Cruising around Muriwai

For my 21st my cousins threw me a surprise garden themed sleepover, and Josh squeezed in a quick trip to Muriwai to distract me. Man, it is hard to take pictures at the beach in Summer without them being 150% overexposed. These photos have had a liberal dose of Lightroom magic to bring the exposure…

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Easter weekend

Ah, sleeping in. Technically it is the mid-semester break – so I’ve had all the craziness that comes pre-vacation. However, since I’m conducting research and not just taking classes, I don’t get the rest. Plants stop for no-one! I am loving five days of relaxing. Chilling at home, visiting the beach for short bursts at…

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The veggie patch.

My dad lovingly tends to this garden all spring, then summer hits, we all go on holiday and the garden takes over. This is when I love it most, on warm summer evenings which fade into autumn. Corn, pumpkin and tomato tangle over each other. The parsley competes with the lettuce. We compost, so anything…

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Backyard bouquet DIY

Sometimes you just want some nice flowers in the corner of your vision whilst stare at the computer screen . Maybe you need to distract from a terrible couch,  maybe you need gift ASAP.  Regardless being able to make a bouquet out of whatever you have in the back yard can be a useful skill!…

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Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2012 Review

Wine (like all food, and life) is meant to be fun! I’ve really enjoyed roping friends and family into drinking a bottle of wine with me and encouraging them to use funny words like mushroomy to describe the wine. Lets begin! The Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2012  is a beautiful garnett/ blood red and ‘smelt…

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Ponsonby – K Rd bakery crawl.

You heard right! Much like a pub crawl a bakery crawl involves visiting many bakeries within walking distance and stuffing yourself with pastries, deli sandwiches & donuts. What a jolly good idea. My sister is back from Northland (she’s studying to be a midwife and was on placement). Which means three things WOO HOOO –…

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Bernie’s Bar & Eatery

Atmosphere: 5/5 Coffee: 5/5 Food: 3/5 Price: 4/5 A review: A light drizzle fell as I walked up the slate steps towards the back entrance of Bernie’s Bar & Eatery. Stepping inside, Bernie’s was delightful and moody on a rainy Sunday. We were seated in the back half of the Eatery. Facing grand architectural windows…

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Which wine to drink first?

I have been blessed by the wine gods! But which wine to drink first? Three bottles of champagne, two pinot noirs, one bottle of riesling, one rosé & one rioja have all been gifted to me by various lovely people.  I’m so excited! My wine collection has begun. I didn’t even know I wanted a…

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Wellington

I love trips away. The change of pace, the brunches, the sites & the sounds. Walking hand in hand down colourful side streets. Squeezing my arm around J’s waist, or tip toeing to brush a kiss against his cheek. Being so in the moment it hurts. Refusing to look at my credit card balance, refusing…

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Blueberry & Banana muffins

Delicious and airy; such a summery combination – I’ve modified this recipe from the Edmond’s cookbook banana muffins: enjoy! 2 cups of flour 3 cups of mashed banana (roughly 5 banana’s – use up those frozen ones maybe?) 4tbsp warm milk 1tsp baking soda 1tsp baking powder 3/4 cup of sugar 1 punnet of blueberries…

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Plants a’Plenty: Whats in season this January

Happy January – this is my favourite month! Hint: It’s because of my birthday!   Lets get into it.   Basil: Oh you humble yet delicious herb. Pair me with cheese, tomato, cucumber, mint, apple and basically any cocktail that could use freshening up. Plant me anywhere warm and give me some water. Yum, yum,…

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Dining in the Dark

A few months ago I stumbled upon an amusing concept: eating in the dark. Of course the French name Dans Le Noir drew me in (see my about page!), as well as the chance to have a three course meal with matching wines – something about matching wines makes me swoon (!). I cannot recommend…

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