NO 2 - In for the long haul
all the hype and emphasis on our recent wedding it is fitting to
make the migration to the other end of the continuum. Today we hear
a lot about the too-ing and fro-ing of 'relationships' the ebb and
flow and perhaps not enough weather those for the long haul or are
fortunate enough for a variety of reasons.
weekend we celebrated with our closest friends 35 years of marriage.
It seems like such a long time, yet we all feel young, excited about
life, and looking forward to another 30 or so. To say the
intervening years have been all beer and skittles would be to gloss
over what life dishes up to you and under rate the times we have
had. Still in the absence of being able to find a date this year to
share a weekend during summer we headed off to The White
House where we had had a night of laughs, fun, memories and
planning for times ahead. We even co celebrated our day with Chinese
New Year fireworks on the harbour.
on the theme of love , Feb being the traditional celebration of
Valentines - have a special dinner, pop a love note in the lunch box
of your darlings, write a love note in a beautiful card., or just
take the time to say you are special to me and I love having out in
my life. Valentine's day need not be restricted to the person who
shares your life expand it to include all your special people ,
Mums, Dads, brothers, sisters and most of all your darling children
and friends. It's always great to have an excuse to cook a special
dinner so whip up some treats and goodies. For me a simple salad, a
fresh tomato tart and halo mi, a shrimp or two you can't stray too
far from a taste treat. Quoil the jewelery store - a jewel itself
have love based treats in its latest exhibitions Aroha.
is a magic about the night sky and if you pardon the pun, love is a
universal thing. Not to be left out and offering a special treat for
grown-ups on Valentines Day The Carter Observatory if offering a Here comes the Sun night next Thursday as a
special way the celebrate. The Film Archive has a week of treats. The Island Bay Festival features on Wednesday
and later in the week Thursday is Tying the Knot and on the 24th the fabulous Second Hand Wedding.
new darling daughter in law discovered a new stitch idea and I have
had great fun firstly making it for my stitch group secret Santa and
latterly for the 35th anniversary prezzies. Cross stitched bus
blinds - made with the locations, dates and or descriptors to salute
your person or occasion. I love them, to set the ball rolling go the
the Stitch Smith.
the year marches on here we are well into February and Christmas
barely seems over. If good fortune shines on us we will enjoy a late
summer. I have always had in my mind to organise a picnic of all our
dear friends and families one summer Sunday. I haven't been quite
that organised but have managed to kick off just a family version.
Going back to simple pleasures and enjoying each others' company is
under rated. I am looking forward to our picnic.
The Phoenix is turning into one of the summer
success stories and a great way to finish the weekend. The games are
conveniently;y timed to give you most of your day but early enough
to make it a family event I enjoy a good cheers and a late afternoon
yellow treat. For great Today the Phoenix remembered one of their
owners Wellington's son Lloyd Morrison.
the years Wellington's Fringe Festival has almost become
mainstream. It runs alongside and as a warm-up act for the 'big'
festival. I feel it more than stands on its own feet and plenty of
gems are tucked away inside its programme.
main bill is gradually warming up, I have a few tickets for it, but
there doesn't seem to be the same hype aroundthe Festival this
year. We always have a family trip and this year it's Cicensus I am
filling this out with mainly NZ acts Peninsular, The Topp Twins and
Tu. I have a couple of Writers and Readers tickets but have yet to
commit. Again the NZ options look good, though I do have the key
notes Tim Flannery and Thomas Friedman. Also the HIgh Tea treat with
Selina Hastings. I will be at the front of the queue forKate Grenville though. Her recent title The Secret River and Searching for the
Secret River have been some of my past few years reading
highlights. I have just bought Sarah Thornhill following on from
these. Take a dip into those pages,
am off up to Auckland in a week or so, sadly I will just miss Love is a Street Fight which look great - on at
Basement in Auckland later this week. Big LIttle City has a ton on ideas for those
north of the Bombays to celebrate with their
South indeed NZ is still wrestling with Christchurch's recovery.
People are resilient and life continues through thick and thin. A
gem of an idea is the relief concerts the next one is this
Wednesday featuring British 'cellist and pianist Léonie
Adams and Michael
to start another week, I am going to try and see the movie Like
Crazy (well recommended) and keep whizzing through The
Street Sweeper and hoping to get my hands soon on the new
Bruce Springsteen CD I have my Valentine parcels all
wrapped up and shall continue to have a great
celebration brings together the wonderful things that can make up
your lives, the test of time is a good test and and always whatever
comes your way, who you share it with is important and whatever life
does dish up - love may still be your greatest
Ginger and Quinoa Salad
quinoa, 3 skinless chicken breasts. olive oil, S&P, 3 tomatoes,
3 tabspns grated ginger, spinach leaves, 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley,
juice and zest 2 lemons.
quinoa (about 15 mins) drain and cool. Bake chicken breasts in the
oven with a little olive oil. Core and dice the tomatoes, Mix all
the ingredients in a bowl and season before
500g skinned snapper, 1 onion, ¾ cup lemon juice,
6 Radishes, 2 stalks celery, 2 -3 spring onions, salt and ground
Cut the fish into 2 cm cubes. Peel and slice the ion,
place fish lemon juice in a china or glass bowl and coat evenly.
Cover and leave for 12 hours. Drain and but reserve the
liquid.Washed vege and chop up, mix in with fish and toss in