One of the things that's become more noticeable as more of us seek outdoor living space is how we spend time relaxing in our gardens, or more precisely what we sit on while we're relaxing. Long gone are the days of my childhood where a humble deck chair, or the more “modern” fold-up deck chairs were all the rage.
I know that the traditional deck chair is a classic, has had several revivals and therefore is far from humble, but you'll know exactly the style I mean if I was to say sea fronts, parks and hard to get out of, let alone elegantly. As kids their appeal on the beach was like a magnet and I'm sure we were only allowed to sit in them for as long as it took for the attendant to get close for payment. Surely that's not just my family memories?
More and more country houses, bars and restaurants are providing outdoor chairs and sofas that are both comfortable and stylish. I know given the choice of sitting somewhere comfortable like this, or a more upright traditional cafe style table and chairs I know which I'd opt for.
In fact, I think I’d race you for the empty space. Or maybe I wouldn’t need to, if I had something similar in my own garden.
Years ago - I've looked it up, it was 2010 - on a last minute holiday to Ibiza, not the clubbing kind of holiday I’m afraid I’m long past that, we found a beach bar near the salt mines that had just this style of furniture.
Although it was October, the last week of the season, and the locals were wearing anoraks (we were still in shorts) we had an enjoyable afternoon enjoying the view from the comfort of their outdoor furniture.
Seeing the hanging cocoon (see right) on the Garden Furniture & Interiors Co website brought such fabulous memories of that holiday flooding back.
And that's a quite definite choice of words as unusually for the island (but sadly not for our holidays) there was a storm and we woke one morning to a flooded hotel room. It took us a little while to work out that the balcony doors were far from watertight!
Luckily the weather soon improved and our room was quickly sorted out much to the bemusement of both us and the maintenance people.
While I was checking out the year we visited I found some old photos so it would be rude not to include them now I've told you all about the view, wouldn't it?
It was definitely a view worth sitting and watching, especially with a comfy vantage point and a cold beer in our hands. The salt mines were fascinating too, we visited the Natural Park of Ses Salines, a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the salt flats, beaches, wetlands, dunes and forests. And piles of salt.
Who knew, I certainly didn't - but I'm glad I discovered the stylish and comfortable furniture at the same time.
* This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own