Lovely morning over the Canterbury plains... If you stare really hard you might be able to convince yourself you can see the snow covered Southern Alps in the distance... Keep trying.

Today's jaunt up the hill was murky. No sign of the Alps... Things in Christchurch are much clearer now, though.

Don't let Luna's apparently relaxed demeanour fool you. She's a finely tuned machine, a coiled spring. She'll respond instantly to peanut dropped into a flannel shirt pocket at 30 paces.

The result... Tasty and quite spreadable. And no extra sugar (but a few tbsp of honey) beyond what's in the chocolate.

First batch of scratch build hazelnut chocolate spread. No palm nuts were involved. Now, to find some containers...

Hmm... After declaring a"climate emergency", the Chch council sends out workers with petrol powered tools to destroy the final refuge in our parks for much biodiversity, the river verges. What are they thinking?!

Today's baking adventure with my younger son on the measuring and mixing... Cinnamon buns. Oh yum.

Our German exchange student was nervous that her bags might be overweight... turns out she managed to squeak through... Just. (max mass for carry-on is 7kg)

A good day opening up over the Canterbury plains. Still a good snow pack in the back country...

Surprise surprise... Conflicts of interest stacking the Canterbury water board...

What do we do about people who put their own convenience over the need for compassion for those not equally able? Nearly every morning at school drop off, I see able folks (no disability stickers) parking in our school's disabled car parks, often for 5-10 min... There're other spaces available not far away.

Latest batch of sourdough. This one has quinoa flour and carroway seeds in it...

Despite feeling rough today, I had to make good on my sourdough bargain (initiated yesterday by making dough) and now I can recuperate with yummy fresh bread, carroway + barley flour + strong wheat flour. And enigmatically named "fruit" (but quite lush - a bit of banana in there?) jam from the Indian grocery....

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