Whenever I’ve watched so many imported home and leisure programmes over the years – not all from the european continent, but latterly from the north american one. They of course adopted a style of housing that used the local resources available to them when the earliest settlers made their uncertain way to the New England of their dreams. Trees were the major resource and so they built their homes in various sizes and shapes but generally with the same wooden boarded style we associate with old colonial. The patios are shown with lovely heritage rocking chairs and trestles. In our country we have brick built, mellow stone, granite, concrete and everything in between – but most of the frameworks are made of wood. This wonderous material is sustainable in that we plant millions of baby trees every year to replace those taken out. A nice teak patio set really adds a touch of class to the modern garden these days.