While Ellerslie is a great for young designers, I've always preferred seeing real gardens in situ. Which is what I did last weekend when staying in Ponsonby.
We've said it before, but March is when the Silly Season for beer begins in New Zealand. We could go festival to festival around the country well into April.
Montbretia is the object of my attention these days. With a name like that, you'd think it was something magical but no such luck.
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I cannot imagine a diet without onions and the smell of onions, shallots and garlic sauteing in the pan always makes me hungry.
Wrist watches, though no longer vital, have still stood the test of time when it comes to a fashion accessory.
If we do decide to put Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the centre of a new approach, how we manage the environment will have to undergo a major transition.
Cable Bay is a special destination, and this story is a tribute to its beauty and the hidden treasure near the foreshore: Cable Bay Cafe.
I'm in avocado heaven. My tree is loaded with lots of beautiful baby avos I hope will keep me and ours supplied with a bumper crop when the fruit matures later in the year. Right now they look so cute and full of promise, dangling from the ends of the branches, like baubles on a Christmas tree.
I've always had a thing about hats and baskets, especially those handmade of plant materials.
The size of this year's wine grape harvest is shaping up to be a record setter.
While the news items from wineries that fill up my email inbox every day keep me in touch with what is happening in the industry, it is wine books of all sorts that I simply can't resist.
We spent a recent weekend in Wellington attending X-ale, an "extreme beer" festival organised by Hashigo Zake. By extreme they meant extreme styles, like barrel ageing, weird ingredients and souring bacteria.
As you are reading this, hopefully it's a typically lovely sunny Nelson evening. You might be on the deck with a nice crisp, cold one in hand as you begin reading the beer column.