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Editor’s note Welcome to autumn and to the March edition of YOU magazine! Again we bring you loads of great recipes, health advice, giveaways, social photos and interesting reads. We feature one happy couple who say an age gap is no barrier to love and if people want to judge them, they don’t want to know them. YOU writer Caitlin Porter talks to two people who are sold on apps that help them get and stay fit ... and get even fitter. If you know any great stories about strong, talented women ... or women who have struggled and overcome. Women who we aspire to be, women who we admire ... please let me know, YOU loves these women and want to tell their stories. Thanks for reading,


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YOU writer Caitlin Porter talked to two health app enthusiasts – a busy working mum with three children under the age of seven and a young, energetic teen who is slowly overcoming some serious health issues.

Health-related mobile phone applications appear to be a craze, but for some, they have become a way of life.

Aimee’s story A busy working mum to three boys under seven, Aimee manages to fit workout time into her hectic schedule, partly thanks to a number of mobile apps. Aimee said she was always an active person, but after having three kids found she wanted to get back into fitness. She began exercising again in February last year and by September ran her first half marathon – and apps have helped her on that journey. As a member of the Weight Watchers programme Aimee began to use its online app. But after achieving her goal weight and leaving Weight Watchers, she wondered what was next and it appears apps were the way to go for her. She had purchased a FitBit while still at Weight Watchers – a FitBit is a wire-less activity tracker, that a measures data such as the number of steps taken and quality of sleep and sends data to a mobile phone app. FitBit was where it was at for Aimee and the competitive nature of the app is what keeps her so motivated. She has been using the device since August last year and while she admitted

she was pretty active anyway, using the FitBit made her park further away when picking her kids up from school, or do a couple laps of the block if she was early. “It’s enough to make me pace my living room,” she jokes. Looking down at your phone and seeing you only have a few hundred steps to go to your goal will seriously make you do laps of the house, she jokes. Aimee said after having three kids she was envious of people who casually threw out into conversation that they were going for a “casual 10km run”, but now Aimee said she is one of those people. You can see other people who you are connected with on social media on the apps and you can see how many steps they do, and what goals they are achieving, she said. There are also motivational messages, such as “you have walked the length of New Zealand” or “you have walked the distance of the Great Barrier Reef” – all in fun, but still helpful. Everyone sets their own goals for how many steps they want to do, the recommended number for most people is around 10,000 but Aimee sets herself a goal of 12,000 a day, which is achievable for her. “My sister-in-law’s father is 80 years old

Aimee monitors how many steps she takes and the distance she covers with fitness activity tracker FitBit.


and he beats me on FitBit most weeks,” she jokes. As a preschool teacher, sometimes Aimee reaches 10,000 steps by 1pm if she is busy working outside.

She also uses Run Keeper to keep a track of her distance when running, and PT In My Pocket and My Fitness Pal for added exercise. Food Scanner is one she uses to keep track of what is in the food she is

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eating. You simply scan the product, or let the app know what kind of food you are about to eat and it will break down exactly what is in the food. She knows some people are obsessed

with the food apps – fanatical even. But she just enjoys using them. Aimee uses food apps to get her back on track, or to find out what really is in a product by scanning its barcode, but she is overly

conscious about keeping track of everything little thing. Quick4 helps Aimee get in a quick round of Tabata – a high intensity form of training. Her boys keep her busy, sometimes it can be hard to squeeze in a run. “If I don’t have time, I can do a 30minute work-out at home,” she said. Right now, Aimee is training for a half marathon and does lots of 10 and 12km dashes. The apps are good in helping with that, she said. “I’m a member at a gym, but I’d rather run outside and I’ve got a treadmill and weights and other bits and pieces at home,” she said. Most importantly, Aimee enjoys using the apps. It’s a way to relax, make time for herself and look after herself. The use of apps is making people more aware of the exercise they are doing, she said. You can change up your routine too, sometimes Aimee will use Fitness Bender or Pop Sugar Fitness to add another aspect to her workouts. Other people use things like Wii or Youtube for work-outs, so this is just a different way of doing that. Aimee is also on her way to becoming a personal trainer and has nearly finished her course. So not only does she enjoy exercise but she understands why it is so important. She acknowledges that using the apps requires self-motivation, but it can give people the direction that they need. Running and other exercise can be tough for some, she said, but it’s all in your head. “It’s a bit of a mental challenge.” Not only is running good for fitness, but it’s also a good way to unwind and running events can be very social too. “There is that convenience element, but you have to want to do it.”

Gym manager As someone who oversees the fitness and wellbeing of others, Snap Fitness manager Ben Mann is used to new health fads popping up left, right and centre. But as for the current trend of health apps, well Ben is on board. He said he knows a number of different people who use all kinds of healthrelated apps – “a lot”. “There’s running ones and nutritional apps for calories and there are quite a lot of sport bands now that link in with an app and they’re quite good because they measure all the calories that you are burning through your heart rate and you can log everything into the app.” People use them on the treadmills, he said. To keep track and also for motivation. “There are also running apps which is like a game, you can reach targets to unlock things,” he said. Ben doesn’t use the apps himself, but he recommends them to others, mainly a diet app called My Fitness Pal. It helps them out through their journey, he said. And they work best for people who are competitive, “they’re the ones that do quite well,” he said. It’s the competition factor that works. With apps such as FitBit, he said he saw a lot of people compete with each other on social media as to who can do the most steps. He also recommends food apps too for calorie counting, or merely keeping track of what food you are putting into your body.

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Tamati’s story Twelve months ago, 16-year-old Tamati Wairepo was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. His condition, caused by a fear of eating due to the pain that followed, resulted in Tamati avoiding all sorts of foods. “I would eat simple things like crackers, breads, cereals … and it would only take a portion of one of them to set me off for a day of hell,” he said. His most painful episode happened after eating a takeaway salad – he experienced what he deemed, “the worst pain of his life”. “The pain was spread beneath both ribcages and the upper abdomen and it felt like someone was holding a burning knife in there and wouldn’t take it out,” he said. Over time he became more ill. “I would lie in bed for continuous days, just wanting to sleep. I had no energy at all (and) couldn’t remember things, couldn’t focus.” Tamati dropped 10kg in under five weeks and his muscle mass had all but disappeared. At one point he could only eat white meats and tuna. And then the doctors’ visits started. “I think they started to get sick of me because I was in at least two to three times a week, my weight was measured and I either dropped a few kilograms or gained a few,” he said. Tamati was told to eliminate foods and see how he went with red meats. “I started consuming more meat, my body reacted well with white meat and pork but I still felt tired, didn’t gain weight and I felt empty.” One of his toughest days was on April 16, when his mother took him to the emergency doctors and he fell asleep waiting to be seen. He then saw a different doctor who ran him through a variety of tests, but nothing much happened out of that either, except he was referred to a dietician. “My skin was breaking out like crazy, I was pale (and) felt ugly from what had been happening,” he said. Tamati saw his “lovely dietician” once a fortnight but nothing was working and he continued to lose weight. At his lowest he weighed only 56.9kg. His dietician was eager for him to undergo more tests, which confirmed he was not coeliac but had low iron levels. Nothing happened for a while until a blessing in disguise was passed his way at the beginning of June. A dietician told Tamati to try Fortasip – a liquid meal supplement with the necessary nutrients

and vitamins. Slowly he began to gain weight, but he was still hungry and his body was rejecting food. “I became a junky at the supplement isles at the drug stores and it was costly, I was also to keep in contact with the dietician with any foods that reacted badly.” The worst were potatoes, oats, asparagus, all dairy, white rice and more. The best, sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, white meats and eggs. He followed the “stupid, restricted” diet for a period of weeks, but still felt empty inside, couldn’t concentrate and in general, didn’t feel good. One night, Tamati had an epiphany – exercise. “It may have seemed strange for what state my body was in but it was the best thing I could have ever done,” he said. He started off with low-impact Zumba three times a week, but wanted to move into running. Then began his love of apps. Tamati started with Map My Run, which recorded his pace, distance, run duration, heart rate and route. “I started using it as a resource to set goals and it really motivated me to keep my mind off other things … it kept me sane.” He started running more and more – using the app – and was completing 5km in no time. He turned on a feature called Live Tracking one afternoon which in turn let him enable the Live Coaching feature. Tamati would type in a goal pace or duration into the pre-workout screen and a voice would encourage him with things like “You have reached your goal pace, keep up the good work!” or “Speed up!” There was something about the feature that made him more determined than ever. He came up with a post-workout meal routine and slowly began to gain weight. Posting the workouts on social media was another aspect he liked. “It’s really cool to let your friends know how you’re progressing.” To this day Tamati cannot eat certain foods and is on the hospital waiting list for more tests, but he feels much happier than he did a year ago. Now he uses even more apps, such as push-up apps, a heart rate monitor, Water My Body and Runkeeper, Strava – both running apps – as well as cardio and sleep monitoring apps too. He has even got family members interested in using technology to aid in their fitness journey.

Through his use of apps, he has competed in competitions and entered himself in fun runs. He finished in 5th place for a 10km challenge which he completed it in 52 minutes. He also entered in The Muddy Good Run and participates in a weekly running get-fit club. To look forward to he has the Colour Run. Tamati said without the help of the apps urging him on – he probably wouldn’t be where he is today. He recommends them to anyone and everyone who just needs that little extra push. “To this day, I will forever keep using these apps. Map My Run has helped me in ways I haven’t noticed until recently, and I love to improve, set goals and smash it!”

Above – Tamati Wairepo prefers running apps such as Map My Run and Runkeeper to not only track his fitness, but also to motivate him. PHOTOS JOSEPH JOHNSON

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Doctor GP spokeswoman Dr Charlotte Cox is also behind the app movement and said she sees a number of patients who use a variety of weight loss and exercise apps. “The information available now is fantastic and can only be helpful,” she said. Dr Cox said she remembers in the old days manually entering five-day food diaries into computer programmes to do diet analysis. “Nowadays people do it themselves on their iPhones and such,” she said. She even uses apps herself. “On a personal note, I love my Polarbeat app to download training data from my Polar heart rate monitor and put it into ‘athletes diary’, as does my 15-year-old,” she said.

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Ever wanted to transform yourself into a Disney princess? A swashbuckling pirate? Or maybe you think you could master the force and make a pretty impressive Jedi. Whatever your tastes, Disney has you covered. The Show Your Disney Side app is a perfect way to keep the boredom at bay for the kids on those rainy Autumn weekends. It’s super easy to use – you pick a Disney character, snap a selfie, and voila – you’re transformed into one of the characters from the House of Mouse. You can also try on different costumes, add a colourful and creative frame, and watch your Disney side come to life with special effects. A great boredom buster for everyone who loves a bit of Disney magic.

With one of the biggest sporting events in the world right on our doorstep, this app is the perfect companion to supplement hours of world-class cricket. I’ll admit, I have never been a huge cricket aficionado. Before the World Cup kicked off, my only cricket memories were being dragged along to watch Dad’s golden oldies’ games on a Saturday, which was not exactly world class viewing. However, with the sporting spectacle taking place in New Zealand, even I’ve been swept up in the excitement. For all those occasions when I’ve been away from a TV and unable to watch a match, the app has been my saviour. It provides ball-by-ball scores and commentary, match videos and highlights, and tournament stats. It also allows hardcore fans to pledge their support for their favourite team, and they can interact with other fans through a social hub. If you’re like me and have been swept up by cricket world cup fever, this app is your new best friend.


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As far as age gaps go, 42 years would be one of the larger ones for newlymarried couples. Yet Ashburton’s Sven and Sam Edgar-Skerner say age is just a number and it is not going to stop them living their new married life to the fullest. Susan Sandys reports.


“I just love the lady, she takes beautiful photos,” says 64-yearold Sven Edgar-Skerner as he looks through a large box of wedding photos. He is talking about the young woman sitting next to him, his new wife Sam Edgar-Skerner.

Sam and Sven live in a flat on Friendship Lane, with their new pet cat Harmony. It is a small and humble home, but one filled with love and a joyful outlook of their new life together ahead. It is of no consequence to the

couple that there is a big age difference between them. Sam is just 22, meaning she is 42 years younger than her new husband. Despite the difference, the couple have much in common. They share a love of motor-

bikes, quadbike riding, touring the countryside and glass art. The couple also share a strength of character in not letting disability stop them from what they wish to do in life. Sam suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy. It does not affect her

intellectually, but displays itself in preventing her from walking without an aid such as a walking frame and it also slows her speech. Sven fought in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970 with the 161 Artillery Battery. Like

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Above – Sven and Sam share a small and humble home, one filled with love and a joyful outlook of their new life together ahead. Left – Ashburton couple Sam and Sven Edgar-Skerner are happy to have found each other.

many soldiers he was exposed to Agent Orange and suffered nervous system damage. Most of the time it does not affect him, but can sometimes make him tired when he has to do a lot of physical work, and it can make it difficult to sleep at night

as it results in crawling sensations on the skin. The couple say Ashburton is a discriminatory town from the perspective of organisations employing people with disabilities. They had both tried to find work, but had been largely

unsuccessful. Sven is a tradesman and he said it was difficult to explain to potential employers how he may not always be able to work a full day non-stop without having a small rest. Sam was happy she had recently had a job offer weld-

ing and planned to accept it. However, she had recently also applied for a job as a volunteer in a town shop, only to be told “If you can walk you can work here”. Such discrimination is one of the reasons the couple are plan-

ning to eventually move from the town, to another area of New Zealand. Sam grew up in Ashburton, while Sven is originally from the Chathams. The couple also share a love of art and crafts. Sven is a glass artist and teaching the craft to his new bride. He has been creating glass art since 1971, basing his drawings around tattoo designs. The art graces their marital home and the couple hope to spend more time on it and eventually sell their work. Sam is a mixed media artist, and has publicly exhibited her work in Ashburton. She is proud to have achieved what she has in the field, particularly as she clearly remembers being told she would never be able to hold a pen, let alone a paintbrush. Not least of all, the couple share a complete joy in the new love they have found in their lives. Sven lost his wife of more than 40 years to cancer about two years ago. The couple had seven children together, and altogether Sven has 10 biological children as he had three with his first partner in his late teens. He also has nine adopted children from the family of a former best mate whom he helped to raise. “I think the thing that I like best about Sam is to me it’s not about disability, it’s about ability, get rid of the ‘dis’,” Sven said. “She rides quad bikes, she rides motorbikes, she’s not scared to get off her bum.” Sven is a biker from way back, having joined the Ulysses social motorcycle club more than 20 years ago. continued over page

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from P11 The couple are regulars at the Ashburton River, getting on their quad bikes and riding them together. Sam sees in Sven someone who encourages and supports her all the way. Just the other day the couple got home from one of their regular drives around the Mid Canterbury countryside and Sam said, “I’m going to try and walk up the steps”. Holding on to the rails beside the three steps leading into her flat, she managed to walk up them on her own. “What I really admire is when I want to try something new like that Sven lets me, he also stands right behind me so if I fall I’m not going to hurt myself.” And he stands right behind her in the metaphorical sense as well, supporting her strong spirit. Sam is well known in Ashburton. She was a candidate in the last local body elections, standing under her former name of Sam Quinton. She is a former youth council member and Mid Canterbury Newcomers’ Network volunteer. Sam and Sven plan to have children and

recently lost their first in a miscarriage following a minor 4WD motor vehicle crash prior to their wedding last November. Sam was two months’ pregnant at the time of the heartbreaking event in their lives. Sam has become a step mum to a large brood, not to mention a step-grandmother and great-grandmother, but to have even just one baby of her own would be “a blessing”, she said. At their wedding at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens, it was a beautiful day, attended by about 70 friends and family. Sam’s adoptive parents from Mayfield walked her down the aisle, on what was the happiest day of her life. Sam and Sven say they have had very little negative reaction to the difference between their ages. “It’s just a number,” Sven said. A couple of Sam’s young friends had told her they did not agree with their relationship and they were no longer friends. “If you can’t accept us for who we are, you are not worth knowing,” Sam said.

Left – Sam Edgar-Skerner is a mixed media artist who is learning the craft of glass art from her new husband Sven.


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mind over matter) everything was great. With cruising you can do as little or as much as you would like, every night you receive a pamphlet with a list of the next day’s activities and specials. On Princess cruises one of the popular activities is movies under the stars where you can watch the latest movies while

on a deck chair under the stars eating popcorn and cookies with a glass of cold milk. Nightly shows and bingo are also must do activities with them being a huge hit with all on board. When choosing a cruise I would highly recommend having a good mixture of sailing and port days, as the ship itself

could be considered a destination. On our eight night cruise we only had two port days visiting Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Bangkok. Both are fantastic cities to visit. While in port we did shore excursions arranged by Princess Cruises, all our excursions we pre-booked before we left home to guarantee getting a space on the coach. Subject to how far away the port is to town will probably determine if you do a cruise organised tour… on both our stops we had over a two hour transfer into the city so it was easier to do an organised tour. If docked in the city we probably would have done our own thing. As I discovered cruising is not only a great holiday option for families and couples but also for groups of friends. Would I do another cruise that is a definite yes – I’m currently considering a food and wine three night cruise for my “0” birthday next year, or my other dream cruise would be the Inside Passage Cruise from Vancouver. Advertising feature




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I’ve been engaged for just over four months now and in that time have experienced what I like to call the four steps of bride to be emotion. Step one: an overwhelming urge to cry (just like those silly women in movies) and insist that he is tricking you, when you see that knee drop at the most unexpected moment. Step two: if you are right-handed you now become left-handed. Family and friends have been informed of the news so

now you must flash that bling at everyone from colleagues to your usual check out chick. Step three: Realisation – realising that planning a wedding isn’t just buying a pretty dress, it’s actually a highly involved task that will become almost a full time job. But who cares you are getting married! Woop, whoop dreams are coming true! Step four: The whoop, whoop has worn off and reality has now set in, the now fiancé still farts in bed and waves the duvet around. You have this mammoth task in front of you but you love him and are excited about spending forever with that wonderful, adorable smelly man! So here are my tips on how to make sure planning your wedding is an enjoyable task.

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centrating on one hundred different things and stressing over every minor detail. It is about enjoying the experience, thinking of the big picture and using the tools you have on hand to create the day of your dreams. Once you know the overall theme of the big day then make a list and stick to it, don’t obsess if you can’t find the right shade of creamy pink table cloths just adjust the plan to suit what is available to you.

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We are having a wedding on a budget and aside from the catering we should be able to do it. Things like decorations don’t have to be expensive you can hire them or make them. Be smart with the way you shop, don’t assume because a retail Tip 2: Get crafty outlet prices something at $100 that this is If you are like me and are getting a jump the cheapest you can get it, try searching start on planning your wedding then DIY online for second hand items this can save is a great way to save money on decorayou a lot overall. tions as well as making your wedding If you do go over the budget talk to your unique. Research ideas online, I have a fiancé and ask yourself is this something serious Pinterest addiction which turns out that you really want or would it ‘be nice’ good and bad depending on the project. to have it? If not then there’s your answer. If something looks like it might be difficult Bonus is if you come in under budget at trial it first! In this edition you will find my the end then you could get that extra if

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Tip 4: Family and Friends Now this is a tricky one! Who to invite and to what part of the wedding. If you are on a budget then cutting down the guest list is the most effective way to save costs. I know it’s hard and people might get offended but this is your wedding, it is about you and your fiancé so those who care will understand that. You don’t have to invite everyone to everything, we are having close family and friends at the ceremony, then more for the reception. Also consider if you would like children there, for us there will be a select amount of children that we spend a lot of time with in attendance but we won’t be inviting everyone to bring their kids along. You want your guests to have a good time and not have to worry about their little Polly getting a candlestick stuck up her nose

while mum and dad were talking to you!

Tip 5: Enjoy it! I am yet to experience this yet but here is the piece of advice I am given most. Enjoy the whole day, don’t let yourself get pulled into this crisis or that, assign someone you trust to deal with any issues – for me this will be my sister and friend Ashleigh as they are both so organised they have lists to keep track of their lists! Spend time with people that come to the wedding and take a moment to stop and appreciate what a special occasion it is. Also don’t forget that your husband is there, don’t get carried away with being the perfect bride to everyone else, this day is as special to him as it is to you even if he doesn’t show it! Advertising feature

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Hotel Ashburton’s first Wedding Venue Open Day showcased just how easy it is to create your ideal wedding ceremony and reception. It was love at first bite as guests tasted canapés and menu options from the kitchen. There was even an original mocktail creation on offer, something that couples can have designed as their signature drink for their big day. Mid Canterbury’s famous sunshine was in fine form and it was easy to visualise weddings taking place in the expansive manicured gardens. This lush garden is ideal for wedding photography and for welcoming or reception drinks for friends

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and family. A fully decorated wedding aisle showcased a possible outdoor ceremony set up. Hotel Ashburton have the ability to offer indoor ceremony settings, in case the weather doesn’t play along! Hotel Ashburton’s Wedding Coordinator was on site, alongside kitchen staff, cake creators, make up artists, wedding photographers and specialist decorators – all discussing ideas and possibilities with guests. With Hotel Ashburton’s multiple venues, flexible spaces and the ability to customise, it was easy to see how you can create your wedding, your way.

“Our unique point of difference is Hotel Ashburton’s ability to be a complete wedding resort – a private sanctuary for you and your guests to celebrate your important day. It is possible to utilise the guest accommodation, function rooms and more to create a magical weekend of memories,” – Paul Inwood, General Manager, Hotel Ashburton

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Since getting engaged I have developed a problem… a Pinterest problem. To save money on purchasing ready made wedding decorations I intend on creating my own decorations where possible. Below are my top three DIY picks that I have personally tried and succeeded with!

Bunting As our wedding theme is a woodland/ vintage style bunting is a must have! So over the past few weeks I have been visiting second hand stores and stocking up on cute vintage fabrics to use. With help of a friend’s sewing machine on loan I gave it a go! What you need: • Fabric (I have used old sheets and fabric from the Red Cross in Ashburton) • Scissors • Ruler • Card template (24cm high by 17cm wide) • Fabric bias tape 1. Place your card template on the fabric, you can do as many layers at once as you think your scissors can handle. Draw around the template then cut it out. 2. Inside out sew the edges of the triangles together leaving the short end undone. Once these are all done turn them the right way out and give them an iron. 3. Sew the undone end onto the bias tape so the tape closes over the open end. Leave about 3cm between flags. 4. There you go, handmade bunting that cost almost nothing!

Hanging Lanterns Mason jars have become a little bit of trend lately, they are a stylish addition to any table or tree in this case. What you need: • Mason Jar • Twine • Sand • Tea light candle 1. Make sure your jar is clean, fill with 2cm of sand or pebbles. 2. Wrap the twine around the top under the lip where the lid should screw on. Make sure you tie on some extra string to hang the lantern from. 3. Place the tea light candle in the bottom and hang.

Paper Pom Poms This decoration is a really money saver! To buy one paper pom pom from my local bargain store is $3. I purchased enough tissue and twine to make ten of them for only $10 so saved myself around $20, and when I need about 30 of these for my wedding that really adds up. Supplies: • Colorful tissue paper 10 sheets per pom pom • Scissors • Florist wire or twine • Ribbon 1. Layer six to 10 sheets of standard-sized tissue paper on a flat surface. Fold width wise in an accordion-fold pattern. 2. Use sharp scissors to cut both ends of the folded tissue paper into a point or round. 3. Bind the center of the tissue with florist wire or twine. Tie a ribbon onto the wire so the finished pom-pom can be suspended. 4. Gently pull apart layers of tissue and fluff them to form a sphere.

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This is the debut novel of author Lucy Foley and I think she’s written an excellent story, great plot and at its heart, a moving love story. Now, I’m usually not a great fan of love stories but this one has a lot going for it. It’s a beautiful story told over three separate time frames which cleverly links the stories together. The story starts in England in 1913 when Tom Stafford and Alice Eversley meet as children in Cornwall. Alice’s family are wealthy aristocrats while Tom’s family is middle class. They don’t meet again until 1928 when their friendship is re-kindled. Because this is a multi time frame novel we then move to 1986 and meet Kate mourning the loss of both her mother and grandmother. While sorting through her grandmother’s belongings she finds a portrait of a woman called Celia, drawn by the famous artist Tom Stafford. She sets off on a journey of discovery into her mother’s past where she meets the

reclusive Tom Stafford and learns the identity of Celia. The crux of the story centres on Alice and Tom and what becomes of them after meeting again in 1928. Lucy Foley brings all these threads together beautifully and leaves us with this poignant story. Another book you may enjoy is The Iron Necklace by Giles Waterfield This is a great family drama set during World War One. It begins with the marriage of a young English woman to a German architect in 1910. The story follows their lives through the years as they learn to live with the horrors of the war and its aftermath. Advertising feature

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“Our body is the only one we have and we only live once,”said Monique Rouxel owner of Figure Fitness Ashburton. Amanda Wright caught up with Monique to see what has driven her to become the fit mum of five who is helping others achieve their fitness dreams. With five daughters under the age of nine, Monique Rouxel developed a reputation for being a fit mum. As a lot of mothers will empathise with, it can be hard to fit a shower into a daily routine with young children to look after, but as Monique explains, making time for health is the best gift we can give our children. “During all five pregnancies it was crucial to me to keep fit and active. I was determined not to let ‘having kids’ change my attitude toward living a

healthy lifestyle, so I continued to swim, run and go to the gym throughout my pregnancies. “I was sensible and listened to my body. I wanted to be an inspiration for other mums to show that health and fitness can be sustained during pregnancy. I became aware of how uneducated people were on how to train during pregnancy, so this became a focus for me, to be able to help women in all stages of their life,” Monique said. Monique grew up in Kakanui, North

Otago, and enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing rugby and surfing. She joined the New Zealand Army as a chef, and while in the Army, Monique completed a course which allowed her to train other soldiers in fitness. “This is where I learned the skills to be able to train people to reach their optimum physique, and where I gained the confidence to take fitness classes,” she said. Monique and her partner Matiu left the Army, and moved to Ashburton in

2009, for Matiu to begin a plumbing apprenticeship. Monique was a stay at home mother of two girls, and had gone through a unique experience with the birth of her youngest daughter at the time. “My second daughter’s arrival was extremely poorly timed, I ended up giving birth in the back of my truck at my parents house,” she said. Two more daughters later, Monique began taking classes at a local gym. She became pregnant with number five and

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continued to train at the gym until she was 39 weeks into her pregnancy. “A number of ladies I trained suggested that I run my own classes from home. I gave birth in November 2013, and in February 2014 I held my first class from home. “I started with four ladies, but as the weeks went on, more and more ladies came on board! I knew I must have been doing something right, it’s what I was meant to be doing,” Monique said. Monique understands how allencompassing raising children can be, and the expense of finding childcare can often become a barrier to parents attending fitness classes. To break down this barrier, Monique encourages parents to bring their children to class. She has developed a fun fort to occupy the kids while mum or dad are working on their health. It also helps to establish healthy habits from a young age when kids see their parents leading by example and getting active. Her personal training business, Figure Fitness Ashburton, has helped men and women of all ages and all fitness levels achieve healthier lifestyles. “One of the success stories I’m most proud to share is of a 55-year-old man who approached me for personal training.

He immediately informed me that he wasn’t there because he wanted to be, but because he had to be. “I knew it would be a challenge, but he had very high blood pressure and had previously suffered a heart attack, so I knew I had to help him make some positive changes.

training with me for five months now, he writes about his daily fitness achievements on his Facebook page to inspire others his age to take care of their health, and comes to two classes and three 60-minute personal training sessions a week. “He would never admit it, but he’s

Right from the first enquiry I make sure a new client has everything they need to make it to their first class. Taking that first step is the hardest and I want to help make that step as easy as possible. “I check in with members to see how they are feeling and if there’s any advice I can give them

“I take pride in getting to know my clients personally, so as I got to know this man, I understood how to challenge and motivate him. Within two weeks he began to arrive to my sessions with a smile on his face. “After nine weeks he went back to his doctor for follow-up tests and his results were astounding. The improvements he achieved motivated him even more. He’s been

addicted!” Monique laughed. Monique believes the key to keeping people motivated is to take a personal interest in their circumstances. “I watched members come and go at the gym with little guidance toward achieving their personal goals. “I had experienced the difficulties of sustaining a desired fitness level on a tight budget, so if you’re paying for results, it’s important they are delivered.

Having young children to juggle makes this more difficult. “I wanted to eliminate as many excuses as possible that people find to avoid exercise. “Right from the first enquiry I make sure a new client has everything they need to make it to their first class. Taking that first step is the hardest and I want to help make that step as easy as possible. “I check in with members to see how they are feeling and if there’s any advice I can give them. I know it’s easy to sit on the couch when you get home with comfort food, but that’s not healthy. I’m like the nagging housewife who checks in with what you’re eating and how active you’ve been over the week. “It’s important that my clients feel comfortable and enjoy the sessions. I want them to be fit and healthy and achieve their goals, so I make the sessions as enjoyable and effective as possible, to help people stick to their programme,” Monique said. By making fitness a priority now, you’ll be giving your children and loved ones the greatest gift possible, the gift of more time with a happier and healthier you. Advertising feature

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With the turn of the calendar into March, the autumn weather has begun, with the air being crisp and fresh first thing in the mornings after a glorious summer of hot days. Now is a great time to activate a plan of attack to prime and enhance our immune system function before the winter months are upon us. Gearing our immune system to become stronger these months before winter can be a great prevention to ill health, when the winter bugs decide to begin knocking on our doors during those dark winter days. If you don’t feel like taking a myriad of supplements one after the other every morning, you can start making sure you include plenty of immune-boosting foods in your diet, which the body will easily recognise and then will go on to utilise them efficiently. Eating foods that are nutrient dense, packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals and anti-microbial activating nutrients is an easy option all around. Then allowing the body to easily extract the required nutrients as the food is

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broken down in the small intestine and extracted from here. Why would you want to be doing this at this time of year you may ask. Building a good foundation now is important. A weakened or over-worked immune system will struggle under attack when the winter bugs are marching into our homes looking for trouble. The immune system has possibly been busier over the summer months avoiding and coping with environmental allergens and needs more additional support before the winter months arrive. Foods that you may want to include more regularly in your diet are those such as onions, garlic, chilli and parsley.

Any herb or spice is a great addition to your diet with their powerful anti-microbial properties. Protein-based foods are also an extremely good source for building strong immunity, as they carry the building blocks known as amino acids that have the ability to boost and repair immunity. Foods such as onions, garlic, ginger and chilli carry anti-viral, anti-microbial, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties that can defend and halt any troublesome bugs wanting to cause some damage. Often these foods also carry high amounts of zinc and vitamin C to support immunity. Garden herbs are a great additional taste to a dish, as well as being supportive to immunity. Use either fresh or dried. So get creative this autumn with your cooking and keep in mind the health benefits of the foods you are using. They are not just for their taste and texture, but for their health-promoting properties as well, which could become your easiest way of staying healthy during the winter months.

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Soy honey chicken fried rice (Packed full of nutrient goodness)

2C cold cooked rice (preferably cooked the night before and left in the fridge overnight to dry out) 3T peanut oil 1 small onion, diced 4 small cloves of garlic, diced small 3/4 t chilli, minced (optional) 1cm thinly julienne sliced ginger 4 eggs, lightly beaten. 2T soy sauce

1/2 red pepper, finely diced 1/2 green pepper, finely diced 2 green spring onions, sliced thinly across 3 chicken breasts diced with 3T soy sauce massaged into it. Drizzle over breasts 1t honey and leave 3-4 hours or overnight

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cooker or on the stovetop, cool, store in fridge a day before. – Marinate chicken overnight if possible in soy sauce and honey, place in fridge. – Slice and dice vegetables, set aside. – Whisk eggs together, season with salt and pepper and then heat 1T peanut oil in a pan. Cook egg in a pancake format, place on chopping board and cut into squares and set aside.

– Cook chicken in a pan or wok until cooked through with 1T peanut oil. – Add the onion, garlic, chilli, and ginger, and fry until cooked through. Then add the precooked rice and pre-fried egg and soy sauce. Add spring onions and peppers. – Serve in a bowl, place a plate over and turn upside down on a serving plate. recipe and photograph by Jane Logie

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So recently I was sitting, relaxing with a couple of work colleagues and my daughter outside a coffee shop when I saw a look of horror on their faces. I turned around to see an obviously peeved mother dumping her child on a wooden seat. My fellow coffee and hot choccy drinkers told me that they’d just seen the mother slap the young child hard around the face. I’m really glad I didn’t see it, because I would’ve been hard-pressed not to jump up and say something and that could’ve led to all sorts of problems I didn’t need on a lazy Sunday. Interfering cow some might say, but I say how about keeping your hands (and feet, straps, and teeth) to yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I would like to slap the odd teenrager around the face at least five times a day. But you can’t and you should never, and anyway that would not be a wise move on my part, the older one’s stronger, more skilled at combat, a faster runner than me and can leap over fences in a single bound. Me, I’d just faceplant the fence.

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Where does bullying start? Most of the time, it starts at home I’m told. Compared to a six- or seven-year-old, adults are stronger, bigger and we hold the power. So when the people children trust, that hold all that power, use bashing, slapping, straps etc, well, jeez, that does kind of smack of bullying doesn’t it? Those wee souls trust us, they want to be like us. How about teaching them to react in a mature way instead? To smack or not to smack is an emotive topic, one that raises the ire of many. When the law was first passed, I was against and pro it for a few reasons. One against was because of the nanny state we live in that legislates to the lowest common dominator constantly, one

because some children (arguably) need a swift slap on the butt, especially when putting themselves in danger, and another because I felt that as long as the slapping wasn’t done in anger, it was just another form of discipline. But therein lies another problem, I believe that many times a child is physically disciplined it is done in anger. So are we teaching them that it’s okay to hit out in anger? But one thing that struck home with me was when my wise friend said to me one day that she’d heard someone speaking about the smacking debate and one sentence stood out for her: “Why can we not conceive of a world where we don’t hit our kids?” That really hit home with me. Before that I’d been on the fence about it all really. I wasn’t a hitter because I came up with better forms of punishment than that. But yes, very occasionally I slapped my children when they were younger … usually always in frustration and anger. It wasn’t okay. A slap on the bottom it might have been, but it was the hitting in

anger that got me. How could I teach my children not to be bullies, not to be abusive and how to learn to manage their anger if I, as a parent, couldn’t do it myself? We all make mistakes and, if I did, I told my children that it was not okay. Not for anyone to do that. I don’t give a continental what your religion tells you, or what culture you come from. In New Zealand we have laws against belting our children, and if I see it done in an inappropriate way, like around the face, I will say something. And I will report it to the police. Throwing your child on a hard wooden bench like a heavy piece of unwanted rubbish may have let you get rid of some frustrations, but it didn’t do a hell of a lot for the child. I didn’t even see her smack the child around the face, but I did see the throw and that was enough to make me want to grab the child and comfort him. And I have to wonder, if you do that in broad daylight on a public street, how bad does it get at home?

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Factors to consider when choosing a wood burner For maximum efficiency checking your insulation may be advisable. Get a building consent. You need a building consent from your local City or District Council. Choose an authorised wood burner. Wood burners installed on properties less than two hectares in size must meet standards. Work out what size you need. Wood burners need to be carefully matched to


the size of room or rooms you want to heat. Heating more than one room. Most wood burners generate much more heat than is needed for one room, but unless your house is very open-plan or has internal door openings which go right up to the ceiling the excess heat will not easily get to other rooms. Radiant or convection? Wood burners release their heat through a combination of heat radiation, which heats objects and convection which heats air. - A convection wood fire heats the air immediately around it. Hot air is lighter (less dense) so it rises away from the wood fire and gets replaced with cooler air that is then heated. This convection air-current means that the hottest air in the room rises up to the ceiling with the warmer air remaining in the lowest part of the room. - Radiant wood fires release heat into the room by “radiating” an infrared heat directly from the outer surfaces of the appliance onto any object in close proximity. This results in more heat being retained lower in the room. Ideal for older and less insulated (or draughty) homes, and homes with higher ceilings.



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Use a certified installer. Quality installation is fundamental to a wood burner’s performance and safety.

Benefits of modern wood burners They are relatively cheap to run, even if you have to purchase firewood. Burning wood from sustainable forests is carbon neutral. While trees are growing, they capture carbon dioxide from the air. Wood is renewable and sustainable. New Zealand has extensive areas of forestry. Wood burners will work during power cuts. Some wood burners can be equipped with a wetback system to heat household hot water.

Use your wood burner wisely Follow the manufacturer's operation and safety instructions. Use safety guards to protect children. Plan ahead and use well-seasoned, dry firewood. Use the right wood at the right time. New Zealand standards state that only softwood like old man pine should be used. Do not use chemically treated wood or

salt impregnated wood such as driftwood. Regulate the heat output by adjusting the amount of fuel you load, not by dampening the air control. Keep the air setting high enough for a clean burn.

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Have you ever had that feeling that there are just not enough hours in a day and all you want to do is stop the clock to squeeze in that never ending workload? Welcome to my world. As I work in a very fast paced environment, after a day at the office the last thing I want to do when I arrive home is cook a nutritious meal. Therefore I was missing out on many vital greens, vegetables and nutrients. So when Vital Greens came to my attention through a recommendation from a work colleague all I had to do was take one look at the ingredients to see that this product can only do me good. Due to Vital Greens convenience, within the first week I found Vital Greens fitted into my day really well. You only need to pop 2 teaspoons of the product in your glass of water once a day. At first I was a little hesitant about the taste, but I found it fine, and sometimes to boost the flavour I added it to my vegetable smoothie or juice. I felt a new sense of energy and alertness after 3-7 days of taking Vital Greens. It wasn’t until I ran out of Vital Greens that I fully appreciated what 2 teaspoons a day can do as I was tired and run down without it. I can highly

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It is difficult to know what and which skin care product will suit your skin, your ability to use it on a regular basis and also your budget. It is useful to seek advice from an experienced beauty therapist to find what is best for you. Most beauty clinics offer advice as a free service. ocationDevelop a regular skin care routine – make a habit morning and night. Choosing natural products that don’t have harsh ingredients is worth considering. Check the product labels, read the ingredient list. Ingredient checking is important – if you are unsure of ingredients a useful resource is www. Cleanser – choose a cleanser that suits your skin – drier and mature skins usually benefit from a cream cleanser, younger and active skins choose a gel cleanser that is quick and easy to use. Soap is not recommended – soap can leave a residue on the skin.

Moisturiser – use morning and night – check the ingredients – avoid products with alcohol, search for products that benefit your skin with nourishment and protection. Exfoliation - is a very important part of a skin care regime – exfoliate 3-4 times per week. Make sure the granules are small and round or jojoba beads. Use treatment products as directed by your therapist. Serums – are very popular and if the ingredients are of benefit these are a useful addition to your skin regime. Again – check the ingredients to make sure the product is useful. Treatment products, anti-aging – also referred to as stimulant products: 1. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s) such as glycolic are of great benefit to aging skin and also congested skin. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and this AHA has the smallest molecule that can penetrate into the dermis – thickening the dermis and stimulating the shedding of the congested outer layers of skin. Glycolic used regularly can freshen the skin, plump the

skin, decrease fine lines, decrease pigmentation and decrease the size of pores. Most glycolic products can be used on a daily basis, for the best results a minimum of five per cent glycolic is recommended. 2. L-Sorbic acid (Vitamin C) serums not only stimulate the cell turn-over of skin but also have protective benefits. 3. Vitamin A – (Retin-A, Retinova, Retinol Palmitate.) Vitamin A is a well-known stimulant product that also offers great benefit to aging skin and acne sufferers. Products with Vitamin A must be used with care and are often recommended and prescribed by a medical practitioner. There are a variety of other stimulant products that are worthy of discussion – products that contain beta-hydroxy acids, growth factors and stem cell products. Be mindful of choosing products that work, the ingredients are safe and useful. Some of the treatment products available such as Vitamin C serum can be used with dermal needle rollers as a home care treatment.

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TURN BACK by Amanda Wright




It’s time to look life in the eyes and say, “This time, right now, is for me and only me!” Typically the twenties are dedicated to building a career, the thirties and fourties are consumed with raising a family and life is always busy. But as the clock ticks toward fifty, isn’t now the time to do something for yourself? Tina Hayman joined Finesse Fitness in January 2014, motivated by the thought of turning 50 in 2015. She said, “I lost my mother to cancer at the age of 46 and my mother lost her mother at the age of 30, so I wanted to break that cycle and have always said if I get to 50 I’m going to celebrate. “My biggest goal was to be a size 12. I wanted to buy a size 12 dress to celebrate in, not a size 16, and I succeeded!” Tina kicked off her fitness mission with a 12 week Summer Body Programme. She couldn’t believe the differences in her body from her before and after photos. “I have a waist! These are the words I remember saying when I saw my progress photo. Seeing those physical differences motivated me further and have helped me to continue my journey,” she said.

After more than a year of training with Finesse Fitness, she has learned how to adapt her training schedule to keep it interesting while still achieving lifechanging results. “I’ve learned that quality is better than quantity. I was struggling with working out for a full hour, so now I do a harder workout for 30 minutes in my lunch hour. “I enjoy the Excess class which I do three times per week, and I see a personal trainer, Mikayla, twice a week. Mikayla pushes me during my sessions, lets me know if my technique isn’t correct and also helps me with advice on nutrition. “I still indulge in Saturday night nachos, but the portion size is greatly reduced!” Tina said. Tina admits that she was very selfconscious about her body shape prior to going to Finesse Fitness, which made her shy. Since her transformation she has noticed her confidence has improved, helped by positive comments from friends and family. “My biggest achievement was keeping the weight off over Christmas. I kept my appointments with Mikayla for personal training and it made a big difference. There was no Christmas weight gain! “This was my biggest achievement, not having to start over again this year,” Tina said. Advertising feature

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This month’s recipes are inspired by what we have in abundance in our garden. Zucchinis, plums and tomatoes are flavour of the month, so I am busy bottling and trying to stock up so that in the winter months I have a healthy supply to add to my soups and stews from my summer garden. By doing this I am not only saving money, but can control what I am adding to my food and know how much salt, fat and sugar and general good flavour that I can enhance my chosen dish with.

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I have included a couple of baking winners that are popular with family and friends alike – I always like to be sneaky and

add a few vegetables into baking when I can, as it generally adds a moistness and depth that adds interest to the end result. With the simple tomato base I just wanted to have something that people could do reasonably quickly, have in the crockpot cooking away and then when you come home you have something that can be used in whatever way you choose, using what you have on hand either in the fridge or pantry. By adding other ready-made products you can make them as simple or as elaborate as you like.

Autumn-spiced pumpkin and chocolate muffins

When I say “autumn”, I just mean anytime as these are firm family favourites in our home when chocolate and muffin are combined. They are simple to make, the most bother is the cooked pumpkin, but just peel, dice and add enough water to steam, into a microwave-proof bowl, cover and zap for about six minutes to get a soft pumpkin. Because of the oil the longevity of these are several days without any trouble at all (they are brilliant in the lunchbox), but due to their popularity they really don’t last too long in our house.

Autumn-spiced pumpkin and chocolate muffins.


4 eggs, beaten 2C sugar 1 1/2 C neutral-flavoured oil, I use rice bran 1 3/4 C pumpkin, cooked and roughly mashed 3C flour 1T cinnamon 2t baking powder 2t baking soda 2t salt 200g dark chocolate, chopped

– Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray 15 muffin tin holes well with baking spray to ensure easy removal of muffins. – In a bowl mix eggs, sugar, oil and cooked pumpkin, then add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, mixing until just combined, then add chopped chocolate. Gently mix wet ingredients into the flour mixture so that everything is just combined – don’t over mix though as they will become tough. – Fill muffin tins with mixture and bake for 30-35 minutes or until muffins are baked fully and spring back when touched in the middle.

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pice Zucchini, sultana and walnut cake

Zucchinis are the most prolific of vegetables that run rampant in the garden this time of the year. After making an endless supply of relish and you’ve had enough of fritters, this recipe is a crafty way of using it in yet another way. It is an easy cake to make and earthy in its flavourings, and with the addition of the cream cheese icing it makes an excellent cake for when you have guests over for a cup of tea.

1 1/2 C flour 150g brown sugar 1t cinnamon 1t ground ginger 1/2 t salt 1/2 t baking powder 1/2 t baking soda 1 1/2 C grated zucchini (green or yellow variety) 1/2 C chopped walnuts 250g sultanas 2 eggs 1t vanilla essence 1/2 C rice bran oil

– Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray an 1822cm tin (depending on how high you like your cakes) with baking spray and line with baking paper. – In a bowl sift together flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add zucchini, sultanas and walnuts, stir to combine. – In another bowl lightly whisk together the eggs, vanilla and oil. Pour the egg mix into the dry ingredients, stir until just combined. – Spoon batter into cake tin, smoothing top and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Zucchini, sultana and walnut cake.

– Allow cake to cool before icing with lemon cream cheese icing. I like to top with sunflower seeds for texture and colour and to further enhance the earthy farmhouse look. Lemon cream cheese icing 50g butter, softened 100g cream cheese, softened 2 1/2 C icing sugar, sifted Zest of 1 lemon Pumpkin seeds for decoration (optional) – Beat butter, zest and cream cheese adding enough icing sugar to a spreadable consistency. – Spread on cooled cake, topping with pumpkin seeds.

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Simple tomato and herb sauce This is a very loose recipe that you can adjust quantities and add what you have on hand at the time. It is placed in the crockpot, cooks and is ready when you get home from work. You can then decide how you would like to serve it …

2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 onion, peeled and roughly diced 2kg tomatoes, approximate in weight and roughly chopped 1/2 t dried chili flakes 2t beef stock 1 carrot, peeled and grated 1 zucchini, peeled and grated Good-sized sprig of rosemary, margoram, oregano and parsley 2 bay leaves

– Place ingredients in a crockpot and leave to cook over a period of time, generally 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 high. Okay… When I say loosely I mean ‘loosely’. This recipe is just a guideline to being confi-

dent in using up what you have in the garden or fridge. By adding the carrot it gives a sweetness that neutralises the acidity of the tomatoes, you could also add parsnip to obtain the same effect. The levels of onion and garlic is also a choice – if you have a cold coming on, up the levels to counteract the symptoms – whenever we feel low on energy we go nuts with garlic. I use what herbs are on hand either in the garden or what I have dried. I really like to be able to pack a punch with flavour, so use quite robust amounts to impart as much flavour as I can. I also use powdered beef stock as the tomatoes are quite liquid. At the end of cooking and when I’ve decided what I’m going to do with the sauce I can adjust the levels of liquid accordingly. To thicken it you can add tomato paste, but always check on the flavour and the less you add to it the better – again it’s all about choice. The reason I use the crockpot is so that after five minutes of vegetable preparation I can put it in the pot, set it and walk away and it can do its thing while I’m either sleeping or working.

I can then determine what I would like to do with it once it has reached its desired pulpy mixture. At the end of the cooking, remove stalks of herbs, lightly puree down with a blender stick and it is ready to do with what you would like. OPTIONS Soup Puree the tomato mixture, adding more stock to it, according to how you like the thickness of your soup. Taste for seasoning, adjusting with salt, pepper and for an added pop a small amount of cayenne pepper. Transfer to a pot and place on the stovetop. From here I like to add several handfuls of prepared spinach (silverbeet leaves are great too, though they take longer to cook off in the soup) that will wilt down with the heat of the soup, and a drained and rinsed can of chickpeas, mixed beans or lentils. To serve you can add grated parmesan or cheddar cheese and a dollop of prepared basil or sundried tomato pesto. Perfect served hot alongside toast or warmed bread Pasta Lightly blend the tomato mixture, tasting

and adjusting seasoning with salt and pepper. In a hot pan, add a small amount of olive oil and add gourmet sausages that have been pulled out of their casings. By shaping into small golfball-sized meatballs you have an instant meatball that can be quickly browned off, cooked and added to your tomato. It is always a good idea to use a gourmet or top quality sausage to enhance the flavour of your dish, the good news is though a small amount goes a long way, 4-6 average sausages will feed a family of four well. With the pasta, cook off according to the packet instructions while you’re cooking the meatballs. To me it’s all about making something that is nutritious and filling for the family on those weeknights that you have just walked in from work and you have something ready to work with. The trick is to be prepared and then it’s just a matter of putting it all together at the last moment. Any leftovers can be easily frozen down and added to mince or your next meal. These are just an idea for you to think about and play around using your imagination and what you have on hand … the possibilities are up to you.


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Wendy Millichamp


Well I’m probably needing my new designer gumboots on today, however I won’t hold my breath. My man about the house, Dave, purchased a new rain gauge this week and like a boy with a new toy, tells me we have had 18mm. Not drought-buster material, still it all helps, albeit emotionally. I’m sure the water systems departments in our garden centres and hardware stores have had a run on soaker hoses, sprinklers and the like. As we speak I have four brightly-coloured new buckets collecting water. After a hot day, then a wet morning, everything in our sad, dry garden looks semi-fabulous again. There’s not a lot of colour as the perennials and roses need more moisture. One rose, which is huddled close to the house, has small whitey-pink blooms. We nicknamed this wee treasure “white by the house” a few years ago. It’s beautiful for my wedding arrangements. The Ligularia Dentata is flowering this year and the bright orange daisy-like flowers make for a vibrant border. Some years I don’t let it flower and purposefully pick the flowers before they unfurl. It is a joy to look at. Another early autumn beauty is the understated dahlia. These flowers have made a huge comeback. Dr Keith Hammett is New Zealand’s leading breeder of ornamental plants. His dahlias are renowned for their bright vibrant flowers, ranging from small pompoms to larger flashier blooms. Dahlias to me are quite retro and placed in a Crown Lynn or Temuka Pottery vase can look fab. Some of the more contemporary dahlias have dark burgundy foliage

which make them a double-delight. At this time of year we cannot walk past the tall elegant clump of White Japanese Anenomes (September Charm). Although not great as a picked flower, they certainly are settled in their spot in our garden. Grandad Millichamp has a clump in his town garden in pink. While we are “in the pink” so to speak a newish lily, Tabledance, is flowering in the Lilyfields at this time. She is gorgeous and has a beautiful fragrance. A cross between a trumpet and an oriental makes her a strong garden doer alongside her rivals Con c Dor (yellow) and Robina (burgundy). The lack of moisture has meant many trees and shrubs across our region and in our home gardens have gone into stress

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Nancy Christey is this month’s prizewinner with the following question:

Please help. How do I get mould (white) off my clematis Duchess of Albany? It has lovely pink flowers but the mould looks terrible. Thank you.

mode. “Early Autumn Onset” (EAO) is what I call it. Don’t Google that because it’s a “Wendyism”. Because of EAO we can be about now deadheading, gathering seeds and sowing seeds. For us maple seeds, aquilegias, foxgloves, lupins and the like. On the more humid days in autumn lilies,roses and other plants can be prone to botrytis. This is a fungus known as “gray mould” which can affect many species. Spray with Thiram or Bravo or check your local garden centre for advice. So there it is. Enjoy your garden this month. Be back with you soon, Cheers, Wendy P. Millichamp Floral designer

Clematis Duchess of Albany is a vigorous climbing vine which has stunning tulipshaped, deep pink flowers. Unfortunately they are very prone to the type of powdery mildew you mention, which disfigures the plant, especially the leaves. To lessen the impact of the mildew, position the plant in an open situation where airflow will be enhanced, while still ensuring there is an adequate support structure for the climber. Make sure you weed the area well around your clematis to stop any infected weeds spreading mildew spores to your plant. Ensure your clematis is grown in friable (crumbly-textured) soil and has adequate compost worked in around the roots of the plant. Although clematis are not gross feeders, do apply a very light side dressing of rose and flower fertiliser in spring for best results. At the end of the growing season cut back excessive growth while retaining a strong framework of the plant. You can treat the powdery mildew with an organic fungicide spray, but it is best applied at the first sign of infection. For more expert gardening advice and tips check out our How to Guides at www.


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