+ one that started on friday for the mister’s birthday… paleo red velvet cupcakes & coffee in bed, lunch at villa maria vineyard café with his parents, into town for dinner at depot eatery with friends
+ a visit to the doctor for a dressing change – stitches come out next wednesday (hopefully!)
+ saturday morning lingerie shopping for me, coding for him
+ winning a meat-pack in a raffle at the pub
+ pizza for dinner on the sofa watching house of cards
+ a niece needing somewhere to stay… re-arranging the lounge at 10pm to put up the air mattress
+ there might have been a little bit of pinterest
+ and there’s always quite a lot of espresso
+ a sunday morning scouring the internet for a new place for the niece, an afternoon checking a couple of them out
+ nettle tea
+ a late afternoon nap
+ chicken for dinner with home-made spicy rub
+ eating the most amazing salad made with cauliflower, strawberry, salmon. thanks mr wilkinson
+ reading up on curing my own bacon and doing some research on where to buy sausage casings so i can make my own sausages
+ saturday morning spent scraping and sanding – a restoration project down in the garage whilst the mister spends most of the morning on the phone with hp trying to get our printer working
+ pétanque in the afternoon with the parents-in-law
+ quiet saturday evening; another great salad, another movie
+ a trip to the hardware store for undercoat and paint; then a first coat whilst listening to a podcast on salt from stuff you should know, the mister upstairs cutting code
+ late lunch at bedford soda & liquor, then a drive around some parts of the north shore we’d not seen before
+ early dinner with family at my nieces new workplace
+ an episode of house of cards
+ a date night in three parts, starting with karaage at renkon, then soft shell crab (& some fun games of table tennis) at miss pings, finishing with goat sliders, prawn tacos and puppy dogs (mini chicken sausage hot dogs) at the food truck garage.
+ a delicious saturday morning swim at cockle bay
+ making brandy snaps
+ and doing some sewing/mending
+ bbq dinner with friends saturday night
+ sunday morning breakfast at the french market in parnell
+ sofa shopping for our new home
+ a sunday bike ride with an abrupt (and rather spectacular ending) just as we were almost home. one skinned knee, two skinned elbows
+ a visit from friends, and a walk down to the corner for some supper
- you only have TWO MORE DAYS to register for the squam art workshops awesome gift of the heart online class by harriet goodall. and, if you feel like buying this as a gift for someone else, harriet has lovely gift certificate you can print out and give to the recipient(s).
- 20 home made valentines day ideas over at a beautiful mess
- lovely idea for a date night in over at bleubird. even if you don’t want to buy any of the items pictured, i bet you have something similar already in your home. swap wine for tea if you don’t fancy a drink
happy valentine’s day. you are beautiful
reading: the goldfinch by donna tartt, wake by elizabeth knox, the true secret of writing by natalie goldberg
listening: hol baumann on itunes radio
watching: the tedx talk by ann dowsett-johnston (thanks to marianne for the link)
making: roasted cauliflower salad, chicken sofrito, tuna confit – all from jerusalem by yotam ottolenghi and sami tamimi
writing: a haiku a day, straight after my morning meditation
planning: a trip this week to my sisters place for a preserving (canning) session, a trip next month to visit a friend
receiving: sit still. listen. trust
five photos submitted to a photographers gallery for exhibition later this year (hopefully)
friends over for dinner friday night
duck prosciutto on the make
music at matua
some old favourite bands – SJD and trinity roots
and some new favourites – laughton kora’s solo act and the lovely duo that is Joseph & Maia
dinner at the tasting shed with friends saturday night
an offer on a house (fingers & toes crossed)
asking for help
a walk in totara park
an afternoon swim
[weekending with amanda] – how was yours?
- i want to make these beautiful gingerbread and jam cookies! (and i’m very glad they provided the recipes in english)
- have you read gather journal? i found the first volume in a magazine store in berlin and have bought every one since. wonderful photography and some super-tasty recipes.
- my foodie dice just arrived (i backed their project on kickstarter). i think we’re going to have some fun with these.
on our travels through the usa, we visited crater lake national park.
since it’s vast and [almost] impossible to record this place with just one photograph, i thought i’d try making a series of photos with the hasselblad.
i missed a few bits, and i could have done with photographing more at the top and bottom as it feels a bit cramped.
though looking at this set of five merged photos – even with bits missing from the periphery – i am transported back there as if it were just a moment ago.