Archive for April, 2010

For the best cheese scones ever, go to Mint Garden Cafe at 20 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank – almost opposite the Meadowbank shopping centre.   They are delicious, very light and tasty, not doughy like some scones can be.   These are melt in the mouth.  The garden centre part of the cafe is no longer, but […]

One of the best lunch spots in the Waikato is the The Kaimai Café and Store at Waharoa.  This place is a celebration of cheese and the food is superb.   Cheese is the focus, (but there are a couple of non-cheese meals).   Try their famous “croque monsieur” – just delicious and mouth watering.    This is […]

The needle free alternative to Botox is attracting great attention, sounds too good to be true – smooth on some cream and your wrinkles fade away for hours! TVNZ’s Close Up programme did an interesting trial – taking three women and treating half of their faces with Botox and the other half with Freezeframe.   Each […]

415 West St, Ashburton Tasty country style food, home cooking and in delightful surrounding, choose between peaceful garden setting or paneled wood indoor café.  An added bonus to these tasty, but traditional and unimaginative  meals is the craft shop with great selection of wools, knitted garment and spinning and weaving needs.



One of my favourite skincare brands is Cetaphil – it is well priced  and recommended by skin specialists.  Cetaphil cleanser has been my cleanser for years and the mosituriser is a great moisturiser for neck and décolletage. Now there is Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, which promises to hydrate the skin for 24 hours.  […]

Great coffee, tasty food in a good location and what a treat it is in the same street as wide selection of boutiques and clothing stores for all occasions – Lynn Woods;   Jane Daniels;  Kimberleys;  (and Kimberleys outlet store);  Frogmore;  Park Avenue for mother-of-the-bride and Juniper  for interesting jewellery.  Everything in the one street.

This is not a plea from cosmetic houses to force you into buying more makeup.  Old makeup carries a high risk of infection.  It is expensive if you have to replace your makeup every few months, so clean your makeup containers  regularly and don’t share your favourite lip glosses or any item of makeup. Take […]

Mary Immaculate


Stocks New Zealand designed label and a few from overseas … Kate Sylvester,  Stitch Ministry, Artstyle and Mesop, to name a few.   Clothes  can also be bought online. Rolleston Square, Rolleston near Christchurch

A great mix of funky and interesting mainly Australian labels:-  Wish;  Azuki;  Bauhaus; Sass; One Teaspoon; Sunny Girl.

Premium shirts for big and tall men are made from 100% Turkish cotton and made in Canterbury, NZ. Designed for bigger men, the shirts have wider necks, generous cuffs, and extra length in the body and sleeves,   Good range of business and dress shirts – can also be bought on-line.