Category Archives: Where we live

Beach therapy

Yesterday afternoon (bank holiday Monday), my friends and I went for some good old fashioned beach therapy. We walked along Karekare, another of our wild West Coast black sand beaches. (Karekare was the location for scenes in Jane Campion’s Oscar … Continue reading

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Kumara harvest time again

Over the weekend Mum and I harvested our kumara crop (Maori sweet potatoes).¬†Unlike previous years, this year we only grew one variety. With a deep fuchsia skin, poporo kumara go the most amazingly deep purple when baked and they taste … Continue reading

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Palm Springs

My man and I have both been feeling the impact of too much time spent on computers lately. Too many late nights and long weeks. So yesterday afternoon we took a break and headed north of Auckland to Palm Springs … Continue reading

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Wall collections

Here are a couple of little collections I have on my walls. The first is a pairing of a brass hamsa (Hand of Fatima) that I bought in Fes, Morocco, with an old postcard featuring a Japanese print of a … Continue reading

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Autumn mornings

We’re having the most gorgeous golden, fine Autumn days at the moment. Perfect blue skies and crisp chilly mornings. This morning I went for a regular walk that I do with a neighbour. I forgot to take my camera but … Continue reading

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Easter egg hunt

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We’ve had a long weekend of perfect, golden Autumn weather. We don’t have any kids in our household, so my partner and I were surprised (and delighted!) when we got up on … Continue reading

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2010: My year in blogging

I started this blog back in April. Over the past months there have been many times when I haven’t managed to blog as often as I wanted (or, let’s face it, at all!), but looking back over all the posts … Continue reading

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New things

A couple of new things around here today… The first is a freshly hatched chick! So adorable. One of our hens, Blax, has been sitting on eggs for the past three weeks, and yesterday the first one hatched. More may … Continue reading

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Garden meditation

Here are some photos from our garden this week, focussing on some of the kinds of little magical details that are always there waiting for us to find if we look carefully enough.¬† Autumn leaves fall round Buddha’s head. The … Continue reading

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Bush bath bliss

Sunday we spent the day doing a big Autumn clear-up in the garden. Lots of mowing, weeding, pruning and mulching, clearing out the car port, tidying up chicken houses and making Alice the Pig’s Winter straw bed. By the end … Continue reading

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