Monthly Archives: September 2013

School Holiday Ideas


Dearest Sultana,

Today is the first day of school holidays for May. We have four school terms a year and after each term there is a two week holiday. At the end of the fourth term, the holiday is a month long for primary schools.


School holidays usually means some planning is required if I want to stay sane. Read the rest of this entry

Cushla’s Village Fabrics


Dearest Sultana,

Cushla’s Village Fabrics is probably my first conscious introduction to the world of quilts and patchwork.

Cushla's Devonport

Before I was first drawn to their shop (when it was still on Clarence St), I didn’t even know what a quilt was. Read the rest of this entry

Day Trip to Devonport


Dearest Sultana,

May has been sick all weekend. It started with a mild fever on Friday which became quite high by Saturday and slowly improved on Sunday. This meant that we were home bound all weekend.

On Monday she was all better but I wanted to keep an eye on her so I kept her at home. Four days of being cooped up in the house with these two girls was beginning to wear on me though so I decided to make a trip to Devonport with the two.


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My Enchilada Adventures


Dearest Sultana,

In NZ, we don’t really get exposed to much Mexican food. I mean I often buy the Old El Paso kits and since I don’t know any better, they’re pretty good for me. Last few years though, it seems like there has been an emergence of Mexican culture and foods. One I have gone to quite often is Mexico nearby Britomart (they have a few more branches now), I don’t know if it’s authentic but to uneducated me, it seemed authentic enough and really good. The menu keeps changing and there is always something new and interesting to try. The ingredients are really fresh and the herbs and spices aromatic and memorable. In a way, it is like Indonesian food where the spices are strong and flavoursome too. Unfortunately the prices are a bit more than what I can afford on a regular basis, so it’s reserved for special date lunches with my sisters only.

So when I came across a recipe for homemade chicken enchiladas by Comfort Cooking Aboard, I was very Read the rest of this entry

A New Skirt for May


Dearest Sultana,

I think I have told you previously that May is a very girly kind of girl. She loves princesses and fairies and pink and blue. Much of her wardrobe is in various shades of those colours. When I try to buy other colours, she outright refuses to wear them.

skirt for may

Her favourite thing to wear is a long skirt Read the rest of this entry

A Day in Auckland


Dearest Sultana,

I’m going to be out and about today, all day…

So today I’m going to share some photos of places I’ve been to recently:


Auckland City peeping through Cabbage Trees and Flax on a cloudy day.


Purple flower on strawberry leaves… strawberry season coming up soon! (only 2 more months!)


Auckland’s Old Railway Station in the centre of the city


Takutai Square in Britomart, I love passing by here to get a glimpse of the vertical garden


June getting acquainted with “letters” outside Birkenhead Library


More spring flowers in the garden. I don’t know what these are but I love the burst of colour.

Umbrellas and My Wedding Memories


Dearest Sultana,

Spring has started in NZ and with that lots of wet and rainy days. At May’s school they even celebrated Gumbrella day, a day in which the kids will celebrate the joys of rainy spring days by playing games that involve either their gumboots or their umbrella.


May has been asking me for an umbrella all winter and so far I’ve managed to hold it off. She has a perfectly good raincoat and gumboots to keep her dry. Umbrellas are not so good when it’s windy and it can get really windy. Somehow just before Gumbrella day, she managed to get me to agree to buy her an umbrella.

As soon as May got her umbrella, Read the rest of this entry