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INSIDE OUT
Presumably, as you read this, summer has already arrived, and you are outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.  Summer in Canada, is a short and much-anticipated season (particularly this year!), and when it finally arrives, we need to make the most of it.
Not just going to the beach/cottage/trailer or whatever your escape might be on the weekends, but everyday, doing our best to bring the outside in, and spending our days outside as much as possible.  Consider running twinkle lights along fences, railings, or around windows, to extend your outside time into the evenings.  It’s surprising how much warm light those tiny little bulbs provide. We tend to forget how lovely it is to sit outside in the evening and enjoy the summer scents and warmth, until June or July comes around again.
If you have a yard, a deck, or a balcony, then you no doubt already have some kind of outdoor furniture allowing you to eat, entertain, or soak up the sun.  If you haven’t already, make the effort to clean out winter’s mess, dead leaves and old shovels, put them out  of sight, and winter out of your mind for as long as you can. 
Both metal and melamine furniture can be given a freshening with spray paint.  Just make sure to lightly sand or roughen (I use a metal brush) the surfaces, and prime before painting, to ensure a season or two of good looks.  Cushions should be stored in sheds or deck boxes, or covered up when not in use for more than a few days, to avoid additional clean-up and fading.
Disguise unpleasant views or features with trellis, umbrellas, or hanging pots for a quick fix.  If you own your home, consider investing in more permanent solutions.  It will not only add to your own enjoyment, but will certainly increase the value of your home. 
Take pictures of the outside of your home and yard during different stages of the season, and consider what is needed to enhance the “curb appeal”.  Is it fresh paint or hardware around the doors and windows, some added lighting around entryways or in the landscaping?  Maybe your walkways need new stones or pavers, or your fencing needs maintenance or added privacy.
If you are a gardener, like me, then you have already been digging, planting, and weeding for the past 3 months.  Take a look at your gardens and plantings over the summer as objectively as possible to see what areas may need altering.  Many plants outgrow their alloted space and need to be separated or moved to a more sunny or shady area. 
Visual interest such as statuary, fountains or water features can be added and highlighted to create focus or deal with a difficult spot.  Consider flowering trees or shrubs.  Not only beautiful to look at, breath in, and potentially eat berries or fruit, but a source of nectar to attract birds and butterflies.
I like to draw a plan of my house and yard, and plan the various areas for walkways, gardens, borders, play areas, storage etc., and then work towards my plan as time and money allows. 
If you are not the type to spend a lot of time working on your property, or need help visualizing and planning the space, there are many landscaping and gardening companies and professionals in the area that can assist you with anything from the full landscape package, to recommendations on plants or colours, and everything in between.

Whatever the activity or pastime that means summer to you is, get out there and dig it, float it, or tan it!  Live life outside while you can, and make some memories for the long cold months to come.

Summer 2013

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