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Country Living – Finding my whenua – Part 2

Following on from my previous column “falling in love with my whenua”, I invite you one more time into my never-ending story, my imaginary world...

Country Living – Falling in love with my whenua

While the world has been spinning around me for the last three winters, I have been busy. Around 70km per week busy. Walking and jogging...

Country Living – Vital cogs in a mechanised world

You can be a brain surgeon or a billionaire, but when you break down on the side of the road in the pouring rain, the...

Country Living – Digging deep into oyster mythology

OystersHe ordered oysters and she champagneCrisp white tablecloths and lust they shall refrainPlump and glistening against the silverwareRomantic anticipation filled the air.Julie Cotton Below the...

Country Living – The trailer debate

When my children were much younger, and I had them all at home, we were given the most unfortunate and embarrassing moniker, the “trailer family”....

Country Living – Getting in a pickle

I’m on the jam. Not quite the “fam-bam-jam-ba-lam”, but more the plum and chili jam, along with other preserves, chutneys and pickles. I had a...

Country Living – Ponsonby pooches get a taste of country life

I had the joyful pleasure of babysitting my grand doggies over summer, a staycation for them on Ninny and Poppy’s farm. Mr Banks, the French...

Country Living – Hunting down koi

Sliding into 2022 with a banger for you, guys. By a banger, I mean I haven’t done anything this bizarre for a while, but they...

Country Living – Fishing for my friends

Please, won’t you come take a seat on my picnic blanket with me? I have prepared a memorable lunch for us on the beach, where...

Country Living – All things bright and beautiful

Please place your arm on the table, for I am about to give you a short, sharp injection of happiness. A banger of colour, love...