Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Congratulations Sir George

The Queen has knighted George Ivan Morrison, better known as Van Morrison. Good for him! I wonder what the famously shy and reclusive Morrison thinks about being a knight. I've been a fan since the late Sixties when Astral Weeks burst upon the world in all its extraordinary beauty.  I've spent the afternoon dusting off my CDs and re-acquainting myself with his music.

The Healing Game - one of his best records, in my opinion

Sunday, May 31, 2015

21st century vampire angst



I finally saw Only lovers left alive last night, a movie I'd been curious to see ever since I first read about it. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, it's about two lovers, who just happen to be centuries-old, sophisticated world-weary vampires. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, both class acts, make utterly believable vampires. I don't think Hiddleston smiles once during the entire movie, and the action (for want of a better word, because there is very little of it) takes place entirely at night, which is logical given the subject matter. Incidentally, the word "vampire" isn't used at all in the film.
Mr and Mrs Vampire

This sort of art-house movie is not my usual cup of beverage, I'm more of a comedy fan.  It is very slow, hypnotic, dream-like, and dialogue-heavy. In fact it's all dialogue and minimal action, major angst. About an hour in I turned to my friend and asked, "is it just me, or is nothing happening?" Yep, nothing is happening but it is riveting nothing, and beautiful to watch.

It seems to have polarised the critics, some of the reviews are ecstatic, some are vitriolic. I loved it.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Perfect seagull photobomb


Take a moment to appreciate the perfection of this photobomb. Seagull snapped at the perfect moment. Found at The Poke.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tea and chocolate

I did a supermarket run this morning and I noticed the new Whittaker's Artisan range of chocolate. (I get irritated by misuse of the word "artisan" as a marketing tool but that's a digression for another time). I thought I'd try the Oolong tea flavour, as I like tea, and I like chocolate, what could go wrong. So I bought a block, took it home, made a pot of tea and sampled a piece. Verdict: I hate it. I never thought I would use "hate" and "chocolate" in the same sentence, but there it is. I actually threw the rest of the block into the rubbish. It does have a very strong tea flavour, especially the aftertaste (it lingers still!) but in my opinion tea and chocolate is a mismatch.

Talking of mismatches, Coco won't be coming to live with me. She is a very sweet girl and amazingly affectionate considering the tough life she has had, but she is just too big and strong for me. However I don't think she'll have a problem finding a forever home.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A new friend?


This is Coco, an old girl who has been chained up most of her life. That's no life for a lady! She was rescued and nursed back to health by the nice people at the Hutt City Pound and now she's looking for a retirement home. She deserves to spend her twilight years in comfort. I've been a bit lonely living on my own when I'm used to having animals around, and I have been thinking for a while that I should get a dog. I am meeting Coco this weekend, and we'll see if we two old girls suit each other. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Contrary weather

Petone on Thursday
This is a crazy country, weatherwise. While the Wellington region is inundated with a month's worth of rain in a single day, at the very same time farmers in Canterbury are in the midst of the worst drought in 20 years. How hard it must be for those South Island farmers seeing all that rain going down the gurgler further north, while they face huge stock losses. I know New Zealand is a long, narrow country but even so, I don't recall such extreme variations in the past. The weather has gone mad.
Kapiti on Thursday


North Canterbury last month


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rain rain go away!

If it's not one damn thing it's another. Over the summer we were whingeing about the lack of rain, now we're whingeing about too much rain. And to be fair, the whingeing is justified. It's been raining here on the Kapiti Coast and in Wellington non-stop for 16 hours. And when I say rain, I mean TORRENTIAL BLOODY DOWNPOURS! (Yes, I'm shouting.) Roads closed, homes evacuated, schools closed, rail stations closed, and people encouraged to stay home (I needed no encouragement.) Workers who managed to battle their way to work can't get home again. Hotels are booking up fast. The Wellington Library is staying open for people who can't find alternative accomodation...yay library! Here in Waikanae we are not affected as badly as other parts of Kapiti, and my street has escaped with nothing worse than overflowing gutters. There have been sirens blaring and emergency vehicles whizzing up and down all day, so not all of Waikanae is as fortunate. More heavy rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Fun times!

This isn't my street, fortunately. This is further towards the beach and more low-lying.



Friday, May 1, 2015

The jelly film

Strangely mesmerising. Especially the blue jelly.

“The Jelly Film” by Jenny van Sommers - NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Who knew!

Saturday May 2nd is World Naked Gardening Day! I'll be opting out. I don't think the neighbours would stand for it. Besides, it's too damn chilly out. That wind is coming straight from Antarctica.