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A new week begins

This past weekend was the Agricultural day for my daughters’ little rural school. That’s meant the last couple months have been busy for my eldest caring for and training her duck for her time in the ring on Ag day. My youngest decided to do a project, which meant shredded newspaper, glue, paint and feathers all over the house as she created her peacock. I try not to harass the girls too much over the holidays as they do their bits leaving piles of ‘creativity’ all around the house.

The day before Ag day I spent cooking huge batches of nachos and baking the hams for the ham rolls. Organising tables and prizes for the cake competition, and providing platters, dishes, organising sauces etc. for the various food stalls. It’s always a busy, but fun, day with lots of parents pitching in to get it all organised… with lots of crossed fingers this year hoping the rain would hold off. And then a last minute dash to the store to get gifts for the friend’s party we’re going to after Ag day that I’d completely forgotten about.

My youngest with her project, and my eldest with her duck and ribbons.

My youngest with her project, and my eldest with her duck and ribbons.

Ag day was a great success with my eldest winning ribbons and a trophy for her duck… no it’s not on the menu for dinner tonight.

Monday morning I’ve dropped the girls at school and headed to my local Karaka Country Market to pick up some bits and pieces for my photo shoot. Then straight onto the motorway into town: today’s shoot was for NZWW another gorgeous Christmas feature… number 4 so far.

When I get home it’s dinner for the family, and then I start prep for tomorrows photo shoot: five recipes for a Christmas Eve feature. I head into my office to write my recipes, plans, lists for the coming shoots, and about 11 tonight I’ll finally clear my email and call it a day.

And so a new week has begun… at the end of which I’m heading to Fiji for a food exploration.

It is busy, but I love it. In upcoming blogs I plan to share a recipe for one of our ‘pantry staples’ family dinner favourites, and of course I’ll tell you all about Fiji!