Beautiful Summer Blog

…a love affair with Summer

February 1, 2016
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Sun Protection. More than just Sunscreen

There has been a bit of chatter in the media these last few weeks about Suncream (or Sunscreen if you prefer). Notably a mother who has complained about suncream she bought not working effectively enough to stop her young child from getting sunburnt.

I know nothing about the details of this incident, but it did encourage me to put down my thoughts on Suncream in general.

I use it pretty much every day from Spring through Autumn. I put it on my kids religiously too (you can ask them!!), especially faces. I’m a bit cautious with the sun having got too much myself over the years. But I never consider Suncream the one stop sun protection shop. For me it is more the backstop. There to catch the rays that sneak through. The real protection for me is much simpler and much more effective. Keeping skin out of the sun. That means:

– Staying out of the sun when it is hot and burning. Pretty much 10 to 3 in Australia in Summer. You will never find us on the beach at 11am in Summer unless it is an overcast day.

– Always wearing hats and sunglasses. At the beach and the park, but also for everyday activities. Our kids all have two or three caps to pick from.

– Always wearing UPF50+ rash vest and swim shirts when at the pool or beach. That’s kids plus Mum and Dad.

– Always drying off and covering up when out of the water.

Doing all off that means we are not going to get burnt. PLUS we have suncream for any exposed spots like faces and backs of hands and legs, and we re-apply. The whole package works. Yes it is a bit of effort, but if you plan your days, grab your hats and pack your rashies and cover-ups then the suncream will be your back-up too. In our house the trick to not getting burnt is much more than Suncream alone.

 

Kids swim cover-ups work

Kids swim cover-ups work

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At Terry Rich we sell a wide range of swim and apparel solutions for maximum sun protection. Please browse our range here:

http://www.terryrich.com.au

August 26, 2015
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Emoji eggs. How cool!

I saw this really cool blog post the other day….for DIY Emoji Eggs! Are you familiar with Emojis? The little expression faces that people add to their text messages. Little yellow smiles, winks, surprised faces etc. Now I’m not really into Emoji’s myself but my kids sure are. They love nothing better than sending a text finished with as many Emojis as they can fit in.

 

Emojis

So when I saw the tutorial on making your own Emoji egg faces I knew it would be a hit in our house! The perfect Sunday afternoon craft project to get all the kids smiling. Check them out…aren’t they cool and fun!

 

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Here’s the link to the blog and tutorial and Studio DIY: http://www.studiodiy.com/2015/03/05/diy-emoji-easter-eggs/

What I love about these is that all you need are eggs, yellow paint and a few markers! Thanks Kelly at Studio DIY for this super simple idea.

 

June 2, 2015
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Taking the plunge! Learning to swim as an adult

It is a privilege of growing up in Australia that pretty much everyone can swim. It’s hot here, there are lots of pools and even more beaches so it is hard to avoid the water. We define ourselves as a nation of water loving swimmers and for the most part it is true.

Jump in

Jump in

 

But not everyone living in Australia grew up here. Actually there is a huge proportion of Aussies that where born outside of Australia. And in many of those places, swimming is not an everyday activity. What that means is there are plenty of adults in Australia that are not strong swimmers. In fact there are plenty of adults the world over that cannot swim.

So this post is dedicated to the millions of adults out there considering learning to swim. We are so excited for you! Swimming is such a wonderful activity. Not only is it a great sport for health and fitness, it is pure joy just gliding through the water when you can swim. The freedom of water is so refreshing and there is so much to do and enjoy in and around the water.

Getting ready to swim

Getting ready to swim

There are loads of great resources online to help adult learners to get started. I have pasted a few links at the end of this article. But for our part we wanted to help any non-swimmers who are considering to learn to swim to take the plunge with a bit of motivation! So here it is.

Our  top 5 reasons to learn to swim as an adult.

1. Just because you can! It is a life achievement to be able to swim and you are never too old to learn. Learning new things is so good for us, in mind and body, and learning to swim is right up there with big ticket life achievements. Learning to swim will make you feel good. It will make you proud of yourself.

2. Because 70% of the world’s surface is covered in water. There are so many places you will be able to go and enjoy once you can swim. Not only beautiful beaches and oceans, but lakes and rivers too. Learning to swim opens up so many amazing experience opportunities. When you can swim you can go anywhere.

3. So you can get in and enjoy all the fun with the kids. Kids love the water and most schools these days have great learn to swim programs for kids. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun. When you can swim you will feel just like a big kid in the water. There is nothing quite as much fun as splashing & diving around like a seal!

4. Because as you get older swimming is about the best exercise you can do. Swimming is low impact so it doesn’t stress those tiring joints and points. Swimming also stretches you out & loosens you up so it is perfect for sore backs, necks and shoulders. Swimming is also great for your lungs. No regular swimmer has any problems with loosing their puff. Swimmers have the biggest and healthiest lungs of all. Plus swimming will tone you up all over as it works muscles from the tips of your fingers down to your toes.

5. Lastly and most importantly swimming just makes you feel good! There is something about the feeling of water rushing all over your skin. It is truly invigorating and will make you feel fresh and alive for the rest of the day. It is a feeling you just can’t go through life without experiencing and enjoying!!

So if you are thinking of learning to swim and reading this I hope we have helped get you over the line. Go for it….you will not regret it!

The pool is ready for you!

The pool is ready for you!

Some useful links for adults learning to swim:

http://www.swimmunity.com – An online community for adults learning to swim

http://www.wikihow.com/Prepare-for-Your-First-Adult-Swim-Lessons – How-to instructions for basic swimming

http://wtaq.com/blogs/health-fitness/755/adult-swim-7-tips-on-learning-to-swim-as-an-adult/ – Some practical tips for getting started and staying on.

http://www.terryrich.com.au/beach-swim-robes/women – Some great swim parkas and swimming robes to get you to and from the pool in comfort and style.

 

 

 

March 16, 2015
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A fabulous 50s weekend away

We had a great family weekend away the other day. Anytime you can get away with your family is great, but sometimes it just works and this was one of those occasions. Funny thing is the place we went hasn’t changed for what seems 50 years. The cabins are old, the toilets are out back and the entertainment is pretty much self made. And you know what, it’s in the throw back to the 50s that the charm lies.

Currawong cabin time

Currawong cabin time

We were lucky enough to spend the last couple of days with friends at ‘Currawong’ on Pittwater. The original workers holiday retreat on the edge of the Sydney. I’m not sure of the exact dates and origins of the site, but it’s got to to have mid century origins and much of it seems not to have changed since then.

 

Welcome to Currawong

Welcome to Currawong

Currawong is beach & bush combined

Currawong is beach & bush combined

But this is not a holiday destination post.  What I have been reflecting on is how great the simple things can be. Currawong is a place where kids can be real kids. Roaming around in little gangs getting up to harmless mischief. Taunting a hungry goanna, playing 10 a side tennis with rallies of no more than two shots, jumping off the wharf holding hands and just being able to roam free from parental gaze for hours.

 

Goanna's roam free

Goanna’s roam free

Currawong is great for Kayaking

Currawong is great for Kayaking

Most of us did these sort of things when we were kids but the opportunities are hard to come by for our kids of today. It’s just a different world. Things are more organised, more careful and more structured. But watching a newly formed gang of kids run off into the distance together quickly reminds you of what being a kid is really all about. New and exciting adventures with other kids!!

So thank you Currawong. Please don’t change. We’ll be back every year…..the kids will see to it.

February 5, 2015
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Bilgola Ocean Swim is ON!

One thing I love about the ocean is her unpredictability. In the modern world with our fancy cars, air-conditioned office and mega malls we really do live in a controlled environment. But the ocean has never played along. She is the master of her own domain. When she feels nice ands calm she’s as welcoming as the the sweetest aunt. But get her on a bad day and look out!

I guess it is why I never tire of heading down to the beach to take a look (and the odd photo!). It’s maybe why ocean views also command such premiums in property prices. There are not many places you can stare at for hours on end and not tire of the view. But the ocean is one.

Well her unpredictability has been on show this Ocean Swim season in Sydney. The swell and surf has been up and down over the last month or so. We’ve had some really big swells roll in. No one has noticed more than the team organising the Bilgola Beach Ocean Swim this year. The organisers have had to postpone this very popular annual event not once but twice this year due to hazardous surf conditions. But the good news is that start date number three is looking good. The Bilgola Ocean Swim (take #3) is scheduled for this coming Sunday the 8th of Feb with swims starting at 9 and 10 am. And I just had a look at the swell forecast and it looks just fine!!!

Bilgola Beach

Bilgola Beach

Well done guys for hanging in there. And good luck to everyone heading down to swim the 900m or 1.5km event. Here’s the link for all the finer details:  http://www.bilgolaslsc.org.au/?p=1735

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Swimming in the ocean regularly? Maybe it’s time you treated yourself to a warm, comfortable and highly absorbent towelling robe for before and after the water. They really do make the experience a great deal better. Check out the various styles and colours available here: http://www.terryrich.com.au/beach-swim-robes/women

Terry Rich Towelling Swim Robes

Terry Rich Towelling Swim Robes

 

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2015
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It’s hot! Who needs a drink?

We’re not the only ones that get thirsty when it’s hot. Don’t forget the plants & birds in your garden. A few hot days in a row can stress them both. Here are my Summer garden survival tips:

Shady Garden & Birdbath

Shady Garden & Birdbath

– Plant local plant species in your garden. They’ll do better & the birds will know and use them.

– Find the morning, midday & afternoon sun spots in your garden. Morning sun is the sweetest, midday OK and afternoon the harshest. Some plans can handle the afternoon sun (e.g. citrus) but for most it is too hot & dry. Herbs and veggies are delicate and will do best with morning sun.

– Water early in the morning or late in the afternoon in summer (and both on really hot days). And try to avoid just a light water – this encourages roots to surface which exposes them to stress in hot & dry conditions. Deep water so the water soaks well into the soil.

– Make sure you have bird baths and keep them topped up with fresh water. Once birds find them they will use them every day.

– Develop some shade trees. This takes time but it well worth it. It’s amazing how much cooler it is under a shady tree on a hot day.

If the climate scientists are correct (and I think they are) we are going to get longer and hotter summers in Australia as the years go by. So now is a good time to develop your garden to handle the heat for the benefit of both you & your gardens plants & animals.

January 18, 2015
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Did you say SHARK!

Been noticing all the stories about shark sitings, sharks in close, shark attacks in and around the NSW coast this Summer?

I’m never sure if it’s just more media attention when I see these stories (you know the media love a shark story….because we all love a shark story!) or whether there is something in it.

Big Shark a little too close

Big Shark a little too close

For what it’s worth I think there might be something in it this Summer. I’m in the water every day at the moment and it is super warm around Sydney right now. And lots of fish too. I was walking along a rock drop off in Sydney Harbour last week and saw huge schools of either Kingfish or Salmon thrashing about chasing even bigger schools of whitebait. You can bet there were a few even bigger fish (with fins and sharp teeth!) sniffing about a little deeper too. And I had just been snorkelling a bit further up the shore.

Now I’m not scared of sharks. I know the risks (which are very, very low) and am not silly about when and where I swim or surf. I actually love the fact that the ocean around Sydney is healthy and alive. Full of all the wonderful sea creatures that call it home. Fish, dolphins, turtles, penguins, whales and sharks – I’ve seen them all out in the water over the years.

So anyway this Summer I think it makes sense to be a little bit sensible. I won’t be in the ocean before sunrise or late into the evening when it’s dark. I’ll steer clear of the warm and murky waters that follow the heavy evening downpours we get at this time of the year.  And I’ll pay attention to the lifeguards if and when there is a shark siting when I’m down at the beach.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t be in the water every day, swimming and surfing out in the deep water. The chance of becoming shark food during daylight hours at a Sydney beach is about a low as finding your car key out at the sand bar when it falls from your pocket (I have tried that and my score was zero!!!)

But I like a shark story as much as the next person, so if you missed them here’s a recent story from our friends in Newcastle (about 2 hours north of Sydney for our non-aussie friends). I used to holiday in Newcastle and there is definitely a lot of truth about the big sharks up that way. Surfing at Stockton Beach has always made me a bit nervous. I would be giving it a miss this week that’s for sure!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/two-great-white-sharks-stalking-the-shallows-behind-the-breakers-of-newcastle-beaches/story-fni0cx12-1227182054109

PS…..if you like sharks with a sense of humour then you’ll like SHAAARK. Written and animated by good friend of Terry Rich Phil Watson. We still haven’t had that surf Phil!!!

http://shaaark.com/index.php/shark-cartoons/

 

November 4, 2014
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What Regular Swimmers Know & Love

If you are a woman who swims regularly then there are a few things you will know:

– swimming is such great exercise for the whole body

– swimming is as good for your head as it is for your lungs and muscles

– swimming is the best way to start or finish a day, and

– swimming is possibly the only physical activity you can do from from the day you are born till the day you drop off the perch!

Ocean Pool Swimming

Ocean Pool Swimming

For many people, discovering a passion for regular swimming is one of the most important things they will find in life. Swimming can transform the everyday in so many ways, all of which are healthy & positive.

So if you are a regular swimmer you will also know that there are some tools of the trade to make it that much better:

– A good pool, beach or bay for starters. Somewhere you can go regularly and feel at home.

– About three pairs of good swimmers for exercise. Snug fitting, streamlined and sporty. And three pairs because if you swim regularly then there is always a pair or two drying!

– Well fitted goggles and swim cap. It’s worth investing in quality here. And take your time to find goggles that fit your face best.

One other great accessory for the keen swimmer is a quality swim parka or swim robe. In terms of making the whole swim trip easy, these speciality garments are invaluable. Terry Rich swim parkas are made from thick & absorbent terry towelling meaning they not only cover-up and keep you warm and cosy, they also dry very effectively after swimming. It is this feature that makes them so handy.  You can simply slip it on after your swim and head off. No need to towel down and change at the poolside or in the car-park. The parka hem is also long enough to sit on so you can pop straight into the car and go.

Luxe Terry Rich Swim Robe

Luxe Terry Rich Swim Robe

We receive a lot if lovely feedback from regular swimmers who have added one of our towelling parkas to their swim set and now wouldn’t swim regularly without them.

You can see the full range of Terry Rich women’s swim parkas and towelling swim coverups online at http://www.terryrich.com.au/women/beach-swim-robes . If you have any questions about which style is best for you please email us at enquiries@terryrich.com.au and we would be more than happy to help.

September 3, 2014
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Ready for some water cross training?

Like many I like to stay a bit active and fit. No triathlons, marathons or Channel crossings for me. Just the odd bit of enjoyable exercise to keep the heart pumping and the muscles twitching. It’s one of the reasons I love Summer actually. I can get out in the sun and in the water and enjoy doing some exercise.

There are so many options in Summer. A walk or jog along the beach is a great starter. Then maybe a swim or perhaps a paddle. If I’m feeling adventurous I might pop on my snorkel and go and see what I can see out around the headland. Or maybe the kids want a go in the Kayak. You see, the magic about Summer and beach exercise is that it is great fun so you forget that you are doing yourself some good at the same time.

Summer Water Sports

Summer Water Sports

Winter just doesn’t cut it for me. It’s cold and windy out. Last thing I feel like doing is trudging up road as I jog around the block. And although I’ve got plenty of wetsuits, getting in the cold water on a blustery day definitely takes some commitment.

So it’s going to be my excuse. Yes I admit it, I’m not very fit and active in winter. But I’ve got the whole of Summer to sort that out!!

Come on Spring & Summer in Sydney….we’re all waiting on you.

August 11, 2014
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Does dad surf?

For those that love to swim and surf in the ocean (like me), any opportunity to have a quick dip is always jumped at. Before work, at lunch, after work or on the way to the game it doesn’t matter! It is amazing what 30 minutes in the ocean will do to your mood or outlook.

Because we are often taking an impromptu dip it is important to be prepared for the car-park change. When time if of the essence there is nothing quicker that a quick car-park change. But it can be tricky. Towels are notorious for falling off at the ‘wrong’ moment and wriggling into and out of swimwear and wetsuits often calls for two hands and some freedom of movement.

That is where our new surf ponchos and changing robes come into their own. These loose fitting towelling robes are perfect to slip on and over before and after a swim. Not only do they provide the required cover-up, they are also made from thick and absorbent terry towelling that is warm and wind proof.

Our newest styles are for men.

Super warm changing robes for men

Super warm changing robes for men

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See all the new poncho styles & colours plus lots of other great beach & swim gear for men at http://www.terryrich.com.au/men