Home Sweet Home

Home is where the heart is – and home is also where you will find the best cup of tea. I make the best cup of tea in New Zealand.  Never mind that only a small number of people know I make the best cup of tea in New Zealand, I do make the best…

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He was a nice man …

He was a nice man and he wore a stab-proof vest.  “Good afternoon” the nice man said and to get a better look at Driver he crouched. “Hi” we said in chorus. “One hundred and thirteen” the man said and he surveyed the contents of our car. Driver stared at his speedometer. “Been doing a…

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At the Beach

Moody and introverted, that’s coastal Otago.  Summer or winter, seasons can be indistinguishable when the wind blows up from the sea. Down on the coast the autumn air has absorbed it’s fill of the Pacific Ocean.  Gutsy rivers unwind and relax into lazy estuaries where the flow meets resistance from an incoming tide. We are…

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The Gold of Ophir

King Solomon’s gold came from Ophir.  Today historians cannot agree upon where exactly this gold-rich location was.  Rider Haggard, in his classic novel, King Solomon’s Mines, placed Ophir in Africa. Perhaps it was in Africa, although some think India, others Burma and still others believe Ophir was in the Philippines. We are in Ophir, New…

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Ti Ora

Ora means health or well-being.  He reka te ti ora nei.  Translation: Is delicious the healthy tea this.  I am not just saying that.  I have found a flavoured green tea I love.  Top shelf.  Price on request. Ti Ora tastes healthy, looks pretty and I’m feeling very good about my life choices right now…

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The First Cup is the …

The first cup is the greatest I have always thought.  I’m feeling patriotic today hence New Zealand Breakfast tea. To be honest I felt cynical about Twinings national tea series: English, Irish and New Zealand breakfast blends.  What’s the difference? New Zealand Breakfast tea will taste exactly the same as English Breakfast tea I told…

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