Monthly Archives: May 2014

So where is Miss Marple?

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We are staying in a heritage hotel built in 1928 in a remote location between seasons so that there are few guests. The lounge areas are huge with open fireplaces, there is a library with leather wing chairs and a large dinning room with formal settings. We were picked up at the station, aptly named National Park, by a hotel employee and driven here.

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Veggies with a view

Recently kitchen gardens have appeared around cafes, restaurants, wineries etc in lovely locations. When I went to Margaret River last year we saw herb and veggie beds in interesting places. There was the winery which identified the dishes on their lunch menu that were sourced from their garden we were encouraged to visit. Then there was the bed of lettuces outside the cafe near the beach, growing just behind the sand bank. Next we saw very productive and beautiful beds at the end of the patio at a boutique brewery.
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Waiheke Island

View from Veronica's bedroom of Hauraki Gulf

View from Veronica’s bedroom of Hauraki Gulf

 

My sister Veronica moved to Waiheke Island, New Zealand and I have finally got to visit.     It is a 40 minute ferry trip from Auckland.    It is about 20 km long and described by the Waihike Island website as

a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Waiheke is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and has an international reputation for food and arts.

I am now finding out. The view from Veronica’s house is certainly picturesque, looking towards Auckland.
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