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Corner View – Once Upon A Time

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Toshiaki Kato - Beauty and the Beast

Toshiaki Kato – Beauty and the Beast

I’ve always loved fairy tales – and this Corner View gives me the chance to share some of my

Three Maidens-Florence Harrison

Three Maidens – Florence Harrison

“Sleeping Beauty” by Adrienne Segur

“Sleeping Beauty” by Adrienne Segur

SleepingBeauty - Edmund Dulac

SleepingBeauty – Edmund Dulac

Snow White & Rose Red - Illustrator Unknown

Snow White & Rose Red – Illustrator Unknown

Frog Prince -Angela Rizza

Frog Prince -Angela Rizza

favourite fairy tale illustrations 🙂

Ciinderella - Arthur Rackham

Ciinderella – Arthur Rackham

Rapunzel - P J Lynch

Rapunzel – P J Lynch

Corner View – Hunger

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Mitchelli's Potato Rosti & Hot Smoked Salmon

Mitchelli’s Potato Rosti & Hot Smoked Salmon

I’ve been away from Corner View for a while but this Corner View is a perfect one to return to!  I love my food and I always have lots of food photographs in my photo library.  Here are a few meals I’ve particularly enjoyed recently.

First up is one of my favourite hot breakfasts – the Potato Rosti & Hot Smoked Salmon with Dill-flavoured sour cream from one of my favourite cafes –  Mitchelli’s at The Tannery in Christchurch.

Next up is the gorgeous Quinoa and Cannellini Bean Salad from a cute little cafe which has recently opened here called ‘Hello Sunday’.

And then there is the thoroughly decadent and divine Churros and Spanish Hot Chocolate from The Mediterranean Food Company (where you can also get fabulous pizzas and buy lots of gorgeous grocery items from the Mediterranean and beyond).

Finally there is The World’s Best Platter – courtesy of our fabulous friend Lyn from Leithfield. There’s nothing better than arriving at Lyn & Roy’s place early on a Saturday evening and tucking into one of these with a glass of something bubbly close by.

I’ve had my dinner but I’m feeling hungry again after looking at all this food!!

Hello Sunday's Qunoa & Cannellini Bean Salad

Hello Sunday’s Qunoa & Cannellini Bean Salad

 

 

Mediterranean Food Company's Churros and Hot Chocolate

Mediterranean Food Company’s Churros and Hot Chocolate

Lyn & Roy's Fabulous Pre-dinner platter

Lyn & Roy’s Fabulous Pre-dinner platter

Corner View – Cuddly

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Wosy and Friend

Wosy and Friend

Brianna and I found these two gorgeous rabbits in the bargain bin at one of Brianna’s favourite shops – Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Patch is mainly a clothing store but it also sells a few soft toys. As soon as I saw the blue rabbit I just had to have him because he reminded me so much of a favourite childhood toy – a blue rabbit with floppy ears called Wosy.

Brianna was very excited at the idea of Mummy buying a toy for herself and quickly became very fond of Wosy II.  Hence it wasn’t very long (the next week in fact) before we were back at Pumpkin Patch so Brianna could get Wosy a friend. Indeed, she wanted this rabbit so much she was willing to spend her own hard-earned cash to buy him!  So now Wosy and his cream-coloured friend (who still hasn’t got a name yet) are happily ensconced in their new home. And yes – they are extremely cuddly!

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane of Spain Daily, and hosted by Francesca of Fuori Borgo where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. 

Corner View – Warmth

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Warmth

Warmth

I was looking through old photographs recently and when I was thinking about this week’s Corner View theme of ‘warmth’ this photo of Brianna snuggled up with a book in a sunny couch corner on a warm afternoon popped into my mind.  She’s grown up a lot since this was taken but she still loves to do the very same thing – though the book is more likely to be Harry Potter rather than the Little Bulldozer!

Corner View – Homemade

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Home-made muffins

Home-made muffins

 

Brianna loves it when I bake – she’s so keen to help and she’s becoming a very competent little kitchen-hand.  It won’t be be long before she’ll be able to whip up a batch up muffins all by herself!  Then I’ll be able to sit on the couch with my feet up and have home-made muffins delivered to me fresh from the oven. Yay!

Corner View – Love in my Corner

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Love in my corner

Love in my corner

There is not a lot else to say really. I think this photo – taken on our little family jaunt to Diamond Harbour which I blogged about here – just about says it all.

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane of Spain Daily, and hosted by Francesca of Fuori Borgo where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. 

Corner View – Poem

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Garden Fairy

Garden Fairy

 

There are so many poems I love – too many to catalogue here. Your eyes would grow tired even just reading the names. But when I was thinking of all these poems – and wondering which one I would choose and how I would illustrate it with a photograph or an image – this poem by early 20th Century New Zealand poet (and novelist) Katherine Mansfield lilted into my mind. It is called ‘Evening Song of the Thoughtful Child’ – and is so evocative of childhood and its multitude of magics that I thought I’d share it – accompanied by an image of Brianna frolicking many years ago now in the evening light in a friend’s beautiful garden. The wings are a little bit of magic added by me later for an Eliza’s Dream project inspired by this poem. The project has never really come to fruition but nice to share both the poem and the image with the lovely people of the Corner View community.

Please excuse the rather large font the poem is in – I ended up having to put a screen shot of it in because I just couldn’t seem to format the poem properly in WordPress – I obviously need some lessons!

 

Evening Song of the Thoughtful Child

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Corner View – Experience

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hays Bay, Banks Peninsula

Hays Bay, Banks Peninsula

We have just returned home from a three-day holiday to a lovely little town called Diamond Harbour. It’s only 40 minutes from Christchurch but it seems a world away. While we were there we had lots of experiences of course but three of them stood out.

The first was a beautiful early morning swim at Hays Bay – a lovely little beach not far from Diamond Harbour.  The beach had previously been virtually inaccessible because you had to walk across a farmer’s private land to get there. When the farmer sold his land to a developer and they began to build a posh gated community there Kevin and I thought this little slice of paradise would be forever shut off from public access. Little did we know though that one of the stipulations the developers had to meet before they could develop the land was to build a public walk-way down to Hays Bay. So – after years of looking longingly at this lovely spot – Kevin and I, and Brianna too, had the chance to swim there. And it was as gorgeous as we thought it would be!

The second stand-out experience of our holiday was a trip on the Diamond Harbour Ferry – a little boat that travels between the port town of Lyttelton (just through the tunnel from Christchurch) and Diamond Harbour.  Kevin and I wanted to look at a house for sale in Lyttelton (we used to live there and would love to return) so we thought it would be fun to take the boat (a 10 minute trip) rather than going by road (which would take us 40 minutes). There was a strong Easterly wind blowing that day so the harbour was quite choppy – making it all the more exciting. I took this photograph of a huge container ship on our way back out of Lyttelton after seeing the house (which was rather gorgeous by the way!). The sea looks very calm in the port – but once out into the open sea it was quite a different story!

Container ship at anchor in Lyttelton Port

Container ship at anchor in Lyttelton Port

The third stand-out experience of our holiday was the evening we spent on Diamond Harbour Beach – a rocky little cove that is the complete opposite of Hays Bay but absolutely delightful all the same. In fact it’s probably our favourite beach on the whole of Banks Peninsula. We had a gorgeous late-afternoon swim and then we just stayed there basking on the warm rocks until the sun sank down behind the fir trees on the ridge above.  Perfection

Evening light at Diamond Harbour Beach

Evening light at Diamond Harbour Beach

Corner View – Walk of my dreams

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Walking through the bush Tahunanui Beach

Walking through the bush  to Tahunanui Beach

 

I racked my brains a bit for what the “walk of my dreams” would be. I have walked in some lovely places in my life – along the Seine on my first trip to Paris, along the tow-path of the Isis River when we lived in Oxford during my early thirties, along the beach at Parga in the north of Greece and many more besides but all the photographs of these gorgeous perambulations were taken before we went digital and are currently hidden away in large photo albums in our shed. I really should pull them out one day and go through them.  But I digress!

Anyway . . . in the middle of last winter we made a trip to the lovely little city of Nelson to attend a writer’s weekend and on our first evening there we took our elderly Airedale Wolfie for a walk to nearby Tahunanui Beach. Brianna was playing with her friend Lucy so it was just Kevin and Wolfie and I. It was the most beautiful of beautiful winter days – a completely clear sky, no wind, crisp air and as the afternoon drew towards evening the light bathed everything it touched in magic . So even though we weren’t somewhere exotic or romantic I think this walk was definitely “a walk of my dreams”

Winter afternoon, Tahunanui Beach

Winter afternoon, Tahunanui Beach

Wolfe meeting some friends on Tahunanui Beach

Wolfe meeting some friends on Tahunanui Beach

Winter afternoon, Tahunanui Beach

Winter afternoon, Tahunanui Beach

 

Sunset at Tahunanui

Sunset at Tahunanui

Corner View – Favourite Plate

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

My favourite plate

My favourite plate

I found this old plate at a shop here in Christchurch called ‘Forage’ – which is just the absolute perfect name for it because foraging is just what you do in a such a shop – full to the brim of antiques and bric-a-brac. I have foraged there a few times and found various bits and bobs to please my vintage-loving soul but probably the thing I’ve found there that I adore the most is this plate. It’s a little stained, a little crackly – but I love the blue design on the cream background (was it once white – I don’t know!).  Yes – I think I can truthfully say that this is definitely my favourite plate!

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane of Spain Daily, and hosted by Francesca of Fuori Borgo where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.