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Posts Tagged ‘Corner View’

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 – 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. 

Corner View – Taste

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Waffles with strawberries

Waffles with strawberries

Taste!! What a fabulous theme. We’ll start with breakfast . . . we went through a phase a year or so ago of having waffles on Sunday morning.  We used to have them with stewed berries and/or maple syrup. Delicious.  We’re on a pancake kick at the moment but looking at this photograph I may be tempted to revisit the waffles again! Now where did I put my waffle iron??

Homemade Rhubarb Cordial

Homemade Rhubarb Cordial

Then we’ll move on to morning tea – rhubarb cordial.   I am told rhubarb is difficult to grow but it grows like a weed in our garden. We have about 5 huge clumps of it and could probably sell it commercially if we wanted to! Kevin stews up a lot of it for putting on his muesli for breakfast, but one day – when I was feeling particularly Domestic Goddess-ish – I made rhubarb cordial. It was a bit of a faff to make but it was really lovely topped with soda water and served in a pretty glass 🙂

Quinoa, white bean and roast pumpkin salad

Quinoa, white bean and roast pumpkin salad

Lunch!  I had this lovely salad – quinoa, white bean and roast pumpkin – at a gorgeous new cafe here in Christchurch called Hello Sunday (I think it’s called that because the building it is in used to be a Sunday School??). They make fabulous coffee too . . .

Capsicum, aubergine and broccoli salad with red wine vinegar dressing

Capsicum, aubergine and broccoli salad with red wine vinegar dressing

Dinner . . . This lovely salad was a side dish for a dinner party last week – served up on one of my favourite platters. I picked this lovely plate up from a bric-a-brac store for about $30 and for me it was worth every cent  🙂

Wine tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery

Wine tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery

And finally – the theme of ‘taste’ would not be complete without some wine. This photograph was taken during a delightful tasting I did at a wonderful winery called Pegasus Bay in North Canterbury – about 45 minutes from Christchurch. They make the most gorgeous rieslings there and I think I tasted every one of them that day!

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 – Close By

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Red Rose in the Industrial Zone

Red Roses in the Industrial Zone

A bath full of flowers at The Painted Room

A bath full of flowers at The Painted Room

These two photographs were taken close by – as Brianna and I were nearing home at the end of an afternoon walk.  We live on the edge of a semi-industrial area of our city – lots of mechanics workshops and light industry, with railway lines running through it all. There are parts of our neighbourhood that are certainly not pretty – but even in amongst the concrete and the steel there is beauty to be seen. Like these roses pushing their way through the steel bars of a fence – and this bath full of flowers outside a fabulous shop called ‘The Painted Room’ – full of re-purposed furniture, cushions, fabrics, antiques and other lovely old-made-new things.  The Painted Room used to be in the central city before the earthquakes but has been forced to move to the suburbs and is now – you guessed it – close by!

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. Visit Francesca at FuoriBorgo for more Corner Views. This weeks theme is ‘Close by’.  

 

 

Corner View – A Good Read

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

 

Since becoming a Mum 8 and a half years ago I haven’t had as much time for reading novels as I used to have. When I do read it has often been non-fiction rather than fiction – all very interesting, but not as easy to totally lose yourself in as a really good novel. But when I’m on holiday its a different story (sorry – no pun intended!).

I recently spent two weeks in a holiday house up in Golden Bay – at the northern most tip of the South Island of New Zealand. And in this holiday house was a small bookcase jammed full to bursting with books.  A lot of them I wasn’t all that interested in,  but this one – Memoirs of a Geisha – caught my eye. I remember hearing about it when it was first released in 1997 but for some reason I never got around to reading it. Well – on this holiday I did and I once I picked it up I have to admit I found it difficult to put it down!

It’s written as if it  was a memoir dictated by a geisha to an American historian – indeed I thought it actually was until a good way through the book. I won’t give away anything about the story – apart from to say that it’s main focus is on the relationships between the main protagonist – Sayuri (a young girl taken from her village and sold to a geisha house in Kyoto) and her fellow geisha.  It’s  beautifully written, very insightful about human nature in all its facets,  and it gives the reader a rare glimpse into a secret world full of ritual and grace, competition and revenge, friendship and enmity, tragedy and redemption – a world quite different from what I imagined.

Read it if you get a chance. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Corner View – Hair

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Ballerina Hair - Recital

Ballerina Hair – Recital

Ballerina Hair - Grade 1 Examination

Ballerina Hair – Grade 1 Examination

Brianna has beautiful long hair – perfect for ballet.  The first picture is of Brianna having her hair done for her role as a fairy in her ballet school’s end-of-year recital last year. The second picture is her beautiful ‘ballet bun’ for her first ballet exam.  I can’t lay claim to having created either of these hair-styles – I just watched enviously as other clever women worked their magic . . .

Corner View – To Look at, not touch

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

 

Artist – Catrin Welz-Stein

When I saw today’s theme I couldn’t resist sharing some of these beautiful paintings by Catrin Welz-Stein with my fellow Corner Viewers.  Beautiful, surreal, and ever so slightly eerie –  the women in these paintings seem to have floated straight out of the land of faerie . . . and as everyone knows the women from that strange land are only to be looked at, and should never be touched . . .

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. Visit Francesca at FuoriBorgo for more Corner Views.  This week’s theme is ‘to look at, not touch’.

Artist – Catrin Welz-Stein

Artist – Catrin Welz-Stein

 

 

 

 

 

Corner View – Eggs

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Eggs . . . well . . . Easter having just been and gone we do have rather a lot of them – of the chocolate variety –  in the house right now. This little plastic box is just a tiny sample of the huge number and variety of Easter eggs that Brianna managed to collect over the course of the holiday weekend. She got about 5 big hollow chocolate eggs, several smaller caramel or marshmellow eggs, a couple of chocolate Easter Bunnies and a few other bits and pieces.

I also have a dozen tiny little free-range pullets eggs – which I bought by mistake thinking they were normal-sized eggs. I took two of them out of the fridge this morning and I used them to make my new favourite breakfast – fresh apple, carrot and pineapple juice eggnog. Yes, I know, it sounds strange – but it is GOOD!

The eggs before they went into the eggnog

JUICY EGGNOG  – How to . . .

This is really easy to make if you have a juicer. You can put any fruit you happen to have on hand in to it. I’ve tried it with orange and lemon juice and with orange and apple juice. You can also use vegetables – though sweeter veges like carrots are best.  Today I juiced 3 apples (Cox’s Orange & Granny Smith), 1 large carrot, and a large slice of pineapple. Then I tipped the juice in the blender with 1 tablespoon of LSA (which is a mixture of almond meal, ground linseed and sunflower seeds) and my two little pullet eggs. Usually I would just use one egg but these are tiny. Blend until frothy, tip into a glass and drink. Yum!

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane and currently curated by Francesca, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you’d like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments at www.fuoriborgo.com, and be sure to visit other participants too. This week’s Corner View theme is ‘Eggs’.