ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsEven though the days are still long and steamy I can feel the edge of summer as it slips quietly to autumn. The grass is brown and it is already March.
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.
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.
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.
Some 20 per cent of Nelson and Tasman's cardboard wastage will be diverted from landfills with the help of a new initiative run by the Nelson Environment Centre.
AARYN BARLOW - © Fairfax NZ NewsHenley School became the first school in Nelson to join the Solar Schools programme this week. .
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsWe 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.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsI cannot imagine a diet without onions and the smell of onions, shallots and garlic sauteing in the pan always makes me hungry.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhat can you feel but never touch? And what can you see the effects of but never actually see? What is so essential that without it, both you and your garden would be dead - but, in excess, can kill you?
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe size of this year's wine grape harvest is shaping up to be a record setter.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsJustine Jamieson looks at men's engagement rings.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsI'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.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsI've always had a thing about hats and baskets, especially those handmade of plant materials.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt would be a shame if great events like Marchfest, Taste Nelson and the Arts Festival were blocked due to limits designed to prevent Sevens-type excesses.
© Fairfax NZ NewsMaybe it is their seed stock or the fact that the Nelson family growing them are Italian that makes Romano's tomatoes extra luscious.
AARYN BARLOW - © Fairfax NZ NewsIf 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.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhich fashion decade is your favourite? Check out the adapted fashion trends of the past for today's wardrobe
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhile 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.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsHow good to see the humble spud taking top spot in the celebrity vegetable stakes this year, edging out its closest rival and titleholder for the past 10 years, the tomato.
AARYN BARLOW - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere has been a lot of coverage recently about the state of New Zealand's housing, which has been described as the worst in the developed world.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs 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.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsHave you noticed that birch trees are getting a bad rap this week? Residents are calling for their removal from the streets of Christchurch because birch pollen causes allergies.
Chef shares his favourite regional recipes
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsCable Bay is a special destination, and this story is a tribute to its beauty and the hidden treasure near the foreshore: Cable Bay Cafe.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIf you enjoy wine as much as I do I hope you have treated yourself to a fine glass or two over the summer holiday season. I certainly have.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsI'm no child psychologist but, as a parent, even I can see that risk assessment for kids starts as soon as they can feel, sniff, and start putting stuff in their mouths.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWrist watches, though no longer vital, have still stood the test of time when it comes to a fashion accessory.
AARYN BARLOW - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Zealand is at an impasse when it comes to environmental policy in the agricultural sector.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe idea of an afternoon party with trays of delicious sandwiches, unpretentious and tried and true is one that I am determined to host when the weather settles down.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThere's nothing quite like a late Christmas present to keep the festive season going, especially when dodgy weather puts a dampener on things.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsGary Watson of Richmond Fresh Choice is a bit of a beer nut, and it has been obvious on the shelves of his supermarket for a while.
Fashion in the Field judges preferred classic black and white to ethereal floaty numbers at this year's Nelson races.
Is Nelson really NZ's Craft Brewing Capital? What does that mean anyway? Fritz Kuckuck and Maria Grau investigate.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe silly season is here and it's time to leave the stresses of work behind relax on the beach, at a campsite, or at the bach.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt may have seemed like a very short year but I think we can all agree a lot has happened in the past 12 months.
Our prevailing economic ideology is dividing us as people and damaging our environment in the process. Perhaps it's time we consigned neo-liberalism to the history books.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsThis week a friend gave me a pot of delicious blackcurrant and rhubarb jam - my kind of Christmas gift - homegrown, hand-made and edible.
Coastal cruise on the Great Taste Trail
As reporter Naomi Arnold and photographer Alden Williams discover on a two-day trip on the Great Taste Trail, leisure cycling's popular for a lot of good reasons.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsForget the silly season Possums, right now it's lily season. And some of the best of the bunch are flowering in Isel Park.
© Fairfax NZ NewsSomehow the New Zealand craft beer world has allowed itself to subscribe to a stereotype. We say that as if it's uncommon, but it happens more frequently that we like to admit.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsI love the whole ritual around this special day of Christmas and I wish there were more days that we celebrated like this in our calendar.
25 years of WOW celebrated in new book
ALAN CLARKE - © Fairfax NZ NewsFor those prone to take what we have for granted, a new book, simply titled Wearable Art, offers reaffirmation of just how big the Nelson-born WOW phenomenon is.
Locals already know it, now the rest of the country can appreciate Jester House Cafe's unique experience.
I remember walking down the backstreets of Sorrento Italy and coming across shops filled with elaborate leather sandals in all sorts of colours, shapes and embellishments.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt is also only 25 sleeps until Christmas and a good excuse for a bit of excess, so this story is all about sweet stuff.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsA few weeks back we joined a celebration at McCashin's Brewery launching a new beer series and a new book called The First Craft Beer - The McCashin's Story and the Kiwi Brewing Revolution it Sparked.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsHands up those of you from Invercargill. Welcome to Nelson. For what it's worth, I've just had a week in your home town as a guest of the taxpayer.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen most people think about the Central Otago wine region they generally associate it with pinot noir, often expensive pinot noir, and to be fair that is a very reasonable association to make.
GORD STEWART - © Fairfax NZ NewsFor those who care deeply about the environment and labour on its behalf, it pays to be patient . . . and have a sense of humour.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsNelson is all about summer so be bold, be brave and enjoy our fabulous beaches.
FIRTZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsHave you seen the exciting news? You can now order a WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery at Harvey Norman for just $7299.00, and that includes your first $50 kit for making 23 litres of beer.