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Where do I come from?

WHERE DO I COME FROM? Its a simple question with a few answers.  I was born in Wales, my parents are from the United Kingdom, I live in New Zealand, but really, where do I come from? It is something that intrigues me, the family tree.  We don’t really have one, my knowledge extends only as far back as my Grandparents.  So where to start?  I don’t really have the time to research. So the interested, but lazy
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The Last Renovation

THE LAST RENOVATION Here at My Little House we are no strangers to renovations and the upheaval they bring.  We have lived through winters without walls, and microwave dinners for weeks on end, but I have to say adding a pool was most probably the worst project of all. It shouldn’t have been, its outside and it was summer.  What could go wrong?  Well, the start date got pushed from early January to mid-February,  the hole was dug,
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How to paint over varnished wood

HOW TO PAINT OVER VARNISHED WOOD When the painter left our little house a few weeks ago it was looking whiter, brighter and beautiful; with the dated wood balustrade gone I had high hopes of a builder following with lovely new skirtings and doors.  My hopes faded as I realised that the builders were all too busy with the big jobs and so I set about with a little DIY.  I am no stranger to DIY, back in
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History Never Repeats

HISTORY NEVER REPEATS Well lets hope not!  When we originally viewed my little house we were feeling rather desperate, we had sold and nothing on the market was exciting us.  It wasn’t what we were looking for, in fact it ticked no boxes, but we drove into the drive of number 7 and knew it was for us. The driveway led us upwards and it was dusk on a Friday evening.  The agent was in a hurry to
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Sangria

SANGRIA SANGRIA There is something about those long lunches with girl friends; the conversation never dies, the laughs are quick and sometimes even the tears.  Those lunches are special, each one marked, noted in my memory bank.  Remember when… This one we had Sangria.  We talked, laughed, shared and that drink now has a special place in my memory. So, a recipe is in order.  Sangria is Spanish, traditionally made with Red Wine.  I prefer White or Rosé. I’m
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Lagom

LAGOM What do we kiwis know about Lagom?  Is it a way of life that we could adopt to create a better place to live?  New Zealanders will argue that we are the greenest country on the planet, but perhaps that is only because we are such a young country with more space than population.  At-the-moment! While sitting in early morning traffic in Albany, on Aucklands North Shore I took a really good look at the construction going
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It was a nice idea

IT WAS A NICE IDEA “Do you have children”  is a common conversational question.  Yes I do I have a son, Nick, he is 5, hes 10, hes 15, hes 20.  At 5 a common retort would be “are you having any more”, at 10 its a just a questioning look, at 15, surprise, at 20, confusion.  No one actually says – why just one – but they think it. There was more, little bundles of cells that
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Boozy Birthday Fudge

ALL OR NOTHING There are some people in this world that will buy a block of chocolate, eat two squares and place the rest into the refrigerator.  Often these people wont go back for another couple of squares for days later. I-am-not-that-person.  Sadly my husband is,  sadly I say because after he places the 98% full block into the fridge – I finish it for him.  Yes that is right I cannot leave that block alone until it
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Hydrate me

HYDRATE ME Our biggest enemy is often ourselves. We know what we should be doing and sometimes we do it, other times we do the direct opposite and wonder why we don’t feel good.  I often sit at my desk and think about how thirsty I am but instead of drinking a glass of water I have a coffee, or worse. Well let me tell you water is where its at.  The best advice I have heard via
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A Daybed – A bed for the Day

A BED FOR THE DAY I’ve been blogging a little lately, off the track of interiors into the world of life, simply because I sometimes feel so overwhelmed with everything that I need to just take a breath and a step back to appreciate things as they are.  This doesn’t mean I am stopping my interior dreams and aspirations for my little house (which I must add seems to always be a WIP) certainly not, but sometimes I
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