Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Greetings earthlings

I smiled when I saw this thing out behind Christchurch Airport. Not an alien spacecraft but a Finnish Futuro house made in the 1960s. It was sitting derelict and faded amongst a paddock full of relocated farm houses. The internet tells me there's less than 100 in the world. What is it doing here?

Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Show

Saturday was a big day for Lil and Matt - it was the annul Northern A & P show. We had 3 entries in. I entered some homemade marmalade and a hand knitted toy, and I'm proud to say my marmalade won!

My knitting on the other hand, came fourth out of four. Ah well. Mine is the little Suffolk lamb:

Matt entered a special men only section - Vegetable Animal. He made a lion out of a butternut pumpkin:

.. and came first! The competition was fierce though, check out the other entries:

I particularly liked the cauliflower sheep entered by a local farmer:

If you're wondering what calibre of prize is offered for such feats of craft and homemaking, well I was awarded $4, and Matt is still waiting for his prize.

Friday, 5 October 2007

Les concerts a emporter

I don't know much about anything, but I do know that this is the best thing since the croissant: Indie bands performing in the streets of Paris. Take a look at Grizzly Bear's The Knife and the kids dancing to Menomena. Brilliant.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

20,000 clicks in a goddess

In 1955 it looked like it had fallen from the sky, but for us the Citroen DS has been suprisingly practical transport in the six months we've owned one. It has been reliable, always enjoyable and not too weird. Well, it's a little weird: the brake pedal looks like a mushroom and the car rises before it will take off and squats when parked. Inside is a huge red velour lounge suite and a gangly single-spoke steering wheel. But otherwise it's pretty normal for a car from the future. We really love it. Thank you France.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007


It has been stormy and cold all day, but then the rain stopped and there was a brief period of sunshine. The cows in the front paddock soaked it up - check out the one in the middle - totally flat out.

Cows love sun. I love cows. But not the one that backed it's back end up against a steel pole while my arm was stuck in the middle. No way. This was the result:

Which is why I'm at home posting blogs in the middle of the week.


Last weekend was Snap-Shot-City, a worldwide photographic treasure hunt that we participated in. Basically you wander the streets taking photos under certain themes. Then you load them online and sit back and party while checking out what everyone else around the world has come up with. Fun was had by all, we partied at Cartel. I would post some of our photos, but you can check them all out at www.snap-shot-city.com