My daughter’s getting married soon, which has required a lot of shopping. When I dropped in to see her yesterday, she’d just had another package delivered. It had arrived with all the fast-twitch drama of an urgent courier delivery – red van double-parked; driver needing a quick-quick signature on an electronic screen. Inside the package? [...]
As the summer leaves blacken and curl, the menfolk gather around the barbie
It was one of those smug “ta-da” moments. With my visiting friend beside me, I whisked open the door of my son’s super-tidy bedroom. “Ohhh,” she breathed. “Bet that took an argument.” She was right. I’d bickered and cajoled for days to get my then-teenaged son on board for a clean-out that took two hours. [...]
Appreciated or not, diligent preservers carry on regardless
My home is a quieter place than it used to be. Most nights my husband, Nick, and I arrive home from work to the cat waiting at the ranchslider and the warm fustiness of a shut-up house. Our son Ben, 23, gets home later. Sometimes he’s right there as I cook dinner, a beer-drinking, bear-hugging roadblock [...]
Bathing may be the answer to all that ails us, but is it really civilised?
It’s easy, in this job of mine, to be overcome by lust for lovely stuff. Right now, for example, I’m in thrall to the white fountain pen on our gift ideas page. I want it so much that I’m almost tempted to put a Post-it note on the page (“Sally’s Christmas present here”) and leave [...]
At Christmas, family tradition rules the roast
Tucked away amid the splashy resort-like spaces of the Carliers’ award-winning indoor/outdoor area in Auckland is a tiny enclosed deck: just one chair, looking out to the view. It was used, says homeowner Amanda Carlier, when her son phoned his long-distance girlfriend for a chat. Elsewhere there’s an infinity pool where the Carlier boys frolic [...]
Fish ’n foil may be the latest thing, but it’s hard to beat the humble crumb
That was editor Sally Duggan’s reaction to the NZ House & Garden team’s across-the-board wins at the 2014 Magazine Awards last night.