Thursday, October 3: Finishing off some dalek brooches for Made.It on Victoria St.
Friday, September 28: We arrived in Auckland at around 8.30 but didn’t get to dinner till after 11! Thank everything for the amazing food at Late Night Diner. I had one of the best burgers of my life.
Saturday, September 28: In further adventures of Auckland’s amazing food, we had brunch at Federal Deli. I ate latkes with really great salmon. These are hotcakes with strudel crisp!
Everything in this place was amazing. The pies! The cute minty uniforms! The hats! The booths! The space! We all bemoaned the lack of space in Wellington for something similar. I bemoaned the lack of espresso machine able to make me a decaff coffee.
Sunday, September 29: Kate grew up near Cornwall Park & as we were staying in her Mum’s house we couldn’t not take a drive through this massive green area. There were quails and roosters and cows and lots of sheep! Spring lambs are the cutest.
Wednesday, September 18: I had to google these flowers to find out what they were. It seems this native kowhai ngutukaka (or kakabeak) is a rare plant and is threatened by introduced plants, animals, an insects.
Friday, September 20: We (Kate) somehow convinced friends it would be a good idea to come to our house despite a thunder and lightning storm. (Thanks guys!) We sat in the lounge eating cheese, sipping drinks, and watching the sky light up.
Saturday, September 21: Twice in two days! Kate invited some more friends around for a crafternoon and the weather was crap once again. Most arrived drenched but soon had mimosas and cheeses and brownies in the hands that weren’t occupied by knitting needles or pencils.
Sunday, September 22: Cause two times is not enough times to hang out with your friends in one weekend we also did Sunday lunch. We all had Mama Brown vouchers to use, I love that place a lot. These tacos were incredible, especially the (very!) spicy fish.
Tuesday, September 10: Oh dear, the tiredness and pain and lack of food of the past few days caught up with me and I had another sick day. It felt like I went back a few days in recovery and spent most of the day in bed in my PJs and forgot to take a photo! I made it so far! Ah well, on it goes.
Thursday, September 12: Shark Awareness Week. This incredible wall of sharks was painted by the artists BMD. It features 190 sharks, the number of sharks killed every minute by humans. New Zealand has not yet banned the practice of shark finning.
Tuesday, September 3: Giving up sugar is mostly going really well. Today the leftover gravy reminds me of self saucing pudding and I have to eat a whole packet of munchos to stop the cravings for sugar to feed my addiction.
Tuesday, August 27: Another beautiful sunset, this time from Civic Square as we made our way to Laura’s book release party at unity Books.
It was great to see so many friends at the release party. There were snacks and wine aplenty and excellent speeches by Julie Clark of Floriditas and one from Laura who quoted Leslie Knope. I love how in-her-element Laura looked while signing the books of everyone in the long long queue.
There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.
Friday, August 30: My other gorgeous sister, Kristina, came to Wellington for the weekend so we spent Friday afternoon eating & catching up. I packed her off to meet her boyfriend at the train station just before it started to rain.
I got a bit drenched on my way home, especially after pausing to take this photo. I couldn’t resist a rainbow.
Friday, August 16: Sunrise.
We’re house sitting and dog sitting at Brendan’s parent’s place for 10 nights. There are definitely advantages to house sitting when you can see this from your bedroom window as you wake up.
At 2.30pm Wellington got all wobbly again and I ended up under a table with my boss knowing that our building wouldn’t fall down, but freaking out nonetheless. My first words were “I hope Brendan is okay. He works on Featherston St”. That’s where the worst of the damage was last time. Thankfully everyone was ok and we stopped off to check on our own home & have a nerve calming whisky before we walked up Mt Vic to check Phoebe the dog wasn’t too scared.
Phoebe wasn’t bothered in the slightest, just happy to have us home so we could play. I stood next to her during a rattly aftershock and she was quite oblivious. Maybe there are advantages to getting old.
Sunday, August 18: Sunset.
Oof, what a day! Sarah-Rose and Craig warmed their apartment and we all enjoyed it a bit too much. Sunday was spent nursing hangovers, drinking lemonade, and eating sausages and chips with Tim & Laura.
Friday, August 9: Our downstairs neighbour delivers a box addressed to Kim Laurenson, Kate McLeod, and Jason Aldous. I squeal when I realise it must be our comp copies of the Hungry and Frozen cookbook! Look! My name in a book! Laura’s name! Jason’s name! And on the next page is Kate’s name!
Tuesday, July 30: Our kitchen gets some real nice light. It feels right for a day where I spent at least 30 minutes crying in front of a stranger while discussing life. How about that talk therapy ay? Pretty good shit.
Sunday, August 4: Littlest sister Shivarn (18) and her boyfriend Tahi. We took them for breakfast at the markets and just like that their flying visit was over. Tahi is stealing Shivarn to the bright lights of Perth in a month or two so I was pretty glad to have the chance to meet him first.