A summer Christmas, cookies and a French family

01b090790dda1852113ebb77be10ab1dfca0517908 01b5836482cbd24aabe6411b2db3d0c25f809a5f7d 01e3d448f406ec9bbde5b5d108a72924be29912720 01fd2bf9ff951316bcc9ba4102548ac86c372d469e 019fe2b675ddcd552ac316804e86ed834fbcf27ad0 013025665bee5180166f7b1a8db3647491a907c6c7 After the big day I have been kicking back and doing fun stuff. Yesterday I found the idyllic beginner’ golf course at Maxwell’s. They do a fine snapper and salad lunch too. http://www.maxwellsgolf.co.nz/ It was boiling hot but they had lots of shade trees and it was more like walking in a large garden. My son came along and hasn’t played golf since he was about 12 and annoyingly played very well 🙂 01eff50a5ae389230121722082567b1c26ec2dba53 0186e2156558b7d14c50bce73a2e039a7d6d482775 012029b12f894cb612e1ad0b5d2c58defe07815300 Kaye Maxwell is the owner and coach so if any of you out there want to do a group lesson with me let me know. After the lesson you get a free round of golf i think. I’ve tried to do a bit of walking to wear off the chocolate and pudding and went with  friend to a lovely waterfall in the middle of the city. It’s called Oakley Creek but I was sad to read it is too polluted to swim in. it is a lovely shady walk though. http://waterfalls.co.nz/waterfalls-by-region/80-new-zealand-waterfalls/north-island/auckland/214-oakley-creek-falls 01f15feabec943414bd07ada12936887dc1e28e4c3 If you are looking for a perfect post- Christmas movie look no further than The Belier Family. It is a tried and true formula but beautifully done and just a charming way to spend a few hours.  If you want to escape the sun then this is a goodie. If reading is your thing I was given the book below and am about halfway though. It is the sort of book you can just dip in and out of but I methodically started at the beginning with the forward by John Campbell.   cp-Tell-You-What They are short non-fiction essays and not the sort of thing I would normally go for as I am a fictional kind of gal but i have been really enjoying them. The most recent one I read was a simple story of a woman who had put a family ring into the jewellers just before the earthquake in Christchurch and thought it was gone forever and of how she eventually retrieved it. I think I have covered everything one should be doing right now 🙂 -baking, eating, reading, walking and movie-going. Take care out there, I am compelled to read the news and then bitterly regret it as I ruminate over the drownings, accidents and the way Christmas will be ruined forever for some. I’ll leave you with a picture of my Christmas in France 2 years ago when all was cold and dark but still lots of fun. Everyone in a little village near St Emillion has a nativity scene lit up in their windows. They are all different and it was lovely to wander along the cobbled streets and look at them. IMG_4439 IMG_4440 IMG_4452 Oh and my usual note to self ….. 01838af983627ff0077c9ca2bf2783addced1063f3 Looking forward to the changes 2016 will bring for us all. FG]]>

Christmas Projects

01014f3a67691d21e1651615ee50b05f66a5b35bd5 015f4203c0e36019c4cfb871a64866448c411213ff [caption id="attachment_1903" align="alignnone" width="225"]0109512f3d253d51eca2544c6f4a40160a59daced0 The walkway is wide and smooth so is suitable for bikes, walking, scooters and so on.[/caption] 01c9c6f525d2286f0e9bd639f5647bec52367a43c0 01b28db14eb033bdc34179553e94e60d9f86045e5e After reading about Annie Sloane paints and getting all of the books out of the library, I finally got around to giving it a go. This is my first attempt with a little help from my friend. I used a bedside cabinet I picked up somewhere when I was flatting over 40 years ago. I seem to accumulate a load of tat and second hand stuff. I’ve missed Kirstie’s Handmade this year for inspiration.  The paint is as Annie Sloane claims- just slap it on, no sanding, preparatory work and so on. I’ve only waxed the top as it is expensive and I intend to redo my dining room table with it when I move to HP. This kind of painting is instant gratification as it dries really quickly and it doesn’t seem to matter what you do with the brush. Now of course, I want to go mad and paint everything I own. Duck egg blue naturally. 01a4dc2e592c5e2ef36aa3ea51a76a85a2c45de7cd 01a6e0a50b12c0826060d4c17d43564196511a9f01 011e4c4ef7ff578621e4b5de5a0651f98595cb5fd4 0190d46c9b64cd2e841296cf8fdeac813e72e0a45f I’ve pretty much finished my meagre Christmas shopping but am thinking about scrumptious vegetarian dishes for my son and other vegos for Christmas Day. Any suggestions for recipes are really welcome please. FG]]>

Love envy

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] Fleur Adcock[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="443"] Peter Bland[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="194"] Kevin Ireland[/caption] And wow, good poetry is very sexy! Peter Bland’s wife is now dead and he writes so beautifully about her and the emptiness without her. Expecting miracles in memory of my wife Living without you… Is a daily exile, Although I could cop out And swear you’re always here- which of course is true. But today I’m not discussing a haunting. What I’m missing is the living you I took so mercilessly for granted, The one who would wake To put on beauty Much as the day puts on dawn. Living without you I keep The distance between us as free of daily clutter As I can. In that Great emptiness I’m expecting miracles To take place Of where you came and went. Peter Bland This is just the tip of a wonderful iceberg. Buy the book, it is all very readable and poets get such poor press sales. Kevin Ireland’s wife is very much alive. I think she was the envy of many women in the room. I know I would loved to have been loved into old age like this. The title of his poem is Epithalamium and I had to look it up

  1. a song or poem celebrating a marriage.
     for Janet
    Let’s celebrate a mystery solved:you have
    made me aware that I’m here for love, fun
    romance,warmth,dazzling chat and, of course,
    for the glorious food and wine. The list goes
    on and on. It’s the whole deal-including
    the gorgeous intimacy that grips me all over-
    it’s even inside me. I breathe wife in and out,
    and there’s the friendship and the thrill.
    I now know I was born for the buzz of it,
    for that’s what fond words do. Only you can
    make it real. Each time I reach into a pocket
    I find you’ve slipped me the time of my life.
    Kevin Ireland
Buy the book! It was a stunning evening, all free (koha) but I just had to buy four books of poetry. It was in Bookmark, a bookstore in Devonport. [caption id="attachment_1883" align="alignnone" width="300"]0134b341abe833a2bfc21bee11210e1e1e7fe6d786 Jam packed but enthralled[/caption] 017f31b0e6e77081e8e4a1874bb79a6a4fd0c3f117_00001 Amanda Eason hasn’t published a new book yet but keep an eye out as I am sure she will be doing so in the near future. On a less uplifting, but quite practical note, my little house has a kitchen! 01c772d8f6dd8e1a70e9ee8cee7f1908d4ba337859 012ba1bacd6239f3e56f1a42de412a23dd633e0fc5 012c22d1ca2a2493bb5ac6637703420ab70f523604  0102914dfcf9b3ef67820bdd7db42d8923386cdddc It is frustrating not being able to choose colours and wiring placement etc. but I guess that’s why the cost is kept down. However, I’m not 80 yet and grateful for that, so no use being envious so I’m trying to take the advice below: 013dcfb6f8d722d72091c8af974cd4387e718b69dd And because its the silly season, Maggie is dressed appropriately… 01de11d8ff2191a74cb5b5adcbbdf400fb8d9fb001 Have a good weekend, FG

A boy in blue, a woman with a red face and at least one shade of gray.

The crisis was soon over and fortunately my companion had a clean driving record, so little boy blue allowed us to take a photo. There were a number of inappropriate comments subsequently, about him being her Christmas present.     I have just been on another little trip; flying to Christchurch and then driving with my sister to Dunedin. I just had time to stay over with a friend whose talent is sewing. she has just made this gorgeous little number for her grand daughter. 01b0ef11c8d5e298fac3acd9ed8799a1e50ceed2ca My sister is also great at sewing and she reminded me that it took her a whole year to save up for her machine which she still uses. I was a complete klutz but I am tempted to buy one now that they are so cheap. However, I suspect it might end up where all those Exercycles end up-cash converters.  I like to think that with some help I could make cushions, lavender bags and aprons so watch this space. Also at my friend’s I took this photo to remind myself how lovely a thing a couple of peonies, some lemons and a glass of wine can be. 01bf1b17940a6dd9f5025581b98170f2e56f7c2905 not to mention a brandy snap and a nice cup of tea in a beautiful cup! 01e3ba0ea82fe3e6a55aa2c715d6c3a4af627fc288 01121ba16c3afce82af048093a81f6e43ac02a72a9 I was born in Dunedin and I went to visit a close friend whose birthday is coming up. It was great, we meandered in the hot sun through Ashburton and Timaru and stopped at Oamaru for a spot of lunch and a bit of an explore. [caption id="attachment_1858" align="alignnone" width="300"]016296b3a43cdac55db7e80fba5fa58f427df0e4df I fell in love with this beautiful goat in an Oamaru antique store. Apparently she would have once had leather ears.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1842" align="alignnone" width="300"]01deb3f266cfb438b79c164dc5ec77255399561915 There were lots of little hide away shops to faff about in.[/caption] 0116702f381ddbcff6135da5f7eff3dfd245ea4ad9 [caption id="attachment_1839" align="alignnone" width="300"]01da156d575442860c454bab33db8274aeafd94492 Oamaru by the sea on a beautiful day.[/caption] 0127357e9b1cdfe4f8991f1d6f8ca17ca718d92d6b [caption id="attachment_1862" align="alignnone" width="300"]0163618463cd8e0b18dbcda761adc167aa4ced02c1 The old quarter is really worth spending some time in.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1844" align="alignnone" width="300"]010af7114773a6558d2817bbf9d5ac9261ca58c4ab The steam punk cafe-The Galley[/caption] My friend has known me for 45 years and has always been a huge part of Sam’s life so it was fun discovering paintings he had done as a little boy. [caption id="attachment_1864" align="alignnone" width="225"]019fb68716d68a8b3bc9b639d46b4793b99680c178 Self portrait-possibly worth millions in the years to come.[/caption] it is strange visiting one’s home town-there are many memories and landmarks, places where significant things happened. I was trying to picture myself living there again. We visited the local early settlers’ museum, Toi Tuhttp://www.toituosm.com/ and you know you are getting old when some of the things in there were in your own home. As I was walking around I heard a video playing of Alison Holst with her distinctive voice. [caption id="attachment_1854" align="alignnone" width="225"]0160c5ff4f649ad793b04ae5c9b33f0fde1ad5c5f5 I didn’t ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a tram but I’m pretty sure I rode in this trolley bus.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1845" align="alignnone" width="225"]012d67b0a400c1d6a878743466ae2474c623463eee It was a pity that we were short of time as I could have spent a few more hours here.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1840" align="alignnone" width="225"]01ddd41c07f5d48ef3ba43ce01b4cc6f6142563aa2 I lived in Roslyn all my young life.[/caption] 0117c0fd10220e7219e388a40e538d0af91a4f26d7 Back in Auckland, the development partners for The Landing at Hobsonville Point have been announced. It is no surprise that it is  Willis and Bond as they did the Wellington waterfront and the Wynyard Quarter here in Auckland. It won’t get started until mid 2016 and take at least five years but it is going to look fabulous. Below are just the first very broad brush stroke plans. [caption id="attachment_1869" align="alignnone" width="300"]0171775c398d300ee6618b85347e8d56814607d579 The farmers’ market will move back towards the steps and have some more outside stalls under market umbrellas.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1868" align="alignnone" width="300"]0181ca39abf08185a8979c903288f4e95603327ccb The current farmers market will have a mezzanine level over some of it but retain the structure and feel of the previous airforce use.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1866" align="alignnone" width="300"]012fbf2c5528d967dd0cd9475544cfcf360a42b245 The cafe in the fabric bay will possibly be the first thing to go in and have outside seating looking towards the harbour and ferry.[/caption] 0169ebcea1f649c5513633831d3ecbb07f16d7d868   [caption id="attachment_1865" align="alignnone" width="300"]01ddf81bf7130d025d7e58a0563425f786a75a4125 The stretches of macadam will go and be replaced by small plazas with a village feel to them.There will also be high end apartments here.[/caption] My Project Grey is well underway and by the time I have another close shave just before Christmas I will be completely grey. I’ll see if people start giving me a seat on the bus or offering me incontinence pants at the supermarket before I revert to colouring it again. Tonight I am going to the movie Youth which has had a Have a good weekend FG              ]]>