Au Revoir

I'll drink to that!
If anyone reads this blither,I'm off for 5 weeks to Thailand.

And so Tuesday comes around

Took G's Mum to see "Julie and Julia".It was lovely!Loved Meryl,she was marvellous.Now all I want to do is cook.
3 days of work to get through until we leave on friday for pastures hot and steamy.Hurrah!
Reading for my holiday:
"Juggling"Barbara Trapido
"The Visitation"Sue Reidy
"Mildred Pierce"James M Cain
"The View From Castle Rock"Alice Munro
"The Buccaneers"Edith Wharton
"Big Sur & The Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch"Henry Miller
A variety of random pickings to keep me amused.I have read"The Buccaneers"before,years ago,but fancy reading it again.
I also have a bunch of magazines,also various.I am lucky in that I can,and will,read almost anything.I just love to read.......


This is my last week at work for a while-G and I are off to Thailand for 5 weeks on Friday!Yay!
Thai food rocks my world,and I will indulge myself,as usual,to the extreme.
This will be the 6th time,I think,that we have been to thailand.We will be meeting up with our wonderful American friends for some fun times.Travelling initially in the North West,we will end up on the beach,with a whole lot of eating,drinking and shopping inbetween.
O joy!

Linda Blair should have won an Oscar.

Yes! I ended up watching "The Exorcist" last night, after a botched attempt with my mate Gill to go and see "An Education" (we were late after having trouble finding a park, then forgot that The Academy doesn't take eftpos). Haven't seen it in years. Great fun. Reminded me of other great old horrors, like "Evil Dead"- or was that a comedy?! And ickies like "Without Warning" and "Kingdom of the Spiders"Ew. I once worked school holidays in a video/record store in Cootamundra, when I was 14 or 15, and my boss would play horrors every day- I'm not great with scary movies, and I'm sure some of the shockers he played are to blame for my nerves!Ugh- there was a horrible George Romero one- I think- where a priest kills himself and opens up the gates of hell, and somewhere in it a girl throws up her entire insides..........ew ew ew!

Style Icon:Mildred Roper

She is awesome.
Those teeth!That crimplene!That hair!That show was fabulous!
I wish I could steal her wardrobe.............

A Favoured Place....... my bookcase!
The baskets up top hold handbags and some material that I haven't room for elsewhere....

The Divine Ms Loren

I love Sophia,having had a heavy dose of Sophia films courtesy of my Mum whilst growing up.
I love this pic for 3 reasons-
1:Look at her! She is the epitome of Mediterranean sultriness!
2:Pretty frock.
3:I'm sure that is armpit hair!!! I think that is fantastic!

I couldn't think of a good enough excuse not to come to work.

And I tried really hard. Short of deliberately injuring myself, there is no out.
*Pic from outside our cabin in Dunedin. I forgot to post it, thought I may as well as I am a bit blurry this morning and not terribly inspired. You can tell by how rugged up I am how cold it was!


Yes,I am rather fond of pink......sometimes I just HAVE to overindulge,and so yesterday afternoon I did.
Had a lovely night with J and M-the pics are really all about ME,and an aside of the lovely J and M and baby on board.

I love long weekends.....

We had a public holiday here in Canterbury yesterday.Show Day.I love public holidays.We really must have more of them.Who the hell thought up this working 5 days/having 2 off lark?!They need a good slapping.
We babysat our neice and nephew on Thurs nite.They are 9 and 11 respectively.We indulged them with spare ribs,icecream and chocolate,and let them play play station as long as they liked.That is what is the best fun about being Auntie & Uncle.We CAN indulge them.They may be little horrors at home from time to time,but they always behave for us because they know that as long as they do,they can continue to come and stay with us and have a great time on a regular basis.In the morning,they got themselves up and hit the playstation again,then it was a big bacon/egg/hash brown breakfast followed by icecream.Then the little miss and I created a masterpiece of paint,glitter,rubber stamps and stickers for her room.
Phew-I was feeling pretty jaded though,by the time G took them home,then he picked up our lovely friend R,who flew down from Wellington for our friend G's 40th birthday celebrations.Off we all went to Loburn,just north of Rangiora to stay the night at her and her partners farm.Her partner,W,created the most amazing melon margaritas and we played a pile of old vinyl,reminiscing about the good old days,and singing along with Siouxsie and the Banshees,Simple Minds,Gary Numan,Soft Cell,and goodness knows what else......I think I staggered off to bed around 12:30pm(that's LATE for me!)and G and I had a fab sleep in our Kombi,waking up to feel marvellous!!Wish I could say the same for W!!He was decidedly worse for wear,and it didn't help that their youngest child was trying to get them up at around 6am.....hurrah for being childless at a time like that!If Boris tried to wake us up that early,we'd just throw him out!It was a great night.
Tonight will be a quiet one,with a lovely couple coming for dinner and a DVD-I think I'll try and get the latest Star Trek one out.I'm not a trekkie,really,but do enjoy it from time to time.I was thinking I might resist the alcohol and support our pregnant friend,but stuff it,it's only Saturday,and the allure of vodka is far too strong for me.She'll just have to go it alone!!Well,she would go and get knocked up!
*The pic is an old one,from when G and I went to Thailand/Cambodia about 4 years ago.I was just having a scoot through G's photo file,and thought that one would do nicely.Can't have a post without a visual!

Edy Williams-HOT! HOT! HOT!

Who else could utter the immortal lines "You're a groovy guy, I'd like to strap you on sometime!"??!!
Edy is one hot tamale.Part of what I like about her is that she reminds me of my earliest remembered style icon, a woman by the name of Fay. When I was a kid, my mother had a friend called Lois, who lived in a block of flats in Marrickville, Sydney.
Fay lived in a downstairs flat, and had long,henna-red hair, and I just thought she was fabulous.I 
 would have been really young; this was early 70's.
Edy was once married to Russ Meyer, who said that although she didn't have particulaly big tits, she was a great girl.
She is utterly sublime in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", which is one of my most favourite films ever.
I'll indulge myself at other times about this movie,so be warned.......
Incidentally,Lois had a chihuahua named Hose,who absolutely terrorised me.



.....was bloody windy and gave me a headache!!
Had a great drive down though-I drove from Christchurch to Ashburton,then Timaru to Palmerston on the way down,Dunedin to Oamaru and then Ashburton to Christchurch on the way home.And I think I did really well!Got to the fastest I've ever been-120km/hr!! I had "Deathproof" flashing in my mind like a warning beacon,but it was quite exilarating!LOL!

Finished the Zelda Fitzgerald bio,and it make me sooo angry at Scott.What a wanker!She had so much promise,and he just beat her down,from what I can tell,out of sheer jealousy.What a pig! I got drunk and raved about it for a while on Saturday afternoon,but I still feel cross.
So now I am going to read "The Memoirs of an Erotic Bookseller",which seems to be by "Armand Coppens,assisted by his tired wife Clementine and her distant lover".How can I fail with a title like that?!Published in 1969,I found it at a church book sale.Where else?!Am looking forward to it!.Might save it for tonight when I go to bed,in case it is really stimulating.........

*That is the former Dunedin Railway Station.


Just a couple of shots from my sewing/dressing room.
*I had a disturbing dream last night where I was impregnated by a vampire whose seed burned,and when discussing it with a friend,she said that vampire babies claw their way out........ugh.It was dreadful.Some time later I was awoken by Boris yowling in the foyer-making for an even more eerie atmosphere.Spooky possums!!

Floral Frolics

Further to yesterday's Queenie musings,G and I were speculating that perhaps the Royal Badger is trimmed in the shape of a crown??!! LOL!!
*Secondhand dress,altered by me,with burgundy vintage tutu underneath(not really visible),secondhand cardi,shoes and ripped pink fishnets.

Queenie,how delightful you are!

I did a bit of op- shopping the other day, didn't find very much, just a couple of basic things like a scarf and a beanie for next winter, and a crazy 70's ashtray I am going to give to a friend. But I did find a book about the coronation of Elizabeth II, with great cheesey pics, and best of all, an actual black & white photo of her that someone may have used as a bookmark, in a wonderful evening gown. I was quite excited, as I have a weird fascination for Monarchy in general, particularly the British Monarchy. No idea why, but it makes for fun battles with a very anti monarchy English friend. I don't collect anything to do with it, but must say I am tempted by some of the tacky tat that is available....I have only a black & white pin of the 2 princesses when they were young, which I made into a rosette. I rather like the Queen, and would love to have her over for a cosy chat.
This coming weekend we are going down to Dunedin for a bonfire party. Haven't been to Dunedin for ages-not one of my favourite places. When I first moved to NZ, I lived there for 10 months before moving to Christchurch. Coming from Sydney, it was a cold and hilly shock-I don't like to be surrounded by hills, and Dunedin is kind of deep in a bowl, surrounded by hills and just seething with damp and mildew!! But, for those who live there, there is nowhere they would rather be! Ugh. It is all I can do to make the effort to visit our friends there!
So, I am looking forward to a good drive, and we have booked a cabin in a campground at St Kilda, which will be very pleasant. A road trip/dirty weekend coming right up!

Tool My Leather

I'm quite excited about this handbag-G found it about 2 years ago for a whole $1 in an obscure op shop;it had a broken strap,and I stuck it in the "to be fixed"pile and promptly forgot about it.....and then found it a couple of weeks ago,had it fixed,and discovered how jolly fab it is!! I do like my leather tooled,and this is sooo cool,as it is an Aztec design,and as I finally realised my dream of going to Mexico last year,I love it so much more!
So,the Siouxsie album was awesome-better than I expected,a bit Rammstein-ish in places,and generally quite modern and her voice is as amazing as ever!I got quietly drunk and sat in front of the speakers for a while,replaying fab bits until a friend turned up for a dinner/trash tv evening.
I did end up thrashing some Banshees albums,in particular,"A Kiss In the Dreamhouse" and "Tinderbox",2 of my faves.Gonna get G to put these on his MP3 player for when we go to Thailand at the end of November.Perfect music for tropical weather..........and as for the trash tv-she made G and I watch America's Next Top Model!!!It is ONLY because she is pregnant that I allowed this.I normally would not tolerate such garbage in my house!!!(LOL)Then I subjected her to "To the Manor Bowen",only to find that she has a long term crush on Lawrence,so no revenge there!!!
Now,I am really NOT enjoying "The Book of Dave".Not at all.It's just too bloody annoying,esp the language in the future bits,as I am a speed reader,and it just gets in my way!!I'm going to chuck it and get into the Zelda Fitzgerald bio,dammit.Then I have to go to the secondhand book shop and stock up.