Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

Gah, where has this week gone? I'm all up-in-the-air, we have insurance company woes like the rest of the city and it is a slow grind getting straight answers from anyone. Plus we're still holed up in the small Motel, a far cry any earlier motel experiences I MIGHT have had when younger and more nimble.
Its enough to make one turn to drink!

Drink you ask?

Oh don't mind if I do....

Cabin Fever Cocktail Ingredients

  • icon One mug coca cola
  • icon Half a shot After Shock (black)
  • icon One shot dark rum
  • icon Personal choice ice
  • icon OPTIONAL tia maria


  • icon Pour a half shot of Aftershock Black into a mug, and then a full tot of dark rum *Captain Jack Morgan goes well, good and spicy*. Tia Maria is optional. Drop some ice in, and blast it with some cola. Enjoy!
    Half a shot of Aftershock Black is a good amount because it has a very overpowering taste in higher quantities. The fusion of dark spirits here makes a very flavoursome drink that can get you ratted :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

Because I remembered...
Ruby Tuesday COCKTAIL 

5 Parts Gin
4 Parts Apple juice, fresh pressed (clean your feet please…)
2 Parts Lime juice (yes, fresh is better but go with what you have handy)
1 Part Simple syrup (no, not idiot stuff…3 parts water to 1 part sugar)
4 or 5 Whole strawberries
7 Whole  raspberries
5 Leaves basil (more fun than mint, and tastier too because I like the slightly peppery taste)
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with basil, raspberry and strawberry.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thirsty Thursday

I tell you, if we're not dodging quakes we're shovelling snow! It is thristy work make no mistake.

So, in a nod to our recent weather...let's make a Snowball!

Get yourself (and me) a high ball glass, put 1 and a half ounces of Advocaat into the glass over ice and carefully top up with lemonade.

Let the snow fight begin...I warn you tho' I have called in some top class assistance this week (and yes, this is a photo taken in our yard Monday night)...see....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Forget SuperTramp - its SNOWING again!

Just back from the park, the Whovian and I found another butterfly which I thought was dead BUT when we picked it up and held it in warm snug mittened hands the wee wings started to move......

and it is now in a 'jar ward'....

Our Whovian was 14 yesterday....she wanted snow for the day, the snow arrived last night and this morning there is an abundance of it. I have never seen this much snow so close to our last 'dumping'. I guess these are indeed unusual times. When I mentioned that Christchurch must have annoyed Mother Nature - first earthquakes now snow, the Whovian corrected me. "No", she said " Snow is our reward for putting up with the 'quakes". Her glass will always be half full, methinks! (Some clever clogs has also stated that Christchurch is like a snow globe, if you shake her hard enough!)

This time the propellor heads (aka weathermen) are predicting another 2 days of snow....not sure how happy we will be about that! When it melts with the silt it makes for some very unhappy houseowners. I really feel for those without proper heating and homes.

Driving to work one day last week through the fog. I love a foggy morning as we know we will get a glorious day when it has burnt off.

Things have been rather quiet on the shake front, touch wood!! We still get them but they are smaller and further between, am hoping we're out the other side of that event.

Meanwhile, back at the park....

The pas few weeks have been taken up with working, and the crazy world of dealing with EQC and their counterparts. Everyone seems to agree that our house urgently needs help, but standing about talking won't get that roof and walls straight. We're apparently on a 6 degree lean, and we can now also see outside along one of the floors in the front room where already the bay windows have come adrift...

I have never been on so many lists and had to leave so many messages on phones in my life...would it be too hard for someone to actually answer their phone??