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words: Judy McAuliffe images: Alasdair Jardine @JardineMedia Buffalo have been sung about, they appear on coins and are part of North American folklore, but the American buffalo are actually bison. Buffalo are an entirely different species.  Did you...

Anzac Biscuits

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Anzac biscuits are a real Kiwi classic, and this delicious recipe is a sure-fire winner. Whether you like them crispy or chewy, just adjust the cooking time and you’ll have the perfect Anzac!  Makes 32. Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup...

ONE COOL CAT!

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                    words & images:  Leanne Gichard To say that Robert loves classic cars is an understatement and his latest acquisition, a 1973 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 Saloon, is one sleek beast of a car.  I recently had the opportunity to...
words & images: Judy McAuliffe Back in the day, before my time, and yours - we’re talking the 1700’s here - gin was so popular and so addictive, that people (mainly women) supposedly resorted to prostitution and even selling their...
words & images:   Leanne Gichard Memories of childhood are often looked at through rose-tinted glasses.  We tend to remember the things that made us happy and often our fond memories revolve around the cars our parents either drove or aspired...

DAHLIA DELIGHT

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DAHLIA DELIGHT words & images: Leanne Gichard In a quiet street in Ashburton lies a little slice of paradise; one full of colour, scent, shape and form which delights young and old alike.  This gem of a garden is a tranquil...
“When life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade,” is an old adage about turning life’s challenges into something positive. Owners of Retro Kitchen in Ashburton, Debbie & Kelly Macvey, have faced more than their share of challenges...

Velvet Visionaries

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words& images: Leanne Gichard From the moment you meet Peter Swann you know that this humble man is quite extraordinary.  Not only does he love deer farming, he also loves his animals.  Everything he does centres around what is best...

Salad Season

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While we’re still enjoying these longer evenings, we’d all rather be outside than in the kitchen, so summer salads are the perfect answer.    We love this combination of spinach, strawberries and salmon – lots of flavour without lots of...
More than 1,200 people in Ashburton District were originally born in the Philippines, according to the 2018 census – so states the sign as you enter the main gates at the East Street entrance to the Ashburton Domain. Recently, the...

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DESTINATION: TE ANAU & FIORDLAND

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As tourist destinations go Te Anau is not as famous as Queenstown, so there are (slightly) fewer visitors, which gives it a big tick...

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