room from SunSpaces provides a sheltered sanctuary to enjoy the outdoors in style.

 

 

Elemental Health

If you’re concerned about staying warm in your sunroom, then worry no more. The walled design of our garden rooms provides ample protection against the wind, rain and cold.

 

Even if Britain is hit by a rare bout of snow, your outdoor enjoyment will remain unhindered in the enclosed outdoor oasis. Simply watch the postcard scenery in the warmth of the inside.

 

Meanwhile, if the seasons do throw you a toasty curveball in the form of a hot, sunny day, you can always fling open the doors and let the fresh air in with ease. All-weather enjoyment really does mean just that with SunSpaces.

 

 

Feel the Heat

While our SunSpaces are excellent insulators in their own right, should you want additional heat for your garden room, we have you covered there too.

 

At SunSpaces, we offer a variety of heating options to choose from and all of our garden rooms and verandas are compatible with our 2KW heaters.

 

We even have a heater/speaker combo, should you wish to add a festive soundtrack to your winter refuge over Christmastime or simply relax and unwind in warming comfort to your favourite tunes.

 

In addition to our range of heating accessories, we also offer optional draught seals for further protection against the autumn breeze and winter cold.

 

Fitting one of these will turn your garden room into a veritable Fort Knox of cosiness, locking the cold outside and keeping your homely hideaway as snug as can be.

 

 

For more information on our garden rooms and verandas, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 01727 845 788 or get in touch online using the button below.

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Creating a Mediterranean environment in a UK setting can be a big ask, particularly when it comes to the vast differences in climate.

 

However, that’s not to say it’s an impossible task. In fact, with a few strategic choices and deliberate additions, your back garden could easily become a dead ringer for a Spanish villa.

 

Here are a few simple changes that can truly transform your outdoor space into the Mediterranean garden you’ve always dreamed of.

 

mediterranean garden, mediterranean gardens

 

Go Green

One of the most effective ways to provide your garden with a genuine taste of the Med is to take a leaf out of their book…quite literally.

 

Incorporating plants and greenery that are native to Mediterranean countries can instantly give your faux-Med landscape and air of visual credibility.

 

The RHS website has a whole list of Mediterranean garden plants you can easily add to your outdoor space to create a truly authentic looking continental ambience.

 

Go Potty

Speaking of plants, strategic placement of plant pots in and around your garden is an effortless way to add a bona fide Mediterranean flavour to your outside space.

 

Terra cotta pots are a must-have for anyone looking to replicate the foreign vibe at home. Fill with your favourite Med flowers and vegetation for a subtle yet striking addition that really makes a difference.

 

Where possible, opt for Clay pots with a wide base where possible. While we can replicate the Mediterranean appeal, we have no bearing over the weather; wide-base pots will stand a better chance of survival in windy UK weather conditions.

 

Lighten Up

Light-coloured tiles are a fantastic flooring option for anyone looking to create a warming Mediterranean feel in their back garden.

 

Sunny creams and subtle yellows all have a distinctive overseas flair to them, particularly when the skies provide the climate to match.

 

If you’re really looking to invest in your Med-look garden, appropriate tiling is the ultimate ace up the sleeve.

 

Take Cover

Perhaps one of the best ways to create a truly authentic Mediterranean landscape in your outdoor space is to create an outdoor seating area.

 

Opting for a veranda can instantly transform your garden area, creating the feeling of stepping into another country every time you step out of your back door.

 

Accessorise with garden furniture and climbing plants that reach up the pillars of your veranda can truly cap off a wonderful Mediterranean setting in the most authentic way possible.

 

Imagine enjoying a morning coffee in the shaded comfort of your SunSpace as the summer sun beams down on your garden. Does it get any more continental than that?

 

 

Make your Mediterranean dreams a reality with SunSpaces today! Call now on 01727 845 788 or get in touch online using the button below.

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