Monday, November 30, 2015

Tomorrow is December.

The pool at the Parentals. Edge was SO excited when she saw it this morning and was persistent about swimming even though it wasn't that hot.

Tangy Apples. An old school taffy-like candy. It reminds me of my Church College days when I didn't like to go to cafe for dinner so I had these and L&P instead.

Unloaded from the trip to Auckland last week.

We put up our Christmas tree tonight. I wanted a white tree this year to match my blue lights, but I didn't want to buy a whole new tree and I didn't want to swap my Mum for her white tree because she'd never give my lush green one back. Settled with new lights instead. I just wanted lights that twinkled.

And Happy Birthday to The Fog Horn who is 9 today!
Love you long time Leggy-May!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dinner prep on Friday.

Dust in the air always makes for a bad photo especially when you use a flash. Light from the flash reflects off of the dust particles and is visible in the shot as the infamous orb.

When the dust particles are closer to the camera it usually blurs the entire image to the point nothing can be made out in the captured shot because it's out of focus. It's a problem that can be easily recreated by taking a photo after you whack something that creates dust.

This is not an orb.
The original.

Highlight up.

Shadow down.

I need to research this more to come to a conclusion.

From the iPhone.

This month was a long one. The biggest hurdle of the month was over last night and I came home with sore feet .. so sore I paid Shaily to rub them for a phone top-up and she did a crap job and moaned the whole time.

Unloading the phone. Some photos do not belong to me.
Hubba's photo.

The photo bomber.

Nessa - 0. Towel Cupboard - 1.
She's sporting a black eye now either as an after effect of the door or because Shaily smacked her up while we were in Auckland.

We didn't have gift wrap and I wasn't going to town to get some.

Mataio's birthday.

My family being anti social at Mataio's birthday. I swear we all (my siblings and first cousins)flock to one corner when we're together and socialize with ourselves despite we're ALL family.

Energy boost before Shaily's last exam.

You better have passed.

Photo by Heneroid.
Bridge Pa played Bridge Pa Tuesday gone and I don't know how they managed it because the more aggressive players were on the other team, but Hubba's team won. Maybe points were docked for White teams illegal 4th player ;).

Off to Auckland.




Dinner at sisters. Forgot to take photos of the food.


Sister & Joel built up this restaurant like mofo's over the last month and it had been something Mitchy and I were looking forward to. Yum Char, essentially a restaurant that serves dim sum. They come around on a cart and you pick what you want.

Epic fail. Epic Epic fail.
Happy meals are called Happy meals for a reason.
Yum Char does not hold the same parallel as a Happy meal.

Then there was this guy at the airport.

And this guy.

The one photo I took on the way home was when we stopped in Huntly because pregnant Mitch needed to urinate.

Back home to suss things out for last nights dinner with the farmers. Service was great. Apparently outside of the kitchen was a huge success, but inside the kitchen .. execution was crap. I had to leave and come home a few times to cool down and that wasn't because it was scorching hot in the kitchen, but because everyone wants to give orders and several times we had to reset entree platters.
Dropped enough F-Bombs to meet my quota for the month.
Also tried fresh kina (sea urchin)for the first time ever and OMG .. I'm in love.

And finally ... 10 weeks to go? Maybe 9.
Thanks Shaily for the photos.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Getting out of dodge tomorrow for the night.

There are rules in place for the freeloaders who we refused to take.
For Shailahzay, Tyler and Nessa,

See you Fish's on Thursday.

Summer part 2

Nessa envisioned this shoot with my nephew Ellis. They pulled it all together very well. Hubs was supposed to be in it, but got stage fright...