Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

Continuing on from my first post (which you can read here) - herewith my next five tips in the Top Ten Tips for holidaying in Samoa series: Tip # 6 - Take some good snorkelling equipment.  The snorkelling is awesome in Samoa - you just need to head out to the beach at your resort to see all … Continue reading Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa …

Mumpty and her extended family (a group of 15) recently enjoyed an AMAZING holiday in Samoa to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of our parents.  We were there from the 26th of September to the 7th of October (Mumpty's birthday, btw!) - the "dry season" runs from May to October, so we were pretty disappointed … Continue reading Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa …

The (material) things Mumpty wants in July 2017

Mumpty always has a number of things on her phone's "watch list" - i.e. a list of purchases that would be made if there was lots of spare money running around in her wallet!  Here is July 2017's list:   Black Orchid OR Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford  - uuugggghhhhh I can't decide!  They both … Continue reading The (material) things Mumpty wants in July 2017

Inspirational women – Paula Penfold

Five quick-fire questions with inspirational women ... A few weeks back I was thinking about my friends, the women I've met and and some of the other fabulous women you see and read about in the media.  It struck me then how inspirational many of them have been to me in one way or another, and so … Continue reading Inspirational women – Paula Penfold

The story of the china doll

In 2015, for the first time ever, I entered a writing competition! It was something I'd always thought about doing, but never actually done - so I did it!   Although I didn't get anywhere, I still kinda like my story and it made me, my sister and my Mum cry  -  so I feel … Continue reading The story of the china doll

My friends are ridiculously interesting women

I am so privileged to have the most amazing group of female friends and family. I originally posted this a couple of years ago now, but when I was browsing back through my old posts, I decided they are STILL amazing and so I thought I would  post it again! I think you are very much … Continue reading My friends are ridiculously interesting women

Sophie Elliott – how her death could just as easily have been your own – or your daughter’s

On 9 January 2008, this beautiful and intelligent woman, with a wonderful childhood behind her and a promising adult life ahead of her, was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend ... in her own home, while her mother was there. Now - 8 years later - one NZ woman still dies every 26 days at the hand of a violent … Continue reading Sophie Elliott – how her death could just as easily have been your own – or your daughter’s

Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem?

Many of you will have seen this "un-Photoshopped/untouched" image of Cindy Crawford that's been making it's way around the internet lately.  Whilst I applaud Cindy for this, let's not forget she is a supermodel who has made exorbitant amounts of money from her face and body FOR YEARS, so even without retouching, her "look" is … Continue reading Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem?

The Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque

Imagine if you will, someone who, on one of her Facebook pages describes herself as a “retired locomotive engineer” and on the other, as an “entertainer” - more accurately, a burlesque entertainer. From who she was, to who she is; this is the story of Miss Chevious Cinders and how she became the Grand Dame … Continue reading The Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque

The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque – revisited

A little while ago, Mumpty wrote some fictional stories on a few of her favourite Auckland burlesquers.  And this Friday night, she's done a wee update.  Do enjoy ... Duchess deBerry Remember that saying: Always be you ... unless you can be a fierce, intergalactic alien queen. Then, always be a fierce, intergalactic alien queen. … Continue reading The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque – revisited