Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tea and chocolate

I did a supermarket run this morning and I noticed the new Whittaker's Artisan range of chocolate. (I get irritated by misuse of the word "artisan" as a marketing tool but that's a digression for another time). I thought I'd try the Oolong tea flavour, as I like tea, and I like chocolate, what could go wrong. So I bought a block, took it home, made a pot of tea and sampled a piece. Verdict: I hate it. I never thought I would use "hate" and "chocolate" in the same sentence, but there it is. I actually threw the rest of the block into the rubbish. It does have a very strong tea flavour, especially the aftertaste (it lingers still!) but in my opinion tea and chocolate is a mismatch.

Talking of mismatches, Coco won't be coming to live with me. She is a very sweet girl and amazingly affectionate considering the tough life she has had, but she is just too big and strong for me. However I don't think she'll have a problem finding a forever home.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A new friend?

This is Coco, an old girl who has been chained up most of her life. That's no life for a lady! She was rescued and nursed back to health by the nice people at the Hutt City Pound and now she's looking for a retirement home. She deserves to spend her twilight years in comfort. I've been a bit lonely living on my own when I'm used to having animals around, and I have been thinking for a while that I should get a dog. I am meeting Coco this weekend, and we'll see if we two old girls suit each other. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Contrary weather

Petone on Thursday
This is a crazy country, weatherwise. While the Wellington region is inundated with a month's worth of rain in a single day, at the very same time farmers in Canterbury are in the midst of the worst drought in 20 years. How hard it must be for those South Island farmers seeing all that rain going down the gurgler further north, while they face huge stock losses. I know New Zealand is a long, narrow country but even so, I don't recall such extreme variations in the past. The weather has gone mad.
Kapiti on Thursday

North Canterbury last month

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rain rain go away!

If it's not one damn thing it's another. Over the summer we were whingeing about the lack of rain, now we're whingeing about too much rain. And to be fair, the whingeing is justified. It's been raining here on the Kapiti Coast and in Wellington non-stop for 16 hours. And when I say rain, I mean TORRENTIAL BLOODY DOWNPOURS! (Yes, I'm shouting.) Roads closed, homes evacuated, schools closed, rail stations closed, and people encouraged to stay home (I needed no encouragement.) Workers who managed to battle their way to work can't get home again. Hotels are booking up fast. The Wellington Library is staying open for people who can't find alternative accomodation...yay library! Here in Waikanae we are not affected as badly as other parts of Kapiti, and my street has escaped with nothing worse than overflowing gutters. There have been sirens blaring and emergency vehicles whizzing up and down all day, so not all of Waikanae is as fortunate. More heavy rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Fun times!

This isn't my street, fortunately. This is further towards the beach and more low-lying.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The jelly film

Strangely mesmerising. Especially the blue jelly.

“The Jelly Film” by Jenny van Sommers - NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Who knew!

Saturday May 2nd is World Naked Gardening Day! I'll be opting out. I don't think the neighbours would stand for it. Besides, it's too damn chilly out. That wind is coming straight from Antarctica.

Monday, April 20, 2015

More signs of New Zealand

Most of these signs (and more) can be found on the Nights on Radio New Zealand Facebook page.

My favourite!

Otago, South Island. Is this a noun or a verb? 


Nelson again

Pauatahanui.  The road is hilly and windy here.
There should be more of these "ignore satnav" signs.
Outskirts of Ranfurly, Central Otago

This is in Te Puke. 
The Catlins. Look at those trees - you can tell which way the prevailing wind blows!
You can get this for your own!
This last sign, which I blogged about earlier, intrigued me, so I did a bit of Googling. It's a joke, who'd have thought it! You can buy one at Amazon, where they call it a cast iron garden plaque. I rather like the idea of it popping up in assorted places around town, suitably weathered of course.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Warrior Cats

"True Detective" opening credits - with cats!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Signs of New Zealand

I did a double take the first time I drove past the Peach Teats sign.
The Peach Teats sign between Hunterville and Mangaweka
This (unauthorised) sign is in Nelson

In Waitangi township in the Chatham Islands
Devonport, Auckland

Dame Judi again (for Janet)

I did a post last week about the gorgeousness of the coat Judi Dench wore to the London premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Blog friend Janet commented that "Dame Judy seems to wearing Indian inspired outfits a lot lately. They suit her beautifully too."

She is, and they do. Forgive me while I gush a bit. I'm not fashionable AT ALL, not even a little bit, but I love looking at fashion and colour and beautiful clothes and fabrics. I still haven't found a picture of the jacket worn by Celia Imrie that I want a closer look at, but while I was Googling I found lots of pictures of Dame Judi's gorgeous Indian-inspired wardrobe. It seems that these are made for her by designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. She started wearing their clothes in 2012 and they are perfect for her.

Take a look at these beautiful Abu and Sandeep creations, starting with this rather scary photo:
The red lippy is a bit of a shock
Photographed for Vanity Fair in March 2015

2013, at the BFI London Film Festival

At the screening of Philomena at the Venice Film Festival, 2013. That smile!
Clever clever Judi.