07 March 2015

Fires outside in the sky look as perfect as cats

I recently took G on a surprise date night!
We had dinner at a fairly nw restaurant in town, then went to see J. Mascis, of whom G is a long time fan.
I'm good at keeping secrets, but never imagined I would get away with this surprise, I totally thought he would guess! Turned out he knew Mascis was touring, but thought it was last week and he'd missed it. His little face was a treat.

Naturallt, the venue was a sea of black, and everyone was way underdressed, so I stuck out like dogs balls!
Frock-70's, ophopped
Coat-late 60's/early 70's, opshopped
Cocktail hat-Madame Butterflys
Sunglasses-50's, fro the lovely Sue
Boots-Trade Me
Handbag-a Rex, gift from G
Necklaces-60's, opshopped, and 70's, opshopped
Earrings-from the sweetest Squirrel

G has had a break through with his leg recovery and is feeling THIS good!
(I made his pants many, many years ago, and the PVC is finally coming to the end of its life)


27 February 2015

At the close of day the sunset cloaks these words in shadow play

The fantastic old elm tree I am in front of is protected, which makes me very happy.
There's a few in our 'hood, and I love how they are the last to fire up, and the first to burn out.
They're terribly English, but then so much of New Zealand, and especially Christchurch, is!

Frock-made it myself, with fabric I bought in Mexico some years back
Handbag-60's vanity case, from a market
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Earrings-from the talented and slightly bent Ila Pop
Bangle-from the lovely Sue
Sandals-Trade Me

Lovely Shelley wondered what I cooked out of the Linda McCartney book...
I made:
Avocado and Green Chile (cold) soup for the starter
Mushroom Risotto (this was the only one I really had to tweak)
Glazed Carrots
Curried Lentils
Leeks Vinaigrette
and I think I did the spinach salad too, but am not sure!

This is a recent house rebuild in our 'hood-it's so frigging cute, and totally identical to the original brick home, which just fell apart in the earthquakes.
The garden is a touch OCD, if you ask me, but hey, it's very sweet, and suits the house.
It's quite fun watching the rebuilds; a lot of houses were rendered uninhabitable and had to be demolished and rebuilt. Most are not being rebuilt anything like the original!
Worse is the massive swath on either side of the Avon River , a great deal of which is just down the road from our house, where not only did the houses have to be demolished, they will not be rebuilt as the land has been deemed uninhabitable; unable/unsuitable to be built on. And as far as we know, we will get a lovely big wetlands/park....all depending. Our current government is not terribly trustworthy and are likely to just land bank it, but who really knows?!


11 February 2015

I've got something in my front pocket for you!

Why don't you give it a squeeze and say "how do you do?!"

G and I spent some of the holiday period with his family in Havelock, a teensy little town up North best known for its mussel industry, and feck me if I didn't find a random opshop in town that held only two items of interest: this divoon 70's frock that fits me and my booboids to perfection, and a Linda McCartney cookbook!
Ok, so I bought the Linda McCartney cookbook as a joke-it's so incredibly cheesily 80's and chock full of meat substitute-and then G challenged me to do a Linda themed veg night......
(Every second Monday we host, I cook, a vegetarian night for a group of friends)
Gawd help me, I did. 
I found five of the most inoffensive recipes in the book, and cooked them, with very little tweaking, to great success!
Fancy that!

Frock-70's, opshopped
Earrings-birthday gift from G
Rosette brooch-made it myself, using an old Princesses badge
Bow-made it myself
Sunglasses-60's, San Francisco
Shoes-Trade Me