Thursday, November 23, 2023

My latest podcast interview!

Greetings from springtime in New Zealand! Can you see my herb planter box behind me? It's doing so well with mint, thyme, coriander, parsley, rosemary, oregano and spring onions.

And in another raised garden around the back of our house I've just planted two types of tomato, cucumber, courgette/zucchini, broccolini and perpetual spinach. Wish me luck!

I've given up on mesclun and lettuce even though they grow really easily from seed, because before too long they are covered in caterpillars eating them :( I've tried covers and netting but they still get in, and I don't want to use slug bait.

If you have any magic tricks to protect lettuce, please let me know your secrets! My sister suggested cos lettuce which I will try. Apparently the bugs hide less easily... Added bonus that it's my favourite kind of lettuce!

And I'm so thrilled to let you know that my second interview with the lovely Annemarie Stolting is out now on her fabulous 'Let's Slow Down' podcast.

We had such a fun chat about living a chic and simple life and how it's possible even during the holiday season. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

You can find it at any of your usual podcast places, and you can also watch it on my YouTube channel below:

Or listen to/download the audio from Soundcloud here.
Plus you can enter Annemarie's holiday giveaway to win a copy of my book, 'A Chic and Simple Christmas'.

Happy listening!

Beautiful peonies at my mum's house
I don't get out much (by choice!), so I thought I'd change that yesterday. It was a lovely day so I took myself on a solo date to view Christmassy stores in Napier, browse the Black Friday sales, and have a Gingerbread Latte too. It was actually really nice, not too sweet. I was only in town for an hour but it was a fun little jaunt, and I did some errands too. Yay for me!

If you are a Starbucks fan, please let me know your favourite holiday drink. I might try another one soon :)
 xx Fiona

PS. ALL of my books are on sale for my once-a-year November sale, you can find them at my Amazon link here.

~~ Kindle and paperbacks are both included in the sale ~~
All Kindle books are $3.99 and paperbacks are reduced a decent amount too (they vary in price due to page length).

Or for an Amazon alternative, all my eBooks are in my eStore here.

My 20+ books are on various topics, but all come under the umbrella of living a beautiful life without spending a ton of money. They are a blend of cultivating a fabulous mindset, and of elevating our daily life and surroundings with luxurious touches. Plus, everything has to be fun and easy, because why would we want to do it any other way?

I hope you enjoy the sale, and if you have any friends that you think might like my books, please share this post with them!

(My Amazon link is affiliate, which means I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thank you if you choose to use my links!)


  1. I love that when it’s cold here I can read one of your warm posts! They always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy!

  2. Had to come back after watching your interview - that was so so good. I left a comment there but I just have to tell you again that this podcast helped me want to celebrate Christmas again since Leland died. Thank you. I’m off to go find my cinnamon candles!


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