old roses

Black Doris did really well on Friday. She made me a little bit of cash and garnered many compliments on her fine appearance. Fun was had. * I’m having one of those times of life where the dial goes from ‘happily busy’ into ‘OVERWHELM‘ *cue obnoxious siren noise, flashing lights, general chaos* … When the … Continue reading old roses

Tonight!

Brrr…..it’s absolutely freezing here today, but there is hot food and live music at the Brown Foxes Night Market, so hopefully that will entice people away from their heaters…. & Black Doris will be there, not in her swimsuit… Palmerston North City Library, 5-9pm, TONIGHT! 🙂 Continue reading Tonight!

‘Tastes like a bonfire of recalled Barbie Dolls’: a family Japanese KitKat tasting…

My friend Emma recently went to Japan and she gave me a big bag of Japanese snack-sized KitKats she bought back. KitKats come in manifold flavours in Japan. Emma said there were whole shops which just sold KitKats! Over a game of Carcassonne, Fraser (42), Willoughby (13) and I (41) had a KitKat tasting. (Magnus was … Continue reading ‘Tastes like a bonfire of recalled Barbie Dolls’: a family Japanese KitKat tasting…

top pops to the shop of the op

Op-shopping. I have the habit deep! It’s a hobby that clothes my family, furnishes and decorates my home, fills up my gift-suitcase (I stow interesting items in a suitcase so I always have something on hand when gifts are needed…) and combines simple/thrifty living with re- and upcycling plus the joy of a treasure hunt. I often … Continue reading top pops to the shop of the op

good times in small towns

Old-timey cinemas… and the shop of the ‘OP’ … …where the kind lady who runs it is trying to find the person who didn’t get the full dinner-set… But you are a city-slicker nowadays and where you get the most excited is when a cafe unexpectedly reminds you of Wellington…you suspect the coffee won’t be as … Continue reading good times in small towns