NEW ZEALAND: Sometimes, I Hide in My Pantry

NEW ZEALAND: Sometimes, I Hide in My Pantry

I have a perfect pantry. I have matching jars. I have matching baskets. There are shelves on which certain things sit. Together. It is small and perfectly formed. It is organised. It is tidy. It is utterly gorgeous. And it is the only place in our house like it.

You see, we are all project people.  We have great ‘start-up’ abilities and not such good ‘follow through.’ We do finish things, but it takes longer than anyone else – because we tend to go off on tangents. We think we can multi-task when all evidence points to the contrary. This creates an interesting home.

Our kitchen, for example, took nine years for my husband to renovate, and the rest of the house is a work in progress. We walk around piles of tools, and bits of wood are stacked next to me as I type.  Craig is an archer. Archery equipment does not fit tidily in neat rows.  There are a variety of things which fall on my head when I get too close to his archery cupboard. Most of them sharp and pointy. (more…)

Karyn Wills

Karyn is a teacher, writer and solo mother to three sons. She lives in the sunny wine region of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand in the city of Napier.

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