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Not quite a cottage with roses round the door, but nearly!

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A paradise for painters and photographers

The beauty of Hawkes Bay is waiting to be captured – there are so many great subjects for sketching, painting or photography and the light is wonderful. Here is my latest painting of a local landmark, Maraekakaho’s historic woolshed, only

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Looking good!

I think our cottage is looking pretty good today!  Its own little private garden around the other side is looking particularly pretty too.

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24 degrees and lots of sunshine!

How lovely to be well into spring and have lots of warm sunshine at last after a pretty chilly winter. It looks like being a great summer! These boys and girls looked to be having a very earnest discussion about

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Air New Zealand Hawkes Bay International Marathon

The date for the inaugural Hawkes Bay International Marathon was announced yesterday and will be Saturday 14th May 2016. Not only will there be the full marathon (42km) but also a half-marathon, a 10km run and a 3km kids race.

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Winter Food and Wine Classic events programme launched

Well, the winter FAWC (Food and Wine Classic) programme has just been posted to their website. Take a look at http://www.fawc.co.nz/programme/events/. It is an amazing programme and I can hardly believe we are luck enough to live here within easy

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Another stunning sunset

We had yet another beautiful sunset over the Ruahines a couple of days ago. i was lucky to have my camera to hand at just the right moment. The cooler autumn nights are giving us some amazing views of the

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Grape harvest nearly over!

The grape harvest here in Hawkes Bay is coming towards the end. The wineries all have that lovely tantalising smell in the air of grapes fermenting. Many of the delicious 2014 wines are available and you really do need to

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Winter F.A.W.C – save the dates!

The winter series of events for the Hawkes Bay Food and Wine Classic is just around the corner. The events will be on or around each weekend between 5th and 28th June 2015 so make a note in your diary.

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A great half-day out

Judith and I visited Otatara Pa Historic Reserve near Taradale the other day and what a fascinating place it is. This is actually the site of two pa (Maori fortified settlement sites), Hikorangi (the upper pa) and Otatara (the lower

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