A Kind of Paradise

01208aa709fa1217c8aa4419a29397e93c240eb37b_00001 1000 worms eating their way through my left overs in the Hungry Bin[/caption] 0197898c92c8e0a5afa07267274c92acbd1b5e5551 [caption id="attachment_2029" align="alignnone" width="225"]0113513fc0c856e5201ef71d000f79ef953743005d_00001 It looks more or less like the diagram[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2027" align="alignnone" width="225"]01d64fd306c39dc088f38c562bb5d2bdbddba221b0 Now for the plug in lawn mower.[/caption] 01708001b67af2e624e1c64a9948b08c2f249b6dcd_00001 [caption id="attachment_2026" align="alignnone" width="225"]01cebba1b84fa85b2743ceee47a906972a1e70a310_00001 Come on people…it’s harder than it looks.[/caption] While my friend was staying I had the pleasure of seeing the doco about Peggy Guggenheim. What a fascinating character, an enigma really. Hard to like but yet I really admired her. She was used by quite a lot of the male artists (and they were nearly all male) it seemed to me. But she created the most fantastic art collection. I didn’t see her gallery in Venice and now I am fired up to go. Unfortunately it will require a Lotto win to make that happen. As always, when this particular friend, Bev,  visits we shift and change furniture. We have done this all our lives together. This time it was the table repainting and the ripping off the back of the kauri cabinet to fit the TV in as well as shifting it into the snug. I inherited the table from Bev and it holds many memories, firstly of sitting at that table as a teenager seeking refuge from home and from teenage angst. It was their family table and the five of them sat around it for dinner. I babysat the three children which is how I came to know Bev. Later it became the table we sat at after Brett died and the table little Sam sat at while he and Bev discussed music, bugs, animals, climate change, cats and many other very important topics. I think Sam became and environmentalist because of Bev’s influence and still today they spend a lot of time discussing these same topics. 01b1b174eb1bd1ec4935ec4dd88c219df65521fd7a 01c210fdafa988dfe9bdce1067478087d44779010d [caption id="attachment_2043" align="alignnone" width="300"]018b36758cc099f45ef2c29ef24e40c2f3ecf5ef68
Now you see it.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2040" align="alignnone" width="300"]01d2cee4ef98c7d5eabde1cef3c8378d7da42c3ac3 Now you don’t.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2044" align="alignnone" width="225"]016446ffcba0b99b14831653037770df397dfb73f2 Before…[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2041" align="alignnone" width="225"]01daa61ab67ab5e747d71a0ee10b0e4eb203d6f03e During[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2042" align="alignnone" width="225"]01f8d417c283acbb24f01bf7613ba1fb47efe00ce8 After.[/caption] I’m at home for Easter and I have assembled a little collection of keepsakes for the occasion. I have also managed to develop a passion for the M and M crispy eggs unfortunately. 01aec946b0a867d1c77960e83e554dd6571de24842 010c3608fab7aaabc42209483715698a4eaea18ae9 It bothers me that I am still holding on to all this stuff. Poor Sam what will he do with it all when I kick the bucket? I even have scrap books filled with his birthday cards from birth. I am going to make it a winter project to discard, organise and file this stuff so that it doesn’t become a burden to him or me. I have always loved my little French antique bed but now there just isn’t the room so I have put it on Trademe. https://www.trademe.co.nz/MyTradeMe/Sell/Current.aspx  I  paid over 1000 dollars for it and I see others the same for over 2k but so far I have had no bids. At the moment it is squashed into the living room and I admit to having a delicious afternoon kip on it the other day. So maybe it won’t sell… 0102fa7ab65bbb22b1582add5d2452a10a32e7be2f 01949c50a361986049f66156fb9647c50463e7691e 01980ba8058dbc27ff397c67e610b3d400f14d1a96 There is something refreshing about an enforced no- shops- open day. How delicious knowing I can catch up on Grand Designs, read my book, bake something all without a shopping thought invading my mind. Not to mention the chocolate- eating excuses. Happy Easter! FG]]>

A little dose of reality

01bb78da8af3e91380dec6c91aef9a4f8e270f922d All those good intentions seemed to have evaporated in the Hobsonville Point air. Still I have a new fridge that makes ice so if you fancy a gin and tonic you know where the ice is. A positive alternative to the beetroot juice. (Hey it has lemon in it.) My book club book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. Really loving it and must get her other books, Half A Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus. The author was named on the New Yorker’s list of the best 20 writers under 40. Nigeria is so far from any understanding I have and her experiences in America have helped me get a little bit to grips with racism. Her fictional blog on page 327 felt true to me despite never having been to America. Not that it matter but here are the awards.


● Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction ● One of The New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year ● Winner of the The Chicago Tribune 2013 Heartland Prize for Fiction ● An NPR “Great Reads” Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick. It was published in 2013 so heaps of you may know all about her but she is new to me and I intend to read her other books. So much to learn so little time. I had better stick to the quinoa and not the chips if I am going to get through all the things I want to do. Such joy in being surrounded by my paintings. [caption id="attachment_2016" align="alignnone" width="225"]01f863d40f8e04615d0fc212f6f07413c368f620ad Thanks Margaret Hudson-Ware[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2018" align="alignnone" width="300"]011047ba95eba06f5500736902298c3de40c15d9ca Picasso, you may have been a Casanova but I can forgive anyone who can paint this exquisite dove.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2017" align="alignnone" width="300"]015a07de1db57f6268627eb3bf445e958c0dabaa24_00002 Tony Cribb,this painting brings me pleasure every day.[/caption]]]>


01b8c27526eb80504cfde81f083c31dfd1b85332f9 Sorry about the toilet seat, this was really about the bath which I have yet to use but I’m looking forward to it.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1996" align="alignnone" width="300"]01c9e0c433f6773495f745ed8efc7b98de0b69ff77 Guest room ready for family this week.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1997" align="alignnone" width="225"]01dee728b3bf4574c814938baf416a2021f745597b The kitchen minus the new fridge which is yet to arrive despite the promises.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2001" align="alignnone" width="225"]0117de78695554baf9b87a2aa53be087b740a2b3e1 The dining table area, The light is the same as one I had at Sunnynook but is closer to the ceiling so is more spidery and less dandelionish which is a bit disappointing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1999" align="alignnone" width="300"]01f841217de294bb437bf6fbaf178c14dba1c3098d Other guest room. I am rattling around in the place really.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2000" align="alignnone" width="225"]016d2b307c87051805b20a0a90180005b544814610 Knitting corner ready for the autumnal months ahead.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2002" align="alignnone" width="300"]0149c8afcb2fd74c73f6e2e5736d54770981c62378 The snug- which is the least prepared room in the house as yet. I am going to paint it a murky colour as this is my cosy south-facing winter reading room.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2003" align="alignnone" width="225"]0156e4fa7f2c190546bf0a11fcef54a466f4b3f71b Well alright it is a bit over the top but my own room is dramatic and warm and rapidly becoming a sanctuary. and[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2004" align="alignnone" width="225"]013335767a85865519e6485536e626b9e0b095a8b5 See what I mean about stuff?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2005" align="alignnone" width="300"]01672499809285a92993a57aaacc38fe29052809c5 I could pretend this painting project was mine but actually my wing woman did most of it with meticulous attention to detail. Thanks Deb.[/caption] I am also enjoying super fast broadband yay. The family wedding was a lot of fun and we took a few family replicas of our baby photo. [caption id="attachment_2006" align="alignnone" width="300"]01e100d52deacda74e173067fad26fd5e3a99c6705 The before…[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2007" align="alignnone" width="300"]01097917eaa143b60bf909101a39911e8bf6e22132 The after… we could just about do the fifty shades of grey.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2008" align="alignnone" width="225"]01c59124fabdb94847c9373918d34fd66bb38a0341_00001 Proud mother as Sam plays the guitar for guests and then for the bride as she came up the outdoor aisle.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2009" align="alignnone" width="300"]011e91a8691223e0ef3248d26ef009ce0f4680218f Did I mention how gorgeous they both were together?[/caption] I haven’t had much time for films recently but tonight I went to The Lady in the Van. Maggie Smith is a stunner and this could only be a British film. Americans just don’t have it in them. Beautiful pace, understated, moving, and the most incredible acting performance from Maggie. I’m also reading about a couple who have fallen on hard times and are living in a car but this version is a great deal more frightening. I love Margaret Atwood and can’t believe I missed this one. It’s pretty dark so far. Great title. Have a happy week. FG    ]]>