• Life

    I Can’t Even…

    The movers arrive in about 6 hours and I should be in bed…[ages ago actually]. It’s surreal to think this is the last night we will sleep here at “Riverview” – the house we built and kept on building. SO many memories. SO many wonderful people have passed through our home. We moved back into the house on 6th March and have been here ever since. Packing, sorting, moving, cleaning, drinking, cooking…it’s actually been lovely. Even as we emptied the house out room by room, it has been strangely satisfying. I am 100% at peace with moving.  Even the weather co-operated and we’ve been able to enjoy glorious warm sunny…

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    Memories Bring Back You

    Nostalgia has been my companion these past couple of days. I’m so excited because my Goddaughter Katherine Lynne from New Zealand is coming for a visit. Her mother, Jean, was one of my best friends and sadly passed away in 2011. I wrote about her in Thinking About Jean. We had lots of dinner parties back in the day – tons of people and tons of food. Many of my memories are of times spent around a big table, groaning with amazing food. I’ve singled out some people here because they influenced my cooking style, and my love of particular food. Some will likely be surprised that they had such…

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    Life

    The Sound of Linda’s Voice

    I meant to write a recommendation straight after I watched “The Sound of My Voice” – Linda Ronstadt. I didn’t – my bad. Paul Canty just posted one of her songs on Facebook and I realized that I hadn’t seen ANYONE talking about this show. It’s so good, so good, so good, baby it’s so good. Linda Ronstadt was always one of my favourite singers. I thought I knew so much about her, but I was wrong. Somehow I was lucky enough, at 17, to find myself working as a radio programmer on the local rock music station. The people I worked with were some of the most knowledgeable programmers…

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    Creations,  Life,  Recipes

    Realistic Cake Challenge

    Here’s a contest you could actually WIN! Over the past months I have downsized my cake pans and bakery equipment but the hard core decorating stuff I cannot find it in me to part with [yet]. I have enough fondant left to do a couple of cakes and I’ve had a few close calls when I thought I’d do a cake for some occasion or other but got lazy or lost confidence…dunno, but they didn’t happen. This was one I saw and I really, really came close… Then this Inspired and Motivated Me! This video came up on my news feed this morning and wouldn’t you know it – it…

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    Shiny & New

    Welcome to my new website. I’ Our internet here at the lake is bloody slow – it’s made this process way harder than it should have been. I found a perfect theme program that I loved and wanted to use. Unfortunately after almost a week battling it, and 3 unanswered support tickets, I gave up Okay – I am going to stop whining now! Lynnesworld.com is up and running. I hope you like it. Have a poke round… I have dumped a lot of awful, old, embarrassing blogs. I’ve left some of the less stellar ones because they were real at the time. The reason behind this is that I…

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    Domestic Blindness

    At one stage I had three grown men living in my house. It meant that I was continually finding “MISSING” things. Me. The only adult female. Why is this? Nobody could ever find their socks, shirt, t-shirt, sunglasses or any specific item of clothing. A friend of mine calls it “Man Looking” versus “Mom Looking”. BUT. I WAS NOT THEIR MOM! I call it DOMESTIC BLINDNESS Otherwise known as “can’t remember shit” I’ve done pretty exhaustive research among my friends and acquaintances and to varying degrees it appears that ALL CHILDREN have it. All of them. Happily, girls grow out of it, Disturbingly, most males never do.  Common examples of…

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    Brave No More

    It’s St Patrick’s Day and usually I would be thinking of Ireland and my pals there but the only thing on my mind today, again, is New Zealand and the terrible events of the past week. I was born in England and I live in Canada now…but I spent 45 years of my life in New Zealand and identify as a Kiwi. I am proud of that heritage. On Thursday night I saw the news via a post from Gracie, my niece, and had all the same shocked reaction as everyone. No need to describe the disbelief, fear and panic I felt – we ALL did.   Inadvertently one of…

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    Gifts From Abby

    Our friend, Angie, lost her beloved best friend last week and it affected me deeply because it brought back the loss of our dear, sweet, unique and very naughty Abby. Abby was not a rescue dog from a shelter, but it transpires that we actually DID rescue her from, what we later discovered, a puppy mill. She was the runt of the litter, and was so cute, she really chose herself. She was a shih tzu/yorkie cross and we were smitten, as you are, with her puppy antics. Seven years later, she still entertained us with her puppy antics. She was incredibly playful and had a vast collection of toys:…