At the close of day the sunset cloaks these words in shadow play

The fantastic old elm tree I am in front of is protected, which makes me very happy.
There's a few in our 'hood, and I love how they are the last to fire up, and the first to burn out.
They're terribly English, but then so much of New Zealand, and especially Christchurch, is!

Frock-made it myself, with fabric I bought in Mexico some years back
Handbag-60's vanity case, from a market
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Earrings-from the talented and slightly bent Ila Pop
Bangle-from the lovely Sue
Sandals-Trade Me

Lovely Shelley wondered what I cooked out of the Linda McCartney book...
I made:
Avocado and Green Chile (cold) soup for the starter
Mushroom Risotto (this was the only one I really had to tweak)
Glazed Carrots
Curried Lentils
Leeks Vinaigrette
and I think I did the spinach salad too, but am not sure!

This is a recent house rebuild in our 'hood-it's so frigging cute, and totally identical to the original brick home, which just fell apart in the earthquakes.
The garden is a touch OCD, if you ask me, but hey, it's very sweet, and suits the house.
It's quite fun watching the rebuilds; a lot of houses were rendered uninhabitable and had to be demolished and rebuilt. Most are not being rebuilt anything like the original!
Worse is the massive swath on either side of the Avon River , a great deal of which is just down the road from our house, where not only did the houses have to be demolished, they will not be rebuilt as the land has been deemed uninhabitable; unable/unsuitable to be built on. And as far as we know, we will get a lovely big wetlands/park....all depending. Our current government is not terribly trustworthy and are likely to just land bank it, but who really knows?!


I've got something in my front pocket for you!

Why don't you give it a squeeze and say "how do you do?!"

G and I spent some of the holiday period with his family in Havelock, a teensy little town up North best known for its mussel industry, and feck me if I didn't find a random opshop in town that held only two items of interest: this divoon 70's frock that fits me and my booboids to perfection, and a Linda McCartney cookbook!
Ok, so I bought the Linda McCartney cookbook as a joke-it's so incredibly cheesily 80's and chock full of meat substitute-and then G challenged me to do a Linda themed veg night......
(Every second Monday we host, I cook, a vegetarian night for a group of friends)
Gawd help me, I did. 
I found five of the most inoffensive recipes in the book, and cooked them, with very little tweaking, to great success!
Fancy that!

Frock-70's, opshopped
Earrings-birthday gift from G
Rosette brooch-made it myself, using an old Princesses badge
Bow-made it myself
Sunglasses-60's, San Francisco
Shoes-Trade Me


You hear laughter, cracking through the walls....

How splendid is this piece of street art?!
A total bonus of having ones city fall apart in an earthquake is the art that has cropped up!
Out of devastation comes beauty!
G and I stumbled upon this by accident after a lunch date.
Bit by bit, streets open, close, and open again as repairs to the infrastructure continue.
It's pretty bloody exciting, as buildings are going up in unexpected places, and all sorts of interesting things pop up in the open spaces in between!

Frock-made it myself with an opshopped retro duvet cover
Jacket-70's, opshopped and cropped by moi
Handbag-70's tooled leather delight, opshopped
Sandals-70's, gifted over 15 years ago
Earrings-the divoon Ila Pop
Necklace-60's, from the gorgeously smiley Tamera
Sunglasses-60's, from my sistercousinwifey
Hairflower-Ubud, Indonesia

And what have we here...?!

This little vintage caravan shop was a wonderful surprise!
Naturally, we stopped and had a good sniff about!

This huge Rex handbag made me palpitate just a little.....
I have never seen such a big one!!!
(HANDBAG, you dirty minded trollops!)
I squeeeeed considerably, and as it was my birthday week, I made off with it-and at such a bargain price I could just cry.....
I also picked up some modern but retro looking scales, as mine had just shat themselves.

Clutching my Rex for dear life....

This is the lovely proprietress!

I can't wait to go trawling about our dishevelled streets again soon to see what awesomeness has popped up!