Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We also had this on Christmas Day, fresh oven baked Ciabatta (by my own hand no less!!), buttered hot and eaten with ham and wholegrain mustard, superb washed down with bubbly, or muscat, or red wine (or all three for the gluttons amongst us)
The end result? If that was the day we celebrate Christmas (and by the way, Happy Birthday Jesus) then wake me for Easter - I reckon that'll be a doosey!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Also, I had a very tearful phone call from my ex. Yes, THAT ex who has taken up with my "friend". His mother had a brain bleed (can't spell the real word) and not expected to live. So he rings me. Me???
Anyway, for right or wrong, I went t'hospickle...his sister is a good mate ok...he was there. His other sister was there too. It was like old times, me and the sisters...
His mum died last night, haven't had a call AT ALL from my "friend". Its all too weird for me. It was suggested that I do a reading at t'funeral. I won't though and will probably only stand quietly at the back and slip away before the after-match function. I'm off to have a vino. Its times like this that I wish I had more "naughty" habits!!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
When people say Christmas you immediately think..."
Great, when is it this year?
Favourite Christmas memory?
I have two really, when I was little our family used to recreate the Nativity scene in our fireplace. I still have the doll that we used to dress up as Mary. Then, when were living on the Chatham Islands one year Mum and Dad had bought me a guitar. They figured that I would guess what it was if they wrapped it and left it under the tree so instead they left me an envelope which was the start of a treasure hunt. I finally found the guitar under the couch after having been all round the place on my hunt. It was great fun. We did a similar thing for our girls when they were little except we made it a hunt for pirate treasure (the "treasure" was actual costume jewellery that we had got in an auction) - it was great!
Fave Christmas carol/song?
Aw, has to be Snoopy's Christmas and The Fairy Tale of New York oh and lets not forget Elvis' Blue Christmas.
Fave Christmas movie?
Um...the Muppets Christmas Caper (I think thats its name)
Favourite Christmas character?
I like the idea of Black Peter from the Dutch traditions, yes he's a rat bag but hey....ok I'll be serious. Tiny Tim cos I'm with <>Steve on that one.
Favourite Christmas ornament/object?
One dish of brandy cream, two kids asleep, three glasses of champers...four adults doing dishes, five hours of sunshine, six bags of...no, wait wrong song. I love the little moving figurines in shop windows...
Plans for this Christmas?
I have got a month off work and the sun has started doing its thing here (sorry you lot up north), we had 33 degrees in the shade at our house yesterday so we will be filling our pool now that we've repainted it and will have full on family time, I'll read a few books and do some writing, keep the little house elves happy...its asll going to be great!
Is Christmas my favourite holiday?
Yep cos its the longest and usually the best weather, sun sand beaches rivers...sigh! Bring it on, Santa this good gal is ready!!!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
This taken inside the Church where my two dear friends Tim and Ramon took their vows. It was a beautiful service,even tho' our 10 year old fell asleep during it! (Well admittedly she had been at a sleep over the night before, only getting to sleep at 2.30am...and then claiming she had been at a "wake-over").us "grownups" loved it, very touching, romantic and just great to see two people in love making a committment. C'est la vie! I have to say, that they guys had two services to accomadate their many and varying friends. The initial ceremony took place at a marae in Taupo, with the other blessing service here in Christchurch.
This is the wonderful old Church where the whole sh'bang took place(can you say that regarding a Church?, I have to say (and no doubt will be careful of lightening strikes from here on in) the Vicar was rather cute. He could have been taller, but he was very savvy and rather dashing...even his wife was very nice. As the song goes, "All my life's a cricle..." - the Church is right next door to where my old Aunty (well ok Dad's aunty) lived through out her life. I used to watch the church-goers as a child, wondering if they knew something I didn't. I like to think they watched me back, thinking the same.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Tune in next time for an account of the civil union wedding I attended, which was a much more civilised affair I can assure you!!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
The Christmas Spirit
Twas Christmas Eve
And we all sat round
Nothing was stirring
There was no sound
Then without warning
Came a crash and a strain
Of Ho!Ho!Ho! – oh, not again!
We rushed to the chimney
Yes…here came the soot
Wee Jimmy pushed past
For a lot closer look
“Get back here, Jimmy”
Ma croaked, fists tight
She was ready for battle
On this Christmas night
Years of cleaning carpets
Of soot, food and grime
Had taken their toll
“He’s mine…all mine”
With bit more puffing
And a great hearty cheer
We saw black boots then
Jimmy shieked “Ma, he’s here!”
Ma had the poker
At the ready in her hand
“I’ll show him who’s here.”
And a blow she did land
Ma gave a shout
And it was of pure joy
Santa fell from the chimney
And onto wee Jimmy boy.
There was soot on the carpet
And blood up the wall
- Santa had copped it
- Once and for all!
By Amanda Stephens 2007 ©
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Hug your kids tight tonight.
Having left things alone of course, we found that a bird must have dropped a seed for the above Artichoke into the flower garden. Its growing very well thanks and we leave it alone.
Normally I also leave alone repoting on TV programmes - Steve and Old Cheeser do it so much better anyway, BUT last night I suffered through a TV drama only because Tom Conti was appearing in it. Normally I rate this guy as quite a good actor. With the drama named DNA, Tom stars as a forensic scientist. Sorry but I am super disappointed in the drama. Tom had about as much appeal as week-old lettuce. The story had a semi-reasonable plot and the script was shite, is Tom on a superannuation trip here or what? I had real trouble taking the storyline seriously after about half an hour - up til then it was 'fair enough", I doubt that I'll watch part 2 - has anyone else seen this programme? I note that it doesn't seem to appear on Tom's website - perhaps he's too embarrassed! And for those of you counting the number of times I used the word drama and feeling annoyed - thats kinda like watching the drama DNA. There, I have just saved you two hours of your life.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
An Ode to Winter - by Amanda Stephens ©
Diamond studded spider webs
Frosty, glittering gates
Tuneless icicles dripping
In dew-fresh time, she waits
Her frozen fingers stabbing
At every breath you take.
Fleet footed children
Skimming over lake
Tall shuddering trees
Bent heavy by the snow
And rosy cheeked hurriers
Everywhere you go.
Anyway, meanwhile in Christchurch there is a blight or blot on the landscape. A young deaf girl has been missing for a week. What is going on in this beautiful country? I feel so bad for the family of this girl, as a mother of two daughters myself anything adversely affecting young women is just heartbreaking. Any parent going through this sort of thing must have shards of glass in their hearts. This used to be a country where you could leave your doors unlocked at nights - yes, I AM old enough to remember that being the case...it wasn't so long ago really! Let's hope the family have some closure on the matter.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
we struck pay dirt! Mother Duck with 10 babes in feathers. We are truly lucky to live this close to a river in such a nice city. A lot of grandparents out today with wee kids, throwing so much bread at the ducks that I'm sure they'll not want to eat for a month! Oh, and we also saw 2 schools of whitebait heading towards someone's net as well. (Altho' having just witnessed the original source of duck poo my daughter may well not be so keen to sample stuff from the water....)
I can almost forget being woken up at midnight last night by 4 drunken hoons, shrieking "F*ck!" at the top of their lungs and kicking the lampposts and screaming again. Sigh.
And to cap it all off, we are in the middle of re-doing our pool. We have drained it, cleaned it, fixed the leaks, snadblasted it and are now waiting ofr the two girls to decide what colour they want it painted...so today me and the gals played handball in the drained pool. It was alot of fun, the ball didn't wander off and we got to spend some more time doing crazy stuff. Great day!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
And if you really want a chuckle - type "Australia" into the search engine.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Now that the madness we know as Guy Fawkes is over for at least this year (if not next as well), time for a spot of comedy I say!
I have been following a show called The Flight of the Conchords...they are so funny! The humour is so dead-pan that I was surprised to find that the guys are a real hit in the USA. I didn't think the American's would get the humour.
One of the good bits of the show (I say good, the Stud says its annoying but I think he hasn't ever gotten over being forced to watch Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday) is when they go all musical. The songs are hilarious. Driving to work the other morning, Business Time was playing. Now I have to say I had the girls with me as I take them to school first then head off to work...honestly, we all had tears rolling down our faces by the time we got there. Now as I'm not too PC savvy I haven't worked out how to download the actual video (Hats off to you Simon, you are a pro at that!!) so you will need to click on the link. Trust me, its worth it.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Meanwhile, last night we had a fantastic sunset; this is a bit of our grape plant (not sure if its the Reisling or the Chardonnay) and that rather er..."fetching" shadow is actually our umbrella (down Simon, down!)
On the way to my youngest daughter's school this morning we saw this family of ducks, they were initially stretched across the road but by the time I got my camera and had parked the car safely they had waddled off into this property. It was really sweet to see them, we last saw them about 3 weeks ago and I didn't know that ducklings grow so fast. If you click on the actual photo you get a bigger view!
Right, am off to watch The F Word. Nothing I can say to that.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
We had a BBQ for dinner last night, so fantastic to have wonderful weather at last.
My dear friend Pixie is in San Francisco and then New York; so if anybody out there sees her say hi and tell her we hope she comes home in one piece and I personally hope she is following my instructions to get laid while she is there!!
Oh, and here are a couple of things I perhaps could have included in the last post...I was a nude model for a photograpgher mate of mine; I have a Certificate in Cocktail Mixology from the Christchurch Polytechnic (and sometimes wonder if I drink too much or not enough...); I went to a Cliff Richard concert once (and dammit, I'd do it again...it was fantastic - cue the sad music, a dying friend gave me the ticket as an early birthday gift knowing she wouldn't be alive by the time the concert came round. When he sang "Miss you nights" I cried myself stupid and he gave me such a warm smile..yes it WAS to me!!); and I had 3 photographs win a Highly Commended in a national competition. Ta dah!!
Here are the rules:
Firstly, post these rules and a link to the person who tagged you.
Secondly, share seven facts about yourself, all devastatingly interesting.
Lastly, tag seven people at the end of your post, linking their names to their blogs. Follow this up by advising said parties of the tag in the comment section on their blog(s).
Hm, define "devastatingly interesting"....
1. I know all the words to Kenny Rogers "The Gambler"; if I have enough champers I play it and sing it loud (even making the dm dm dm bits of guitar riff), and then I play Rita McNeil's "Working Man" and tell everyone who hasn't already run away that I want that played at my funeral. No-one notices.
2. I backed Mum's car into a corrigated iron fence when I was learning to drive and was so scared that I put the car into first and drove off taking half the fence with me! I'm sure no-one noticed.
3. I was a Prefect at school.
4. On a dare from The Stud and no doubt unduly influenced by aforementioned champers, I once ran out to the front gate of our house stark naked scaring the beejesus out of some late night walkers. Although they came back for another look, I'm sure they didn't notice.
5.I loved Amsterdam and New York but have a soft spot for San Francisco (Stan Frank's Disco) as it was there that I got kinda kidnapped by a lovely and crazy Irish taxi driver on the eve of my departure! I was wandering back from Fisherman's Wharf, tired and bummed out cos I was going home that evening and decided to spend my last Yankee dollars on a cab ride. Got talking to the driver who then decided that I couldn't leave until I'd seen the Zig Zag road and off we went; then he decided I couldn't leave until he had driven like a maniac down "that street where Steve McQueen drove in Bullet". The driver had moved to SF as the small Irish town he was from wasn't that considerate of his er.."life choices" back when he was a lad and he had lived happily in SF ever since. I often wonder what he's doing now, he'd be in his 60s at least.
7. I am trying to write a play with a good mate of mine and we have stalled horribly. We need to get our Act together (hahahahaha, punning is another annoying habit of mine) or the only stage we'll be on will be the next one outta town. Yee haa.
I don't know enough bloggers to tag. I'm a sad case without doubt. No-one notices.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Beware of sticking plaster, thats what I say. My 12 year is suddenly allergic to the stuff. She left hospital in a wheelchair, her feet both got worse than these pix actually show. Go figure, you get to 12 and you have had heaps of plasters on before....and now, medica alert bracelet and the works.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
This is about as far from Rugby as I can get today. Kids with extra large sparklers last Guy Fawkes, the wind was picking up nicely so I managed to snap this and then tweaked some more!
It rained like hell this morning and finally the sun came out about 2.30pm, of course it would because I nipped home at lunchtime and got the fire started so it would be a nice warm house that me and the wee trolls walked into this evening. Murphy's Law or Sods Law?
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Full moon here. This is what it looks like from "down under". Isn't it magnificent? Driving to work this morning, my two young daughters and I drove past this (above but not the one with the moon), a scene where the Police had shot dead someone. It's always a heated debate (an heated debate??) in this part of the world. Apparently the number of people shot dead in our entire history of Police is less than an average day in the USA. Apparently. This might be an exageration but its a scary thought for those who live in the USA!! It's about 41 here in about 100 years. Something the police can be proud of but maybe not if they're playing cricket. The debate about tasers rages on, the debate about people being marginalised in society also rages on. The debate about parents teaching right from wrong will continue. The rat in a wheel peddles on. And it always so sad when someone dies prematurely. The "what if's" and the "If buts" will continue - for the Police, the family, the officer conerned and his/her family. Kia kaha.
Meanwhile our lcoal elections loom. I have exercised my democartic right to vote and I'm trying to stir others into doing the same.
Lets make a difference.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I like red. Red is a great colour.
What colour do you like best?
Anyhoo, how is the Rugby World Cup shaping up for you? Would this be a "sex-from-behind-face" ? Honestly, I would take the risk to peek!
And, apologies to any readers who have been under the illusion that I am a very tidy, house-cleaning, bill paying on time, tooth brushing house wife. I'm not.