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Archive for June, 2012

Hair

I’ve just had another haircut… with a new hairdresser – because my last cut was such a disaster that… well, you know how it goes (you don’t leave  home unless you have a bag over your head…)

What is your opinion of long hair on an older woman?  I’ve tried letting it go grey, and discovered there is simply not enough grey yet for it to  look pretty – I just looked tired…

I’m thinking of just letting it grow… and spending the small fortune I would save on false eye-lashes and chocolate… not necessarily in that order…

I’m trying also, to show you the latest photo of Poppy, but it appears Blogger has changed the how-to and … well – you know I’m techy-challenged eh? 🙂

Done it! This is Poppy doing her best impersonation of the Princess and the Pea…

 

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Depot

Depot is New Zealand’s restaurant of the year 2012. It’s in Auckland, in the shadow of the Skytower. You can’t book – you just have to turn up and trust your luck. We got there early one lunchtime. It was already a third full, but the charming staff seated us on the top level (of two), near the open kitchen…we passed the oyster-bar on the way to our seats…

The tables are rumpty old planks – smooth, but pock-marked (if you know what I mean?); knives and forks plonked into old mackerel tins; water glasses are made of pewter (an idea I am going to steal because pewter keeps cold water – cold – does anyone know where to buy pewter tumblers??); wine is served in thick glass tumblers – at home, I sometimes drink my wine from a regular drinking glass…

Depot’s menu is a series of plates meant to be shared… lots were gluten-free, others could be changed to suit – the waitress was friendly and knowledgeable… we were discussing what we would eat when a chap came to our table – said hello and asked if we needed any help with figuring out what to eat…

Al Brown…

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Al Brown is a superstar of New Zealand food. He has a blog…  http://albrown.co.nz/

and there he was, talking to US!!!

We stammered something pretty daft, I think – I really don’t remember. It was one of those occasions when you think of all the clever things you should have said, while you’re awake in the middle of the night…

The meal was delicious. I can honestly say it was the best roast pork meal I have ever eaten – and I do a pretty darn fine roast pork dinner myself!

One of the sides was a ‘blackened kumara’ (sweet potato), which had delicate curls of pickled lemon sprinkled over it – it ‘lifted’ the sweetness of the kumara…

I was inspired – and came home to preserve lemons of my own…

Lemons cut long-ways into slices; salted.. lots of salt…. jam them into a small jar… top up with lemon juice… screw the top on and shake the jar to dissolve the salt (and to get the air-bubbles out). Put the jar in the fridge – shake it about every couple of days for about 3 weeks.

To use them, carefully fish out a lemon slice (you don’t want to touch the other slices if you can help it – because you might get something manky on them and they’ll go nasty on you) … and you only want the rind, so scrape the seeds and pulp out and discard. Finely slice the rind and away you float on deliciousness…

The only bad thing about preserved lemons is that the combination of salt and lemon juice gets into the scratches on your hands made by any random kittens who live with you… 🙂

 

 

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This time last week…

We were in Auckland, having lunch with people we had never met before…

I worried – and you know I’m really, really good at worrying 🙂 – over the wisdom of asking my blogging buddy Bev if she would like to meet when we were in Auckland… you can find Bev here: http://sleepinghorse.wordpress.com/  .

I put off asking until the last minute – and was thrilled – and sick with nerves –  when she immediately agreed 🙂

Rick and I waited for Bev and Haitch at the viaduct – trying to spot them before they spotted us (she’d let me know she’d be wearing her “Cat in the Hat” sweater :-)). Rick spotted them first – and once over the initial ‘I thought you’d be taller’ from Bev – lol – we really hit it off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yay!

We talked about blogging, about our lives, our families, work, gluten-free, blogging :-). There was no shortage of conversation – and we were both very pleased that our men seemed to get on so well 🙂

The only problem – she is in Auckland and I am here – so not much chance of getting together for coffee 😦

Meeting Bev made me very pleased about a decision I made when I first started blogging – that I would blog using my own ‘voice’ and not try to be someone I’m not. In person, I talk the way I do on the blog – disjointed sentences, off on a tangent… I would love to be able to write lyrically – to paint pictures of my life using words – but, I just don’t have that talent – as a writer – I make a fabulous reader :-), and I’m very happy with that.

I loved meeting Bev in person – I already knew I liked her, but it adds a new dimension to our friendship – being able to put a face to a name… 🙂

Look out the rest of you, a shorter-than-you-imagine blogger will be in touch… XXXOOO

Yoshi – on the table underneath the kitchen window… he thinks he is invisible…

 

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Pleased to be home

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Auckland

We’ve been away for a few days. Rick has an annual leave entitlement that is starting to frighten his admin department, so  we decided to spend some days in Auckland.

We have to go away for Rick to take a break – stay around home and he finds ‘jobs’ to do. We got back yesterday and he has spent today checking in with clients, lunching with a colleague etc – and he will sneak in to work tomorrow to clear some emails. I’m all caught up on laundry, so here I am talking to you 🙂

I took my computer away with us, and though I could receive emails and blog updates, I couldn’t reply, comment or update my own blog… such a nuisance! (something to do with  my computer’s security set-up I think).

ANYWAY, back home and back into it again…

We had a lovely few days, ate at some amazing restaurants, did all the touristy things… like going to the top of the skytower and looking out … at least… I looked out… Rick hugged to back wall – white as a sheet! He was really brave just to go up there, as heights are not his thing – nor mine either (I sure wasn’t one of the people peering over the edge to see the streets below)

Auckland is very beautiful – we walked for MILES – there are muscles in my backside that I had NO CLUE were there 😉

This is what we could see from our apartment right on the wharf:

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Daddy’s girl…

they watch tennis on tv together…

…sometimes she likes to get closer…

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