• New

    Rainy weekends

    A travelled to Christchurch on Friday, so we got to spend the weekend in the other city I live in.  It was great to be able to share the spots I know with my hubby. It poured with rain all weekend, but it didn’t matter.     On the recommendations of several colleagues we started the weekend with a beer at Cassels Bar and Brewery.  What a great spot.  Fantastic service and of course top notch beer too.  A made his way through several different brews. On Saturday we headed off to the Akaroa Harvest Festival – another recommendation. On the way we stopped at Barry’s Bay to check out…

  • New

    Trying again

        This is the third time I have tried to write this post. I have a new tablet, which is fab, but I am still a novice on the ins-and-outs. I have been meaning to write about our date nights, a new and treasured ritual, and may well do so in the future. I am lying in bed and it has started raining. There is something so lovely and luxuriant about this. Autumn is here. I love it. The crisp mornings, clear skies and changing landscape. It is a good time of year to refocus, reflect and hopefully reenergise. I have been doing this a bit as I learn…

  • Wellington

    Today

    Today is going to be a good day.  I can just tell.  The sun is shining.  I had a quiet breakfast and coffee sitting outside reading the paper.  All by myself.  It was wonderful.   I am sitting here listening to the chickens next door making their morning chicken noises, looking at the beautiful gerbera which I bought on Saturday and thinking what a great life I have.  Lovely. Nothing much planned for the day but it will involve the gym at some stage and probably copious amounts of reading while sitting in the sun.  That is the reward for working like a trojan in the garden yesterday.  And tidying the…

  • New Zealand,  Wellington

    Time of bounty

    It is summer here in New Zealand.  This is also a time of plentiful growth in the garden and plenty of supplies at the local market.  Our garden has been blooming, and after a day of weeding and planting seedlings it now looks like this. Our garden is riddled with oxalis which is the bane of my life, every time I tidy a patch of garden – poof – it reappears!  All tips on how to remove this weed gratefully received.  Anyway, back to the point of this post, Summer is a time of plenty.  We are clearly going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes.  Yesterday we picked four…

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