Category Archives: Where we live

Simple pleasures

When you both work from home and whole weeks go by without either of you leaving the property, the concept of ‘entertainment’ can get pretty simple. At certain times of year we play ‘First person to spot a stick insect … Continue reading

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Spring flowers and feet

Cherry blossom in pale and dark pink; fallen petals, daisies and forget-me-nots; gumboots in wet grass; and old sneakers on the way back from the market, pausing to enjoy this Spring moment.

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Plum Cat says mraaow!

Our cat Plum is very talkative. He has something to say about almost everything! He’ll tell you off if he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he’ll thank you for opening the door (because it’s much more civilised than going through … Continue reading

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Home textures: bedroom

Here are some pictures of the textures and details of our bedroom. White, 100% cotton bedding from Ikea (I wish they had Ikea in New Zealand!). Two Hill Tribe bedspreads from North Vietnam to give us extra warmth. Two vintage … Continue reading

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New additions to our flock

We’ve had one of our hens, Frex, sitting on 10 multi-coloured eggs for the past three weeks and yesterday nine of them hatched into the cutest mixed-bag of chicks! I have to keep going out every half-hour to have another … Continue reading

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Changing skies

We’ve been having some particularly magical sunsets this past week. Not to mention early morning mists! I never take for granted how blessed we are to live with such an expansive view. Can you see our glimpse of sea caught … Continue reading

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Avondale Market

Yesterday I went to the weekly Avondale sunday market, here in west Auckland. It’s a mixture of bric-a-brac and fresh produce. The produce area of the market is huge and packed with all sorts of gorgeous ingredients: organic homegrown kafir … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

Ok, I know it’s officially still Winter here, but it feels like Spring today and I’m celebrating! I’ve got that sense of relief that I get each year when the sun starts to warm up and the first Spring flowers are … Continue reading

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Tamarillo time

It feels like I’ve been away from my blog for ages! I’ve been stuck in bed with the flu for much of this past week. My whole household has had it. I love that nature provides the perfect foods to … Continue reading

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More winter walks

We’re in the middle of another big storm at the moment, but recently I’ve enjoyed some more lovely winter walks on the beach with friends. To get to the beach we walk under these giant pohutukawa trees. We found this … Continue reading

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