Monthly Archives: June 2013

Holiday Time

Last week we had a wonderful holiday in Greymouth.

This has been our favourite holiday destination for over twenty years. Coming in a close second is the Coromandel but that’s another story.

The journey from Roxburgh takes in the most breathtaking views of the ocean and the bush as you travel over the Haast and up the West Coast to Greymouth.

This was our first serious break since we lost Alex as we couldn’t get our heads around a trip without him last Winter.

Whilst it is still very difficult without him, time has made the grief not so raw.

Here are a few holiday photos.


Cameron Flats

Cameron Flat


Thanks Sam for snapping me feeding my face! In my defence I missed breakfast!



Beach behind the Charles Court Motel in Greymouth


Sunset behind the Motel

Sunset behind the Motel




Us girls on the train at Shantytown.




My three gorgeous kids

My three gorgeous kids



Fox Glacier – what an amazing sight to see!



Sam with a Totem Pole


Bruce Bay


Looks like our old house!


Sam and Ruby at Lake Paringa




Lake Mahinapua



Franz Josef Glacier

Pike River Memorial at Atarau

Pike River Memorial at Atarau


Pike River Memorial


On the way home

On the way home


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Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

IMG_1353Shred a lettuce or two into a large bowl.

Add three roughly chopped red or yellow peppers.

Add a bunch of finely chopped spring onions.

Add three sliced cucumbers.

Add six roughly chopped tomatoes.

Add four finely sliced stalks of celery.

Add  four finely grated radishes and one large carrot.

Add cooked chopped eggs if you like.

Add shredded roast chicken into salad.

Add mayonnaise of choice.

Finely grate cheese of choice over top.

There you have it…a yummy quick meal.

I roast the chicken in the morning, giving it time to cool in the fridge before adding to the salad.

And if you like, cheese mashed potatoes is an excellent accompaniment.

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“They came after the Jews, and I was not a Jew, so I did not protest. They came after the Trade Unionists, and I was not a Trade Unionist, so I did not protest. They came after the Roman Catholics, and I was not a Roman Catholic, so I did not protest. Then they came after me, and there was no one left to protest.”

(Pastor Niemoller, Lutheran minister killed in a Nazi death camp)

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“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other”


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White Vinegar Tip

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle.  Spray on windows and and dry with a soft cloth.    Also great for cleaning the inside of the fridge

I use wooden chopping boards so use full strength white vinegar to disinfect them.

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