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Articles all about our country, your favourites like food, wine, family, your home, gardening, retirement living and yes, something about pets also.

89.9% of GrownUps survey respondents want to remain in their home

Heartland is New Zealand’s leading provider of reverse mortgages, having helped over 19,000 customers across the country release equity from their homes to fund their dream retirement. As part of our GrownUps partnership, we conducted a survey last month which revealed how important it is for GrownUps members to retire from the comfort of their home.

Flower Arrangements For Your Home

You want your home to look at its best. You want it to have a relaxing, inspiring atmosphere you can't find anywhere else. Such an atmosphere can be achieved by placing flowers in your home

An Eye for an Iris

If you think poppies, in their many different guises and flowering times, are confusing, wait until you meet the iris family!

The Best Years Of Your Life?

"Age should not have its face lifted but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etching of experience and the firm line of character." - Clarence Day, US writer.

Spinach & Ricotta Rolls

I’ve always loved sausage rolls, but I particularly enjoy this combination – it reminds me of my mum. She used to make a similar recipe when I was at school, and coming home to the smell of them in the oven was always a welcome treat.

Ding! How A Kitchen Timer Changed My Life

If there’s one gadget I would never part with, it’s my kitchen timer - not because I ever actually use it for baking! Rather, I use my kitchen timer to improve my health and well-being in a multitude of different ways.

Savoury Bliss Balls

Looking for an easily transported savoury snack thats also good for you? Try these bliss balls, they're great for afternoon treats, snacks on the run and lunch box fillers. Try them dipped in hummus or natural yoghurt.

After-Bloom Spring Bulb Care

Beautiful spring bulbs have been lighting up the country since late-winter. Now is the time to care for your spent bulbs so they have the best chance of blooming again, next spring.