Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published September 1st 2015
Give spring a warm welcome
The last few weeks have witnessed spring finally waking up from a long nap, putting its flower coat on, and telling winter goodbye. It has been dressing the streets of Adelaide with colourful blooms, fluffy clouds, chirping birds and pale winter survivors have been gardening in their front yards.
However, after the long, wet winter; if you are not a particularly green thumb person and you have been known to kill nuclear resistant cactuses, what other things can you do during this season, that's not pruning the roses and feeding worms?
Here is a small list of fun things you can do during Spring in Adelaide, without breaking the bank.
Sports in the park find a new outdoor sport or activity and head to the local park with friends or family, a game of Frisbee, badminton or even croquet. You can buy the equipment from thrift stores and share some physical activity with your loved ones.
Host a vegetarian barbecue if you turned into a meat dependent Viking during Winter. Spring is your chance to give your body a rest from protein and get some seasonal vegetables into your bloodstream. Get together with friends and let your creativity out on the grill with char grilled eggplant, vegetarian salads, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and stuffed capsicums or tomatoes, just to name a few.
If you are not the cooking type, try your local library and get some vegetarian recipe books and experiment on the grill.Click here for some recipes
Re invent your home or wardrobe. The don't call it Spring clean for nothing. Put some music on and enjoy redecorating your home office, kids room, wardrobe, or any other room that may be looking or feeling dull and tired. Move furniture around, repaint things, swap decorations with friends, or head to your local thrift shop for inexpensive and recycled ornaments or donate unwanted goods to local charities. Additionally, you can freshen up things with flower buds or with home made natural air fresheners.(click here for recipes).
Classic breakfast or brunch. Give those outdoor chairs and tables a good clean, gather some pretty flowers and prepare a classic breakfast or brunch to share. Enjoy the sun, fresh eggs, mimosas, freshly brewed coffee or tea, and perhaps some home made bread...if you wake up early enough! Soak up some well needed sun and enjoy a long lazy conversation over the most important meal of the day.Check out these original recipes
Picnic and games. Head to your local park, such as Adelaide's Botanical Gardens or Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens, and enjoy a picnic. Pack a rug, insect repellent and board games or sports gear, and you can make the food as fancy or as simple as your budget allows.Click here for some lovely and original ideas.
Discover a new cocktail bar. All through winter, I have seen so many cool bars I want to check out, but some days it has been just too cold to even step out the front door. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, then dress up and head to that cocktail bar that has been tickling your curiosity. Try a new drink or two and dance the night away without 20 layers of clothing on.
Outdoor arts. With pleasant weather and good lighting from the sun, Adelaide will become your muse. Take your camera, smart phone, sketch pad, water colours, writing pad or even crochet needles, and head out to capture the season in a piece of art or craft and be inspired by the beauty and uniqueness Spring offers.
Nature foraging. If you want to try your luck at growing new plants in your garden, head out and take tiny cuttings so you can regrow them at home. Remember to do your research and know which plants can regrow from cuttings and of course, respect private property, otherwise you might get some harsh seasons greetings from a very angry garden owner. You can also collect little flowers or plants to make a quick flower arrangement with local wildflowers or weeds. Some herbs also grow wild in Australia so you can gather them and dry them to use in cooking or other kitchen products.Click here for an easy growing guide.
Visit the local markets. Head to your local market and buy some seasonal produce. Support your community and gardening enthusiasts and cook up a new recipe using those ingredients. You will not only get the best nutritional value from fresh fruits and vegetables, but you will also feel the gratification of buying from small and independent farmers, instead of multinational companies. Keep an eye on your local paper, community news feed or social media groups for times, dates and entry fees.
Discover a new coffee shop. Whatever the season is, some of us still enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or tea and the warmth serenity of a cool little coffee shop. Find a new favourite one and take a book or magazine or just your thoughts to keep you company. Watch the world go by and make it your regular spot for this flowery season.
Do you know of local lovely coffee shops? Share the knowledge in the comment box at the bottom of this article!
Lets get physical. Dust your sneakers, bicycle or roller blades and head outside for some exercise. The air smells different and the sun will warm even the coldest creakiest bones. Depending on the path you take, you might even see some wildlife and of course, plants, flowers and trees all wearing their best outfits!