Uncomfortable Comfort

Uncomfortable Comfort

Uncomfortable Comfort

Gordon, our adopted cat, is not much for human contact. When we first met, she wriggled herself into a frenzy to avoid human contact. The only way you can hold her is upside down on her back, much like rock-a-by baby. She will only sleep on top of your bed covers ad certainly never higher up than you knees.

Once, she came and curled up in my lap on my bed.

Tonight, she came and snuggled up in my arm/chest, because I had my knees up, lying on my back.

It was a moment of comfort, that I knew she was uncomfortable about. This shot was as good as I could get without disturbing her.

Tele Look

Tele Look

Tele Look

A week ago I decided to sell my red Squier Chambered Tele and upgrade to a new one.

Originally I wanted one of the traditional blonde one’s with the black pickguard – but they only make them starting from $1499, which is the kind of money I don’t spend on guitars.

So I went with a nice sunburst one, mid-range – and I’m really glad I did. It has a beautiful sound and it looks great in photos too.

Mini - boot

Mini Boot

Mini - boot

For a while I’ve been meaning to get around to finishing off my Mini’s boot. Since I got it painted, I ripped out the old backing, and was ready to put the new carpet base in. A can of adhesive spray that sticks your arm hair together later and it was done!

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Return of the Mini

Mini 2010

It took a long, agonising six weeks. After an initial quoted two, and minimal customer contact, I finally got back my beloved Mini yesterday.
It needed some rust taken out of it, and so I figured that whilst that was getting done, Id pay a few extra dollars and come away with the paint job Id always intended, just not as early as this.
It is half a month until I would have had my Mini for a year…
An early birthday present for it…

Antler

Antler

Antler

It was a celebratory trip to Staglands with Vicky. With the Mini safely back in my hands, it was time for a road trip.

We headed out to Staglands, and then continued on out across the Akatarera’s to Lindale, Paraparaumu and to Plimerton for Dinner.

These are some of the old rustic photos I took of the wildlife passed away.

Lantern

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Parade Cafe

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I have to say, if you’re ever in Wellington, looking for somewhere for lunch – you have to go to Parade Cafe.

A group of us from TLC would often visit there once in a while and my less adventurous (or less wealthy) self would stick to their seasoned wedges. They are awesome!

Today I took Vicky there for the first time, and decided to try their Spicy Chicken Burger. Although not as spicy as I had hoped (it’d seemingly been wofted over the jar of spice that probably still had the lid on!), it was divine!

It is more than reasonably priced, and this shows by the queue’s that usually extend out of the door on the weekend. Luckily though, there always seems to be ample seating for two somewhere on the premises.

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Day

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Today is the first day of the year.

As a family (with soon to be Sister-in-Law and Vicky!) we headed up to the Rimutaka Incline. Nicola, Bridget and Stu were going to be biking over the journey, and Vicky, Mum, Dad and myself were just going for the trip up there.

The Mini survived! It was awesome!

Although, there are less ‘picnic-y’ spots up there than I remembered.

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New Years

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New Years Eve is always awesome. Ever since I’ve known Vicky, we’ve cruised up to her place and had a BBQ supper with a Brasier. This year was no different. Only difference was, we had to bring along an LP of some sort to keep us entertained through the night. Whilst there were meant to be a few more bodies turn up, this was okay, because enough people showed up for a good time and good banter.

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NZ Christmas

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Having spent a couple of Christmas’ overseas in far away lands, the Pohutakawa is one thing we take for granted over here in New Zealand. Its cherry red blossom on the stroke of Christmas is a true season blessing. It makes you feel like everything is okay in the world. It shines out and says “Merry Christmas, God bless each and everyone” in the only way it knows how.

So here is a big Merry Christmas to you, the New Zealand Christmas Tree.