Garden ready for Summer fun

If it feels like winter’s never going to end, then it might be time to start thinking and dreaming about the summer that’s right around the corner.

Cold, chilly nights will soon be replaced by long, warm evenings. But how ready is your garden for hosting BBQs and keeping guests entertained? It’s time to talk summer transformation.

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Hard area

If you’ve got a patio or decking you’re going to need to start by weeding and cleaning your wood or stones. A few months left exposed to the elements will have taken their toll and led to some discolouration so consider turning the jet hose on it to blast through dirt and grime and lift off those stuck on leaves.

Tackle The Lawn

If the seasons haven’t been kind to your grass, then there are several options you can consider. Start by sowing grass seed to adequately fill in any gaps. Make sure that your lawn is properly draining by going over it with an aerator and backfilling with seed. Cut back shorter in the summer to allow more water to penetrate below the surface and keep your lawn in tip top condition.

If it all looks like too much, then you could go down the artificial route. With plenty of shades and tones to choose from, you’ll be able to pick a colour that you love and all with practically no upkeep, bar the need to sweep away debris and hose away dirt. You may be able to install the grass yourself if you area is small enough, otherwise call in the professionals to do it for you.

On the other hand, you may decide that a country meadow look is going to be this spring and summer style. While the plan might be to let your grass grow a little longer, you can still control what’s growing by weeding and introducing some beautiful wild plants.

Do your bit for the ecosystem by introducing plants that attract honey and bumble bees, butterflies and insects to turn your outside space into something of a haven for nature. Complete the look with plenty of hanging food for birds to find in any surrounding trees you have.

If you have a pond in your garden, now is the time to give it a thorough clear out. If you can, drain it and give the casing a good scrub with specially formulated cleaner that won’t upset any fish you have in there. Check that any water pumps are still functioning properly and refill, ready to reintroduce your wildlife and pond plants.

Update Your Furniture

Metal garden furniture can also show the effects of a cold winter and unless you have space to store them in a shed or garage, chances are they might be showing signs of rust and general wear and tear. You might consider changing up to rattan or a manmade substitute that will prove a little hardier and has the benefit of being able to drain water easily. Upgrade your garden furniture with a whole new look, including a new dining table, chaise longues and so on.

You’ll be able to buy all manner of accessories to make your summer go with a bang, from an outside pizza oven that can also act as a source of heat to a thoroughly modern, fully functional BBQ set complete with hotplates and so on. If you’re going to do BBQ season, you might as well do it with the best piece of kit on the market.

Plants

Don’t forget your planting scheme. Fill those borders with bright, low maintenance flowers and shrubs that fill your garden with colour and scent. You don’t have to be a gardening expert to produce something impressive, but just ask for recommendations for low hassle flowers at your local gardening centre and you’ll be able to impress everyone with your style. Choose plants that attract wildlife and you’ll soon have a garden complete with a cacophony of buzzing sounds.

Light Up The Party

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From fairy lights to security lights, you need something to keep the party going. If you prefer a more natural look then go for the option of candles aplenty to create an atmospheric, chilled outside experience. Or opt for low key lightings, like the hanging fairy light options that can be dimmed right down and placed to illuminate more subtly. Why not bring a little extra heat to the garden with a gas heater that combines impressive warmth with a subtle downlight.

You also have the option of solar lights that can be placed at strategic points around the garden and that will glow as the sun sets, using up the energy they’ve stored during the day. A cost effective method of bringing attention to the parts of the garden you’re proud of.

Summer is right around the corner, so whether you’re planning on giving the garden a complete makeover or just a spring clean, start now and get your green spaces in perfect shape for a summer of entertainment and fun.

Why not treat your younger guests and members of the family with some outside toys. A trampoline always goes down well, as does a swing set. If you have the space, then bring out those garden cricket and tennis sets and throw up a badminton net between a couple of trees, or better still a hammock.

Start with a general tidy up, getting your grass cut to the right length. Give your hard surfaces a once over so they’re shining clean and ready to take new furniture. Treat yourself to a new set and get rid of anything rusty and old that doesn’t go with your overall look. Then you’re ready to road test that new BBQ. Give the chef in in your life a new set of BBQ utensils and they’ll be raring to get it fired up.

Then all that’s left to do is lay back on your new recliner, cocktail in hand and listen to the sound of the birds and bees taking advantage of your newly planted borders and enjoying the garden almost as much as you.

Great Tips for Jewellery Shopping

What girl doesn’t like buying jewellery? You’ll see plenty of unique pieces in their collection. Fine vintage and antique pieces that are exquisitely hand crafted are also treasured possessions in any woman’s jewellery box. If you like shopping for fine jewellery, here are a few tips to help you make the right choices.

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Know your Budget

We would all love to spend our time acquiring fine jewellery, but one must be realistic. Work out how much you can afford, and do not go over that figure, as you can easily find yourself short, and jewellery is definitely not considered a necessity. Knowing your budget will make your search a lot easier, and the frequency of a purchase should reflect your lifestyle. If you would like an update, there are some of the popular jewellery styles, which might give you some inspiration.

Buy Online

If you are interested in acquiring antique or vintage jewellery, search online for a reputable antique dealer, who would have an impressive catalogue of items, and that allows you to browse literally hundreds of fine items of jewellery, and from the comfort of your living room too! Check out the pieces of art deco jewellery worn by celebrities and you are sure to find something that hits the spot. Online shopping is convenient, and you are not paying extra for plush showrooms, and with the dealer’s expertise, whatever your preferences, he can source the right pieces to add to your growing collection. Once you have found the perfect item, a secure online payment will see the piece packaged and delivered to your door, and you can’t get much better than that.

Think Investment 

When buying jewellery, it is always best to look at vintage or antique items, as they appreciate in value, providing they are looked after. Your jewellery collection will grow as time passes, and with some astute purchases, the collection will become a valuable asset. When you purchase a modern jewellery item, you lose at least 30%, should you wish to sell, yet with a fine antique piece, the value will only increase. Whatever your preferred style, the online antique dealer has a great selection of vintage and antique jewellery items, and all at affordable prices.

Do Some Online Searching 

Google images is your best friend when wanting ideas for jewellery, and once you see something you like, you can start looking for it through a reputable online antique dealer. If, for example, you sent the dealer an image of a necklace you like, he would be able to source something similar, and with his help, you will always find what you want. Forging an alliance with such a dealer will pay long-term dividends, and whenever you want to source a particular jewellery item, give him a call or send an email.

It is always best to have a firm idea of what you want prior to shopping, and with a budget in mind, you can search the online antique dealers for suitable items. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings of all shapes and sizes can be found through an online antique dealer, and whether you prefer art deco or the glitzy forties, the online dealer has an extensive catalogue of fine items, and what he hasn’t got, he can easily source.

The 5 Most Luxurious Ski Towns in Colorado

With idyllic views, excitement, and fine dining it’s no wonder why celebrities choose to visit and purchase mountainside mansions in Colorado. Book a vacation at one of the opulent ski resorts in the state.

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Vail

Vail Ski Resort has the largest ski mountain in the state with 31 lifts and three terrain parks which are all extensively groomed. For those looking for extensive vertical skiing, Vail Ski Resort offers more than 2,000 acres of terrain, with a maximum elevation of 13,150 feet.

Vail mainly caters to high-end travellers because of the upscale shopping, the luxurious accommodations, and the fine dining. Dine at Game Creek Restaurant for the best dinner in the Vail Valley. Game Creek is a cozy European-style chalet with American gourmet meals and a magnificent wine list. Dining is exclusive to members and only open to the public from 6-8:30 p.m. If you manage to snag a reservation get ready to devour some serious meals.

Keystone

Keystone Ski Resort has 3,000 acres of skiable terrain spread across three peaks: Decorum Mountain, North Peak, and The Outback. For the advanced skiers or snowboarders, The Outback is the highest peak in the resort at just under 12,000 feet. Play golf on the links style of a traditional Scottish course on the front nine. The back nine offers a rolling mountain valley layout. Wind through panoramic views of the lodgepole pine forest and around sage meadows.

Dine at the Après Ski Tip Lodge, a historic homestead once home to Keystone’s founding family. Ski Tip is one of the greatest restaurants in the country and has been on OpenTable’s Top 100 list since 2013.

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat reflects an influential Western heritage that gives the area a Wild West feel. The Steamboat Grand Ski Resort is located around Mount Werner, well known for the remarkable tree skiing. Stay in one of the luxurious penthouses situated in the resort. Soak in Strawberry Park’s 104-degree mineral water hot spring. Relax even further by scheduling a massage in one of the private massage huts or enjoy watsu therapy in the private pool.

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Breckenridge

With brightly painted Victorian architecture and manicured landscapes, Breckenridge is a must-see city. The five peaks at Breckenridge Ski Resort contain 187 trails and the highest lift-served terrain in North America. The half-pipes and terrain parks are the best places to practice freestyle tricks and jumps. Professional skiers and snowboarders frequently train in one of the five parks. X Games royalty Bobby Brown, Keri Herman, and Simon Dumont call the first-rate terrain parks home. Mountain bike through Breckenridge Trails through blue, green, and black mountain bike specific trails.

Telluride

Located in the historic western town, Telluride Ski Resort offers champagne powder snow, epic terrain, and elegant dining. The resort is a ski enthusiast’s dream with well-manicured bowls, chutes, cliffs, and glades. Oprah Winfrey owns a $17 million estate in Telluride, and it is no wonder why.

Colorado is the perfect place for a luxurious ski vacation. Visit for the grand vacation of your dreams.