Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Whimsical Windows Delirious Doors 9

The Museum Hotel, Wellington
When the nation museum of New Zealand, called Te Papa was built. they needed the land where this hotel was located. Solution, they moved the entire hotel over the road. Why not?

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

And when the wind blows

It's hard being a tree on the windy west coast.
Plimmerton, NZ

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Whimsical Windows and Delirious Doors 8

Inside the old city of Acco.
This has to be one of the most fascinating ancient towns in the Middle East (and believe me, I've visited a lot of them). Check it out the next time you visit Israel. You will LOVE it.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Eyes Have it

Aren't I gorgeous?
Wellington Zoo

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Whimisical Windows, Delirious Doors 7

The Fort on my little island, Bahrain 2003. The curator owned an amazing falcon that sat on his desk on a perch. The photo isn't digital because it is scanned from a photo I had in an album.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Lazy Sunday with dusk around the corner

Late bloom, dancing hydrangeas,

an open air desk, a peaceful place to think

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Whimsical Windows and Delirious Doors 6

Wellington Zoo

For the meme started at www.iwishiwereaphotographer.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The mystery of the lost lotto ticket

Little brother said he thought he saw it here

or maybe it was hidden down here

a chimp seems to know, but he's not telling

Not here, honest!

The spider monkey knows what we seek.

and do we detect a pelican hiding his beak?

Wellington Zoo

Monday, 9 January 2012

Does my bum look big in this?

"How rude!"

Just keeping watch to make sure NO ONE escapes

or dies from overwork

or forgets to enter the Portrait of the Year competition

Then home to feed the lions in the garden

Saturday, 7 January 2012

And the answer is........

............President Sun Yat Sen of China and President Barack Obama attended the same school in Hawaii, Iolani School.

Sun Yat Sen embraced Christianity in Hawaii..............I wonder what happened to the other President?

Makes you think doesn't it?

Friday, 6 January 2012

A question with a fascinating answer

Question. Which Chinese revolutionary, and 21st Century American President went to the same school?
Answers please in the comments section.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Jalousie not Jealousy

Jalousie is the name for a window blind. This is the edible variety.

It is a wonderful "sweep up the leftovers and make a fantastic dinner" type meal.

Take one pack of frozen puff pastry and roll out two pieces, one slightly larger than the other (A4 paper size for the large sheet of pastry to be used as the base). Score the smaller piece across to make the "blind".

Take a small tin of salmon, and add any veggie leftovers. Mine included sliced red pepper, chopped green olives, onions in balsamic vinegar and two tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped finely. Bind together with a bit of natural yoghurt / cream / cream cheese / mayonnaise (whatever you need to use up). Season and pile up in the middle of the pastry sheet. Throw over the smaller blanket of pastry, and fold over the base pastry, sealing the edges (a bit of milk works well for the glue)

Bake in a pre heated oven at approximately 220 degrees for 15 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden.


Red Letter Day

December and January, it is always lovely to hear from friends. Somehow I think most letters would enjoy arriving in this box, after their arduous journey from the northern hemisphere.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012