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All Quiet on the Ngaio Front

Miss Petra seems to have been sick every other week recently. A cold, one of those ghastly 24 hour vomiting bugs that always seem to kick in at 2:30 am and keep you up puking until dawn, and this week, … Continue reading

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Ducks in Paradise

It’s a wintery Sunday morning in Wellington. Windy, damp, and chilly. Petra’s still in her pajamas and kitties (which are slippers made by emu in Australia – they’re almost knee-high, wool-lined and trimmed, and they look like cats – if … Continue reading

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Autumn is Coming…

Bringing with it, not snow and war, but mice. We spotted one running across the kitchen floor the other night. I’ve been twitchy ever since, hearing scufflings and rustlings. But we didn’t find any signs of mice – no droppings, … Continue reading

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Monarch of the Swan Plant

We are watching monarch caterpillars turn into butterflies at my place. We bought a swan plant with two caterpillars on it a week ago and have been observing the fascinating process caterpillars go through. They eat and eat and eat, … Continue reading

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Adventures in the Kitchen

We had a wee mishap at our place today. Petra and I were kicking a ball in the kitchen as you do when you’re hanging with a preschooler, and a good time was being had until we knocked the dishwasher, … Continue reading

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The First Month of the Rest of Our Lives

We’ve been in our new house for about 4 weeks now. And an eventful time we’ve had of it. We moved in to find that our bedroom was mouldy and the carpets smelled bad. I spent the first week or … Continue reading

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And We’re Done

The painters have packed up and moved on, leaving us with two beautifully clean and fresh bedrooms. We’re going to paint the insides of the wardrobes this weekend. And then we’ll be able to move in and spread ourselves out … Continue reading

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