Chicken Tikka Masala

Well, I’m back in Brida again. Just had to sort out a few bits and pieces that crept their way into the inbox whilst I was away, so I really couldn’t get back to my column. Sorry about that! I do have to admit, I was a little bit sorry to leave England again. I […]

9. Mount Bruce to Turangi

The next morning, we left Wellington and headed north. Our destination was Turangi, some 400 km away. The first part of the journey was along the coast, then we reached the countryside around Mount Bruce. It is about 2 hours or 140 km north of Wellington. Mount Bruce is a part of the Tararua range which […]


I am sitting in the ladies (rather plush, if I might say so) at the Ritz Hotel, in London. I just have to scribble down some notes before I forget everything. And I need to take a few pictures because the ladies here are lovely – gave me a few ideas for my own bathroom. […]

8. Wellington

We met our son (whom we had not seen for 2 ½ years, as he had spent 1 year in Australia and then 1 year in New Zealand) in Wellington. He drove us through the hilly streets to our accommodation. The evening was spent as a family, catching up on everything.   Wellington is the capital […]

Welsh Rarebit.

Today I am writing to you from Wales. Again, it is so different to the rest of the United Kingdom. It starts with some pretty unpronounceable town names. I mean, how on earth do you say Llanhbydder? Actually, again, the myth is greater than reality. The towns starting with Ll are a bit of a […]