25 November 2012

And if you said you love me, how could I mind?



We had a rather productive and splendid time in Lyttleton with Jo over the weekend!
We arrived fairly early Saturday morning so she and G could have all day replacing weatherboards on her house, but first we had to pop on down to the farmers market in the main street, as I needed some fresh local produce to have with lunch and dinner. Once that was bought, we popped around the corner where they have a secondhand market, with clothing, bric a brac, furniture etc, and then just up from that is the weekly garage sale, with all manner of bargainacious secondhand delights!
I can see why people love living in Lyttleton!


This is the view as we walked down Jo's street.


I just thought this house was looking pretty in the sun!


I scored this hideoustastic heraldic  icebucket for G and a 1975 Vogue sewing book for moi!


And also an early 80's batwing frock I rather like; batwings aren't normally my bag, baby!


Lunch was a triple cheese flan, salad and boiled new potatoes...


Jo's bookcase.
(She built it herself)
I love to paw over her extensive and impressively organised book collection!


Dinner wasArianne's recipe for General Tao's Chicken, which G calls Chairman Mao's Chicken, rice and steamed veges.
It's one of G's favourites, and we only ever use free range chicken, incidentally.


Jo made a gorgeous rhubarb crumble with whipped cream for dessert!
Neither G nor I are big dessert fans usually, but this was incredibly delicious, with Jo's own crumble recipe all crunchy and gingery good!


Chef's priviledge.

After dinner and a great deal of divoon wine, we staggered down the hill to the Porthole for a nightcap.
And that, as they say, was that!
I'll treat you to outfit details tomorrow!

X

32 comments:

Misfits Vintage said...

What a perfectly SPLENDID weekend! The town is GORGEOUS - I could definitely live there. The markets are fabularse and the food all looks SPECTACULAR - triple cheese flan? YES PLEASE! Love you more than avocado! Sarah xxx

Frugal Queen said...

Stunning hills, mountains and coast and it's lovely to have a view of spring as we have floods and hurricanes - froogs xxxx

Trees said...

I really need to get my butt to Lyttleton one day - it looks so fabulous. The market looks so fun and also I need you to cook me dinner sometime, it all looks so delicious. Also - YAH! New Potatoes!! That's always a sign of summer for me:)

Joni said...

What a sweet looking little community. Such a nice thing you did to help a friend with her siding too. You deserved that yummy gingery sweet bite.

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Major cities in all the glory, but small towns / villages often have a charm and a greater commitment. I have no idea how big/small Lyttleton is but it looks nice. You combine colors in the best way as usual. I'm jealous!

birdmonkey said...

Lyttleton is beautiful. It always amazes me how NZ is gorgeous and green. We have had our first real summer weekend here in Sydney and the lawn is already dead.
I love your photos as as always. One of the things I really enjoy about fashion blogs is the locations shots and context that fills in the stories around the oufits. It's even better when you can virtually travel back to places you visited once - for instance I know that stand of pines where you posed yesterday - but are undergoing huge change - like CC post earthquake - and virtually drop in on something you would love to do - like visit that flea market.
It's so wonderful to connect to people living life large and stylishly. Thank you again for some Sunday joy. I hope the next post has some more picture of that beautiful cat. Is it a 'spotted mist'? x

Max said...

i haven't been to lyttelton since the earthquake. i miss it, i used to go all the time. i should get back over there and that market is a big lure x

Louise Mc said...

What a beautiful place that looks like. I would love to visit NZ one day. Sounds like a lovely weekend too. Xx

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

What an idyllic weekend. Blimey, Jo built those bookcases herself. The woman is a genius.

Carina Rosenholm said...

Looks like a very charming place to live in !
Love how you have put thoose colours together ! Looking good as always .

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Gorgeous day! Thanks for letting us tag along and spotting those sly red windowsills. Betcha G will be dispensing some seriously regal ice from that bucket. :)

Kitty said...

Ooh, looks like fun, and that food looks just scrummy, any chance of sharing that chicken recipe??? Speaking of which, you haven't shared any recipes for AGES!!!!

Devil made in Heaven said...

What a lovely saterday!
Your outfit is gorgeous and I love that lazy kittie in the first photo. It doesn't look like he was a big help. :)
I really love that view. It must be a real pleasure walk down that road.
And there is a weekly garage sale? Why don't we have it overhere in Holland. :(
That vogue sewing book looks cool.
Jo made that bookcase herself??? That is pretty cool. I don't think I will be able to do such a thing.
And that food really does look yummie! I would love to taste that chicken. :)
Have a wonderfull day! xxxxxx

Hannah said...

Oh my what a stunning view it looks breathtaking. The market looks right up my alley, lots of goodies to be had it seems. You and the food look marvelous, so scrummy! xxxx

Shybiker said...

Gorgeous countryside and it's always fun to shop and explore secondhand items. Nice photos.

Krista said...

Jo's neighborhood looks so pretty right by the sea and all. I love a little wander through any Farmer's Market as I am already missing ours. All the food in this looks delicious especially the chicken and the triple cheese flan. I would have been all over Jo's pie too! Can't wait to see more of you, loving all the orange you've got on!
Tons of love
XOXOX

Vix said...

What a beautiful place, no wonder Jo moved from shitty old England to live somewhere so spectacular!
That ice bucket rocks and I'm dying to see that batwing top, I'm rather partial to them!!
Triple cheese flan? yum!
Love you!
Vix
xxx

Emalina said...

How lovely, it looks like you had a wonderful Lyttleton adventure, gorgeous view of the sea.

Trudie said...

What a devine weekend. The markets certainly look like the odd treasure could be found. Lunch and dinner both look scrummy yummy. X

Miss Simmonds Says said...

not sure where to start! I want some whipped cream! ok, just ate some, so i want some more.
Love the lounging cat next to you. You're looking fab of course. Love the bow. Is that man barefoot? Do people still go barefoot a lot? My dad lived in NZ 50 years ago and he's always loved being sans shoes. Chairman Mao chicken is making me hugry, it looks so good. The houses and the market look wonderful, I miss sunny weather xxxx

Bella Q said...

what a gorgeous view- and I want a taste of that gingery crumble.

menopauselsupermodel said...

What a gorgeous town!! The food made me want to lick my screen?!!
That icebucket is so hideous it's actually cool!!
Can't wait to see the batwing top!

The Grande Dame said...

Yum-um! What a tasty weekend. The scenery is just beautiful. And look at Mr or Miss Pussycat rolling around having a lazy day as well!

bonsaimum said...

What a lovely looking town. I drooled at the pictures of the secondhand market.Scenery, books, food, wine, a heaven of a weekend. Lucky sod!!!!

princesspincurls.com said...

I want to live here too! You look fab as always and I am very jealous of all your adventures. xx Shauna

Annie said...

What a beautiful place. And with a Farmers and Flea Market too. Heaven!
Your food looks delicious, and I would dearly love to have a rummage through Jo's books. Fab! xx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Jeez lousie, Jo is one helluva multi-talented chick and I'm particularly impressed with her cream-licking skills - she's lucky to have a couple of awesome friends like you and G to hang with, knock up some weatherboards, a feast or two and providing you with a fabularsehole couple of markets just down the street!!! I thought the lunch looked insanely delicious then I spotted G's Chairman Mao chook!!! Hellz you're a fecking gorgeous wench - what are ya? GORGEOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Lovely Lyttelton.....those markets look like a lot of fun. And that food is making me hungry! Xx

MistressCatgirl said...

What a great little town. I love farmers' markets.Things look much more delicious when you know where they come from. Lunch and dinner look totally yummy too.

pastcaring said...

Lyttelton looks beautiful, I would love a rummage around that market, and if I could get an invite for lunch AND dinner, that would be excellent, the food looks divine!
Naughty Jo - but you're right, it IS chef's priviledge! xxxx

joyatri said...

I so want to have a rummage at that secondhand market. Lovely town, house, meal, and kitty cat.

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

I love snowflakes, so I am fond of those plates :)