If the area is large enough it's possible to have a few friends or family around for drinks, six feet apart and buffered by wind and fresh air. (I'm finding the key is to ask any visitors to bring their own glasses and drinks, it feels a bit rude but it cuts the physical contact down to nothing.)
Even without trying to see a friend or two, this patio area has been a balm to the soul. After months of staying inside, not just due to our covid lockdown but thanks to a miserably grey spring that was both cold and almost completely lacking sunshine, just being outdoors feels like the ultimate luxury.
I have to say what I really love is the look of the fire and the smell of wood smoke.
I hope you're taking time to enjoy this summer as well, even in this period of great unrest.
As of this morning I still haven't fixed my comment form, but I'm working on it. In the meantime please email me if you'd like a chat, I'm around!
xox Love, Dani