Saturday, 31 March 2012

Hollandaise sauce drama

The following report appeared today in New Zealand's online newspaper Hollandaise sauce is a staple ingredient to the Sunday breakfast at the local cafe. Bet she's glad she didn't brake fast.
A Greytown woman is nursing aches and pains after spilled hollandaise sauce sent her car into a 360-degree spin on the Rimutaka Hill's cliffside road.
Sheryll Brasell is still shaking after her car, carrying her 6-year-old daughter, Courtney, and herself, suddenly spun out of control and ended up on the other side of the road on Thursday.
If there had been oncoming vehicles, things would have been different, Mrs Brasell said.
Although "all the jokes are really hilarious", the pair were lucky to be alive.
"We just spun out, did a 360 and ended up on the other side of the road.
"We were spinning on pure oil ... We could have killed ourselves," she said.
They were travelling on the cliff-side of the road when it happened.
Mrs Brasell had no idea what caused the spin and it was not until she continued to steer her oil-slicked wheels along the road that she noticed "yellow stuff" she thought was spilt road-marking paint.
When she reached the top of the hill she saw a truck dripping with yellow liquid and realised the source.
"I got out of the car and went `Oh my God, it's you'.
"No wonder I'm sliding all around the corners, it's mostly oil."
She notified nearby road workers.
Mrs Brasell was nursing a sore neck and back yesterday.
Her daughter had commented on how scary the incident was and even drew a picture of a car sliding on a yellow road, which she took to school.
Most of the oil had come off the car but the hubcaps were still coated, Mrs Brasell said.
Greytown farmer Stuart Smith took responsibility for the spill, saying he was taking a 100-litre drum of "reject" hollandaise sauce to feed animals at his farm.
He realised the sauce was spilling on the road when following motorists started tooting their horns at him

Monday, 26 March 2012

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Floriditas Cafe Wellington. That's me in the bottom right hand corner taking a photo of a mirror which reflects the window out into the street.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Saturday activities at no 13

 Guarding the beetle in the shoe
Dozing off guarding the beetle in the shoe

Fish pie gigantus, dinner for two days.

Making Saturday Inspiration boxes for "Caravanserai" my new business. Check out

Monday, 19 March 2012

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Kind of says it all. Outside a church in Central Wellington.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Seats and Squiggle trees

 At the Botanical Gardens in Wellington

Flowers Rediscovered, Tinakori Road, Wellington

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Gift Box?

It has been a long standing joke with my husband that he never needs to ask me what I want as a present for any celebration, the answer will always be "an alpaca". A few years ago I was travelling by bus on the S. Island without my husband. Every time I passed an alpaca farm, I sent him a text message. The return text message was always "stay on the bus!"

About a week ago, this animal transporter arrived in our street. It has been parked outside our neighbour's drive and no one seems to know why. The day it appeared, my husband claimed to have bought me an alpaca, but that it had run away.......

If anyone has any ideas (silly or otherwise) why this horse/alpaca box mysteriously appeared on the street, please drop me a note in the comment box.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Photos that ......

......took my breath away. Date palms, Ein Gedi

...make me think, who was the last person to use this tractor? Upper Moutere, NZ

.. make me dream. A genuine "doer upper". Central Otago

....make me wonder. Why were the teapots chained together? Were they convicted of something,  or were they slaves? Central Otago

...make me smile. Our kitten sleeping whilst my husband reads a book. Home, NZ

.....make me proud. I crawled over stones for this shot. Oamaru, NZ

......make me hungry...Cafe La Cloche, Wellington
Thanks to Olga at "I love Tel Aviv" I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots

Sunday, 11 March 2012

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Our new favourite coffee hangout "Fidel's" on Cuba Street Wellington. I will post more photos another time, suffice to say, it has the best atmosphere of any coffee shop in the city. The Window shot is looking out from the cafe to the "under a tin roof and open to the fierce southerly wind" part of the cafe -look closely and you will see the red coffee machine and a stack of coffee cups.

Launching Caravanserai

Dear Friends, regular readers of Sparrow Chatter,"lurkers" and drifters,
Finally, I can tell you about my new blog (this one isn't going away), which will be a shop window for some products I am selling from Central Asia and beyond.
The blog is I have always loved things which get the creative juices flowing, so am dabbling with some lovely haberdashery items to start with, and who knows where the journey will take me. I want to source interesting items from along the old caravan routes. May I invite you to "drop by" when you have a moment, and I would be delighted if you could pass the link to your friends.
At the moment, I can only sell within NZ, not being set up for international financial transactions (and I also have a day job, so for the moment the business is bijou). But don't let that stop you browsing, and if you would like to drop me a note at, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Monday, 5 March 2012

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Cuba Street, Wellington.
I suspect this building will eventually have to be demolished, as post-Christchurch earthquakes, all public buildings are being checked for strengthening. It is unlikely this one will be reinforced.