Friday, December 31, 2010

The sands of time are flying again

This year has sure been one heck of a ride. We've had personal tragedy, we've had earthquakes, mining disasters and floods...and you know what? We're still standing.

Thanks to all who have visited and commented and cared, much appreciated. I wish you all a happy, safe and wonderous New Year with new things round the corner and those you love close by.

Cheers everyone, here's a poem that we read at our nephew's funeral earlier this year (jhas it really been six months??) and I think you will find it an inspiration for the following years to come.

So, charge up your glasses (those regular visitors here will have theirs at the ready, for any newbies there's a glass on the bench, help yourself...) and singalong to this ol' late night favourite. Happy New year. xx

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Not so silent Sunday

Had a lovely Christmas day, sunshine and family and chocolate and bubbly - what's not to like!?

What we didn't like were the 3 aftershocks during the night and the belter that got us outta bed at 8am! I feel so sorry for those families just a street away from us with port-a-loos still and those round the river, am betting they spent the night huddled under their tables again. I have checked GeoNet and the biggest one was 4.2 followed by a 3.7 half an hour later, then a 2.7 which we felt as it was quite shallow. The 3.8 at 8am was the last straw for us, time to get up! The New Teen was already in osition in her doorway, all sleepy eyed and cross that the perfect Christmas had hit a bump. I think we've been slowly getting used to NOT feeling the shakes as much and now we're slightly back on egde. Mind you, as my Grandmother would say "Worse things happen at sea".  PS Since posting this we have had several more shakes, so far we have had 11 since 2am....

I tried to get some photos of the blood moon the other night, but too cloudy. Did manage to get some nice pix of them!

The deep pink was captivating. Anyway, in honour of the kinda night we had - enjoy this music from our Aussie 'cousins'....and a happy Christmas to you all, where ever you are.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday Tipple

I am guessing that no-one wants to hear about our 32 degree heat today? No?

Ok, how about this then....

Red Passion Lemonade

5 parts Alize Red Passion
2 cans of lemonade
1 whole lemon

Cut the lemon into wedges, fill a glass bowl or jug wuith ice. Add ingredients, pour into tumbler and garnish with mint tip. Chill-ax!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wistful Wednesday

 On Saturday we scattered our beloved 17 year old nephews ashes in the hills above our city. On one side of the (above photo) hill you can view the Port and out to sea, keep swimming and you will eventually get to South America!

To the other side (above) are views over the city and on to the nearby Mountain ranges. There wasn't a breath of wind, and as we laid our boy to rest 3 bell birds suddenly shot out of the bushes, circled around and 2 flew away with one remaining for about 5 minutes in a cabbage tree overhead, almost like it was checking to see if all was well before it too flew away. Just lovely.

Rest easy, Matt. We love you and miss you so much.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tuesday Tipple

Happy Margarita Day!

30ml Tequila  (why did the Mexican throw his wife off the bridge?)
15ml fresh lime juice (sure, use the bottled stuff but you can tell the difference)
30ml Cointreau or Triple Sec
salt for glass rim

Rub rim of glass with lime slice, then dip in salt to coat the rim. Pour all ingredients into shaker, shake, then strain into serving glass. I use wide rimmed Margarita glasses but a champagne saucer would do. Garnish with lime slice. And yes, I know...I know, you just wanna kick back, glass in hand and SING ALONG TO THIS...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A significant day

Happy birthday to me. 

Apparently I used to go nuts to this song! Some might say I have stayed that way.....