Friday, 29 February 2008

Le France

OK OK already! Lots of people have been asking for news of our trip to France and I have to admit I've been reluctant to post a blog on this....mainly because it meant trawling through our holiday snaps to find some good pics to put up. Turns out this wasn't so hard as I only took 48 holiday snaps over two weeks. However I did take 146 photos of French dogs on French streets and I had to pull them out in the process which made things a little harder.

Anyway, we had a great time, it was quite cold but not as bad as we were expecting and not as dreary as Christchurch in winter by any means. In Paris we avoided getting too close to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Moulin Rouge. And down in Provence we spent a lot of time at markets (ah, savon de Marseilles) and drinking red wine. And that's about it.

Here's a couple of photographic highlights though:

The Citroen showroom on the Champs Elysees - our beloved DS:

The Vasarely art gallery/museum in Aix en Provence - this place was nuts - from above it was set out like a beehive made up of 8 hexagonals and each hexagonal was a giant artspace with ceiling height artworks by Vasarely - he designed the building especially.

The best bit though was that it was so unpopular and run down they couldn't afford to have the heating on and there was just this one guy in the whole building listening to an iPod and doing some uni study (not the guy in the photo - that's Ollie who was with us). It was freezing and we were the only ones there.

But this is one of my fav photos, taken in Paris:

And that's it. Any questions?

Thursday, 21 February 2008

The last post featuring one of our animals for a while...promise.

A couple of months ago I tried to buy some new film for my Polaroid JoyCam camera only to discover it was no longer being produced. Sigh. However, I had a film rattling around somewhere and dug it out and starting taking pictures round the house. It has been slightly damaged with time and all of the pictures look particularly 'old' - for example, this one of Boo:

Then, I was reading a Hollywood gossip blog (which I will leave unnamed) and saw the announcement that Polaroid are actually ceasing production of all instant cameras. Oh dear. It's not all bad though - I got my hands on a Polaroid camera that takes 600 film so I'll get another couple of years worth of photos from that.

Saturday, 16 February 2008


It's been a while since the last post and we intended to write the next one about our trip to France,, but it's just not happening, so I thought I'd continue the theme that has developed of publishing posts about the animal members of our family. So this one's for Pot. She's awesome - she loves living out here where there is so much space it makes her head hurt, and she is quite happy just sitting outside listening to all the birds she will never catch. Recently, we discovered that of an evening, Potty likes a bit of a spanking. Seriously. Don't even bother asking how we figured this out. But here's a video with the proof:

She just keeps coming back for more... Such entertainment.