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  • Writer's pictureAnnemarie Rawson


Updated: Jan 27, 2022

It’s been a month since we moved into our new home, here in the Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. After 3.5 years of living in London and renting for a bit of that time, it‘s been heavenly to start to put down roots again.

It felt a little like Christmas, rediscovering some of our treasures and also having a fully-equipped and large kitchen to work in again. I don’t think I ever need to shop for glassware again, unless of course I have a ‘smashing’ time. But never fear I still have several boxes of reserves stored away. Just crazy! We did use to have some long Italian lunches with 18-20 people or French cafe dinners set up in the downstairs part of our old house, so needed lots of glassware and cutlery. I’ll wait till summer rolls around before I try to replicate some of those wonderful times.

There’s still lots of file boxes to sort through and lots of shredding to be done as we’re really trying to be sensible (this time!) about what is necessary to keep (not like when we moved to France). The office is still a tip but it doesn’t bother me as the rest of the house is set up now. Our first dinner guests came on the third night we were here. I call them dinner guests but really they were our good friends, Ginny and Dave, so they don’t really count as guests.

One of our treasures. The road in the painting takes you to where we stayed in Panzano in Chianti, Italy. A fabulous little village.

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