Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mrs. Moore's House

My Uncle took me to this house that he has been renovating, it is so sad to this that this amazing wallpaper is going to go!

Mrs Moore died about 5 years ago and now her things are being cleared out so the rest of the house can be painted. I was very lucky to be able to pick out a few things to take home. By a few I mean about 20kgs that I dragged back up to Auckland the next day, I got some amazing coats, linen, slips, tea cups and a painting.

Thank you Mrs. Moore - I will keep your things well used and loved!

Monday, April 25, 2011

rice and beans

On a very crispy and sunny Dunedin day, I stopped into Rice and Beans to see Claire and her lovely new art space.

She was taking a rest between shows.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grandad's 70th Birthday

It's not very often we all get together (and even this time some were missing) but it was great to go home to Dunedin for Easter and for Grandad's birthday. I even got to get my Rock'n'Roll on !

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ugly Shoes

Well, in just a mere 7 weeks I will be back in Korea ready to walk my bum off with the lovely Kerri. Unfortunately, sensible walking shoes don't come in vintage - so I had to break and buy some ugly purple and grey woppers from the sports store on the corner of my street. The thing is, they are actually the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, it's like walking on air!

One obstacle Kerri and I have both found is when asking a Korean about help with directions, distances and other useful information, we are told the same answer, "Take a bus." It seems most people are worried about how tired we will get! Which is sweet, but not ideal.

I've been building my fitness over the last few months also. Getting up at 6am(!) to swim three times a week and going for long walks. It's still going to be a struggle, but a exciting one!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hot Cross Buns

I had tried to make some Hot Cross Buns earlier in the week, but they were duds. Turns out I should paid attention to the expiration date on the yeast.
The chickens were happy though!

So today (Easter Friday) after buying new yeast I made a successful batch, slightly charred but they had risen well.

I also know the real reason why they put crosses on the buns. I tried to make mine with non religious imagery (re: top right bun) but it seems crosses are the easiest to squeeze on.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feijoa Chutney

I'm in a bit of a feijoa conundrum at the moment. Stu and I are making some feijoa and apple cider - and I am in charge of the fruit. I put the call out and indeed, bags of feijoas were coming to my door. I juiced so many that I broke the juicer! So now I have two bags of feijoas that need to be dealt with immediately.

Luckily, I found this recipe for a spicy feijoa chutney. It has a kick, but is mightily delicious. I think you could almost eat it with anything but they are especially good with my friend Rachel's home made pita pockets.

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in the juice of 1 lime. Add:
8 freshly diced feijoas
1/2 cup of capsicum
1 diced clove of garlic
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp fresh coriander
2 tsp red onion

I used the coriander, lime and capsicum from the garden and the feijoas are from a combination of Tom and Kate's trees. Fabulous!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Greenery with a touch of morange.

Jenna-Lee took this seemingly planned but actually impromptu photo of Sasquatch and I. My new MAC 'Morange' lipstick is definitely standing out against all that green.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

All in a days work...

Guess which book character I am?
Being Peter Rabbit was very, very hot and very, very heavy. However, I had not received this many hugs since we had Free Hugs in Seoul - which was lovely!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Jenna Todd and Jenna-Lee Reunited.

Last weekend, my dear friend Jenna-Lee was over from Melbourne. This was so exciting because I had not seen her for THREE years. Which is far too long. We were a double Jenna photography team, studying side by side all through art school. We have a mutual love/obsession for Rocky Horror, Patti Smith and all things 80's.
Joined by Fiona, Rose and Harriet, we ate some basil tomato pasta and rhubarb and feojoa crumble and then started making plans for a night out at karaoke and dancing. But what happened? We got very drunk and danced in my living room until 3am. And that was just fine with us. Most of the photos are on Jenna-Lee's camera...but I have a couple on mine.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Nana and Crochet

Recently, my Nana came over from Australia for a week and it was lovely. Here she is with Jake after we ate a delicious Korean lunch (her first Korean experience!)

I taught Nana how to aqua jog (I've been doing this 3 times a week in preparation for my walk) and most exciting of all, Nana taught me to crochet!
For my first project, I have decided to make a spring coloured blanket. It will be made of FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY TWO squares. I have so far made 35. I will get there though, just thinking of the finished project keeps me motivated.