Tuesday, January 29, 2013

but not so far

Yesterday was Auckland Anniversary Day and a public holiday where I live. So, in my quest for more holidays this year, we spent the day with friends on beautiful Waiheke Island. We walked the sculpture trail, tasted a little local wine, bought local produce - olive oil, honey, lemons and plums - and swam in the sea. Hoorah to that!

The minty drink is nimbu pani made from lemons I bought up North last week and some sugar and salt. It's an Indian summer drink similar to lemonade. Some of my work colleagues just love it so I had to try it for myself. I made this recipe from Sailu's Kitchen. It did taste a little bit electrolyte-sports-drink but I think the lemonade lemons I used are sweeter than regular lemons. Apparently they can be eaten straight off the tree like an orange so probably not a good choice for nimbu pani. We drank it all, but next time I might try limes or, perhaps, Waiheke lemons.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

already a holiday

These photos were taken while staying 'up North' for a few days - the first of many holidays to come, I hope. The weather was wonderful and we swam in the ocean which I love to do.

Reading A moveable feast by Ernest Hemingway + Watching Girls, season 2

Monday, January 14, 2013

backwards and forwards

Hello again and Happy New Year. It's nice to be back.
This is most of the stuff I made last year. Sock monkeys and baby gifts feature heavily but I'm pretty pleased with what I got done. This year I'd like to do more sewing, do more yoga, take more holidays and learn to use my camera. How about you - any resolutions?

Reading The great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald + Eating lots of fresh summer vegies from the garden + Listening to Laibach