Sunday, 7 February 2016

Apple Cake #Trovechallenge

On Friday, the beginning of a long weekend in New Zealand Trove issued me a challenge on twitter. To be fair it wasn't just to me they issued said challenge, but hey.

anyway, not being one to shy away from a challenge I was in. Right there, the second they tweeted.

The recipe, an Apple Cake, had been submitted to the Queensland Country Life, a weekly newspaper filled with local rural Queensland news and events, for the Thursday, 1 April edition and appeared on page 7. Queensland Country Life (Qld. : 1900 - 1954), Thursday 1 April 1948, page 7

So, the pantry was checked for ingredients, and apples were purchased from the supermarket. Let the challenge begin !

And here are the results, kind of like a supersized apple shortcake in cake form.

...and D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S !!

we had ours for dessert, with some yoghurt on the side instead of cream.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

And the New Year begins

Following on from my last post, here are some photos of places we've been so far this month. 

Although it has been a novelty to experience a warm summer and have great beaches nearby, I can't help looking at the Northern Hemisphere weather reports and photos and yearn for some cooler temperatures. We have had some good rain as well which in itself is a novelty after the year in Canterbury with virtually none. But I'm beginning to feel that I am more an autumn/spring person, not entirely a winter person, but not so much summer anymore. Don't get me wrong, summer is great - if you have access to a great swimming spot without a two hour hot drive in an non-airconditioned car, if you live somewhere with airconditioning or which is at least built to catch any breeze nature offers, work in an air conditioned environment and actually have time to get out there and enjoy the water and weather with friends. But for me - nah, it's starting to lose it's appeal.

Most people are back at work...but not me yet...still. Things are looking more positive on that front though, so watch this space for upcoming developments.

New Year's Eve and first seconds of 2016

Redwood Forest, Rotorua

Sunset at Piha

Monday, 25 January 2016

As 2015 slips into the past and becomes a memory

Well, Christmas and New Year have been and gone and I've been very remiss here. 

So just to get back on track, here are some pictorial updates of stuff that has been happening, and places we've been since the last time I was here.

Christmas Morning

The Mount (Maunganui)


Port Albert (The Davys' emigrated on this scheme in 1862 but didn't end up settling here)


Coromandel Peninsula

Pakiri & Hibiscus Coast