We need our outdoor spaces – badly. When the second world war was finally over, the government of the day had a massive rebuild programme on heir hands – moving families ou of war ravaged areas, into suburban council estates. Although the houses were very utilitarian, built as quickly and cheaply as could be allowed, they did almost all have decent sized gardens. The plan was for families to grow as much of their own veg as possible – following the hardships over the war, with so much rationing. Well, these days houses hardly come with even a postage stamp of room for kiddies to play, or parents to relexa with a bar-b-que. What space there is needs to be cared for and enjoyed. Neatly designed furniture with a small efficient lighting scheme will enhance the family use of this space for longer months of the year. Having oak furniture inside and out helps to to think the relaxing countryside is nearer.