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A Visit to the Tui Brewery – Yeah Right!

During our recent trip we visited the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka. It was a lunch stop, and of course, we had to try the beer. According to legend, in 1889 a man called Henry Wagstaff stopped on the banks of the Mangatainoka River to make a cup of tea. That cup of tea was the best cup of tea he’d ever tasted, and right there and then he decided that with such great water, this would be the...

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The 13 Step Guide to The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

I have author, Miranda Neville visiting me today. She's celebrating the release of her historical romance, The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, which is out at Avon on July 26. Her heroine, Celia is taming a dandy, among other things. Please welcome Miranda and read...

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In Search of The Sun!

It's winter here in New Zealand, and I'm looking out the window at the rain. I could do with some sun! This photo was taken on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. Hubby and I were sitting at our favorite bar on the beach, drinks in hand and people watching, when I saw this cute...

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Bath Salts

Here's a very easy recipe for homemade Chocolate Bath Salts. Maybe a good school holiday project for children? Chocolate Bath Salts 1 cup Epsom salts 1 cup sea salt or kosher salt (coarse grain) 3 teaspoons cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1...

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Tempting Double Pea Curry

I've made this new-to-me recipe for Double Pea Curry twice now. The recipe comes from The Best of Annabel Langbein, Great Food for Busy Lives by New Zealander Annabel Langbein. It's a vegetarian recipe and is quick and easy to make. This is a perfect dish for me to...

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Rituals, Yams & Pentecost Island

During our recent holiday we were lucky enough to stop off at Pentecost Island. It's a mountainous island, which is covered with lush green trees. Each year between April and June, the men in the southern part of the island jump 20 to 30 meters from tall, very rickety...

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Writing A Book With Another Author

I'd like to welcome Mina Carter and Bethany J Barnes who are celebrating the release of their Sci-fi Erotic Romance, Taming the Wildcat, which was released by Summerhouse Publishing earlier this month. Please give them a warm welcome and make sure you take the time to...

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