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With travel, it seems more and more we are seeking out not only the sights and experiences of a place but the unique flavour and taste of the location we discover. As fellow travelers and now hosts, we have these conversations often. On a broader scale, the questions are ar...
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We committed to the name of our new lifestyle business well before making the move. As we worked more hours than we ever planned in Wellington, we'd steal away our Friday nights, relieved at the end of each week to wind down. Ever since Holly has been very young we've alwa...
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It's unavoidable, getting caught up in the chaos of this time of year. In our house, December is also birthday month. Both my daughter and I are December babies and it seems, that year on year I know more people with birthdays falling in the festive month. I think this tim...
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If I was told I could only have one type of fruit for the rest of my days, there would be no question... citrus wins hands down in my book, and if I had to be specific, lemons are at the top of the heap. I simply love the flavour, scent and colour of these versatile little...
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So the last of our sweet and juicy figs have ripened and provided enough bounty to preserve for enjoying in 'figless' times. I could have made a jam or a chutney but we often fork out a bit of cash for a deliciously indulgent pot of fig paste to enjoy with cheese. Whether ...
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As Autumn truly sets in here, the leaves lose their grip and succumb to the cool breeze, I'm drawn into the kitchen. It's definitely time to indulge in slow cooking, filling the house with intense aromas of comforting herby broths and fall-off-bone meats marrying with swee...
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So by now any readers out there will have discovered that food is a big part of our lives... I haven't quite managed to write about any other topics so far! I'm sure I'll get there but while renovations on our cottage have monopolised my time of late, I do find myself real...
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While we missed out on a lot of our summer crops from the property due to pesky possums and our fruit-loving feathered friends, autumn is providing abundance. Especially in the form of plump and delicious figs... we've never eaten so many! I feel a bottling session coming...
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When we moved here in October last year, we wandered through the young fruit trees planted around the property taking guesses at the varieties and what kinds of fruit we might be enjoying in the years to come. There are no labels on these trees, we have a list from the pre...
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Waking up to the warble of magpies nearby whisks me immediately back to my childhood. While those black and white painted Aussies can be a bit of a pest in the garden, there's something about their melodic morning call that fills a wakening soul with the sweet promise of ...
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