River Road

Memories Made at the River – Last a Lifetime

Chalk paint artist inspired by the lifestyle in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Nature has been the inspiration of artists for centuries. Rivers emphasise movement, power, tranquility, life…so comes the inspiration for my blog.

My name is Andi Hartley and I am living the life here in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. It is an amazing place to live, surrounded by beauty with its beaches, rivers, mountains, orchards and my favourite, over 70 vineyards.

Come and join me on my river of life and road I travel…

Wooden Shelf Makeover – New Zealand

Wooden Shelf Makeover – New Zealand

My wooden shelf makeover was a inspiration really. It was offered free on my local neighbourly, which is a wonderful site to find things in your neighbourhood in New Zealand. Wooden Shelf Makeover I got it to use as extra shelving in our shed, but it wasn’t that...

Lemon curd recipe- homemade gift jars…

Lemon curd recipe- homemade gift jars…

Homemade Lemon Curd – a great gift in a jar this Christmas and very easy to make! I wasn’t planning on making homemade Lemon Curd today, but one of my sons came home from university for the holidays. He brought with him a suitcase of clothes and a half eaten jar of...

Traditional Maori (Rewena) Bread from New Zealand

Traditional Maori (Rewena) Bread from New Zealand

I love been able to share this recipe of our wonderful traditional Maori (Rewena) bread from New Zealand. It is a bread made with a potato starter or bug that ferments and causes the bread to rise. The starter is made from boiled potato, flour, sugar and water. There...

Simple branch Christmas tree…New Zealand

Simple branch Christmas tree…New Zealand

A simple  branch Christmas tree is so quick to make, looks fantastic and can be a great alternative to a traditional tree… If you are like me and looking for something different this year, don’t have the time or even the space for a traditional tree try this: I...

Pretty Christmas star cookie tree – New Zealand

Pretty Christmas star cookie tree – New Zealand

I was very excited to find these pretty Christmas star cookie tree cutters to make my Christmas cookies look that much more fun. Shortbread… One of my favourite cookie recipe is from Chelsea Sugar Shortbread. This is a gorgeous recipe and to make it even more...

LITTLE WOODEN BENCH MAKEOVER…

LITTLE WOODEN BENCH MAKEOVER…

This little wooden bench makeover was really simple to do. I love this little rustic bench! It had previously been outside in my mum’s garden, so had seen some wear and tear over the years. I wanted to bring it inside to use, but needed to give it a little makeover to...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DEAR AMERICAN FRIENDS!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DEAR AMERICAN FRIENDS!

We celebrate Thanksgiving in New Zealand a day earlier than those in America, due to the time difference. We just want to wish you all a very happy thanksgiving!  There is so much to be thankful! Blessings to you all! Andi xx    ...

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