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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.

Life After Retirement

In September 2017, at the grand age of 62, I was happily working on the 6th Floor of the Beehive for the John Key Government. In politics your world can change in an instant. And mine did. 

Chocolate Muffins

What's better than a little chocolate? MORE chocolate! Try these yummy double chocolate muffins for your lunch box or afternoon snack.

Do you have time to be brilliant?

Whether it’s life or our career, change is a constant. How do we shine bright at the various stages of our life and tap into our potential when the very definition of it is changing all the time?

Precious Pets – Don’t lose them to bad habits!

Loving your pooch or moggy is not the same as watching out for its safety – and safety is paramount, especially over the months of autumn, the traditional time for seniors to be on the road, visiting friends and rellies. Then there’s Easter!

Mini Beef Wellingtons

Beef wellington is a Sunday-lunch favourite in our house. I love to get creative with the pastry, but you can also keep it simple. You don’t even need to use beef, you can also use chicken, pork or even cauliflower.

Moving Time in the Garden!

It can be all too easy to accept your garden the way it is, even when it doesn’t please you, yet moving a shrub to a more desirable location is so much easier than you might think.

Lead and Live the Life you Want

Life transitions involve leaving one position and entering into another, they can create an identity crises which can include temporary instability, confusion, depression and anxiety. But what happens when we leave our chosen career or vocations?  We can often find ourselves asking the question, who am I now?

Creating a ‘Me Space’

Being calmer, happier and more content is something we all aspire to, yet there seem to be so many obstacles in our way. In this, the first of our ‘instant self-improvement life-hacks’, we talk you through a simple plan to help you achieve life-affirming goals with almost no effort at all.

One-Pan Rice & Veggie Dinner

Just throw everything in the pan and all will be okay. This recipe is literally that easy. It’s inspired by risotto, but I like to think of it as more edgy and with more punch. I use different vegetables every time I make this, as it’s a great way to use up what’s left in the crisper drawer before the next trip to the supermarket.