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Oysters, Beef Wellington and Chocolate Cake: winter weekend getaway part 1

Winter seems to be moving into spring, with brighter mornings, sunnier skies, tulips beginning to pop up and magnolia in blossom.  To celebrate the end of the season, we spent the weekend in Leigh, 80km north of Auckland.   461 more words

Food And Drink

My vintage find: Italian leather satchel

On a recent foray to Matakana- one of my favourite markets – I was on the hunt for a little treasure. Tucked amongst some china and bric-a-brac, I found this lovely Italian leather beauty. 80 more words



Recently Rick and I had a mini date. I had been going on at the poor guy for weeks about visiting a local gelato café called ‘Charlie’s gelato’. 132 more words


Beautiful New Zealand

A few snapshots of some stunning images taken around our fabulous country

An unexpected trip back to New Zealand

I didn’t fully appreciate my three months back home in New Zealand at the end of last year.

While it was great to see my family and friends again after travelling through the Americas for over a year, I was in a haze of post trip depression and found it hard to re-adjust to a life where I wasn’t constantly on the move. 1,731 more words

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