metropol » spring

Tag: spring

Springtime crush


Freshen up your habitat for spring with these interior picks we’re currently crushing on.

Sage advice – Sage greens have a calming earthiness which brings the outside in. Resene Peace

Classy glasses – Channel your inner Gatsby with a 1920s champagne saucer.  Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Saucer.


Refresh your walls for the season of regeneration. Hotel Magique Tout Est Magique print


Nice & dry – Do the dishes in style. Citta Muriwai Tea Towel

Natural materials in interesting shapes prevail. Mark Tuckey Slat Round Bedside Table

Brighten the mood with a standout floor lamp. Trenzseater Studio Floor Lamp in Hand Rubbed Antique Brass

Architectural vases add interest with or without flowers. Kristina Dam Studio Dual hand-blown vase
Turn up the texture with a jute rug. Nodi Looped Jute Rug

Don’t wait for a special occasion to add a beautiful and cosy occasional chair to your lounge or sitting room. Huggy (faux-shearling) chair by Sarah Ellison

A fruit bowl Van Gogh could only dream of. BoConcept Expose Tray


Add intimacy and a sense of occasion to any meal with table linens in natural hues. Lovely Linen Misty Napkins in Meadow

Add to the ambience with a revitalising scent. Lyttelton Lights Lemongrass and Ginger candle


From the Editor: 17 September 2020


We’re living in a uniquely stressful time. Between the fluctuating number of community Covid-19 transmissions, oscillating government alert levels and a general air of uncertainty – the bright side can seem hard to find.

 

At Metropol we’re all about celebrating and supporting the community, and this raison d’être has taken on more relevance in present climes.

Evidence shows optimistic people are less stressed, healthier and can even live longer, so on page 10 we share practical tips from world-leading experts on how to build such a mindset.

We also share inspiring stories from closer to home, of people who live these ideals every day.

Jazz Thornton, a 22-year-old mental health advocate who, by sharing her story, is saving lives and changing the way we talk about such important issues.

And Octogenarian John Winkie who will bike across Banks Peninsula to raise money for an important cause.

We learn about a local business, Cactus Outdoor, which is pivoting in the face of the global pandemic by using its local manufacturing facilities to create high grade face masks.

We find out what Addington has in store for a new-look racing festival, and what boutique hotel The George has on offer for those planning a way to commemorate the end of an unforgettable year.

However, I would also like to extend the invitation to our readers to send in your own suggestions for stories you, too, think Metropol should be celebrating in its pages.


 

Pass the pasta, please!


Versatile in form and flavours, pasta is a classic staple on high rotation for many household menus for very good reasons.

 

But don’t make the mistake of relegating this ultimate comfort food to winter. Instead, impress your guests (or even just yourself) with these refreshing springtime pasta suggestions that will make anyone say, “Mama mia that is good!”.

The creamy no cream pasta:
Hear us out – for those of you that are dairy-free or vegan, this is the substitute for you. Make like top tier New Zealand chef Nadia Lim who uses a creamy cashew cream sauce in place of dairy alternatives to ensure creamy cravings are satisfied, but dietary requirements are not compromised.

The no fuss fancy pasta:
Instagram foodie favourite @alexskitchenstory makes using highbrow ingredients look easy (and ‘grammable). Alex shows us how sometimes all it takes is one gourmet ingredient like truffle oil to elevate any dish from ooh la nah to ooh la la. She pairs such luxe components with fresh, nutritious partners like fresh mushrooms and herbs.

The non-pasta pasta:
If you were wanting to mix it up, try creating a pasta dish… without the pasta. Scandalo, as the Italians would say. Opt for courgette spaghetti, like that pictured, using the refreshing vegetable in season from October until May. You can also try using kumara or broccoli stems, or purchase readymade options fashioned from lentils and pulses.


 

Is your ride road ready? Leading Edge Automotive


Spring is here at last. The days are getting longer and best of all, the weather is getting warmer.
Now is as good a time as any for a road trip in our own backyard. However, making sure your wheels are tip top before you hit the road is paramount.

 

At 480 Selwyn Street, Leading Edge Automotive can provide you with the servicing, diagnostics and mechanical know-how to give you peace of mind motoring while traversing the open roads of New Zealand. Leading Edge are specialists in late model European cars but are more than capable of working on all makes and models.

Leading Edge can do it all. The team’s latest diagnostic equipment can pinpoint any problem and reveal the best way to remedy it.

Their experienced team of technicians are always acquiring new skills and attending advanced training seminars, such as specialised electric vehicle training, to build on their already vast knowledge of technology and how complex components work and interact.

Leading Edge Automotive also provide you with a courtesy vehicle from its fleet of 10, which also includes the very popular all-electric Nissan Leaf.

So whether your spring journey is a few hundred kilometres, or just around the block, Leading Edge Automotive will give your car the onceover it deserves.


 

Hello Spring! Louvre Solutions


Spring is just around the corner – the days are getting longer, the air is fresh and clean, and new beginnings are here for the taking. We welcome its arrival and look forward to comfortably basking in the great outdoors once again. Which means the timing is perfect for expanding your indoor living into the sunny outdoors, now, in preparation for its arrival.

 

Louvre Solutions can create a custom space that suits your individual needs with a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down or motorized side screens, LED lighting, and heat lamps.

Entertaining at home has never been easier and Canterbury-based Louvre Solutions, owned and operated by Craig Rogers, knows how to create the perfect outdoor space. Louvre Solutions can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition.

The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection. Our roofs are waterproof, and you will no longer need to cover your outdoor furniture, BBQs and upholstery as they will be protected from the harsh New Zealand elements.

Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realize your vision.

The patio louvre system is strong and conforms to all wind and snow load requirements.

Integrating flawlessly into any architectural style, Louvre Solutions manufactures in Canterbury from extruded aluminum which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain.

“When we started, these premium products were prohibitively expensive. Even with ongoing improvements and advancements in technology to our products, we can offer Louvre Solutions at an affordable price. We are accessible to markets from entry level properties to very high-end spec homes,” Craig says.

From aesthetic to practical and environmental benefits, louvres are a brilliant addition and can be planned as part of the design and build process or retrofitted.

The roofs create shading when required, and light and heat from the sun when necessary – which can significantly reduce energy required for cooling and heating.

With more than 15 years in the industry, Louvre Solutions’ reputation is built on a solid foundation.

Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies.

A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks, making today the perfect time to order yours to ensure a summer of outdoor enjoyment.


 

Spring into gardening


Spring is a season of regeneration in the garden, but just like most things in life, new growth doesn’t come from nowhere. Here are Metropol’s tips for growing a luscious garden by the time the season hits its peak.

 

 

CLEAR IT UP
Remove all the debris like leaves, sticks and whatever else has gathered over winter. Then, get weeding! Make sure you get rid of the roots to rid your garden of weeds once and for all. It can also be time to cull any old plants, make like Marie Kondo and remove those which no longer serve.

SORT OUT YOUR SOIL
Just like your skin, soil can get dried out and dull over winter – so early spring is time to moisturise that dirt. Start early so beds are ready for planting once temperatures increase. Begin by adding organic material like compost or manure in an even layer, a good rule of thumb is 40L of organic matter per 2sqm of garden space, worked in thoroughly. This aerates and improves organic matter, nutrient content, and microbial activity.

SOWING THE SEED
In Canterbury and the lower South Island, where our temperatures can take their time to rise, don’t risk your seeds by planting them too early. Instead, consider seeing your favourite summer plants indoors with seed trays. Some gardening gurus recommend waiting until Labour weekend to make the call on whether your summer seedings should go in the outdoor soil.

LOVE THY LAWN
Showing your lawn some love now could make all the difference to whether you are enjoying some soft, full and green grass this summer. The secret? Fertilising well and often will lower the PH of the soil, which should promote the growth of your lawn – and not those pesky weeds.

 

ON THE TOOLS
Make sure you’ve got the right tools at hand to help you get your garden into shape, and that they’re sharp and in good working order. Some essentials include:
• A good pair of gloves to protect your hands from dirt, thorns, and splinters
• Some sharp secateurs which will cut, not crush, stems
• Loppers to prune harder to reach areas or thicker branches
• A garden fork to turn and dig soil
• A hand trowel for replanting
smaller plants
• A short-handled square shovel for digging holes, moving dirt, and edging


 

Spring Fling!


Spring has long been associated with regeneration, but it’s equally time to update, refresh and create a whole new vibe. We’ve looked forward to the spring 2020 colour palette so you can prepare for a spring fling!

 

MAKING ME BLUSH: ‘Millennial Pink’ has been a colour craze since the summer of 2016 and it is showing no sign of slowing down. It’s a colour that has paved the way and angled the spotlight on the ‘world of pink’. By doing so, it has allowed for the colour blush, a more subtle version of the punchy millennial pink, to come to the forefront. The colour matches well with white, camel and soft pink.

MUSTARD MADE THE SKINNY IN OLIVE AND BLUSH

FEELING BLUE: Classic blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020, making it a hue that you’re more than likely to see everywhere this year. Described by Pantone as “a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection”, blue has long been used to connote serenity, reflection, calmness, serenity and trust, helping to calm the mind and help it focus.

ADAIRS FADED GREEN ENCYCLOPAEDIA CANVAS

GREEN WITH ENVY: Green is another colour to watch out for in spring this year, specifically sage green. There’s something that’s so fresh and organic about it. Not to mention it’s unisex, perfect for masculine and feminine spaces. The ‘go green movement’ doesn’t just have to represent the switch to sustainability, go green in all aspects of life.

LINEN HOUSE SHANI BLUSH PILLOWCASE.

PRETTY AS A PEACH: Peach Jelly to be exact. This pastel peach will be all the rage next season. The colour really gets a chance to pop when it’s matched with strong shades of dark green or grey. It looks great on accessories around the home such as rugs and cushions.

ADAIRS MONGOLIAN SHEEPSKIN CUSHION

GOOD AS GOLD: Maybe don’t go overboard with this one… the only place ‘all-gold’ everything looks good is in a palace. But that’s not to say that it can’t look good in splashes throughout your space – it’s time to create a regal feeling. It also pairs nicely with the sage green listed above.

LINEN HOUSE SHANI BLUSH PILLOWCASE

 

Full Swing into Spring

Full Swing into Spring: North Canterbury’s spring social calendar


Every year North Canterbury’s spring social calendar gets more exciting. Spring is in full swing, and so is every weekend in Waimakariri. Visit www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz/events/ for the low down on what’s happening, where to be and when.

 

Full Swing into Spring

 

For the sports fans:

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cycling Championships Team Time Trial is Saturday 29 September, with the Road Race on Sunday 30 – both at Loburn School. The Points Race is Monday 1 October at Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

For the book worms:

Sniff out a great read at the Book Fair fundraiser at St Bart’s Church Hall, Kaiapoi, 28 and 29 September.

For the theatre buffs:

On Sunday, 29 September, the Wind and the Willows will be performed by the junior department of Hartley School of Performing Arts, at Rangiora Town Hall.

For the nature lovers:

The 2018 Breeze Walking Festival runs from 2 to 14 October, kicking off with the Twilight River Bird Discovery, and then leisurely social sanctuary, reserve and coastal park walks.

For the foodies:

The 3rd annual Oxford Farmers Market Amateur Cheesemakers Competition at the Farmers Market, is on Sunday 21 October.

And for a little bit of country:

The Rangiora (Northern) A & P show starts Friday 19 October for the equestrian events and Saturday 20 showcases a diversity of family entertainment.

 

 



 

Summoning Spring

Summoning Spring


All gardens beckon to be beautified in spring. Thankfully, the professionals can do those hard chores, making life so much easier.

 

Summoning Spring

 

Pruning may seem simple, but there’s a science to it. A great gardener will have the knack. A professional prune up is a sensible spring start, to help produce healthy roses and abundant summer fruits. Hedges will be starting to bush out in all directions, so enlist someone with the right tools to tackle this arduous job, safely.
Muddy-patched lawns might need re-sowing and fertilising as it’ll soon be time to relax on a carpet of lush green. Just like a vacuumed floor or well-made bed, gardens look finished with beautiful lawns.

It’s party time for weeds, so a great gardener will remove them by their resilient roots and create a cunning plan to mitigate an invasion of the weedy kind! They can prepare and replenish soils, mulch and fertilise, for a vegetable garden that reaps tasty rewards. Savvy advice for ongoing garden maintenance and problems make these green-fingered professionals worth every penny!
Mossy, mouldy paths and decks, suddenly seems so drearily drab in spring sunshine, so get someone in to carefully water-blast and freshly stain the deck, and see to those messy jobs, like clearing spouting and drains, and places rotting foliage and debris have accumulated.

If an area just doesn’t seem to work and no solution springs to mind, landscapers are creative creatures, brimming with practical, aesthetic ideas. Perhaps a patio, pergola, paved pathway, barbeque area, artwork, lighting, or releveling and terracing. Adding the right trees and shrubbery can shelter exposed areas, or add privacy and colour. Make the garden the most magnificent room of the home this summer!

 



 

Wedding planning

For every season : weather and weddings when to tie the knot

Whether you want a winter wonderland or a spring soiree, every season can play to its strengths; it just comes down to which of the weather gods you want to work their magic on your big day.

Wedding planning

While we don’t like to deal in cliches, we are keen advocates of what each season is synonymous with when it comes to creating a beautiful vibe, so here’s what you can expect or strive for if you’ve got a certain season in mind for your matrimonial celebrations.

Spring: Nothing can beat the blossoms and sweet smells of spring, from the delicious produce to the romantic blooms. All things bright and beautiful come with dependable spring, which also provides a gorgeous backdrop for photos.

Summer: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when guests have great energy; the weather is usually quite consistent; you can enjoy your gown without having to cover up; there are more options for an outdoor event. What’s not to love?

Autumn: Who wouldn’t gush over this seasonal showstopper? It’s arguably the most picturesque of the seasons with its rich colours – yellows, golds, chocolate brown. The perks of an autumn wedding are multitudinous. The chance of rain isn’t as high; it’s harvest time so there’s an abundance of delicious foods; costs are still reasonably affordable.

Winter: Think roaring fire; mulled wine; amaryllis, orchid, greenery and berry bouquets; furs (faux, to be kind) and snow if you win the wedding weather lottery. This glorious season has many benefits – potential increases in vendor availability in the ‘off-season’; a honeymoon in the sun to escape the grey skies; the divine details – wreaths, candles, a cosy ambience.