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My new novel The Road from Midnight has launched! I’m getting rave reviews about how easy it is to read and hard to put down, which is just what I hoped would happen when I wrote it. To read about it click here.
I hope you enjoy my easy inspirational recipes and ideas for a healthy eco life based on nana’s advice. My aim is to help people return to a more old-fashioned style of living as I have done. And so on this website I share all the discoveries I have made and the recipes I have created from my vast library of old recipe books and manuals.
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
I had to buy a new food processor last week as ours gave up the ghost. I have a passion for vintage food processors - mad, I know – and so they never last long. I bought a brand new one and was so enthused that I made a quick batch of…Continue reading
Monday 24 February 2014
You will have noticed over the years that magazines and newspapers no longer take their own photos for feature articles but instead use what is called “stock” photos which are generic pictures bought from a picture library.
Sunday 23 February 2014
Now that the Grammys are over I can return to my no make-up, growing-the-greys-back-in self. I’ve only just managed to get the horrid acrylics off my nails – I really hated having them glued on and then I couldn’t get them off so I had to go back to the…Continue reading
Saturday 22 February 2014
This week’s ingredient focus is on borax – an absolute must for any natural cleaning around the home. In the olden days everyone was crazy about borax, which is a simple salt sodium borate – not boric acid.
They used to use it in face creams, ate it as a…Continue reading
Friday 21 February 2014
I arrived up North yesterday to dozens of lovely peaches ripe and ready for the picking. I think they are blackboy peaches, because of their bright red flesh, and they have a very strong flavour. I was so keen to gather up all the fallen peaches that I interrupted a…Continue reading
Friday 21 February 2014
I’ve been reading this book - The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener by Tammi Hartung as I plan my veggie patch up here in the Hokianga. I have three very large patches which are overgrown with weeds, and on Tammi’s advice I’m going to chop down the weeds, cover them with some sheep poo, layers…Continue reading