Monday, March 24, 2014
I guess it's a little late to say Happy New Year… In fact, I'm a somewhat stunned to find we are midway through March. Since arriving back in New Zealand life has been a busy blur. I am happy to say it feels just right to be back, and living on the farm feels like putting on a favourite jacket that fits just so. While we are a good 20 minute drive from 'town', we are within 10 minutes walk of the beach above. On still nights you can hear the waves crashing on the beach - what a treat to have such a perfect mix of country and coast. In between unpacking all our belongings, and settling the boys into school, we have been knocking our old house into shape, with a blur of builders, plumbers and floor sanders. And to keep things extra busy we added a brand new puppy and kitten to the mix - such fun, and highly distracting. Then there's four acres of overgrown garden to chip away at, an endless supply of house guests, and with R in Auckland 3-4 days a week for work, I often feel like it's one step forward, ten steps back. So it was timely to read this post by Denise, which reminded me to make the time to pause and reflect in amongst the busy-ness.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Well it's been a while since I've managed a what:nots post. I've had some of this list waiting patiently since our trip to the San Juan's and BC. Have you been to the San Juans? They were overwhelmingly beautiful. Remote, quiet, and oh so still. We stayed in a wee house on an inlet, watched deer wander past, and the water gently lap at our feet. Oh to disappear there for an extended stay. The last month or so has been a whirlwind of back to school things, packing + despatching our belongings to New Zealand, plus lots of riding. It's hard to believe we have less than ten weeks left in the States. Yikes! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods - here's a motley mix of things...
...I was delighted to hear that Eleanor Cattan's The Luminaries won the Man Booker
...If you're in Vancouver I can recommend dinner at Boneta - delicious!
...Here's a fascinating interview with 86 year-old Marie Hull-Brown on her career in the British Army, as a policewoman in post WWII London, and her work in raising mental health awareness
...And I found this blockbuster lived up all the hype.
Sir by D.S. & Durga - a chypre of Indonesian patcholui, amber, jasmine + mace.
An elegant, and temporary, tattoo.
Old Faithful Shop - a modern version of a general store.
A simple sculpture found here.
Vancouver's Nelson the Seagull - good bread and good coffee.
Midori brass number clips from Baum-Kuchen.
And this duet.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
I did think about calling this post time, and the lack of it. Things are pretty busy around this neck of the woods - a few more hours each day would be quite nice. Anyhoo we're off to the San Juan Islands + Vancouver BC this weekend for a week - yippee. Any recommendations for either place would be great as I've not been to either before. So before I skedaddle off to deal with my boisterous horse, here's a few things that have caught my eye of late...
...This interview with author Matthew Quick - such a refreshing take on mental illness and depression. His new book has been added to my reading list.
...Did you know there's an iPhone Photography Awards? Hop over here to have a peak at this year's winners.
...I can heartily recommend this lemon ricotta cake, this grilled chicken + vege bowl, and this quinoa salad.
...Completely thrilled that Frame by Frame have reached their fundraising goal. An important story to tell, and support of photojournalism in this day and age is a must.
...An interesting project that captures the 'day to day' of 52 suburbs around the globe.
...And if you ignore the screaming and the Hollywood hype of who he is, this acceptance speech is inspirational.
Soft light and shadows found here.
Personalised zip pouches found here.
Le Feu Marron - a new favourite.
This cover by The XX is so beautiful.