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Auckland, New Zealand
I love my family and making stuff!
Interests: Photography, Project Life, reading, cooking, making jewellery, diy and home renovation projects.
Recent Activity
Winter so far has been a bit brutal but the upside has been lots of reading. I have upped my reading challenge to 154 books for the year and am up to 115 now so will have no problems reaching the target. I have bought very few books lately and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at What a Hoot!
This year as one of my New Year's resolutions I decided to read 52 books. One per week. I am tracking them on Goodreads too as I have found a few times I have got the same book out of the library a couple of times. As it turns out... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at What a Hoot!
A couple of months ago we lost our wee man Busta. He was almost 17 so he had done really well. It got to the stage where his quality of life was not what it should be and he had lost his spark so we had to make the decision... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at What a Hoot!
It's been a pretty quiet summer for us round here. The weather has been both dismal and beautiful - sometimes in the same day but it has left us feeling a bit sad that we are almost heading into Autumn without the endless hot days we love. That being said,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at What a Hoot!
I have made this salad a couple of times recently and it is shaping up to be my new summer go to. Last night's version included a handful each of kale, rocket and lettuce and some coriander from my garden (mint or parsley would be great too) along with two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at What a Hoot!
I have quite a big cookbook collection. I buy them fairly regularly and I often get them as gifts as well. I find them really relaxing to read and I try and make at least a couple of new recipes a week. My current favourites are: Nadia's Kitchen by Nadia... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at What a Hoot!
School holidays are always a bit of juggle. Working out how we do work, fun and everything else we normally do in a week. This week we have been celebrating our favorite 12 year old. So much fun. We had a Mad Hatter's tea party and also a trip into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at What a Hoot!
We had an awkward spot in our kitchen that always looked too bare but we hadn't really known what to do with. I have seen heaps of drinks trolleys on Pinterest and really wanted to find one for this spot. I found this one at Freedom Furniture and it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at What a Hoot!
Things are coming to life on our property again. I often think about our time in Auckland and there are things I really do miss. Mainly what I miss is being close to things, whereas here we have to drive - a lot - to get places. But, that being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at What a Hoot!
This week has certainly been up and down. We had lovely warm weather to start the week followed by storms and snow. Unfortunately school wasn't closed so it wasn't a proper snow day much to someone's disappointment. The snow is really pretty at first, but it does make such a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at What a Hoot!
This week flew by with work, driving, medical appointments and the usual activities. Even though it sometimes feels like Groundhog Day I want to make sure to enjoy all the usual routine stuff as well as the fun weekend activities. I had a work trip to Hanmer Springs for Friday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at What a Hoot!
Last Sunday was such a lovely day. Winter has not been so bad but we are still appreciating having have sunny warm days. We went into town to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and had a wander. We especially love the hot house and cactus room. It was so nice to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at What a Hoot!
I don't have many photos this week. I have been trying to take photos more again, to get my big camera out and use it as much as possible but this week has really been a blur. The week was extremely busy with work and kid activities and unfortunately health... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at What a Hoot!
I spend a lot of time in Rangiora. I go there at least twice a week for G's dance and a lot of the time another once or twice for work as well. It is a place I never spent too much time in except for specific tasks and when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at What a Hoot!
And another week is done - just like that! The week held the usual work, school, dance drop off/pick up and all the usual. But... it has been decidedly spring like and even though we will have some more wintery weather we are now on the home stretch and it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at What a Hoot!
This week went fast! Honestly the beginning of the week it feels like forever until it is the weekend again, but they are rolling around so fast. I was driving home the other day and the mountains were looking so beautiful - the snow can stay nicely up there thanks... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at What a Hoot!
I am always looking for quick, easy week day meals. One of our favourite things is pesto so I whipped up this the other night. I cooked up some pasta (I have been using quinoa rice pasta lately and we are all loving it) and into I stirred through some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at What a Hoot!
Some weeks are so busy that it is hard to catch your breath and this week has been one of them. We have both been busy with work, G has had heaps of activities and a dance exam this weekend, so I have been mostly on taxi driver duty! Bruce... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at What a Hoot!
Where is this year going? I can't believe last week was the end of July. Crazy!! Two thirds of the way through winter which always makes me very happy although we are heading for some pretty cold weather this week by the looks of it. Where we live we are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at What a Hoot!
I like trying new recipes for healthier snacks. These are perfect with a nice glass of wine in the weekend. Take one can of chick peas and drain and dry on paper towels. Bake in the oven at 190 degrees on baking paper for 45 minutes. In a bowl put... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at What a Hoot!
The school holidays have gone so fast. Even though it can be a juggle I love having my kid round for the holidays and the change of routine. This last week has gone pretty fast but we have still fitted in catch ups with friends, birthday parties, dance classes, work... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at What a Hoot!
These scones are a firm family favourite. I have been making them most weekends, they are quick and easy to whip up and they are absolutely delicious. I'm also loving using my own chilli's out of our garden that I dried. I found the recipe in a magazine and changed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at What a Hoot!
New reading material - I have been working on getting our place more organised and tidy lately and am excited to read this and get some more tips and inspiration. This knitting project is a much more challenging one for me, but progress is being made! Saturday was the best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at What a Hoot!
Norwest skies morning and night at the start of the week. The warmer weather was lovely but it is usually a sign of much colder to come! Spinach from our vege garden. We barely bought any vegetables over the summer and it is still faithfully producing. Fun work projects. Friday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at What a Hoot!