Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday Babe

It's my other husband's birthday today. He still cuts a striking figure as he downs his whisky and struts about naked in my head, tickling my fancy as he does so and singing loudly and lustily as a new born.

Happy Birthday, baby!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whacky Wednesday

Such a sunny day here and I'm feeling sunny too so let's have a bit of silly stuff eh?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

OK, because I'm trying to keep life simple this week we're having a quiet wine and thats all...I'm sure someone will drop by with some nibbles. Feel free to take your pick of the cellar, it will be less for us to have to move! We are out of the motel at the weekend and into a 3 bedroom house rental, phew!!

This wee fellow looks like he could do with cheering up too, or a crash helmet at least! He was patiently waiting for his master at the local supermarket.

Now back to the wine, I would actually recommend a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, although it's not quite warm enough weather for me to have one today. I'll find a nice Pinot Noir instead, anyone care to join me?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The house I lived in....

So, the jury has been in and given the verdict...our house is to be completely demolished and eventually a new dwelling will take pride of place on the remains of our memories.

It's a new beginning for sure, even tho' it will be sad to see our lovely old house in a pile of rubble. It was built in 1923, and originally owned by a locomotive engineer according to the paper work. Sometime in the 60s the owners added a swimming pool which has been both a curse and a welcome respite during our ownership. The pool may well be sacrificed initially to make way for the wrecker and then the builders. New pool too then? Thanks! 

Our girls are weepy and unhappy - they have never lived anywhere else (unlike me who has globe trotted internationally as well as nationally) and it is hard for them to accept the premise that a house is more than bricks and wood - it is the people who live there, who love there, and it is the memories created there...we will always have those. And we get re-wired, and double glazed and re-insulated. Not all change is bad. 

So this weekend we will be carefully up-rooting the roses, and a few small trees that may be trampled in the demolition, take a few last photos of the way it is...

and then start planning the new place. We have a few things we have always thought we would change if we ever got the chance so it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and the house we lived in will never truly fall down....

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

Such a fine day, started out all foggy but those days usually turn out to be a cracker like today! Sure, the wind is a little on the cool side but that means the ice in your drink doesn't melt as fast....


4oz Champagne (or Sparkling wine if you're budget is like mine...)
2oz Bourbon Whiskey
1 tsp super fine sugar
6 mint leaves

Combine 4 mint leaves with the sugar and a few drops of water and muddle well.

Add the bourbon and stir, strain into a Collins glass, add ice cubes and the bubbly! Garnish with the remaining mint leaves.