’tis the Season to shop…

 

I love wandering around the shops at this time of year..so many amazing unique gifts. Of course I can not buy them all and I don’t need any of them; perhaps that is why I like to window shop and share my discoveries of the unique, practical and bazaar!!

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Blush in Gladstone Road Parnell is a very attractive florist shop  but they are different from most florists. The wreaths are from Blush in Parnell. They also sell a range of bespoke gifts such as this beautifully packaged tea and cute soaps, miniature orchids and bespoke books.tea  these beautifully packaged message soaps come in about 20 shades of pastel.!

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Locally made South Island Gin – The Source $120.00 a bottle makes a unique gift.

Rose Rabbit New Zealand Orange Liqueur –

The Cardrona

New Zealand Single Malt Whisky

‘the reid’ Single Malt Vodka –

Check out the website for ordering on line.

A couple of books to consider – 

An extraordinary diary from ‘The Vietnamese Anne Frank’, now in paperback I hear is a great read…its on my holiday list. 9781846040764

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is the moving diary kept by a 27-year-old Vietnamese doctor who was killed by the Americans during the Vietnam War, while trying to defend her patients. Not only is it an important slice of history, from the opposite side of Dispatches and Apocalypse Now, but it shows the diarist – Dang Thuy Tram – as a vibrant human being, full of youthful idealism, a poetic longing for love, trying hard to be worthy of the Communist Party and doing her best to look after her patients under appalling conditions. She wrote straight from the heart and, because of this, her diary has been a huge bestseller in Vietnam – 350,000 copies sold in 2005 alone. Rider brings the first English translation, in book form, to the Commonwealth markets. But there is more: how the diary came to light is also an unusual story in its own right. Fred Whitehurst was a US intelligence officer on the scene just after Dang Thuy Tram was shot. He came across the diary and, instead of burning it there and then, took it home. His brother translated it and so began an odyssey that took 35 years, to find Thuy Tram’s family in Vietnam, and return the small brown book to them. Remarkably, in 2005, Fred Whitehurst tracked down the young doctor’s mother who graciously accepted it from this former GI who, as a result, was able to complete his own journey of reconciliation after years of bitterness as a Vietnam vet. $29.95rrp. Paper Plus etc. or as an E book from Amazon.

Below is my own personal bespoke coffee table book, this makes a beautiful gift. Buy from Blurb.com US$109.99 or more depending on Blurbs Pricing and currency. 🙂  Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm  98 Pages – Preview available on line –

ICE are photographs taken in Scoresby Sound East Greenland and Jökulsárlón  in Iceland.

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My favourite Iceberg photo from the book.

 

img_0489These cotton robes and sun hats scream SUMMER from Isobel Harris in Newmarket.

img_0491Seletti are in Queenstown and Auckland… lots of fun and quirky gifts. These fabulous “sitting” monkey lamps are $790.00 or the neon Letter Lights.

 

cheeseWhitestone Cheese are an award-winning NZ company.  An original wooden gift box containing six award-winning varieties of our range. We courier New Zealand wide and will include your message in the box. $50.00 Check out their full selection.

 

Give a Kowhai tree this Christmas… it will help with your Carbon Footprint too.36 – 43cm high baby tree in wooden planter containing high quality potting mix.

  • Purpose designed Trees Please! gift box made of sustainable untreated plantation pine (45cm high)
  • Copper tag for recipient to mark the occasion and date the gift is received.
  • Information on care, repotting and planting tree for best results.
  • Complimentary Trees Please! message card

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Mugler is the new perfume from ANGEL and the  bottle is a limited edition for Christmas. Stunning – I was naughty and bought myself this Christmas present!!

Fragrance notes: bergamot, praline, vanilla/patchouli/musk

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So those are my best pics for this Christmas season.

Have special times with your family and friends…love one another and enjoy every day!!

 

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Every Christmas I buy books and receive books.. no complaints what so ever. Travel books remind us of exotic places we have travelled to long after the suit case is unpacked.  I think books are a great engagement, wedding and birthday gift as well as Christmas. I have a cook book  we received as a wedding gift in 1974 and I still refer to it. Every newspaper does book lists so this is mine; cook books,  photo books & children’s books; books I would give or like to receive. [ this is not necessarily a hint to my family 🙂 ] The Graham Sydney book also came in a linen slip cover signed and numbered but they are scarce as hens teeth after several weeks on the market! You could try Arcadia Bookstore ( my favourite bookstore ) in Newmarket who have one signed copy or McLeod’s Bookstore in Rotorua another store with stock.  But be quick!  So this Christmas hunt out something special in the book line. 

Grahame Sydney Paintings 1974 – 2014

Grahame Sydney Paintings 1974 – 2014

Published 2014 by Craig Potton Publishing. $99.00 including  slip cover.

This beautiful 304 page hardback in slipcase features over 200 paintings and covers Grahame’s 40 year career as a full-time artist. In this landmark book, which features many unseen works as well as his most loved landscapes and figurative paintings, Grahame delves into his childhood in Dunedin and the beginnings of his obsession with art. Most book stores have this in stock. – See more here  :

 

I did a photo book on New York myself a few years ago ( available from http://www.blurb.com ) This newly released book caught my attention.  Everyone loves New York and this book will jolt your travel memories. New York Through the Lens NZ mail order click on link.

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A Poetic Photographic Vision of the World’s Most Exciting City

Street photographers will never tire of New York as a subject. It is the perfect setting for the genre, with candid, insightful moments appearing everywhere. Vivienne Gucwa is out there, every day, capturing these fleeting glimpses of human drama, and here she presents an elegant volume showcasing the stunning results of her ongoing quest. Lush images are front and center throughout the book, supported by insightful commentary, engaging anecdotes, tales from the road, and professional tips on how to reliably seek out and capture scenes of such perennial enjoyment.

 

This next book is a small gift book and a real treasure. Beautiful photography. Not newly published but still a real gem. Great value at $26.86  from FishpondTUI

Tui

A nest in the bush

Meg Lipscombe

Tui is an intimate and rare look at the beginning of a tui’s life. It is presented as a series of photographs showing the 37-day development of a pair of tui from eggs to fledglings.

The author is a photographer living at Lake Tarawera, surrounded by native forest and an abundant variety of bird life. One spring morning in 2011 Meg noticed a tui disappear into a Pseudopanax bush with a twig in its mouth, and discovered that the nest, while well hidden from below, could be seen from her balcony. By carefully removing some leaves from the bush she was able to get a clear view of the nest, giving her a rare opportunity to visually record the beginning of a tui’s life.

THIS ONE IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN BUY!! But it is worthy of a mention. book

Dos-à-dos binding refers to a technique whereby two books are bound at their backs, allowing you to read one book, flip the conjoined pair over, and continue reading the other book. Pictured here is a beautiful example of a sixfold dos-à-dos binding, which, as you may have guessed, combines half a dozen separate books into one.

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Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of six fold dos-à-dosbinding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps. This particular book was printed in Germany and like almost all books at the time is a religious devotional text. The National Library of Sweden has a fantastic photo collection of historical and rare books where you can find many more gems like this.

Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster, by Debbie McCauley

This children’s  book is based on the NZ oil spill from the ship Rena. Beautiful illustrations.

Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill by Debbie McCauley is a bilingual children’s picture book on the Rena Disaster, which was released on 5 October 2014 Available at University Bookstore Akld, Trade me (signed) Academy Books   McLeod’s in Rotorua and many more stores. Approx NZ$29.00

TWO Cook Books on my Christmas list 🙂 book-pop-up-straight

Depot is such a fun eatery  in Auckland City.   Al’s approach to cooking is all about simplicity and generosity. His dishes deliver uncomplicated excellence and showcase the culinary landscape of New Zealand. People and place are key to his philosophy; wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance an eating experience. In Al’s opinion, food is the vehicle for conversation, fun and memorable occasions.  Readily available in NZ bookstores. 

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I always grabbed PLENTY first when I had guests to impress.. seriously  good recipes. 

The hotly anticipated follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbookPlenty, featuring more than 150 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method.Picking up the (carrot) baton from PLENTY, PLENTY MORE opens the window even further onto the ever-expanding world of vegetables, grains and legumes. Finally in NZ book stores.

I love making Blurb books, they are unique and high quality. I also  will give lessons locally (Auckland NZ) to anyone wishing to create a book of their travels or family.  Contact me  Lynn . [turquoise words contain links]

A Glimpse of India and Jodphur the Blue City are my coffee table books on India – fabulous  Christmas gifts for someone who has visited india. Jodphur the Blue City  is punctuated with famous quotes such as this one from the Dalai Lama “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito”  – Buy from Amazon

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Afica Safari is a collection of black and white images from Botswana and the Serengeti etc. (Cover Photo)

(I have this in stock in Auckland)

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Kiwigran goes to Turkey is the latest of the books about Kiwi Grans’ travels. These can be ordered directly from Blurb or I can custom order one for you removing references to Kiwigran! Some folk have been happy to buy as they are 🙂 (Flag photo is the cover)

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My favourite children’s book is The Pacific Ocean  an educational look at that vast body of water between the USA and New Zealand ( more or less) This book was selected for the Australian Library collection. You can preview these all on line at BLURB. (I have stock of this in Auckland)

Other books areKiwigran goes to IndiaandKiwigran goes to Africa‘.   These are all aimed at 4-10 year olds.Kiwigran goes to Turkey is the latest of the books about Kiwi Grans’ travels. These can be ordered directly from Blurb or I can custom order one for you removing references to Kiwigran! Some folk have been happy to buy as they are 🙂

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Bespoke BLURB Book orders take around 3 weeks to arrive in NZ as they are printed to order. Hard covers and professionally bound they are beautiful unique gifts for sure. The children’s books are 8 x10 inches approx.

If you have read to the end you deserve a joke! Laugh, I did.

English Stiff Upper Lip: On a train from London to Manchester , an Australian was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the  compartment. “You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us. Look at me… I’m ME! I have Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine blood. What do you say to that?”

The Englishman replied, “Awfully sporting of your mother, old chap!”