Sunday, November 25, 2007

Pasifika Dinner Party for Cath and John

Here we all are enjoying a Pacific-themed dinner party in honour of John and Cathy, whose birthdays were last Tuesday. I decided to make some cocktails up, nothing flash, but lots of fun, and then we followed with smoked salmon pasta and salad, and a delish Sicilian Apple Cake and cream. As you can see, a great night had by all.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cathy's birthday

Aw, isn't she lovely?! This is my very good friend Cathy, on her birthday, enjoying lunch with me in Takapuna.
When I think of all the good times I've had with her - travelling overseas and through Ireland and the UK, flatting together in Hillsborough and Mt Eden, going to the same church for years, enjoying that amazing group of singles in our 30s - I am feeling very blessed to be her friend. I even got to be her Vice Bride as well.
She said some lovely things on Saturday night last, at her husband's 60th, and she is still so very much in love. I'm glad she remembered me encouraging her toward her husband by saying "he's the best thing that's happened to you", because I don't remember it. What a pleasure to face the future knowing we have such a friendship forged.
And look! Christmas is almost upon us. I can tell by the NZ Christmas tree - Pohutukawa - which is out in all it's glory. I snapped this on the way home from lunch.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A visit to the country - Mangatangi

Went down last weekend to visit Sean and Beverley, here on their own land at last. They are building on it, and living in the shed that will house the steam engines and be Sean's workshop. It's great fun living 'rough' for a while, although exceedingly cold at night, and an oven by day.
Ah, the home comforts of a cup of tea. . .
the framework of the new house. . .(don't ask what I'm wearing! Good heavens, what was I thinking?)
This is what greeted me upon arrival. Open for all to see.
And Sean makes an early morning cuppa, which I watched from my bed up on the mezzanine floor.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Two great minds rattling on . . .

My friend Robin took these shots of her husband and I thrashing out the whole freelance creative thing - he being an architect who used to work from home, and me being a much humbler graphic and web designer doing just that. It got me quite florrid complexioned, or was that the glass of wine you see there?