What's in my
beer garden bag
Because the beer garden has become a bit of a thing now that we are allowed out to socialise in groups of 6 outdoors, many of us are now flocking to our nearest pubs, cafes and restaurants to catch up with friends and family we haven't seen in so long. Whether it be for a lunch date, quick pint, evening meal or hot chocolate, it's hard knowing what to wear to feel comfortable but also put together, or is that just me?
At the beginning I really struggled with what to wear and what to take along with me. Thankfully our local is a 1 minute walk, which is great if we are cold because we can run and make it back in less than 30 seconds, no joke. But for those of you who aren't as lucky to live next to your local, then here's what you need to take along with you.. you just need one of those Mary Poppin's bags to fit everything in...
The best way to experience a British beer garden is to layer up! Start with something like a body suit that tucks in, that you wouldn't mind showing off in the afternoon when the sun is on your face and your feeling the heat. Then add a thin long sleeve, not too warm but keeps that gentle breeze off your arms. Then I'd go for a fleece or a hoody, something that's going to make you feel snug. And lastly, a proper jacket just incase it gets to those Arctic temperatures. It ain't warming up anytime soon, so take my advice or freeze if you wish!
One of the worst things for me is when that cool breeze picks up and your little tootsies start to get cold.. especially those ankles! I have terribly dry skin on my legs as it is, so the cold really does not help. A long pair of socks with your trainers or just in your bag to put on later will really help keep you warm and if you've got a pair of joggers or long jeans on, tuck them in as well. We don't have to worry about being fashionable by this point, let's just be cosy!
Some beer gardens may not have heaters or blankets to offer and personally I'd rather use my own blanket anyway. You can pick up decent throws from various high street shops, such as TK Maxx, M&S and Asda to name a few. I sometimes resort to one of Erik's several blankets but I do think it's time to purchase my own.. because who wants to wrap themselves in dog hair?
Please excuse the lack of curtains, skirting and flooring here. Work begins again tomorrow and we should have flooring and hopefully curtains by the end of the week. Oh and that door needs a paint too!
Bits & bobs
Sunglasses, lip balm, tissues and hand cream. These are things you may just have in your every day handbag but me being me, I don't own a handbag I use every day so I tend to forget this sort of thing when popping out the house and then wish I had it! It's also that time of year when hayfever will soon be rife, so pack those tissues, nasal sprays, antihistamines and eye drops if you're a sufferer. Nothing worse than a runny nose and itchy eyes when you're trying to enjoy a cold one.