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Tough Times

Times are tough here in New Zealand, much as they are worldwide. Unfortunately, some people try to take the easy way out and steal from others. I thought these security tips from my local paper would be a good reminder to everyone, especially with the holidays coming...

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Heavy Breathing

The idea for this post came to me in the wee hours of this morning. I woke up all of a sudden to the musical sound of my husband's snoring. Now, we've been married for a while, and I have him well trained. I handle this snoring business in two ways. 1. I'll put my...

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King’s Love Letters

I read in the New Zealand Herald today that some of King Henry VIII's love letters, along with thousands of other Tudor and Elizabethan documents, go online this month for public viewing. The love letters were written by the king in 1527 to the woman who became his...

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Birds and Bees

I've been going to post this for ages. It's an ad shot in Auckland (you'll see quick glimpses of Sky Tower and the waterfront from Mission Bay) and it's very cute. It never fails to make me laugh. There's a new version of the ad playing at the moment with the daughter...

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Oldies But Goodies

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I went to town. Of course, I couldn't resist visiting Whitcoulls. (the store I mentioned here) While I was there, I purchased season two and three of Deadwood (my love of Deadwood and several photos of the town are here). The shop...

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Plain Wrong.

I went to my local town today to post parcels and do a few other things. A couple of the stores have Christimas trees in the windows and are in full-out Christimas advertising mode. We also have a few Christmas adverts on TV. No doubt the first of many to come. I...

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Pumpkins and Kitchen Gadgets

I promised Gabriele a pumpkin soup recipe. There are lots of variations of pumpkin soup. I make a vegetarian version and leave out the bacon. I replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. knob of butter and a little olice oil 1 onion chopped 3 - 4 cloves of garlic...

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Handbag Security

This might seem a random topic to blog about, but last week, not far from where I live, a woman was killed during a handbag robbery. Most women carry their lives in their handbag. I know I'm guilty of carrying way more stuff than I need. I thought a refresher of some...

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A Potager Garden

When we first moved to our current house the section was bare, and the soil consisted mostly of clay. After throwing around some ideas we decided to design a potager garden. A potager is French and it's a raised bed garden, normally for vegetables and herbs. Hubby...

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