After 46 days away we’re back in the land of the long white cloud.
Europe & Canada were amazing, exhausting, beautiful, cold , delicious, and exhausting.
It’s nice to be back in a familiar, soft bed which is higher than a foot off the ground. It’s nice to be able to make tea whenever I want and to use a washing machine instead of a sink and to have a shower I can turn around in without turning the water off with my butt.
I’ll miss warming up with a mug of hot wine while shopping for ornaments in the multitude of Christmas markets in Vienna. The incredible volcanic landscapes of Reykjavik and the bountiful thermal springs. The beauty of Prague’s magnificent buildings; everywhere you look it’s a fairy tale. And the beer! Berlin’s young generations remembering but moving on from past atrocities & making it a lively fun place full of good food and good art. Krakow’s walkability and the ring of park that surrounds the city centre. Budapest’s resilience and the pockets of greatness everywhere – the zoo, the views from high hills, incredible buildings, thermal baths, the market, and Gozsdu alleyway full of cafes and restaurants. And Vancouver was Wellington on a larger scale. Therefore I love everything about it.
I’ll be back one day Europe, for now I’ll try to forget how long it takes to get to you. And how much better your public transport is.
Tuesday, October 1: The World of Wearable Arts is on at the TSB Arena. We were in the area for different reasons, but it was cool to see everyone excited for the show.
Wednesday, October 2: Bikes
Thursday, October 3: Finishing off some dalek brooches for Made.It on Victoria St.
Friday, October 4: Tweet your beard’s beard.
Saturday, October 5: Happy Birthday to me! Kinda. My birthday is October 9 but I had some friends over for a potluck to celebrate early. Jason made funfetti cake!
Sunday, October 6: Turns out we have twice as many movie tickets as I thought we did! And they all have to be used by the end of the year! And we’re about to go away for 7 weeks! :/
Monday, October 7: I love it when our landlord lets the weed grow so long that they flower. Sincerely.
Tuesday, September 24: Sandwich time.
Wednesday, September 25: I had no idea that poppies come from such strange furry pods!
Thursday, September 26: On the way to date night before I head to Auckland for the weekend. Daylight savings is nearly here.
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.
Monday, September 30: BREAKING BAD FINAL! It was excellent.
Tuesday, September 17: Heyyyy.
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.
Thursday, September 19: Ribbons of water.
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.
Monday, September 23: Less than three weeks till our holiday! It’s feeling very real and very exciting.
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.
Wednesday, September 11: A grumpy fish at Mt Vic Chippery represents my grump for forgetting to take a photo yesterday. (And being well enough to go back to work today.)
Wednesday, September 11: A second photo for today to make up for the missed one yesterday. It’s a grey day, but it doesn’t stop the spring flowers from blooming.
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.
Friday, September 13: Another shark finning protest. This one featured sharks in the lagoon.
Sunday, September 15: This is George. He’s my favourite cat in the whole world and another reason to fly home to Mum’s more often.
Monday, September 16: This is Cyrus. At the end of last year I held him as a teeny kitten. I didn’t recognise him at all!
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.
Wednesday, September 4: My talented friend Amie McCarron let me help her set up for an exhibition. I was meant to go to the opening but instead had to book in to get my wisdom teeth removed. :(
Thursday, September 5: The nervous face of someone (me) anticipating oral surgery to have four wisdom teeth removed.
Friday, September 6: It’s Kate’s 30th birthday on Sunday so we hid her present in the liquor cabinet for her to find whenever she needed it.
Saturday, September 7: Second day swelling is huge. Thankfully the pain is manageable as long as I can stop biting the inside of my swollen cheeks.
Sunday, September 8: An incredible day! I dragged my tired recovering face down Oriental Parade for a bit of vitamin D.
Monday, September 9: Still home and recovering. The pain has gone, and only the annoying pinch of stitches in my gums remain. These are Kate’s birthday flowers.
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.
Wednesday, August 28: Let the Right One In
Thursday, August 29: If you’re going to wear your name around your neck go big, go shiny. My customers totally get this.
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.
Saturday, August 31: The days are longer still.
Sunday, September 1: Six weeks till we leave for Europe. Getting some more train and accommodation booking in.
Monday, September 2: Odlins Plaza
Tuesday, August 20: I wish flowers like this really grew from this tree.
Wednesday, August 21: Our temporary digs have floor to ceiling bookshelves. I really want floor to ceiling shelving.
Thursday, August 22: The life. The only way this view gets better is from the comforting warmth of a spa pool.
Friday, August 23: It’s cookbook release day! We celebrated Hungry and Frozen with Laura over burgers at Thunderbird.
Saturday, August 24: The view is pretty ok while not in the spa as well.
Sunday, August 25: The night after a Tom party usually requires a lot of sleeping. Also out last chance to nap with Phoebe who wouldn’t stop yapping till we let her in.
Monday, August 26: Back home it’s as if our own view was trying to remind us of its existence with a beautiful evolving sunset.
It’s finally here! The Hungry and Frozen cookbook that Laura spent much of last year creating, writing, loving; that Kate and Jason and Tim and I spent a couple of months photographing and styling and project managing. It’s really here.
I couldn’t be more proud of Laura for making her dream of being a cookbook author come true! And I’m so grateful she invited me to be part of the fun.
I had such a good time photographing her delicious food, and eating it wasn’t a chore either. I’ve had a sneaky PDF of the book for a while now and have really enjoyed whipping up some of the fast and easy recipes (especially noodles with miso butter, and pasta with rocket almond sauce). Now that I have a hard back version I’ll be getting into the feasts and projects chapters. (Looking at you halloumi cheesecake, pulled chicken, and pain au chorizo).
There’s a release party on Tuesday at Unity books so I’ll link to them for your Hungry & Frozen: 150+ Oh-So-Delicious Recipes, from Fast to Fancy purchasing. Go forth and cook!
These are some of the photos taken over the course of two months that aren’t in the book. Anyone else feeling hungry?
Tuesday, August 13: Blue.
Wednesday, August 14: Epic sky.
Thursday, August 15: Never read the comments. Just don’t ok? It’s for your own good.
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.
Saturday, August 17: Phoebe managed to paint the white sheets with muddy paw prints before falling asleep on our bed.
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.
Monday, August 19: A collection of teapots line the windowsill.