Monthly Archives: December 2014

Just in Time – Merry Christmas Everyone


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  • The sun is out and the beach is full of surfers, swimmers and the walkers with their dogs.

  •  Bright red flowering rata and pohutakawa are flowering profusely.

  • Its time now to greet the neighbours and friends and enjoy the Christmas festivities.

  • Spend time with families and celebrate Christmas.

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Glenfalloch is ready to serve over 170 for Christmas dinner.

In a stunning garden setting with  mantles dripping with decorations , tables looking festive and delicious food prepared.

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Best Wishes Everyone

 Enjoy your Christmas festivities

Christmas Decorations made Easy

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Each Year I get to fill my living rooms with Christmas decorations for my Christmas cooking Classes.

I am so lucky to have two mantles and now just fill them with my collection of baubles and candles collected over many years.

I made Christmas Wreaths by attaching small  cones onto a Styrofoam ring with a glue gun, filling the spaces with lichen and little coloured balls … Cheap,fun and they look amazing forever.

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Fresh Flowers make the difference

Huge vases of Foliage and Lilies will be on our table for Christmas .


Its so much easier to gather all your decorations together in colours and ” drip’ them.

Happy Christmas


It was worth planting Broad Beans in April


Before departing on my tour to Turkey in May this year we remembered to plant a good thick row of broad beans.

They were a joy to watch during the winter as they tentatively poked their lovely compact leaves through the ground to growing metres tall in the Spring.

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Unbelievably they are still upright or indeed have matured after a pretty shocking November. However, we are picking baby pods full of sweet lime green beans.

How simple can it get – New Season local Outram Jersey Benny Potatoes, Broad beans and Spinach from the garden, drizzled with Dommaine Rewa  Central Otago Extra Virgin Olive oil  with Philips favourite Cardronna Merino Lamb Sausages and .. a glass of red wine.


Summer is here today – Thank goodness