Thursday, April 23, 2009

We have new neighbours

The tenants next door have 2 lovely young cats. One is a tabby, the other all black. They have taken to exploring at our place, coming through the back fence. As a result, I was in the garden the other day, when I heard a bell quietly tinkling. And there they were. The tabby is the brave and inquisitive one, the black one is nervous and more timid.
But they are kittens, so they're lovely.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Feijoa Feasts

At present we have been harvesting Feijoas faster than we can eat them. Last Sunday I collected about 16Kg alone.

It has almost reached the stage where we cannot eat any more, and must try freezing them.
The Trees which are producing this bountiful harvest are really quite small:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monet and the Impressionists

Friday last we visited the Monet exhibition at Te Papa - Monet and the Impressionists. Wonderful.
One of the nicest things was seeing the pictures in ornate, gilt frames!
As there were so many glorious paintings, I thought the easiest thing to do was to share them in a separate slideshow.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time Out

We have just treated ourselves to an overnight stay in Martinborough in the Wairarapa. The purpose of the trip was so that Desiree could interview Eileen Kelly for her oral history project. But in view of the circumstances, we thought it would be nice to have a brief breathing space to ourselves.
We were able to book into the Martinborough Hotel, which is normally beyond our range, but had a cheap room available.

Desiree was quite taken by the black-and-white decor, especially the pelmets over the curtains, which she is thinking about imitating for a window in our stairwell. The room was called Henry Bunny, after one of the local settlers. All the rooms had names of settlers, and the Hotel was decorated with 'antiques' - all in all, very nice.

The evening was spent in the bar, having dinner & chatting, after which we had an early night, only to find our room seemed to be above the kitchen. Fortunately, the noise wasn't too intrusive.
The trip was somewhat spoiled by the change in weather for the next day - a bitterly cold southerly blew through overnight and the morning was wall-to-wall rain. No wind, just very heavy cold rain. Oh well!
But we did manage to find Eileen in Carterton, and complete the interview, and we came away with in interesting collection of documents to copy, and an old record of the All Blacks in South Africa in 1960. I'm going to try to digitise it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sisterly Affection

Sarah and Jayne were excited at the news that Charlotte was coming home so she could attend her Grandmother's funeral. So naturally, they created a sign to hold up at the airport!

It's a family joke, that eludes me at present, but they all think it's funny!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Iris Bryson Mulligan
10/10/1916 - 2/4/2009

Part of the Mulligan, Murrell, and Clearwater families.

View a slideshow of photos of the Iris and her family.