Tag Archives: Auckland

Weekly photo challenge: Following

Sweetening the downdraft

Sweetening the downdraft

Sorry folks, couldn’t resist this one…no-one wants to follow a pooch with tummy problems!

Photographed at the French Market, Auckland, New Zealand.


Weekly photo challenge: Wrong – never!

Just one of the errors on offer at Little and Friday

All the books are wrong when they attribute gazillions of calories to the harmless donut! There’s so much air in them …

It’s totally inconceivable and WRONG that something so delightful, so delectable and so delicious can also be bad for you.

Perhaps if I’d photographed a cross-section – you’d have seen the minute air particles in the dough. Fewer calories.

Note to readers: This scrumptiously wicked donut was NOT on my plate but on that of  a skinny looking woman two seats along from me. I suffered from the most dreadful pangs of food envy as it was placed on the table – which were satisfied, in part, by devouring the donut with my lens instead.

Confession time: I had just eaten, with feelings of extreme guilt and retribution, a seriously good lemon coconut and cream-filled sponge cake. Lemons are good for you … especially with strips of peel adding necessary and highly recommended fibre.

Anyone who dares tells me differently is WRONG.

Absolutely divine – and worth every diabetically guilt ridden thought!

Following every indulgence is a commitment to do better … right.

Photographed at Little and Friday, Auckland on Saturday 11 August.

Everything happens for a reason …

The volcanic ash cloud (wherever it was) looked pretty tame to me ...

After a weekend of disrupted travel plans, I’m struggling to decide whether everything happens for a reason.

Did Mount Puyehoe in Chile spew it’s volcanic ash simply to foil my weekend away? If I am to believe that everything happens for a reason – then what was it?

I arrived in Auckland (en route to Melbourne) prepared for the possibility of delay. The delays turned to cancellations and after five of them I decided it was time to chuck in the towel, cut my losses and return to Wellington. A four-day break in Melbourne morphed into a three-day break in Auckland.

I’ve rationalised this event to find the positive.

  • I got to spend time with my future extended family getting to know them better. Schlepping around pyjama-clad and mug in hand in the morning breaks down all sorts of barriers!
  • I made friends with Ruby the dog and Daphne the cat.
  • I got to spend time with an old school friend renewing very close bonds we shared many years ago.
  • I got to know the Auckland streets a little better even though I still refuse to drive there.
  • I enjoyed time with my lovely lovely daughter and her equally lovely fiancee.
Each one of these times is incredibly special and treasured … every cloud – even an ash one – has a silver lining. I’m not entirely convinced though that absolutely everything happens for a reason.
Sometimes things just happen …