This is a blog by a Scottish woman (who is actually half English, half Polish) who is married to a Swede, lived in Denmark for 8 years and who moved to New Zealand in 2013.  I live with my husband and our little black cat, Charlie.

I started the blog to cover our move and new life.  We’ve been here a while now, but there are still so many things to experience and see here that there is no shortage of things to write about.  I like baking, cooking and reading about food, take pictures of things all the time with my iPhone, love ballet and dance, reading and listening to the radio and podcasts.  I would love to mess about more in the garden, but never seem to get round to it.

You can also follow me on Instagram @thistlesandkiwis

And there is a Thistles and Kiwis Facebook page too.

And now an email address ThistlesAndKiwis@gmail.com

Barbara Löfgren



  1. Thanks for following my blog. New Zealand looks lovely. I have an ex client who moved there to breed alpachas and she loves it. It’s changed her life. My family is Scottish/English and I married a Romanian. I have yet to show him Scotland, but it’s a landscape I know he will love.


  2. Hi Barbara, I’ve just tagged you in 3-2-1 Quote Me, but if you’re not interested in participating that’s fine! 🙂


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