Saturday, February 27, 2010

i am a pizza lover.

Ms. Jodie invited us around to her pad for a pizza party, and what I didn't expect was a MEGA AMAZING pizza party. There was an incredible amount of ingredients and we ate and ate and ate. I ate so much I just had to go to sleep afterwards, my belly filled with doughy, cheesey goodness.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dog Gone

While staying with Tom and Hannah in Western Springs, I've been spending the past week with some awesome dogs
Mishko is a very old dog with a skin condition (hence the collar). He coughs and splutters around while bumping into everything with his giant cone head. What I love about him is that his mouth actually curves up in a smile and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Hayes is the most loyal dog I have ever met. She loves to sit and lean up close to people and looks up at you with the most expressive eyebrows I have ever seen. She also has a tennis ball in her mouth about 12 hours of the day. Every time I tried to take a picture of her she lay on her back like this...
CUTE!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Movies in the Park

Auckland has some lovely things going on and it's so reliable with weather that I feel almost anything can be organised outside. We snuggled up in some blankets and on pillows to Tahaki Reserve and watched "Rain of the Children." Having just had a few wines, I found it quite intense so would need to watch it again - but, the atmosphere was so lovely I will try and go again before they finish up for the cold weather.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Stu and Hayes

Looking rather awesome on a deck in Western Springs.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rabbit's House

On the journey to Auckland, we stopped at my amazing Great Rabbit's house in New Plymouth - she is my Great Aunty and her name is (legally) Rabbit. The house was my late Great Grandfather's (his name is still on the letterbox) and is pretty much left in all of its retro glory.


Rabbit is probably one of the funniest people I have ever met, we have written letters to each other for years. She will never let me take a picture of her though, I managed to sneak one of her feet. 

My Great Grandfather moved to New Zealand from Ireland when he was sixteen. When I was born - Dad was too scared to tell him that he had become a seventeen year old father, so he waited until Grandad came down to Dunedin for his 21st birthday to break the news. Grandad was actually pretty stoked with his instant four year old Great-Granddaughter and I called him Grandad Christmas because of his long white beard.

Here are his war medals, they were never claimed and Rabbit just recently received them. She had no idea he had fought in Africa - he never talked about the war.

Here are some amazing photos he took in the war, I love the one of the nude soldier washing in the desert - so candid and funny. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Last night in Dunedin


Farewell! You know I will see you again! (I wish I took more photos)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

While I was taking photos of street signs yesterday, my lovely friend Andrea was working on this wee thing:


Baby Islay spent part of today snuggled into my arms - so cute and healthy and tiny and quiet. Andrea said she never wants to give birth again, and after hearing her stories I do not blame her one bit.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Updated!

Wow! I feel great now that I have updated all of my backlog! 
Since I have been back in Dunedin, the weather has been fabulous...


...but, I am not in town for long because next week, Stu and I are making the move to the metropolis of Auckland. The drive should take about 4 days, with leisurely stops, a ferry ride and friend/family visits. Hopefully we have a wee bit of room left in the car for some Levin op-shop finds.
I'm currently trying to perfect my C.V. writing skills so I can get an exciting, non soul destroying job. Does anyone know of anything?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Plums

Stu and I had some of our nearest and dearest over for dinner and I used this as an excuse to use some of the excessive plums from my Mum's neighbours tree.

I made a sugary, buttery, vanilla mixture and cooked the plums half on each side, for 12 minutes. 


Then, I scooped the cooled mixture into muffin tins and covered each pudding with puff pastry, tucking it down the sides (one was pastry-less for gluten free Al.)


We tucked into our delicious lamb, paua, potatoes and beetroot & feta salad while the desserts cooked in the oven.

Once it's cooked, you flip the dessert over so the fruit is on the top. Covered in my and Rachel's first ever "from scratch" custard, they were delicious but maybe a bit too small!

Biddy dog watched the whole evening very carefully in case crumbs fell on the ground.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Campus A Low Hum

Campus A Low Hum 2010, this year was held in Bulls at an old abandoned school site. Three days of music, long lost friends, tents and parties.

From 10am to 2am, there is constant, awesome music being played all over the place. The most novelty stage, though less effective in terms of sound was the pool. It was even more awesome when filled with balloons.



One of my favourite, un-posed pictures EVER!

So many great activities, art and exercise classes and general hanging out in the mostly sun.

Best partying night for me was night two. Anthony, Stu and I made up the A Team and danced our pants off to Alphabethead and F in Math. 

We found these characters at the Roller Disco - which was a commodity for those on wheels and hilarious for those who weren't.

Bed time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Road Trip #3: Whangarei

Continuing my journey of my unseen New Zealand, I squeezed in the car with the band and we drove from Raglan, through Auckland and two hours north to Whangarei which was exciting because I had never been up this far.
The reason I wanted to got to Whangarei, was to catch up with this fabulous character (who is still rocking in his Korean gears):


Tom and I completely chilled out for two days at his family home - he showed me around his new dentist office at Whangarei hospital, took me up Parihaka hill, we walked along the harbour and took me to eat some delicious food.
Here is his amazing dog Lulu chillaxing on the deck:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Road Trip #2: Raglan

After the Hamilton paradise visit - Holly and I drove half an hour east to Raglan. It's pretty much a surfers paradise, and because I am not a surfer it is also a beach sitting, book reading paradise. Holly and I ate some delicious fish & chips wrapped in the Waikato Times and drank some delicious lemon & paerora on the water front, we then went over to the main beach and watched a most romantic sunset.

I met up with Stu, who was mid way through the Julian Temple Band tour - to which he was being the sound man. Julian's music suits the Raglan lifestyle perfectly.
We then spent the next few days lounging, beaching, coffeeing, BBQing, trying to catch crabs and being eaten by sandflies.