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Setting The Christmas Table


Setting the Christmas table   Sitting around the table enjoying a meal with family and friends at Christmas embodies the reason for the season. It’s about sharing, nurturing, and above all, love.   While we often spend a lot of time planning and preparing the food, don’t forget to put a little thought into the table decorations. It can really bring the room, and the occasion, to life.   Here are some ideas to help with the perfect table setting.   Pick a colour theme. If you stick to two colours, this will make the table look extra special, it keeps planning and purchasing simple and guests will know how much effort has gone in to making the day meaningful.     Add a centrepiece. This could be candles, flowers, a garland, or something homemade that has a special connection to the people around the table.   Place cards. If you’ve got a big crowd and you don’t want Aunty Joan sitting next to cousin Matthew, pla...


Christmas in Maitland


Christmas in Maitland   Ho! Ho! Ho there! The season is upon us and there are plenty of events to celebrate all things Christmas in and around Maitland.   Boost your festive spirit at one of these fun activities and don’t forget to bring some Christmas cheer.   Christmas at the Common Morpeth Common will transform into a mini-cinema with three outdoor screens showing your favourite festive flicks.   Choose from The Muppets Christmas Carol, Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and re-live the fun from the 1990s.   Happening Friday, December 14 from 7pm-10pm, bring your picnic rugs and chairs and sit back and relax. A range of food trucks will take care of dinner and the big man in red will be making a special appearance at 7pm.   Christmas at the Levee Riverlink is the place with all the fun, so head on down to Santa’s backyard and enjoy the excitement.   Grab a free digital photo with Santa between 3pm...


Summer Fun in the Hunter Valley


  Fun and sun all summer long   Summer has finally arrived and the days are sunny and warm. It’s the time of year when we ready to get outside and have a bit of fun.   Whether it’s keeping the kids amused during school holidays, a catch up with friends or a chance to discover something previously unexplored, the Hunter has plenty going on over summer to keep you all entertained.   Concerts The valley comes alive with the sound of music over summer and there are concerts and live music on at venues all over the place. From the world’s biggest stars, to loved locals, head to Bimbadgen to see Kylie Minogue, John Butler and Bryan Adams, while Roche Estate is hosting Jimmy Barnes at the Red Hot Summer Tour. The mighty Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be rocking Hope Estate or go for something a little more laidback with classic Aussie favourites Icehouse and Mental as Anything at By the C in Newcastle.   Markets From fresh...


9 things not to forget this Christmas


Last minute Christmas - 9 things you shouldn’t forget   While the McAllister family left Kevin home alone at Christmas, you don’t need to forget a child to make your day inconvenient.   There is so much hurry and preparation in the lead-up to the big day, some of the smaller, but essential things can be overlooked - and no matter how organised you are, it happens to the best of us.   Here are a few items you may have let slip off the radar that you’ll want to get sorted before you sit down with that first mince pie and glass of egg nog.   Batteries: Every toy, device and game in the known universe that you think doesn’t need a battery, will need a battery. And there’s nothing worse than not being able to play with your new gadget once you open it. Have a few AA and AAA batteries on standby just in case.   Bread rolls: Prawns? Check. Ham? Check? Sliced tomato, lettuce and beetroot? Check. Just don’t forget the buns t...


New Years Eve in the Hunter Region


See in the new year across the Hunter   This year has been a big one. Full of challenges, success, achievements and milestones. When you look back, think of all the highlights and the low points. Pat yourself on the back for getting through it and get ready to conquer whatever comes next.   It’s worth celebrating the year that was, to reflect upon it and prepare ourselves for what’s in store in 2019. Mark the occasion on December 31 by heading to a local event and enjoying the fun of the fireworks and the chance for a new chapter.    Maitland Grab your picnic blanket and chairs and find yourself a spot on the riverbank at Maitland from 5pm. Enjoy live music, great food and watch the night sky light up with fireworks at 9pm. The free event finishes at 9.30pm for a very family-friendly atmosphere.   Paterson The only venue in the Hunter with midnight fireworks, this exciting night of music, entertainment, singing, dancing and games is set in...


Selling In January


Don’t miss the boat for January selling   We often believe that spring is the optimum time to sell a home - a new season and a new lease of life. But what many potential vendors don’t realise is that January is actually one of the best periods to put your home on the market.   The new year brings new energy and new plans. It’s when a lot of people become motivated to make a change in their lives, whether that’s their personal goals, relationships, jobs or where they live.   People begin looking for a new home while they’re on holidays and real estate agents have fewer listings because a lot of their homes are purchased before Christmas and then things quieten down over the festive season. With more interest and fewer houses to sell, listed properties get a lot of attention from genuine buyers.   “Traditionally January is a great time to launch a property because traffic to the major property sales websites peak then,&rdquo...