Coming up this Saturday, the 2nd of October it’s National Bookshop Day! There are a myriad of reasons you should head to your local book shop and pick up some new reading material but here are some of the best examples of why you should be reading something new every single day
Reading strengthens your brain – A growing body of research indicates that reading literally changes your mind. Using MRI scans, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, those networks also get stronger and more sophisticated.
Builds your vocabulary – Reading researchers as far back as the 1960s have discussed what’s known as “the Matthew effect,” a term that refers to biblical verse Matthew 13:12: “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Reduces stress – In 2009, a group of researchers measured the effects of yoga, humour, and reading on the stress levels of students in demanding health science programs in the United States. The study found that 30 minutes of reading lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of psychological distress just as effectively as yoga and humour did.
Prepares you for a good night’s rest – Doctors at the Mayo Clinic suggest reading as part of a regular sleep routine. For best results, choose a print book rather than reading on a screen, since the light emitted by your device could keep you awake and lead to other unwanted health outcomes.
Helps alleviate depression symptoms – British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton once wrote, “Consolation from imaginary things is not an imaginary consolation.” People with depression often feel isolated and estranged from everyone else. And that’s a feeling books can sometimes lessen.
Where to read your Book?
A book is best read in natural light if possible, and in a relaxing environment away from distractions. May I suggest you should be reading in your Log Cabin or BBQ Hut. Put some logs on the fire and sit back to enjoy the solitude, just you and your book….
The past eighteen months have shown us how lucky we are to have outdoor space on our property. Whilst we might not have been taking full advantage of this space previously, we’re now doing everything we can to make the most out of our gardens.
If you’re still wondering how you can upgrade your outdoor space, this post is for you. We’re sharing how six items can help you make the most out of your garden.
Summer house/log cabin
A summer house or log cabin ensures you make the most out of your outdoor space, no matter the season. The outside extension of your property is ideal for a home office, homeschooling classroom or a calming place to relax. Take a break from inside the house and enjoy your home-away-from-home with a log cabin or summer house.
Indoor and outdoor furniture
Indoor and outdoor furniture is essential for us Brits. We never know when the weather will take a turn. If you’re sipping on a glass of wine or enjoying your morning coffee outside, and suddenly the heavens open, you don’t want to have to panic to get your furniture inside. With furniture suitable for outdoors, a bit of rain won’t hurt. Hop inside your log cabin for shelter and finish the rest of your relaxing drink—your furniture can weather the storm. Just don’t forget about the washing on the line, we can’t guarantee that’ll be the same after the rain!
Nothing says summer like a BBQ with friends and family. Stop shying away from hosting and encourage your loved ones to enjoy your home and garden. Purchasing a high-quality BBQ guarantees summers of fun and delicious food. If you’re worried about the weather, don’t be! Your summer house, all-weather furniture andBBQ Hutmean you’re fully equipped to host, no matter the season.
Eye-catching interiors aren’t just for inside the home. Copper decor is an on-trend way to add character to your garden. After all, your outdoor space should feel like an extension of your home. Take pride in your garden and showcase a copper weathervane. Your guests will remember their time spent in your garden with this eye-catching artistic feature.
You don’t want to be running to and from the kitchen during an enjoyable night with friends. By installing a cooler table in your outside log cabin, your drinks will remain cold, so you can stay seated, soaking up the atmosphere.
Remember the hassle of putting up the collapsable gazebo last summer? And then the dread you felt in the morning knowing you had to take it back down? Adding a permanent wooden gazebo to your outdoor space means you no longer have to consider the stress of the pop-up gazebo when you have guests coming. Instead, your gazebo will be ready and waiting for you all year round.
These six outdoor features can help you upgrade your space and make the most out of your garden, no matter the occasion. To learn more about adding these features to your property, visit the Logspan website.
Homeschooling isn’t easy. Here’s how an outside classroom in your log cabin can improve your homeschooling experience.
If the past year has taught us parents anything, it’s that playing teacher is not simple. Homeschool was thrust upon us without even a pad of paper or a textbook at the ready. Although we’ve adapted and done what we can to help assist our children’s education, I don’t think it’s presumptuous to say there’s been a fair few bumps in the road. If you’re still homeschooling or deciding to make homeschooling a permanent fixture in your life, we recommend taking the classroom outside with a log cabin.
Separate home from school
When (or if) your children previously attended a school, the daily commute and educational environment would have created a distinction in your child’s brain. From the moment they started, they understood the difference between home and school. And they began acting according to this distinction.
If your child is failing to concentrate and give their full attention to their studies whilst homeschooling, it’s likely because home is a place for fun and relaxation. Instead of taking this away from your children and disrupting their safe spaces, you can create a separate school environment outside your house. When your child enters your log cabin classroom, they’ll know this is a space for learning.
Foster a productive working environment with educational decor in the Classroom
Educational decor not only advances your children’s education but also stimulates a productive working environment. By being surrounded by information on bright and engaging posters, your children will subconsciously learn and associate this environment with learning. I don’t know about you, but bright maths posters and colourful copies of the periodic table don’t fit with my home decor. By having a designated log cabin classroom, I can display educational decor, without having to disrupt the interiors of my home.
Minimise distractions in the Classroom
The home is your child’s haven. Whether it’s their bedroom or the living room, there’s always a distraction looming. By taking the classroom outside, you can eliminate any potential distractions. There won’t be a TV waiting to watch or a toy they desperately want to play with. Instead, they’ll become absorbed in educational tasks, and any distractions they do seek out will assist their learning!
Have everything you need in one place
We’re not teachers. And for many of us, organisation isn’t in our skill set either. Our homeschool lessons often entail a lot of running back and forth searching for whiteboard pens that work and worksheets we printed off and put somewhere else in the house. With a designated classroom, you have everything you need in one place. There won’t be any disrupted lessons where your children begin to get bored and agitated. Instead, you can sail through your homeschooling lessons, knowing you have all the resources and no time for distractions.
Homeschooling isn’t easy! And we should all be proud, we’ve given it our best shot. Transitioning your log cabin into a designated classroom can give your child the educational setting they need and makes your job a lot easier! If you’re ready to take learning outside, check out our range of log cabins.
Despite the misleading title, summerhouses are ideal for outdoor activities all year round. Having a summerhouse or log cabin in your garden means you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the sun isn’t shining. In this post, we’re sharing five ways you can use your summerhouse during the cold months, so you know you’re getting the most out of your investment.
Invite friends round for dinner
If you’re bored with staring at the same four walls and well-worn table cloth, why not create an impromptu restaurant outside? Transition your summerhouse into a private restaurant. Invite your close friends to your house for a meal under the stars. Adding heating to your log cabin or summerhouse will encourage you to utilise it for activities like this during the colder months. If you’re still concerned about it being a little chilly for your guests, furnish your restaurant with tartan blankets and add candles to enhance the atmosphere.
Create a winter get-away
Winter is the season we hibernate in our homes. But what about when that sudden urge for a holiday arises? If you get restless during the short days and dark nights, treat yourself to a night away. Turn your summerhouse into a winter wonderland for the ideal glamping experience. Add soft textures and calming lights to create your winter sanctuary. Sometimes a few nights in new surroundings is what we need to refresh the senses.
Set up a cinema
Create the ultimate at-home cinema experience by adding a projector to your summerhouse. Everyone dreams of a private cinema, showing their favourite films and accompanied by their closest friends. With a summerhouse, you can live the film lover’s dream. Throw cushions and bean bags on the floor and hang fairy lights around the room to create the ultimate aesthetic, cinematic experience.
It might be the most boring option on the list, but it’s by far the most practical! If you’ve got a full nest this Christmas, you’re going to need space for storage. Whether it’s relatives visiting from out of town or children returning from university with piles of laundry, having extra space is always helpful. This Christmas, you can keep your home clutter-free and dedicated to the festivities. Store any luggage or not needed items in your summer house.
It’s January. The rain is lashing down outside, and all you want to do is snuggle up under your duvet. But it’s the new year, and you know you want to make the most out of new opportunities! Instead of hiding yourself away, you decide to head out to your summerhouse office and get started on that project you’ve always wanted to do. The atmosphere is ideal for concentrating. Everyone is keeping themselves tucked up inside and there’s nowhere to go in such bad weather— you’re distraction-free and ready to make the most out of the new year. Having a home office in your summerhouse is ideal for fostering productivity. A summer house or log cabin isn’t just for the summer. You can make the most out of having extra space all year round. Whether you’re using this space for fun or practicality is up to you!
Take advantage of the return of the lovely weather and the lengthening days to organise a BBQ Hut party with friends. We give you some tips to have a good time: friendly and especially greedy! Get your Barbecue light!
Our advice for a good BBQ Hut Party:
A Barbecue Hut Party must be organised a little in advance. Prepare a maximum of things in advance to be able to enjoy the evening and the guests. Arrange the meats in a dish and keep them in the refrigerator, cut the vegetables to be grilled, the spices and the utensils… Set up the barbecue (fire starter, charcoal, grill, …). Prepare the skewers. Store the drinks in a cool place and set the table. Don’t forget to prepare a small aperitif to keep your guests waiting, and if it starts raining…who cares!
Prepare the barbecue
The fire should be lit at least 45 minutes in advance so that the embers are perfect and there are no toxic flames. Don’t forget safety: bring a bucket of water or a hose to put out the fire in case of fire.
The 5 mistakes not to make
Too many flames: flames char food and produce toxic substances. The food is black and has a bitter taste. Avoid it! Choose the two-zone fire technique: a hot part with a lot of coals to sear the meat and apart with fewer coals for gentler cooking.
Test the cooking by cutting the meat. The meat loses all its juice and becomes dry. Invest in a good meat thermometer for perfect cooking.
Wet the coals to avoid flames. Water only creates steam which then gives an acrid taste to the food. To calm the flames use a handful of coarse salt (or a little sugar to reactivate the embers).
Do not extinguish the barbecue with water. To extinguish the barbecue quickly, throw sand on the embers. If you are not in a hurry, let the fire go out by itself.
Cooking on a dirty grill. Cleaning is imperative to avoid cooking (and therefore eating) food residues. For this, two techniques: cleaning with hot soapy water and a wire brush; or the combustion process, leaving the empty grill on the fire to remove the residue, then a quick swipe with a wire brush.
Get the right equipment
While the right type of lumpwood charcoal is necessary, it is not enough. You should also bring a few accessories: a large fork and tongs, useful for catching food, and a large knife. Equip yourself like a chef: the essential cook’s apron and a pair of cooking gloves. Remember to keep a clean, empty dish nearby to clear and serve cooked food.
Marinades and sauces
For meats that are more melting and moist, don’t hesitate to marinate them a few hours before cooking. The base is olive oil you can then add lemon, honey, or yogurt. You can try coca-cola, maple syrup, or apple juice. For the fish, be careful not to leave it too long in a lemon marinade because the acidity of the lemon “burns” the flesh of the fish (30 minutes maximum). If you want to add sauce (barbecue sauce type for example), add it only during the last 5 minutes of cooking with a brush and let it penetrate the meat over low heat.
The food should be on a clean grill 15/20 cm from the coals. Sear red meats on very red embers and salt the meat only once on the plate, otherwise, you will dry it out. White meats, fish, and vegetables are cooked on a lower heat and for a longer time. Apart from the “classic” sausages, you can offer your guests other things: hamburger, chicken wings, sardines, shrimps, camembert or feta cheese, and for dessert a fruit or marshmallow skewer, banana or pineapple spit.
1. Peel and chop onions, mince garlic. Fry onions in an oiled frying pan without browning on the BBQ Hut grill. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes longer. Add tomato paste and vinegar and stir for 2 minutes.
2. Add wine, honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add seasoning to taste. Take off heat and let cool
3. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and brush lightly with barbecue sauce. Cook them on the hot side of the barbecue for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Serve immediately with remaining barbecue sauce. Enjoy this delicious meal in your cosy BBQ hut.
1. Peel the shrimps, leaving the tails. Peel and chop 4 cloves of garlic, remove the leaves and chop half the mint. Zest the lemon and squeeze out the juice. Mix the whole with a drizzle of oil. Set aside in the fridge for 1 hour.
2. Cut the fennel and the tomatoes into small cubes. Chop remaining mint. Peel and chop onion, mince the remaining garlic. Fry the onion and garlic in oil. Add the fennel and tomatoes. Let cook for 5 minutes. Then add salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add mint.
3. Prepare the BBQ. Drain shrimp and skewer them in twos or threes. BBQ Grill for 3 to 4 minutes, turning and brushing with marinade. Serve with fennel mixture.
The warm summer weather is here, and along with it: the BBQs! So in order to open the BBQ Hut season your favourite dietitian gives you some tips to fully enjoy this little pleasure while eating healthy!
BARBECUE: HOW TO ENJOY IT WHILE EATING HEALTHY?
1. CHOOSE LESS FATTY MEATS
“A healthy barbecue requires healthy ingredients”. As far as meat is concerned, the secret to a healthier barbecue is to replace the fatty meats usually used in barbecues with lean meats. This limits the flow of fat on the fire, which limits the formation of toxic compounds.
Another tip regarding meats: watch the amount of red meat consumed during the week. Choose leaner meats whenever possible. Think, for example, of chicken or turkey meat, or fish or seafood.
2. ADD MORE VEGETABLES TO YOUR BARBECUE
Barbecue meals are often rich in meat and possibly starchy foods. However, we often forget about fruits and vegetables, which leads to unbalanced meals. Yet, fruits and vegetables deserve to bring a little lightness and freshness to the barbecue. Another advantage: they are rich in water and therefore particularly appreciated in summer or in times of high heat. Make sure you always have vegetables on your plate, even when barbecuing!
3. GO FOR SKEWERS
A simple idea to incorporate more vegetables in your grilled food is to opt for skewers! Yes, by adding peppers, onions, mushrooms, or even tomatoes to your skewers, you will be able to concoct a more balanced and healthier barbecue! The other advantage is that you can use your imagination to make your brochettes. No risk of getting bored!
4. WATCH THE COOKING OF THE MEAT!
Avoid charring the food. This advice may seem obvious to you, yet important to specify. Opt for slow cooking and place the food far enough away from the fire. Finally, always remove the blackened parts of food before eating it.
5. OPT FOR MARINADES
Researchers from the University of Kansas have proven that soaking meat in a marinade (oil, vinegar, herbs, spices, etc.) reduces carcinogenic substances in meat by 57% to 88%! It seems that this marinade acts as a “barrier”. And if the marinade is usually quite fatty, you don’t have to worry about your figure since all the fat will melt on the barbecue, leaving only meat impregnated with a taste of herbs and spices!
6. USE HERBS AND SPICES
Herbs and spices not only have the advantage of seasoning our dishes and giving them different tastes and flavours, but they are also rich in antioxidants, which are very effective against the toxic substances generated by barbecued meats.
Connection to the world around is said to have many benefits, both mentally and physically. Creating your own garden room is a great way to dedicate a space yourself. It helps you to escape and connect to nature too. You can form deeper bonds while you work with family to grow beautiful plants and flowers. Below are 10 top wellness reasons why you should invest in a garden room.
1. It’s a form of escapism
It’s no secret that life can be incredibly overwhelming sometimes, especially if you add the anxiety and stress the pandemic has brought to our lives. Having your own garden room grants you a form of escapism to a place where there’s only peace. An area to call your own when things get messy and the only thing that’s expected of you is rest and relaxation.
2. It gives you responsibility
Whether you’re planting flowers or food, taking care of plants or vegetables means that you have a purpose. You have to show up for your garden and work hard to keep it healthy and living. It also adds a task on your to-do list that you’ll be excited to do. Having a log cabin will allow your to complete these tasks under cover!
3. It inspires healthier eating
If you’re planning your own food, odds are you’re going to want to taste it. As soon as you realize you can plant and grow so many of your favorite fruits and veggies, it’ll be easier going outside to your garden and picking your food from the ground rather than driving to the shops and spending money on the same food.
4. It helps you build strength & maintain your weight
Gardening is classified as a low to moderate form of exercise. Garden work and gardening triggers most muscle groups and has a positive effect on the body if you’re consistently working in your garden.
5. It can protect your memory
New evidence shows that activities like gardening can potentially work to treat dementia and work to protect your memory as you get older. Through several studies, scientists suggest that gardening may spur growth in certain areas of your brain’s nerves that work with your memory.
6. Garden rooms are mood boosters
Stepping away from stress and into a quiet environment like your garden room can instantly boost your mood, take away stress, and relieve anxiety. Being in your garden around fresh vegetation and nature is one of the top suggested activities to do for people experiencing high stress levels and abnormal pressure from their work and home life.
7. You can count it as a form of meditation
Meditation has been keyed by scientists as one of the best practices you can take up for relieving unnecessary anxiety. It’s all about quieting your mind and focusing on the present moment. If you struggle with sitting still and emptying your mind, building yourself a log cabin in your garden that allows you to focus on what’s at hand without outside distractions is the perfect way to customize meditation for your specific needs.
8. It lowers blood pressure
It all comes down to stress and anxiety levels. Not that people who garden won’t ever experience heart issues, but with more evidence backing up the claim that spending time around flowers and plants can relax you and lower your blood pressure, it’s a good idea to invest in a space like a garden room.
9. It provides you with extra space and privacy
Everyone deserves a corner with a log cabin all their own. A space where they can decorate as they like and go in and out of whenever they need that break. It can be difficult to find the time to relax and withdraw from daily tasks and errands. But when you do, you usually feel more at ease and a little lighter. Having a private place where stress melts away and you can be with yourself is definitely a form of self-care, which everyone needs at the moment.
10. It gives you the chance to be creative
If you hire a company to build a garden room for you, you’re free to design it any way you would like. You have freedom in creating the perfect garden room look and vibe and it’s a chance for you to get those creative juices flowing. You can also find unique home décor and create your perfect oasis inside as well as outside. One that inspires you and makes you feel calm and content. You’re free to play with colors, designs, and the style of your garden room.
There’s nothing like a gorgeous garden to add some curb appeal and general ambiance to your home. Adding a garden building can be a beautiful and utilitarian addition to any outdoor space. But it’s not always a straightforward project! There are quite a few different aspects of your garden to consider in terms of compatibility, especially if you’re adding in another structure. Without thinking through the details, you can easily wind up with a garden that causes problems for the building or a building that causes problems for the garden.
To combat these kinds of faux pas, we’ve compiled a list of 9 points to consider as you’re designing a garden with a building involved. Hopefully, the following tips will help you avoid any frustration down the line!
1. Corner Cabins Go Into A Corner.
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people assume a little cabin will look good anywhere in the garden. This is not the case and it’s a pain in the neck to realize after it’s already been moved! Corner cabins are designed to reside in the corner of a garden. They tend to look out of place if they aren’t along the boundary of your space.
A good way to use a corner cabin in the design phase of your project is to look at it as the starting point of your garden. Place it in a corner and start designing out from there! You’ll have your starting point and ideal placement for your corner cabin built into the design from the start.
2. Remember, More Glass Facing The Sun Will Increase The Temperature Of The Inside of the Garden Building.
Many garden buildings feature glass and windows to capitalize on light and provide a greenhouse or conservatory effect. It’s important to consider the placement of that glass though because if it faces an area of your garden where you get the most sunlight, you may find that the inside of the building gets oppressive as the sun continues to shine through the glass. Some sunlight is ideal, but full sunlight every day will mean that any activities done inside will be done in stifling heat. Keep both the purpose of the building and the angle of the windows in mind as you decide how you’re going to place the garden building.
3. Build A Nice Path To The Garden Building.
You don’t want to have to trample your flowers to reach the door of your garden building! Make sure there’s a clear way to get in and out of the front door and maybe even use it as an opportunity to beautify your garden further using stone!
4. Have Patio Outside The Garden Building.
A garden building is a perfect opportunity for a patio! You can enjoy the convenience of the building as shelter from rain or a convenient area to prepare food and drinks (if that’s what you use it for!) while enjoying the garden as a whole. As you build a walkway to your garden building, consider a slight expansion that would create a patio. This will give you that much more of an opportunity to enjoy both your garden and the building you’ve installed there.
5. Guttering Along Roof Edge Needs To Go To A Water Butt.
Rainwater can easily wreak havoc on your garden if it isn’t diverted properly. The last thing you’ll want happening in your garden once you’ve put in the building and designed the layout is realizing that your plants are getting drowned! Make sure that you place a water butt into the design to collect the rainwater from the garden building’s gutters to protect your plants and prevent flooding.
6. Strategic Rock Placement For Rainwater.
If there’s no guttering along the roof of your cabin, you can use stones to catch the drips from the building and reduce the splashback from the ground. This will effectively minimize the water damage to the building and flooding or pooling around the structure.
7. Consider the Tree Coverage And Placement.
Moss grows on the roof if there is a tree overhanging the garden building. You might also find that mold or rot sets in if the building is never effectively dried out from the sun. This can shorten the life of your cabin and cause damage to anything you might have inside it.
In addition, if there’s a large tree near the structure, roots might cause an issue, either by growing into the building or warping the floor as time goes on. If there’s a very large tree in the vicinity of your cabin, you may need to rethink the placement of your garden building or consider removing the tree before you embark on your project.
8. Plant The Right Flower/Plants Near The Garden Building.
The presence of a building is going to change the ecosystem of your garden including the lighting, the shaded areas, and the general layout. You’ll need to consider the adjusted layout and environment for your plants before you choose which ones to place near your structure.
9. Ask Yourself: When Sitting In The Building, What Do You Want To Look Out At?
This is one of the most basic questions you can ask yourself as you design your garden, but simultaneously, this is the question that should guide every decision that you make. When you decide which corner of the garden to place the cabin in, you should consider this. When you decide which flowers to plant, where the patio ought to go, which direction the windows face, and what type of structure works in your space, everything depends on what you want to look out at from the building. After every decision you make, consider whether or not you are achieving this goal. If not, you might need to adjust your design in some way.
The end goal of any garden building and garden design project is to leave you with a beautiful space, an outdoor oasis that allows you to enjoy your garden from every angle. A corner cabin adds a unique element to your garden, as well as the opportunity for additional storage and activities. By keeping these points in mind as you establish your garden design, you’ll be more likely to get the end result you’re looking for and avoid any future problems stemming from a detail that seemed minor at the time.
If you’re looking for more expertise on a garden design involving garden buildings, contact us here! We’d love to help you create the backyard sanctuary of your dreams!
Logspan is a family owned business that is dedicated to selling quality timber products that are affordable. Whether it's a Log Cabin to live in, a BBQ Hut or Garden Office we have a product to suit at the right price. Come and visit our Glasgow show site, we have the largest range of Timber Buildings in Scotland.