Friday, May 13, 2016

off on another adventure


Earlier this week we went to the ACO (Australian Chamber Orchestra) It doesn't actually matter what they play they are always fabulous. This was Beethoven Mozart and Bach. We thoroughly enjoyed it of course.


Tonight we are off on our next adventure - to Auckland - San Francisco - Toronto - that's a lot of mileage. I am luck to be teaching at the Inspiring Threads Seminar next week and be the guest speaker and we are trading at the special trading night on the Thursday. So I have packed the magic suitcase and now to pack my own suitcase. Some how we are quite organised and I have also managed to cut and roll silk laps today (oh so beautiful and I am busting to get back as I want to start stitching on them.) and even weed some of the garden.


Yesterday was somewhat traumatic. Our beautiful tree poisoned by evil nasty person was pruned thanks to the wonderful City of Vincent and I keep being assured that this is the best chance. The bottom left branch is very healthy full of branches and leaves and apparently there is good sap and we shall see what happens in the spring. About 30 years to grow, 1 evil person to almost kill.


I have done my prep for the trip - on a base of cocoon strippings so shall get some stitching done. We have a long day tomorrow in Auckland but crazily get to San Fran midday Saturday. Get it all back when we return. Onto Toronto on Monday.

Not sure if I can blog - my blog upload won't let me add photos - this has happened before but I will try. Or maybe be some long ones when we return on 6th June.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

A birthday and another trip - still in April



We came back from Broome just in time for a birthday outing to Long Chim - lucky me. I love this restaurant - hot and authentic.

David Thompson - I have devoured his two cookbooks for a long time now and have his dvd which I must watch soon.

We haven't tried the green chicken curry but we will. We had a wonderful fish when we went.

Then I flew off to Melbourne to AQC. We traded there from the first one but a couple of years ago decided that was that. I thought it was time to go check things our and I also helped out on the Wonderfil stand when I was wanted. I met up with lots of colleagues and friends and customers who kept saying come back come back but it isn't possible. For the first time i actually checked out all of the stands to see what might be new. I didn't see anything new but I did collect a few ideas for when I have a moment to think about.

I enjoyed the SAQA dinner outing organised by Lisa Walton (not the food though) and I found a fish and chip shop with wonderful fish. I caught up with Jacinta and after dinner she took me to have an icecream at Messina - very nice indeed.



On Friday night I walked to Movida where there was just a spot at the bar for me and I enjoyed a glass of red and a couple of tapas


these were my croquettes

and then I walked to the stadium to watch the Hurricanes clean up the Rebels - it was a good game and I had an enthusiastic bunch of guys sitting next to me.

I came back on Sunday and back to work. Always plenty to catch up with when you go away.

Then to finish the month off we went to the Perth Symphonic Chorus Shakespeare (and others) concert - especially enjoyed The Lark Ascending with Paul Wright as soloist.

So now I am up to May and it IS May.

Monday, May 02, 2016

April means Broometime


 April for about 10 years has been Broometime for us - a little r and r. It should be the end of the wet season heading into slightly cooler less humid times. Of course nature does not always run that way and one year it rained a lot - another it was too cold for Ian to swim can you believe? You just have to watch his antics when it is time to get in the water. Anyway off we went and her we are coming in to land soon.


 Always love the colours and I never believed them before we went there.


 Landing and always red dirt to greet you

You cannot beat the colours


Frangipanis to greet us - they were beautiful this year and so many of htem everywhere


The Bali Hai Cafe was operating whihc for us is a first - the food was fabulous and we enjoyed chatting to the chef - he did look very hot and bothered as the weather was very warm. I had yummy coffin Bay oysters and Ian something else becasue he does not like oysters luckily for me.
It was too hot to cook this time so we ate out all 4 night - at Little India - always good - at Diver's Tavern where the food was also good and at the little deli on the corner where we had great fish and chips.


We spent our time swimming and reading and had the pool to ourselves just about all the time. We knew it was time to leave when the school holidays began though.






Indulgence of painted toe nails - I have to justify the lovely nail polish i bought in New York - Good Girl Bad Girl it is called.



And I did do some stitching which I am still rushing to finish. Then the wee break was over and it was back to work.





















Thursday, April 28, 2016

Texture Texture and the end of March


 When I got back to Wellington on my trip - I took my magic suitcase and opened it for a couple of groups who loved the special goodies inside - I visited my elderly 3rd cousin - someone who actually knew my grannie and was able to tell me a few more tiny titbits. Then I went round the bays - I love seeing the wild sea and went for a walk and a potter. I found these wonderful rocks and have posted them to inspire me. They remind me of some of the work I did a few years ago on stones and old churches etc.


 Love the colours - that little touch of blue is rather special. I also love the patterns and couldhave taken heaps of pics.


 And this one - if you look in at all the patterning,


 And this one - texture is brilliant.



 When I got home our Christmas present from Grant and Hannah was nearly underway - lots of cleaning and clearing and deciding where it would go and filling half up with bricks as we seem to have a lot lying around. this was day one of planting. Love the chillie plants and we have a few.


This is it a few weeks later - things are taking over. I think that at last I might get tomatoes to grow after years of failing. Let's see.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Marching through March


 In March I went to NZ for a week or so - I flew to Auckland and then to Wellington and then drove up the coast - I love this coast line - it is usually wild and I pull on and enjoy it.



 the coast is just north of Pukerua Bay






always mostly grey and mysterious. Then I stopped at Levin for a coffee and my hire car which hadn't been exciting me, had a little light come on - 2 and half hours later a replacement car arrived. Hardly my idea of having fun.


 I popped down to Foxton Beach - this is where I spent a lot of my time when I was young - we used to be able to drive onto the beach then. I remember my father driving to Himitangi Beach along the sand and running out of petrol. My mother was not so excited I can tell you. Anyway I thought about getting out of the car - it was so windy and the sand was sure moving - I did to take this photo and got myself totally covered in sand. I guess you don't remember those things.
Foxton has a river running round the back - the Manawatu River - it used to be important - shipping and all of that - but that was a long time ago.  I checked out our house too but you shouldn't do that - my mother loved her garden. Ooh.... Not a lot to get excited about.

 I also checked out the graveyard once again visiting the ancients - my my great great grandparents still enjoying that spot on their own. Someone else had brought them white roses recently - they were fresh. I guess i have plenty of cousins I know nothing about, still living around the place. Shame I didn't know about them when I was young.


Bev and I went through to Woodville and had one of these yummy fruit icecreams which are popping up. Totally delicious it was.


 We drove over the saddle and checked out the wind mills. Some of them were off duty.


We went over to Wanganui and visited a couple of cousins and I took Bev to visit the dead. These are our grandparents and their very own rose bush was in bloom.  I also took her to the old cemetery in town to check out the older deads. I forgot to show her the Death family. Next time....

We called on Diana in her new home. Very nice.

Diana has always been shorter than us

And I am shorter than Bev - I think.

I seem to have a few for March so I will return.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

February in a rush

February was actually a busy month - it is the Fringe Festival in Perth and hot weather as well. We really try to go to a few things but the programme is so huge you never know where to start. We went to La Soiree becasue we enjoyed it so much last year. this year they were in air con which was almost cold! Can't win. La Soiree had many artists who performed last year but some new ones as well.


The son of a famous Norse magician, this wunderkind has graced the stage since he was four. Possessed of an utterly beguiling charm, and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, Frodo is one of a kind. You will never look at a tennis racquet, much less a baked-bean tin, the same way again.
- See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/captain-frodo/#sthash.rKcuNxg0.dpuf
The son of a famous Norse magician, this wunderkind has graced the stage since he was four. Possessed of an utterly beguiling charm, and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, Frodo is one of a kind. You will never look at a tennis racquet, much less a baked-bean tin, the same way again.
- See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/captain-frodo/#sthash.rKcuNxg0.dpuf
Captain Frodo manipulates himself into all sorts of shapes - crazy.


and the highlight was still The English Gents 

Then we also went to European Cotton Club - Cathrine Summers and her band  - fabulous - we must go see her again. 

The third event we went to was Limbo down on the new Elizabeth Jetty - it was the best event - slick - and fast moving and delightful.


And in February we also went to the Rooftop Movies - been wanting to go for ages but there never seems to be on what we would like to see.  So this was Suffragette - it's a good vneue.

And sort of at the same time - well it overlaps - was the Perth International Festival - we went to Monteverdi Vespers which was really fantastic.


And finally Meow Meow's Little Mermaid 
Another great night out.

So we had a very varied cultural month in February and well as all the other things one does every day.



Denis Lock and Hamish McCann are two delightfully devilish and cordial “English” gentlemen who perform inconceivable feats of acrobatic skill, strength and balance, whilst casually puffing a pipe, reading the newspaper and sporting the stiffest of British upper lips. The act mixes their highly skilled feats with a dry English wit, unexpectedly climaxing with the two hilariously baring near-all for Queen and country and in the process displaying more pure sex appeal than ever before seen under a bowler hat. - See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/english-gents/#sthash.tvj94ACu.dpuf
The son of a famous Norse magician, this wunderkind has graced the stage since he was four. Possessed of an utterly beguiling charm, and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, Frodo is one of a kind. You will never look at a tennis racquet, much less a baked-bean tin, the same way again.
- See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/captain-frodo/#sthash.rKcuNxg0.dpuf

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