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Miracle Water

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Water. Life-sustaining water. Every living things requires it. Here in the West, a clean supply of drinking water is taken for granted. It's only when we don't have it (as happened recently in a North Island town) that we realise we have come to view clean water as a basic right.

So it seems rather petty to be complaining about the state of our town supply. A First World problem given that it is clean and free of most contaminants. It has not been used for bathing or laundering before reaching us. Animals have not laid dead it in for days. And we're not likely to contract cholera or typhoid fever from drinking it.

It's clean.

But it's also hard. And, at times, heavily chlorinated.


Recently my hair has appeared more dry and  brittle than usual. When we first moved here over twenty-one years ago, I complained about the havoc wrecked on my hair and skin by the water. There didn't seem to be anything I could do about it, and so I learnt to live with it. Sure, I ex…

Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk

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Usually spilt milk on my stove is cause for tears, or at the least, grumbling of the largest magnitude. Especially first thing in the morning.

But not today. Today I would have cleaned my stove with the smallest implement imaginable since that spilt milk saved my pride.

Yesterday was Son#4's birthday. It would have been a very boring birthday apart from the fact he got to spend some of it with four adorable nieces. He had to work, a special friend was away, his dad was in bed sick, and for a while it looked like it would just be the two of us celebrating.

Not an exciting way to spend your twenty-sixth birthday.

Hopefully, today might change all that and we can all somehow make it up to him.

And so I made a cake. A mud cake. And mud cakes need ganache. And, for some reason, after only having six and a half hours sleep due to staying up to watch our election results and then having to put our clocks forward for Daylight Saving, I thought it would be a good idea to make ganache fir…