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Citrus shades don’t need to be overpowering. Palest lemon, soft orange, faded lime … subtle but fresh shades to kick off the (blissfully) warm months.

Just look at the magnificent colours of this pelican … is he not just so magnificent! We’re paging through  The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa, Peter Ginn and Geoff McIlleron’s astonishingly beautiful coffee table two-book set. It really is the essential gift for birders – with more than 1 400 stunning photos of close to 1000 species, as well as fascinating comments from top birding experts. It costs R1476, which includes an app, and all profits going to The Unlimited Child, an organisation committed to addressing the dire need for early childhood education in our country.  Available online. Details:

Let’s kick off summer with a bottle of bubbly. We’re drinking these two fabulous options from Steenberg this September. The Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is made to be fun, fruity and fresh. You’ll smell passion fruit, pink grapefruit, melon, guava, mango and green fig; you’ll taste fresh and zingy pineapple and passion fruit – perfect for a hot day R120. If you prefer a Chardonnay, the 1682 Brut Chardonnay has scents of brioche, fresh green apples and subtle dried herbs (we’re swooning) … it’s a full-flavoured MCC and is perfect for all occasions … not that we need an excuse! R175

Four summer treats
Loving this Placecol Hydrating range for face and body. There’s a lotion and wash, and it’s gentle enough for the whole family. From R325 to R395. Details: 0861-11-2222 • Fresh, effervescent and flirty, with bursts of fruit, citrus, green tea and juicy nectarine … Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Nectarine Blossom is our go-to spring fragrance. R425 • Our new fave product … it’s just so swanky – Smith and Cult nail colour … The Bee Side, R378 from online store • Entice anyone into your home with this delicious Classic Votive Soylites candle, R80. Think aromas of ginger, cinnamon, grapefruit, and sweet orange. Hmmm… Details:

Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange ultra-moisturising hand therapy … a burst of freshness for your hands. R120.

ClemenGold Gin, a classic dry, hand-crafted gin, is smooth and subtle, with hints of citrus, almond and cinnamon. It’s brilliant in a refreshing G&T, great in the classic gin cocktail, but we like it best on ice with a twist of orange or a cinnamon stick. From around R350, depending on your bottle store.

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