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Fun In The Sun: A Gorgeous Australian Summer in the Garden

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As we’re done with Christmas and entering into the new year, for us Aussies we’re moving into the hottest and most exciting months of the year. Summertime is a chance to get outside, have fun, see friends and family and generally pack in as many activities as possible. One thing that’s always worth doing is hosting some parties at home, backyard barbeques, afternoon tea parties and picnic style lunches aren’t too expensive and are a great way to get everyone together. But to throw get togethers in the garden you of course want to make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!

Colourful outdoor furniture

Clean and Tidy
If you’ve neglected your garden over Christmas, chances are it’s looking a little untidy. Removing things like bicycles and tools strewn around, tidying up kids outdoor toys and putting away things like gardening boots and fallen pots will instantly make it look neater. You will need to pull up weeds, prune down bushes that have grown large and deadhead any plants that have started to die off. Using a jet washer you could clean down walls and paths.

Don’t Overlook General Maintenance Jobs
Things like removing twigs from roofs and gutters will not only make everything look tidier and allow rainwater to drain better but you also help to prevent bushfires by removing potential fuel. It’s important to prepare for the bushfire season, this is a huge threat to our homes as Australians so something to bear in mind. Other general maintenance jobs include checking outdoor taps to make sure the plumbing is ok and making sure tools and appliances like strimmers and lawn mowers are in full working order.

Tend To The Lawn
For most of us, the lawn is one of the most important features in the garden. It takes up the most space and helps to keep the garden looking alive and give it colour all through the year. But over the winter months, lawns can become flooded and parts can die off. If you have pets you might notice urine burn spots. Now we’re into the summer, grass will grow very well providing you keep it watered, so purchase some grass seed and sprinkle it down, both on the bald spots as well as throughout the rest of the grass. This will fill in sparse patches and generally thicken it up, and in a few weeks you’ll have a much healthier lawn. Use a hose to water the grass morning and evening, avoid during the middle part of the day when the sun is hottest to prevent it from burning.

Fill It With Colour
Finally, fill your pots, flower beds and borders with beautiful flowers to make the garden look pretty and well cared for. If you plant bulbs and seeds that flower at different times of the year, once one lot is dying off another lot will be coming through. Simply deadhead the blooms that have finished flowering and you get a spectacular colourful display all through the year, every single year.

Flowers at sunrise

Spring/Summer Style Forecast: Warm-Weather Wonders To Buy Now!

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Spring is here, and it’s time to ditch the winter coats and heavy knits. If your wardrobe is in need of a warm-weather revamp, you’ve come to the right place. With blue skies and sun-drenched days on the horizon, it’s time to embrace spring/summer style. Here are some of the hottest trends to try now!

Sheer beauty
When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want is to wear tops or blouses made from thick, clingy fabrics. The good news is that this spring/summer, lightweight sheer designs are everywhere. Think loose-fitting shirts and floaty, feminine dresses. Opt for a maxi for daytime drinks, a trip to the races or a spring wedding or go for a Bardot top and cut-off denim shorts if you’re chilling out at the park or hitting the shops. If you’re not a fan of the girly look, you can toughen up your outfit with an oversized denim shirt, a backpack from Designer Online or some flatform trainers. Take care when you’re copying the sheer trend to protect your modesty. If you’ve got a completely transparent dress, for example, invest in a nude slip to wear underneath.

Megan Washington

Power shoulders
If you’re a fan of the 80’s, the catwalks bring good news! Power shoulders are back in a big way, so now is the time to embrace your inner diva. You can go all-out with metallics or velvet for a dramatic look, or you can keep things slightly more understated and subtle with an LBD with shoulder pads.

fluffy shoulders

Florals
Florals work all year-round, and they’re a great addition to any wardrobe. Now that lighter days and warmer climes are on the way, replace dark colours and bold prints with pastel shades, bright tones, and more intricate prints. You can wear florals in so many ways. Celebrate the trend in a patterned dress or a chic blouse or use floral accessories, such as a printed clutch or embroidered pumps, to liven up your spring basics.

Brown Leather Bag: Bricks and Bags

Ahoy there!
Nautical stripes are back again this spring. A perennial winner in the warm-weather style stakes, stripes are easy to wear, and they add an instant touch of sophistication to any outfit. Opt for striped cigarette pants for a formal occasion or a nautical top with skinny jeans, a cross-body bag and leather sandals for an effortlessly trendy daytime look. Stripes are often feared because people worry that they are unflattering. If you’re petite or you’re eager to look slimmer, stick to vertical stripes.

blue white stripes romper

Spring has arrived, and before we know it, summer will be here, and it’ll be time to hit the beach, fire up the barbeque, and spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. In the warmer months, it’s all about looking great and being comfortable. Avoid heavy fabrics and clingy styles and go for items that you can throw on with minimal hassle. Take a look at new trends online, get some styling tips, and have fun with spring/summer fashion! You don’t have to tick off every trend with every outfit. Combine elements, mix and match and choose styles, colours, and prints that you love.

My First Kombucha

Bushfires near me
Watch the world (well state) burn at Fires Near Me. Thanks for all your great work, RFS!!!

So, it was 35 degrees here today, there were fires all around the lake and Cessnock area, and I was a little hot under the collar so finally decided to try one of the bottles of Kombucha based drink I’d won a month or so back but was yet to brave because WTF is this stuff??

Kombucha

And you know what? It may be the heatstroke, but this stuff was tasty! I can’t ever bring myself to buy anything with all the claims it has on the label, but I’m certainly going to try the other Tea Gardens Kombucha flavours I have at the back of the fridge!

Best thing? It’s a local hunter company, yup in Tea Gardens!

… as long as the fires don’t scare them away!

I know what you ate last month – November 2015

I ate so much in November…. Here’s a few things you missed!

Funghi pizza crust

The from The Porcini Funghi Pizza from Crust (gifted). Amazingly tasty mushrooms, cheeeeeeesy sauces, and you can win a Vespa when you order until Dec 21!

salmon

Salmon from Costi’s. Because it’s always Friday.

salad

Salad bowls with feta, tuna, olives and or whatever I find in the fridge!

lemon chicken

Chicken with McKenzies flavoured salts (salts were gifted) and a lemon up its butt.

McKenzies Salt

(The garlic salt is great on chippies)

Vegetarian Burger Newy Burger Co

Vegetarian burgers at Newy Burger Co

pineapple juice  poppers

and frozen pineapple juice poppers.

What’s been on your menu?

Heat Wave Hacks for the Long Hot Summer Ahead

So, the last three days were over 35 degrees, and so, we’ve hit summer head-on.

What are some ways to survive the Australian summer ahead with your sanity intact?

$25 Big W pool

Invest in a backyard pool. $25 from Big W.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Only go out at night.

EastCoast Juice

Drink locally produced East Coast juice.

Peppermint Drumstick

Take advantage of icecream specials at your local shop.

train selfie

Catch a train. It’s totally more relaxing than driving to Sydney.

Best n Less thongs

Invest in a range of thongs and sandals.

Crust seafood Pizza

Order takeaway or home delivery rather than heating up your own kitchen.

Drink Cider

Drink cold beverages. Refrigerated your wine. Don’t be scared to add ice.

What are your key tips for surviving summer?

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