I had a quick meeting at the University Staff Club at 5pm the other day - and I wish I had more meetings out there. It is set in a beautiful old house, with a dynamite beer selection, idyllic gardens with river border, and packed wtih intellectuals. Lots of thought going on out there!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Jeepers - we held a nice concert in Hagley Park on Saturday. Nice, as in I wasn't scared of the crowd. It pretty much consumed me for 6 weeks, but was worth the while...with a good crowd of 140,000 turning up to some classic old school (and a few new school) NZ bands playing for 8 hours. ChCh was treated, and loved it, and it really felt like we Banded Together and forgot the shakes (which were going on when everyone was shaking themselves, but nothing over a 3.5).
Check out the grannies below waiting for the Bats' set.
Stewie from Family Guy was there. It was that kind of gig.
My friend got confused for Dane Rumble. Dane (if you didn't know) is a NZ teenage heart throb. I didn't know that till Band Together. He's on the right.
And along with the new, and 'pop', we had the old, and 'Pop' - 'pop until you almost drop - but you've still got it in you to keep people smiling'. Ray Colombus (He's a Mod circa 1960 and Jordon Luck, Exponents, still playing at a summer pub near you) were dynamite and generous, and full of 'pow'. The NZ music industry came together and it was great day for Canterbury. Big Ups!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It has been a crazy month of work, new friendships, neglecting the dog, dodging earthquakes...but I've had some absolute highlights so have 'tumbled' them here...
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
We had our Wellington distributor down for the weekend, (Jeff), with this his hilarious wife Tanya. They came out to Black Estate, and we made a casual lunch - eating up at the tractor shed, sitting in the sun, tasting the wines with...
...salmon, rocket and horseraddish cream baguettes, and cheese, chutney and green leaf ciabbatta finger sammies.
Then Pen litterally 'whipped up' an apple cake for dessert with tea.
Sylvia, my niece, devoured a bag of jellybeans whilst climbing all over the wine cases. Pig in Mud!
We have one more week left of working in our temp offices at Sockburn Service Centre. Here is a post of the food offering across the road (think double lane Main South Road - with a service lane for workers to pull up and grab something to eat). Its not somewhere to saunter in the sun.
This is my most popular choice so far - have had it twice now. The 'meat' and pickle sandwhich from the Sockburn bakery. At $3.20 its the best value 'tie you over for lunch' deal of the lot.
Next door to the bakery is a pretty good Persian takeaway. With these Piroski (like a samosa - vege or mince) sitting pretty in the pie warmer. $3.00.
Home made Persian Coconute Slice (as the sign says)...
And Persian Baklava that looks pretty similar to other Baklava. But looks lovingly made by the wife of the man who runs the grill for the souvlakis!
Whilst back at the bakery, I have been most smittened by the baking selection - the colour and the value have blown me away!
More than once have CCC Events staff been seen with the non-cream version of this - for a mere $2.00 a lamington (steal)! And only 20c for cream (and jam)!
I've included the lolly cake cos its so weird, but strangely iconic in NZ. I never really got into it as a kid. I guess its never too late to start.