Saturday, July 31, 2010

Down 'the pier'

The other night I went in search of the moon. How hard could that be, I hear you utter. Well, as it turns out - tricky. Someone must have knicked it (scroll to Shoot the Moon post).

I left my house around almost dusk, the sky was turning into that turquoise blue with orange-tinged edges and some stars were starting to wink at me. "Go to the beach, find the moon" they taunted. So I went. Only 15 minutes away I found myself down at the wayters edge, and the sky had turned inky black. Clouds.

So, I made the best of a bad situation and took some photos of our Pier. I didn't know that at night it is lit up, and that the lights change colours.

I was almost the only person around (there was a guy who darted into the public loos), the sound of the waves was the oinly sound to be heard. Magical.

In the second photo you can see how the lights changed, I prefer the first one myself. The Scowly Teen wants to come with me on another night and see what she can capture (altho' I suspect a trip to KFC or Burger King might also be demanded).

Anyone else want to come with me on a night shoot?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Tipple

Peach Myrrh

30ml peach liqueur
5 ml vodka
40ml ruby red grapefruit juice
sparkling wine

Pour peach liqueur, vodka, and juice into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
There, wasn't that as easy as falling out of a hammock!

Friday, July 23, 2010

I write like Daniel Defoe

Thanks to Rol over at Sunset Over Slawit for this one, do follow the link to his blog - fabulous writer and full of stuff that I'm sure no-one else could come up with.

I write like
Daniel Defoe
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Thursday, July 22, 2010


Yesterday, I was FORCED to take an afternoon off to take some visitors from Norway arounf our city. What to do!
I decided to take them for a trip through the city and around the 'burbs, culminating in a trip to the beach. On the way, went left whe I would normally have gone right. And we found these paraglisers! What a treat! Hinestly, as admirable as this was I kept wondering how come these guys weren't at work! Maybe this is their job, Mr Handsome Norwegian suggested. "Or they are very rich" chimed Mr Swede, who works in Norway.

So, I have given you two photos to choose from. I like them both really, can't decide if one is better than t'other. Either way, I'd like Glen. Very close.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Tipple

I can't believe my luck, it's a sunny winters day here so far. However, all that can change in the clink of a glass so here's todays Tipple...


60ml gin
30ml dry vermouth
22ml Galliano
10ml Blue Curacao

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass filled with ice, stir, then strain into serving glass. I'd use a champagne saucer for this but then I'm a champagne kinda gal! Garnish with a red cherry if you're hungry, and then come on LET'S BOOGEY!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Discovering the past

The kids are back to school today, although as a working mother this really isn't a big deal for me. However, it is fun to get them outta bed earlier than they have been used to!

This morning I also decided to gather up a few videos to take in to the photo shop and have them put onto DVD. The trouble is I have a video marked (Scowly Teen) 1 , with no sign of 2. I can't recall if I even HAD a second video for her...I found our wedding video too, plus a video made up of old Super 8 film shot by my father of our adventures on the Chatham Islands when we lived there in the mid 60s/early 70s, plus footage of Mum and Dad's wedding in the early 50s - all of which I am keen to see again, and to make the kids watch again as well.

I think it is really important to try and preserve family history, I admire those families who have clear records going back centuries! The Stud has a family tree going back to Italy in 1700s - great reading.

Aren't these old tiles lovely? They are surrounding an old shop near my work, the Council did a good job of preserving them and others around the city, one of the few things this council is any good at (altho' having said that, the same council tore down an old building from 1880s - selective historic salvation.)

While I'm down memory lane, does anyone else recall when the TV used to finish transmitting at mid-night? Here in NZ they used to play the clip below, and then you knew it was time to turn off the TV for the night. Very cute. Sigh,. when did life get so complicated??

Friday, July 16, 2010


Grey on grey
all through the day
Sparrows wait
like music notes
to be heard

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One or two things that I like

I do love a good glass or two of bubbles! The strawberries can be a bit sweet, so I don't over do the fruit. Bubbles yes, fruit no.

I love it when my kids make me things, like a love-heart made with shells on a cold beach visit.

I love to visit (old) cemeteries - visiting is better than going there to stay I would think, for now at least.  

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Its all in the methodology

I gather that there is a sea-creature picking world soccer cup winners (sorry, maybe it's called Football where you are...).

So, tonight our All Black's were playing the South African Spring Boks. Normally I just don my blinkers and back the AB's but today I was thinking where's the fun in that? Even if I'm right, where's the fun?

So, I threw caution to the wind and offered my rabbits a carrot (for the AB's to win) and a piece of Biltong (for the 'Boks to win)....guess what! Rabbit chose the carrot and the AB's won. Convincingly too.

How clever is that? Maybe I should ask them about the Soccer results...but then again, I've already consulted my cats Ernie and Lynx...I suspect they are backing Spain given that their only comment was "Raoul" when pressed for a guess!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cold and colourful

I bought myself a new camera, the old trusty one which really isn't that old, clearly didn't like falling out of 4 wheel drives onto concrete nor did it like falling onto hard wooden is El Morto. Sigh. I really did like that camera, so have stuck with the Fuji Finepix but this time have an SH10 (with 10mp and 30x optical zoom ooh er), I tried the zoom out on the above ice-crusted leaf in our yard....

This colourful photo was taken on my old Fuji Finepix  - and admittedly the rain was on the lens at the time, and I'm not sure but I suspect I may have posted this photo before...the Scowly Teen and the Rainbow...

I love rainbows, so full of promise and those colours!

Here is someone else who loves rainbows, perhaps more than me...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tuesday Tipple

I think cos I'm feeling a bit slow and melancholy that this evening we should have an old crooner of a drink....

Moon River

30ml Gin (mothers ruin apparently)
30ml apricot brandy
30ml Cointreau
15ml Galliano
15ml fresh lime juice

Pour all ingredients into shaker, shake (doesn't that ice sound fab?) and then pour into a serving glass. I'd use a high ball glass for this one (saves you having to get up and refill your glass...).

So, comfy on your bean bag? Good, try this version of Moon River - what do you think? (And no, I don't think that's Rol you can hear in the background....but then again, I have been wrong before!)