Riding with the Devil Again

Testing, testing.  Anybody there.  Ah well, who can blame you......I know it's been a while but I've had a lot on my plate.  More on that soon. For now, here's a post first drafted over 6 weeks … [Continue Reading]

Soda Bread

How cake can make or break your sanity

As reality TV goes, the Great British Bake Off must be the sweetest show with plenty of sugar, bunting and I suspect lashings of ginger beer being drunk behind the scenes. Behind the nostalgic ode to … [Continue Reading]

Walnut Cake

When business as usual is a good thing

If bad luck comes in threes, the we've had that squared in recent weeks.  The first daffodils in the garden that heralded Spring were my symbolic start to more writing and photography. Yes, 1 … [Continue Reading]

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New Adventures and Why I need Your Help

One of the biggest buzzes I get from my work is seeing people come up with a bright idea that makes them all excited and want to rush out the door there and then to start making things happen.  I've … [Continue Reading]


Finding Inspiration Amongst the Gloom

I confess it's been a tough couple of weeks finding the inspiration to blog. Blogging block is not a new affliction but one I have become more attuned to even if it is a struggle to take a deep breath … [Continue Reading]

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Shopping Like a Foodie

Deep in its core my brain is still processing memories of my trip to the UK. It's piecing together the fragments of conversations, of meals, experiences, fleeing moments and promises made. Three … [Continue Reading]

Borough Market

Basset Mobility

When the iPhone was first launched some of the photography fraternity got very sniffy about its legitimacy as a proper camera. After all, no self-respecting photographer would use a phone to take … [Continue Reading]

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The State of Winter Gardening

A month ago the kitchen garden was dishevelled and in serious need of a sprucing up. Although the warm and wet weather was a nutritious boost to the winter vegetables it was the weeds and wayward … [Continue Reading]

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Kitchen Reader: A Moveable Feast

A return trip from New Zealand to the UK means you are cocooned in dimly lit aircraft cabins for over 40 hours. After eating and sleeping time you are still left with what can seem like interminable … [Continue Reading]


Hound Dogs

People often mistake a basset's doleful looks as a sign of low intelligence. But no, bassets are deeply thoughtful dogs who act almost entirely in service of themselves. Asking a basset hound to … [Continue Reading]

Hound Dogs

Sweet As: Winter Warmer

Tomorrow marks the passing of another season when we will slip officially into winter.  This takes away any legitimate reason for any of us in New Zealand to moan and gripe about the cold, wind, rain … [Continue Reading]

Ginger Cake 2014-05-27

The Boys Are Back Nose To Ground

Loitering at the lunch table of a workshop last week whilst I contemplated whether to snaffle the last chicken satay my ears pricked up to a conversation about the annoyance someone felt about the … [Continue Reading]

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Food and Fifty

If ever I needed a lie flat-bed on an airplane it was when flying home from Melbourne last Sunday.  After several days of eating and walking and eating, my body needed more TLC than being slumped into … [Continue Reading]

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Seasonal Transitions of the Culinary Kind

As if having a significant birthday this week wasn’t enough of a reminder of the passing of time, there is plenty of evidence in the kitchen garden to remind me that the summer growing season is over. … [Continue Reading]

Kitchen Garden

Kia Ora

I'm a photography obsessed, basset hound loving Brit living the good life in New Zealand. Welcome to the journal of my daily exploits.
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The best of times and the worst of times……a peak into my reading list

Wandering with the bassets this week my mind kept turning over Charles Dickens' opening to The Tale of Two Cities. You know: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of … [Read More...]

Awake Again & Raring To Go

Killing time at Heathrow airport last week I was tempted to treat myself to a Fitbit, the latest gizmo to help you track your lifestyle. I dread to think it may have said about me this week as I … [Read More...]

Travelling Foodie

In the 8 years I have lived away from the UK there has been a revolution in the foodscape of the UK.  Knowing that I love good food, friends and family have indulged my gastronomic interest giving me … [Read More...]

Culture Vultures

Although technology is certainly a marvellous thing, you’ve got to hand it to the cultural philanthropists of the 19th century who established galleries and museums so the wider public could gain … [Read More...]

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