We may have turned the corner as far as the shortest day and winter conditions are concerned but there’s still a jolly long way to go before we can comfortably think about sitting outside in the garden – garden furniture needing to be cleaned and teak polished if its wood . . . . . Or if you have oak frniture, then a good brush down followed by scrubbing with a stiff brush around all the legs and surfaces. If there’s some oak furniture polish then all the better to really care for our favourite garden benches and furniture. In the summer we don’t need to think about the lighting of any areas – the sun does that so effectively. Getting a good lighting system in the garden is a fantastic idea – how wonderful it is to get the best trees and shrubs lit up at night so we can enjoy the view from the house or the patio. I have seen some diabolical wiring dangling around flower beds with unprotected sockets near water . . . . My heart is in my mouth with some schemes i local gardens near me. Garden lighting is not a job for the faint hearted and not at all for the non professional. It can be lethal. Engage a truly experienced and professional company – the small extra fees will be so worthwhile.