Friday, January 28, 2011

Good Bad Guys

I have been thinking, during my last week on holiday, that I should bore you all with my idea of good bad guys. You know, the guys that we love and hate. That pain us and make us shudder with excitement in the same sentence, or evil glance. The "yes but would you be ok if your daughter brought him home" kind of guy. So, in no particular order, really....

Leslie Grantham.
OK, so he has a checkered past - what bad guy hasn't? He was briliant as Dirty Den, the first time round anyway. I wasn't too fussed on him being brought back from the dead in East Enders and felt he didn't really deliver the second time round but who knows, maybe I had grown out of Dirty Den by then. I did think it was great that he was felled by a dog shaped thing in the end, classic.

He went on to other things of course, and I still rate him as an actor. But he's not son-in-law material, is he.

Sean Bean.

Ah delicious Mr Bean, without the dumb humour of the OTHER Mr Bean. Not that the OTHER Mr bean isn't a great actor, just for the purposes of this exercise he hasn't got a lot going on.

I didn't like Sean baby in Sharpe, even tho' some sites claim that is where he got 'sex symbol' status. He just never did it for me, he seemed gawky and out of sorts.I saw him in some movie as a bank robber and that was when I thought, hmmmmmmmmmm - noice! And thats not the thoughts I would be wanting about a son-in-law!

Michael Hutchence.

Ok. slight deviation (in more ways than one) from the actor side of things but this boy was from our side of town down here. AND he was naughty, very naughty and we like that. But probably not as a son-in-law.

Ray Winstone.

yes, I have gotten into trouble before by stating that I thought Ray is sexy. And I still think that.Even tho' this might be an old photo.

He played a baddie in a mini series I saw a couple of years ago but he really had me hooked several movies ago and certainly for Henry VIII. However, I'm not convinced he's son-in-law material.

So, I could go on but you've probably already started snoring. If you haven't,  who would you think twice about if your daughter/son brought them home?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

Living way down south here, I have a fascination with the Northern Lights, would love to see them! However, in the meantime I'll have to settle for one of these...

Northern Light

3/4 ounce light rum
3/4 ounce triple sec
Sparkling wine or champagne to top up
1 piece of orange peel
1/2 slice orange

Shake the rum and triple sec together, with ice, in the shaker and then strain into a champagne flute. Top up with sparkling wine and squeeze the orange peel over the drink. Perch the slice of orange on the rim of the glass. Enjoy.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Portrait of a rainy day

Our wonderful, joyous Whovian, New the rain taking photos of her own. I love this wee gal. I couldn't post the clip (embedding disabled by request) so I hope you enjoy the song all the same.

I love this beach, rain or shine. These guys hover about waiting for people to drop themmorsels, usually they score fish and chips! It's one of the best places in the world to take your fish and chips to eat, either strolling the beach or huddled in the dunes, depends on the weather.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

How to wake up early while on holiday

Top Tip- live in an earthquake zone! We had a nice start to the day...a 5.1 just after 6am followed by 3.4 and a 4 around 8am. I have given up trying to sleep in. Last time there was this kind of pattern (or "swarm" as the propellor heads call it) of shaking there was an even bigger one every two hours. It's currently 9.10am so let's see what happens next eh? You're welcome to come along for the ride at Geonet. Apparently we have now had 4, 432 shakes since 4 September 'quake.

Today I'm taking the kids to see an exhibit at the Art Gallery (presumably it's still standing) from a chap called Ron Meuck which we have been looking froward to for some time now. Our youngest is especially keen to see the giant baby (personally I think it will make my eyes water...)

So, for something that might make the rest of you cry, I found this clip on YouTube. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

I am starting to enjoy this time off, no going back to work until 31 January for me! All that ironing has really made me work up a thirst...

Since the rain set in this morning, and we have quite a bit of surface flooding in our road I thought I should whip up a Hurricane 2. This is a spicy evening cocktail...

3/4  ounce Cognac
2 tsp Pernod
2 tsp Vodka

Shake all ingredients together in the shaker and strain into a glass. I'd use a coicktail glass with the shorter stem, and kick back and listen to this....before mixing yourself another one. You deserve it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

One way to know you're still on holiday....

One way to know you're still on holiday is when you find yourself doing the ironing instead of reading a book, right? Possibly I have that round the wrong way. However, I am worried about my reaction to the ironing.

Never mind that I actually ironed work shirts which I know are not mine (surely the days of wives doing all the ironing are well and truly over??), when I had finished each shirt I hung it on it's hanger...and to my dismay when I had finished and was about to cart them all upstairs I had put one of the shirts the wrong way round on its hanger. Instead of being able to neatly hang them all in the wardrobe in one go because the hanging bits all faced the same way, I had to struggle along with 3 facing one way and the last one falling to the floor and having to be put on the hanger the RIGHT way and then being put away. When did I start to be concerned about this, does Martha Stewart know about this?? When did I start putting words like "hanging bits" on this blog? Do I need a champers, darling or what!

I think I should go back to doing what I do best, you know - the kind of things that The Stud married me for afterall...lounging about and doing stuff all...I don't think I'm cut out for housework.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

Today's toast goes to my relatives currently hunkering down semi-safely in Brisbane, especially my niece trapped in her house with 3 children aged under 4 starting to wonder what our family has done to annoy Mother Nature ( floods!!) Anyway, one of the following should help take the edge off....

Brandy Zoom

1.5 ounces brandy
3/4 ounc light cream
2 tsp honey

Shake all the ingredients together, with ice cubes, in the shaker and strain into a cocktail glass.

Friday, January 07, 2011


Well, I call them miracles...nature is amazing, and even though we have had over 4,000 aftershocks since 4 September she can still surprise me! For example, this tree stump with it's 'limpet-like' lichen, amazing how the stuff can grow and keep growing!

and raindrops on roses (forget about kittens with mittens or brown paper packages tied up with string...)

my most loved miracle is this beautiful quilt made for me by my dear friend Pixie and delivered in person, as a right birthday treat it was too and I love it dearly. This is one of the most wonderful things anyone has ever done for me and I appreciate more than I can tell you. And yes, that is us two under the quilt, can you guess which one is me?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

'allo, 'allo! Come in night hawk....

Today I feel like a Francois Bise. Sorry Steve, there is fruit involved!

1 tablespoon raspberry puree.
Champagne for topping up

Put the raspberry puree into the glass (a champagne flute) and top up with Champagne. Voila.

Feet up, steroe remote handy....its You and Me babe, let's go....

Monday, January 03, 2011