Alfresco candles – lighting up the night sky

July 9th, 2009 in Home Improvement

I love candles, who doesn’t? I have a problem though, these lighter nights mean I just don’t get to light them. There is a solution though. Sit outside and enjoy these summer evenings.  Surround yourself with romantic, flattering, flickering candlelight.


I have scoured the web and found some beautiful candles to light up the lovely summer evenings. Some of them will hang delightfully off trees or a handy hook, while others will sit proudly on your table. Can you spot the homemade candle holder? Looks so easy to make and fun too. Maybe save yourself a trip to the tip and recycle those old metal paint tins.

Romantic little lanterns to hang from a branch or hook. Just pop a t-light inside and enjoy.Enchanting fine porcelain tea light holders, hand thrown and decorated with tiny hole letters, giving a magical flickering glow.H40
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As equally beautiful and enchanting as candles are fairy lights. And these fairy lights are particularly fantastic because they’re solar. One hour of direct sunlight gives two hours of magical twinkly light. It really is a no brainer, no outside power needed, completely weather proof, once they’re up just leave them and enjoy. My garden certainly deserves some magic. The Sunday Mirror gave these 9/10 in their gadget review and the Independent featured them as one 0f their top 10 garden lamps.

Solar fairy lights

If you do need a bit more light than the gentle cast of a candle or fairy light then why not try a parasol light? Here is a great idea, really simple, charge the light up inside then attach it to your parasol for 6 hours of bright light.

Rechargable parasol light

Now there really is no excuse not to sit outdoors, you can sit in front of the TV in winter! And as my mum always says, ” If you’re cold then put a jumper on.”. Make the most of summer 2009.

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My home is my passion, I love to search for inspiration on decorating ideas, tips and hints for keeping things clean and tidy and great recipes to try out. When I'm not trawling through Pinterest or the Blogosphere, you can find me outside, usually running around with my dogs- I'm not sure which of us enjoy the walks more!