Friday, June 01, 2007

The Green Man

"The Green Man was my "Times Age" pub this trip. When Jools was busy working at 'Schoc' I would go for a wander around town, take some photo's, do a bit of shopping and then buy a copy of the Wairarapa Times Age and go the Green Man. A nice cosy little bar to order a chardy, settle down on the couch by the fire and read the paper until she finished work.
(Don't know who these people are but they were sitting on MY couch when I need a photo one night so there you are!)
The Green Man (or outside on the street!) was the scene for my memorable rant at Steve King - he'd offered me a lift from Wellington and as the trip proceeded I realised how drunk he was. Not amused.
Also has the best pate! So good that I commented to the waitress after dinner one night with Jools & Blaire that I hadn't had pate taste so ood in years. Five minutes later she arrived back out of the kitchen with a parcel wrapped in tinfoil, compliments of the chef, of a huge slab of pate. She said "chef says if an Auckland girl is impressed with my cooking then she deserves some more to take home!"

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Valley Garden

Journalling reads:
"Mornings in the Mangatarere are usually pyjama affairs. Jools and I drink our coffee, start talking and then somehow there we are - taking a walk in our best flannelette and gumboots down into the valley garden with Louie the dog along for company. Pick a bit of watercress from behind the old water wheel house, inspect the flowers and talk a bit more. Not a bad way to start the day." Mangatarere May 2003

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Norma's Garden

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Girls page 1

Page 2

The Girls

This one started with one of my favourite photos. Jillane laughing. Jools & I laughing on the next page is not quite as glamorous!! Still we're there too - that's the point of scrapbooking isn't it. Not just to record the "studio" type shots but to show us as we are. These were taken at Whangamona Beach when Jools, Jillane, Jeanette & I went for a wee to-too on the quad bike.
Journalling (from an email someone sent me) reads:
"Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy
Be mindful that happiness isn't based on
possessions, power, or prestige,
but on relationships with people we love and respect.
Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE SINGS!"

Monday, May 01, 2006

Leave your camera at home...

Another "Simple" layout. Journalling reads

"Jane’s in laws were visiting with her when Jules & I arrived at Te Horo and we all headed down to the beach for a walk. Now it’s a tricky thing, this camera. I get a lot of joy from taking photos but I also know that for me it’s quite a convenient “mask” when I’m finding it hard to stay present. The tricky part is working out when that’s an okay thing to do and when it’s going to give me more pleasure to just live the moment. For some reason I left the camera behind and it was definitely one of those times that just “being” was worth more than any photo or scrapbook page.
The beach itself is stunning – long, windswept and out to sea, Kapiti Island. In some ways it’s almost a little naff – everyone paints it and it’s as recognizable as the view to Rangitoto is to Aucklanders but who cares. It’s a view I know & comforts me.
Almost as predictable is the way people behave on the beach and the five of us on cue fell into our beach roles. The in-laws in their very “Wellington-Green” way, strode along the sand with purpose filling their plastic bag with rubbish. (Do you think they always carry a spare bag in their pockets for such beach recovery emergencies?) Jules zigzagged back and forth between the sand & surf searching for sea glass & treasures, poking bravely at the piles of kelp and, (she will kill me for saying this), with the look of a spaniel finally let off the leash and in sensory overload. As always I dawdled along with my usual sense of vigilance in a new place, ready to alert everyone to the possibility of tsunami or other natural calamity and keeping a close eye on the others trying to work out what it is that “normal” people do when they are on a walk.
Jane meanwhile sailed down the beach bemused. This was her beach, we were her family & she the indulgent matriarch, pointing out the best places to dig, quietly gathering driftwood to take home for later and calling us back every now and then to show us some tiny miracle she thought would either amaze or amuse us.
One of those moments she placed this tiny shell in my hand – brilliant blue and smaller than my littlest fingernail - telling me the colour would fade eventually “but isn’t it precious now”.
Yes it is Jane. It is still sitting on my desk, still blue, and every time I look at it I am back walking down the beach. Some days you just need to leave your camera at home."

Sunday, April 30, 2006

A "Clean & Simple" Experiment

I have to stop phaffing around and get more pages done so I got out my copy of Cathy Zielske's "Clean & Simple Scrapbooking" the other night. I wanted these shots in the album just because I like looking at them and it certainly got them on the page but I'm not sure...need to work on this more. Still, a good concept (hers I mean) and I did like the whole graphics tutorial on fonts, colour wheels etc.
The quote is off a sundial I think:

"The kiss of the Sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
You are nearer God’s heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth."

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Afternoons with Horace ... just for Jules!

I told you I was going to do a cat one!! Afternoons with Horace as in "Tuesdays with Morrie". (Horace always likes to come join in any conversation out on the deck!)
If I was more patient I would scan & stitch with more care but rest assured it IS actually all straight & lined up in real life!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Janes House

A bit of a "filler" for the album but it will do. And as usual my scanning is a little askew!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Jane - the other half

I only intended doing a one page LO with the pics of Jane but this next one kind of worked with the first. It's complimentary anyway if not a real 2 page LO. More of the BG Blitzen & also some of the Vagabond & Skate Shoppe. Journalling (which I stuffed up a little but have since fixed):
"We don't see eachother as frequently as we'd like now with being spread through the island, but it only takes a good meal, a bottle of wine and we're back t what we do best ... talking! And always it seems gravitating to our two favourite spots - the deck or the kitchen table!"

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


My favourite photos of my friend Jane. This LO is part of an album on my trips down south to the Wairarapa - although Jane lives over on the coast these were taken during a trip Jools & I made from the farm. I'm just loving the BG Blitzen papers - for a range that is supposedly a Christmas theme they have such a Pasifica feel. My other new favourite Pasifica thing are the range of stamps from Kiwi-Impressions in Nelson - this time I used Pacifica Petal & embossed it. That has really been one of the great things about being on holiday. I've been able to play with all my toys at leisure & try out things like stamping etc which I've always been a bit nervous about.
Journalling reads:
"Jane, Jools & I met over 20 years ago and have been together through some of the best & worst times of our lives. Over the years everything has changed & nothing has. Still friends. Still the same! Te Horo 2005"