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    Life as an Expat During a Global Pandemic

    No-one really ever expected this would happen. (I don’t really know why I wanted to write this post about life as an expat during a global pandemic, but this is my online journal and sometimes we just have to have a heart to page occasionally.) The world is topsy-turvy thanks to the widespread carnage of a virus, families have been torn apart both permanently and temporarily and who knows how long this will have ramifications for – a generation, I suppose.

    Coronavirus Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Dear 2020,

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    An Ode to Biscuit – Our Little Tabby Cat

    I’m not entirely sure how to say this, so I think I’ll just ramble as usual. Very sadly our little Tabby cat Biscuit had to be put to sleep last week – her health declined very sharply, very suddenly and sadly it was clear after a couple of days with our vet, we had to make the heartbreaking decision that we never wanted to.

    Lessons Learned as a Freelancer Adventures of a London Kiwi

    When we adopted her many years ago, we knew she would be a key member of the clan, but we couldn’t have hoped for all the joy she brought us. From teaching herself to tap on the front door to be let in (ignoring her cat door) and learning how to knock over select cushions, to her lip licking excitement at the fridge opening and the emphatic telling off we would get returning from holiday, there’s a striped hole in our hearts.

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    Home as an Expat | Musings | Travel Linkup

    Searching through a long abandoned cupboard shelf the other day, I discovered a plethora of forgotten things. A Union Jack paper lantern that we had bought to take on a picnic (it was an optimistic purchase even when we first saw it), a New Zealand passport holder still in the embossed box and a box full of art supplies that I had enthusiastically purchased intending to brighten the world one randomly sent homemade card at a time (properly nice, non-froufrou ones FYI).

    Home as an Expat Travel Linkup

    And it got me thinking about home.

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    Anzac Biscuits | A Rather Delicious Recipe

    I’m often asked for examples of classic New Zealand food, and to be honest, I struggle to answer as it’s such a multicultural country. Except for Hangi, Bacon & Egg Pie and maybe Pavlova (let’s not open that Australasian kettle of arguments), ANZAC Biscuits are perhaps one of the most iconic Kiwi/Australian recipes. They’re excellent for curing homesickness.

    ANZAC Biscuit Recipe Kiwi Cooking

    Oh, and if you’re looking for a no egg, low flour cookie recipe, you’ve come to the right place. (They’re also super easy to make as gluten-free biscuits.)

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    10 of the best ways to beat winter blues

    It’s cold, there isn’t much sunshine and I’m already getting sick of arriving places looking like I was dragged through a wet hedge backwards – repeatedly. So, I decided to pop together this blog post of 10 ways to beat winter blues – tried and true methods that help me to survive those Northern Hemisphere winters that never seem to end. {Disclaimer: post contains one clearly marked affiliate link.} 

    Gibraltar Short Break Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I love a good list. Especially one filled with ways to cheer myself up when I’ve got a case of the blues.

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