A dying art

“What are you making Jane?” One of the things visitors often comment on whilst staying at the Flying Fox is the fact that we make things from scratch, be it bread, jam, granola, muffins, lemon honey or dishes like lasagne or a pie. In the last few weeks it’s been plum jam, blackberry and apple ice cream, plum and blackberry wine, marmalade and preserved lemons, Beans have been frozen, and the excess of zucchinis are about to be pickled……. Cooking (particularly baking and preserving) seems to be a dying art and although in some circles it’s becoming trendy again (along with all things ‘vintage’) for me it’s just been what we have always done and I mourn what seems to …

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Walking Barefoot

Having recently had the opportunity for a short break, thanks to The Global Hobos, we headed off to Taupo for two days of R & R. A search of Air BnB turned up a great modern apartment in the quiet suburb of Botanic Heights and we arrived to a warm welcome from host Anita. We had deliberately booked something which looked different to home and we certainly achieved that  – the house was only four years old and the apartment, which was actually the ground floor of the family home, was beautiful in its modernity and minimalist feel. The black and white décor, wall to wall carpeting, flushing toilet and the indoor bath (which didn’t need a fire underneath) all …

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