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Walking on the (re)wild side


As spring gives way to summer, green-fingered folk itch to get out there and start marshalling their gardens into a manicured precision. But wait! A new gardening trend, rewilding, is encouraging gardeners to let nature take its course on kept landscapes.

 

 

Technically a form of large-scale conservation dedicated to returning land to a degree of natural habitats, rewilding is taking on new meaning in home gardens.

Now, trendsetters are allowing plants to lose manicured neatness in favour of a more relaxed aesthetic.

Touted as the newest gardening trend by The Guardian, Living Etc, and The Telegraph, rewilding on a domestic scale is about embracing principals of stepping back and allowing natural processes to occur.

SIMPLE STEPS TO REWILDING:

Swap chemicals for organic methods – swap fertilisers for an organic seaweed feed.

Choose flowering plants that are ace pollinators – open shapes rather than densely petalled blooms.

If wilding grassy areas, choose plants that cope with competition – such as wild roses, meadow geraniums and poppies.

Plant native hedging rather than fencing to provide bird shelter – flower and berry hedges are even better.

Feed your soil – healthy soil creates a biodiverse garden from the ground up. Top borders and bare earth with a mulch of organic matter to increase soil health.


 

Eat your greens


There can be no surer sign of impending summer than the abundance of fresh, green vegetables gracing us with their presence. From vibrant asparagus spears, to lively broccoli, colourful kale, brilliant lettuce and a wealth of herbs. Here are Metropol’s tips for piling those plates with every shade of green.

 

 

GREEN FRITTERS
Zhush up your standard corn fritters with the addition of spinach, courgette, and fresh herbs. Try mint, parsley and lemon balm. Crumble feta atop and serve with relish and add a rasher of bacon.

KALE ME
Not only great for green smoothies, kale is delicious sautéed with garlic, chilli and butter, or used as the base for a green salad. Just remember to de-stalk and soften the leaves by rubbing with your preferred oil.

SALAD STORIES
As the weather warms, our meals cool – and this is salad’s time to shine. Bolster your bowl of greens by including blanched broccoli, grilled asparagus, avocado, mint and parsley. Sprinkle with your favourite nuts and seeds, and dress with lemon juice and olive oil.


 

Next gen summer tipples


The sweet sound of a pour pricks many an ear on a hot summer’s day. While it’s hard to beat an ice-cold rosé or beer, last summer we saw a new wave of naturally flavoured and sweetened ready-to-drink alcoholic bevvies take the zeitgeist by storm with classy branding and highbrow flavour matches. This summer, the trend continues – so Metropol looks at the new sipping selection.

 

 

CIDER SIDESTEP:
Gone are the alcopops, instead we’re seeing the rise of hard seltzer – a fermented and carbonated fruit-based alcohol. Tired of the basic apple cider? Zeffer takes a massive cide-step (excuse the pun) into making watermelon, orange and grapefruit and guava cider-based seltzers at less than 100 calories and 1.65g of sugar per drink. Launching November.

THE VERDICT: Fresh, zingy and surprisingly light. Go for guava!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOMBUCHA THAT KICKS:
Calling all kombucha lovers – because your favourite sugar-free probiotic fizzy fruit drink just got a whole lot quirkier. Bomb Bucha have released an alcoholic kombucha in lemon and mint, and raspberry and lime. Putting the kick in health kick! Less than 60 calories per drink and 1.87g of sugar.

THE VERDICT: The perfect balance of bitter and subtle sweetness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOUJEE BEER:
There may be a lot of purists who believe beer should not be touched. But Club Setter’s beer-base seltzer, just 1.7g of sugar, less than 100 calories per drink and full of natural fruit flavour shows you can have the best of both worlds – fruit and froth.

THE VERDICT: The malty flavour of beer, with a fruity kick. We liked the watermelon best.

 

 

 

 

 

FULL OF PASSION:
Pals captured the public’s imagination with its collection of boujee-flavoured RTDs in summer 2019. For 2020, we’re getting a peach and passionfruit remix. In this pastel purple can you’ll find vodka mixed with Central Otago peach, passionfruit and soda. This new flavour becomes the fifth friend in the Pals group.

THE VERDICT: Sweet yet refreshing, with no overpowering aftertaste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINE O’CLOCK:
Left Field is New Zealand’s first wine-based seltzer, providing a crisp base flavour enhanced with a refreshing array of fruity ingredients including yuzu, mint and cucumber with sauvignon blanc, strawberry and hibiscus with rosé, and pear and ginger with pinot gris. Only 68 calories per can and less than 1g of sugar.

THE VERDICT: Our pick of the hard seltzers. Refreshing flavours with that crisp wine finish.

 

 

 


 

Paving the way: Affordable Concrete Paving


Summer is well on the way, so now is as good a time as any to tick off those concrete jobs with the help of the extra light and warmer weather. Affordable Concrete and Paving know this too, which is why it’s the perfect choice for your summer concrete or paving project.

 

 

With deep roots in Canterbury, the business is a family affair with over three decades of experience to draw from.

By giving generations of Cantabrians quality concrete and paving expertise at competitive prices, Affordable Concrete and Paving will undertake any project, any size.

Whether it’s a residential driveway, or your commercial venture needs a new carpark, footpath or kerbing, the team will take you through the process step by step, with a no obligation pricing service and can even give you a quote on site or from plans.

Also, the team can lend a hand when it comes to your new build or renovation project.

Their tightly knit team are always available for consultation and will help you get the best quality concrete and paving to suit your budget.

For more info on how Affordable Concrete can bring your concrete project to life this summer, head online or call (03) 354 2140.


 

Get summer ready: Woven Veranda


We’re quickly ramping up for the time of the year when we can really make the most of the Kiwi love of the outdoors. Give your outdoor living and dining zones a designer look with the latest in rattan outdoor furniture from WovenVeranda – offering both contemporary and classic collections – in the Old School Collective, Main North Road, Waikuku.

 

With UV-stabilised PolyCarbon woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing, it’s furniture that’s made to last! We’ve pulled together our favourite pieces.

 

IF IT SUITES! Comprising of a chair, two or three seater sofa, or mix and match modular options, The Lagoon enables you to create your own lounge suite – sculpted to your outdoor space. This deluxe double-layered wicker suite will look the part in your space.

 

 

SWING HIGH: The Gentle Annie and Gentle Andy Swing Seats are the ultimate combination of tradition and trend. The Gentle Annie displays weaved lattice work and cosy cushions, while the Gentle Andy has a clean smooth line that is also accompanied by cosy cushions.

CHAIRS! We’re all about versatility and the Minchin chair is just that – equally at ease paired with a dining table like WovenVeranda’s Solid Teak Table (pictured) as it is sitting pretty in a conservatory, with a lower concave area from the knee down offering additional ergonomic comfort.


 

A sound summer slumber


We all know there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to make us feel that much better to face the new day ahead, but as our weather starts to warm, we need to cool down our beds, both layer wise and appearance wise.

 

A winterweight duvet in the shade of hot chilli does not soothe a tired soul on a sweltering night. So, here’s the lowdown on keeping your bed stylish and your body temp down low this summer.

LIGHTEN THE LAYERS
If you haven’t already, think about investing in a lighter duvet or comforter of cotton, linen, silk, or any other lightweight fabric. A lightweight bedspread in fresh colours brings an instant breezy summer feel to rooms. Try a classic white, or mix it up with summery sorbets in pale pinks, purples and cornflour blues.

FAVOURITE FIBRES
Keep sheets and blankets in lighter colours too; remember, less heat is absorbed during the day with lighter colours. Layer thinner sheets and blankets to stay cooler or warmer as the temperature changes. The fabric in your sheets makes all the difference and natural options, like linen, cotton, bamboo and silk breathe and both look and feel luxurious.

THROWING SHADE
Matelassé (pronounced “mat-le-SAY”) blankets, coverlets, bedspreads, and pillow shams are the perfect layer of lightweight warmth. Matelassé is made from luxurious fabrics intricately woven on jacquard looms in Portugal and Italy. To avoid waking with cold feet, (we all know what that’s like) drape a lightweight wool throw over the end of your bed to keep them warm.


 

Rocking the stone look: Deccan Stone


We’ve long been a fan of natural stone, after all, rocking this look gives you looks and longevity! Whether you’ve got a summer barbecue project in mind, a driveway to pave or a commercial kerbing job to undertake, there’s a stone profile to suit.

 

Metropol caught up with Deccan Stone Director Paul Rice about paving the way in the industry.

“We’re seeing a lot of granite and what most people know as traditional cobbles for driveways,” says Paul.

“Segmental arches as opposed to straight lines are increasingly popular; offering a traditional pattern that is structurally strong and aesthetically pleasing.”

There are numerous variations of stone profiles that can be utilised to get the look and feel for the job, he says.

While some people love strong lines, others prefer a more handmade look: “If that’s the case, we use hand-cut stone.”

Open by appointment only, Deccan Stone’s yard features examples of the different colours and textures and Paul can talk through colours, thickness and the best profiles for the application.

A landscaper by trade, Paul started his career in London in 1990. Arriving back in New Zealand, he started up a landscaping construction business and a stone importing business – operating symbiotically.

In the last two years, he’s purchased commercial land and built an office and storage facility to be able to offer retail and trade sales – though he’s still out on the tools for the better part of the day.


 

Sustainable summer: Untouched World


The once fast-paced fashion industry known for constantly cycling through trends seems to be slowing down as many brands and consumers embrace sustainability.

 

Here in Christchurch, Untouched World has been at the forefront of the movement since 1998.

It was the first lifestyle fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability and has since gained praise from big names like the Clintons, Barack Obama and Joanna Lumley.

Proud to be 96 percent New Zealand made and 100 percent passionate about protecting the planet, Untouched World’s new summer collection combines sustainably sourced natural fibres with enduring designs to deliver all the comfort of a work-from-home wardrobe without compromising on style.

Strong believers in a less-is-more aesthetic, the company has carved out a niche for timeless, premium quality pieces that dress up or down with ease.

Their latest arrivals include luxurious linens that move effortlessly from meetings to meet-ups, and Tencel tops and dresses that are splashed with a soft, summery seascape inspired print.

Untouched World’s signature ZQ certified Merino knits deliver a dose of uplifting warmth, while an airy recycled cotton capsule offers cooling coverage as the days heat up.

This season also sees the introduction of the CoolTree™ Collection, an ultrafine knitwear range made from an innovative new blend of Merino and Tencel.

On a mission to make a difference and share the feel-good factor with more than just those wearing their clothes, Untouched World donates a percentage of all sales to helping marginalised communities and to educating young people through their UN recognised Sustainability Leadership Programmes.

Shop sustainably this summer at Untouched World at 155 Roydvale Avenue in Christchurch.


 

Effortless summer style: New Order


The countdown to summer is nearly over, meaning it is time to equip your closet for the sunny season ahead. At New Order Boutique in Rolleston there is always plenty to choose from and a great
range of styles.

EB & IVE ZENA DRAWSTRING TOP AND MWANA TOP BOTH IN BUFF BOTANICAL

 

Owner Nikki is just as excited for the new season as we are. She says jumpsuits are still featuring strongly along with pleated skirts and pretty dresses.

There is an abundance of natural fabrics, soft colours and fabulous prints – but for those who love a pop of colour, she says don’t worry, there are still some brights coming through.

Linen is an especially popular option.

“Linen is a must-have for the new season, it’s perfect for summer as it keeps you cool and comfortable – it’s a durable, sustainable fibre and even the simplest designed piece of linen looks beautiful,” says Nikki.

Whilst colours are an important aspect of any outfit – so too is practicality and Nikki loves finding pieces that can be styled effortlessly.

No fiddle, no fuss.

Layering pieces like kimonos are still a stylish and easy addition to any outfit, and it’s often just a matter of popping on a belt and a great pair of earrings to complete your look.

Head into store at 63-67 Tennyson Street, Rolleston. Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.


 

Level headed about insulation: Level Head


Insulating your home or investment property not only keeps you warm and dry and saves on power bills, but it increases the value and compliance of your asset. Metropol catches up with Canterbury and South Island insulation specialist Michael Cations of Level Head to learn more.

 

 

YOU USE INSULATION PANELS. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE AND GLASS WOOL INSULATION?
“We use Expol underfloor heating, which are rigid polystyrene panels fitted under floorboards to stop cold air and damp drawing through. The products are non-allergenic and non-irritating and come in different varieties for different conditions. If you live somewhere extremely cold or windy for example – which is not uncommon in parts of Canterbury and the lower South Island – I’d recommend our graphite-infused product which is 30 percent above code.”

DON’T I HAVE TO DO BIG RENOVATIONS TO GET NEW INSULATION?
“Not at all. Expol is great for new and existing flooring, it exceeds the minimum R Value for timber floors and improves the insulation rating of your home. It’s especially great for polished wooden floors common in older homes, or exposed floors common in newer homes.”

ISN’T SPRING A FUNNY TIME TO INSULATE?
“Spring is actually a great time! Not just because of our spring specials, but most people wait until winter – when there can be long waits and when they won’t get the full benefits of insulation. In spring, it’s generally easier to schedule. It’s also an opportune time to get set up for summer, before your air conditioning bills come in.”

Contact Mike on 0273444680 or via mike@levelhead.co.nz for a no-obligation quote, or to find out more about the springtime specials.