Wel­come to April

The kitchen in your home is about as im­por­tant as it gets, es­pe­cially for you when the peo­ple you love ar­rive

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Editor’s Letter -

it’s hard to deny your kitchen mat­ters like mad. What it looks like is right up there and how it func­tions is just as fun­da­men­tal. For me the whole kit and ka­boo­dle is crit­i­cal! Now, I am part of a ‘book club’. Yes, we read and dis­cuss books. But it’s more en­tic­ing, ex­cit­ing and gos­sipy for us to stay con­nected and catch up than as­pire to be a group of lit­er­atis! We are to­gether be­cause our kids went to the same pri­mary school and they are all now in their 20s. So we’ve been at it awhile to ex­pe­ri­ence all man­ner of life’s ups and downs on those nights. I have men­tioned these gals be­fore and they all live in won­der­ful homes – big, sprawl­ing, gor­geous. My place on the other hand, is small, tight and busy (way too much stuff!). In­deed my home would fit into most of their kitchens! So the other night when it was my turn to host, my kitchen – lit­tle, func­tional to a point but not yet beau­ti­ful (it’s in

the plans) – was in dan­ger of be­ing on show! No, non ne­go­tiable! I am house­proud (think of the mag­a­zine I work on!) and it’s not my pride and joy by a mil­lion miles. So my part­ner and son, along with be­ing wait­ers, were there as much to guard the door and not let any­one in – arms out­stretched if needed! It was a hot night and they nearly boiled – sorry very un­for­tu­nate but kitchen off lim­its! You see, the beat of the ‘heart of my home’ needs work. So I look at our kitchen fea­ture, on page 14, and am so in­spired to plan a beauty to share with fam­ily and friends. Be­cause that’s the role of the kitchen in any home! So if you’re in my kitchen boat, en­joy our big fea­ture and wel­come your folk with arms out­stretched to bring them in not block them out! (PS mine will be ready for my next book club turn, so ‘Come on in, ladies’!)

There are touches of in a gar­den so in­vite them into yours with big and small ideas all be­gin­ning page 32. You’ll find de­lights ev­ery­where Sub­scribe now for big sav­ings and more. See page 148 or call

Plant a bas­ket – it’s such a pretty way to grow herbs out your win­dow, see page 56.

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