imhilien: Tea (Tea)
Well, I woke on Sunday in the middle of the night with a sore throat, after thinking the other day wasn't it nice I had made it through the winter without a cold / flu. So now I've got a spring cold. Luckily I've learnt the hard way to keep throat lozenges in my bedside drawer and I was able to get some sleep for the rest of the night.

Of course Monday was a busy day at work so off I went, dosed nearly to the eyeballs (I need to keep some brain cells free for work). Today the sore throat has gone and I'm at the 'nose' stage, eep. I've forgotten how tiring a head cold is, and I'm hoping to avoid a cough. I think spring is just as dangerous as winter in it's own way when it comes to colds - it can be either sunshine or storms, often in the same day which can catch you unawares.

Next week I've got a haircut appt - I usually like a chin-length bob, and when it starts getting down to the shoulders it tries to get a mind of its own and laughs at heated rollers.

I managed to watch the Brit movie 'Paddington' (based on the Paddington Bear character) recently and it was quite entertaining. Nicole Kidman was an evil taxidermist and Peter Capaldi was almost cute as the nosy-neighbour-with-no-life. Naturally there was a Doctor Who reference.

We recently had Daylight Savings, which left me feeling jetlagged for a few days this time (mutters). It's nice having the longer evenings again though.
imhilien: Lady Riding (Lady Riding)
Well, I recently went on a knit ‘n spin retreat weekend with 17 others and had a nice time. It was held at a local two storey monastery that’s on a forested hill – you can drive right by the entrance and not know it was there.

It was being renovated at the time and some rooms and bathrooms were still being worked on. I had a room upstairs and the bathroom at the end of a long hall had that ‘finished a few days ago’ feel, but that was ok. I had my showers in the early morning and luckily there was no queue when I went. My room looked like it had been last updated in the ‘30’s but I had a nice view from the window.

There were classes you could sign up for over the weekend and I did two crochet classes; Tunisian Honeycomb (which I found a bit too complex) and filet style to (eventually) make a Dr Who scarf (with a Tardis pattern), which I enjoyed more. So, now as well as my shawl-in-progress, I’m now working on a scarf, too. Oops.

It was a wet weekend, so you didn’t feel too bad about being inside. The food was nice and you could help yourself to hot drinks. When it was dry and I had some spare time, I went for a little walk around the grounds. There were lots of nice old trees and I found a gate that led next door to the Pah Homestead. The PH was a Big House back in the day, today it’s an art gallery with a café. I walked around in the grounds and then went back.

Prizes were handed out to everyone at the end of the weekend – I was given a skein of pink wool and some earrings that were made to look like little balls of red wool, so that was nice. :)

Two of these retreats are held each year in our spring; apparently the one I went to was the ‘smaller’ one. I’m already thinking about going again next year.
imhilien: Keep Calm (Keep Calm)
If you like Harry Potter / Labyrinth crossover 'Fix It' stories, you might like this one (especially if you like a Manipulative!Dumbledore being put in his place).

'The Result of Things Overheard in a Schoolyard'

Harry makes a wish and someone saves him.

Because the wizarding world needs a dose of competent, protective parents who won't put up with eleven-year-olds bearing the weight of the world.
imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)
Well, I definitely know it's spring because of the hayfever I've been getting. Luckily I have stuff to take for it.

Today is 'Force Friday II' which means new Star Wars stuffs in the shops. I had a look and bought a little figure of Rey, which can go next to my small soft toy Rey. :D Still didn't see an actual working lightsabre - a purple one would go nicely with my wardrobe. Hee.

There is a new article on about the meaning of your Patronus. Now, when I took the test, I ended up with a shrew Patronus, which made me go 'whut?' I did find an explanation of mine which said among other things - "Their deadly bite is a perfect counteract to a Dementor's Kiss". Well, OK then.
imhilien: Reading (Reading)
Well, the library I go to in the CBD is undergoing renovations - recently the first floor was closed for a while, so no non-fiction stuffs for me. Magazines were banished to the second floor. Now, the ground floor is closed, so no fiction books for a while. Arrgh. The first floor is now open again, but everything is back to front, which left me thinking I needed a map for my own library. At least I've got a stash of books right now.

Have you ever gone along a street filled with business / industrial looking buildings, and suddenly seen an old house, the last grumpy survivor from when the street saw kinder times? Well, the Hard-To-Find second hand bookshop in a nearby suburb was like that, an old Victorian filled with books. Now it's in trouble - there's been no maintenance provided for the last 20 years and suddenly the rent is going up. It's in trouble and needs help. I'll put in a few pennies - after all, there's a room filled with science-fiction and fantasy. That has to be worth saving.​ndbookshop
imhilien: Tea (Tea)
Brr, it's definitely winter now. Snow has been marching up the country and you can smell the ice in the air. It was 10 degrees today (50 deg F) and Did Not Like. Heat is fine, cold not so much for me.

I was outside the bookshop near work and smiled when I saw it had a nice geeky window display with Harry Potter and Star Wars books, bless. I saw there were some pencils with slogans on them, so I went in and bought two that said, 'Weird and Proud' and 'Knitters Gonna Knit'. Mwaha.

The new painting I'm working on is a photo of a still life of a bowl of green limes, which I'm enjoying doing. I'm also working on knitting a shawl with a geometric design - I can see it will take me a while, and the instructions look like calculus (which I never took), but I'm determined to get there.
imhilien: Keep Calm (Keep Calm)
Well, I recently completed a new picture at my art class called 'Lantern Festival'. It's based on a photo I took at night at a Chinese Lantern Festival a few years ago. :D

When I started the painting, I was at my usual art group at the local community centre. Then the two oldest members decided not to come any more and oh, the room rental was going up. It was decided to move the group somewhere else, but that fell through and then the tutor decided the group wasn't viable anymore.


Luckily I found another art group nearby at an art gallery (a former scout hall, actually) and it's much nicer. The fees are cheaper and the facilities are great. People have their art on the walls. I have to pay a gold coin for a cup of tea, but that's ok. It was a nice place to finish my painting.
imhilien: Celebration (Celebration)
Right, so I got up this morning and turned on the TV just in time to see the Team New Zealand boat cross the finish line in Bermuda to win the Americas Cup. Hooray! This will be the third time we've brought the cup home.

Well done, boys, you've done us proud.
imhilien: Rainbow (Rainbow)
Well, it's definitely winter now (sighs). I've got my warm clothes on and I'm currently near a heater. One thing I do like is seeing the autumn leaves; there are a lot of trees in the CBD whose leaves are various shades of gold / bronze / red right now. It also gives me an excuse to make a pudding from scratch - I recently bought a bag of cooking apples and made an apple and blueberry (from the freezer) crumble, yum.

Mothers Day was a few weeks ago and Dad & I took Mum out to lunch at Devonport, a suburb on the North Shore that always seems a step or two in the past, in a good way. I had pasta and didn't need any more meals that day. Afterwards I went to a second-hand bookshop on the main street and bought a book on archaeology that I'm still happily reading in doses. Afterwards we drove up to Mt Victoria to look at the view. Half way up I noticed this lovely old Victorian house painted various shades of green with a notice saying it was a writers residence. How lovely (sigh). We took some photos looking back to the city and I'll include one under a cut.Clicky-click... )

Movies - I recently saw 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' which left me wishing yet again that I had my own spaceship that could play '70's rock and whatever else I felt like. I should look at my music and make my own list of 'Spaceship Music (To Play Really Loudly Going Past Something i.e. Mars).

PS: My sympathies for Manchester, what a horrible event.
imhilien: New Zealand (New Zealand)
Well, it's been nice and fine these last few days, and I've even put some summer clothes back on.

In my neighbourhood someone has this tree in their property hanging over the footpath. At this autumn time of the year the tree produces these bad-smelling berries that drop and splatter all over the footpath. I always have to remember at this time to walk on the other side of the road - and even then, the smell tries to follow you. Ugh. The owners need to waterblast the footpath immediately, and I don't say that lightly.

My aunt (mums sister) is going to get one of those kits from ancestry dot com and see what's in the family tree. Oooh, sounds fun. I had been thinking of doing that myself recently, but since she's beat me too it I'm happy to wait and see what the results are. Thanks to some family members interested in genealogy, I know that mums side is mostly English (Cornish and South England), with some Scottish and French. There's rumours of Irish and Spanish so we might find out the answer. I know I've sometimes stared at photos of my late grandad and thought, 'gee, you look a bit Spanish'.

I know the Cornish side of the family has stayed in the same area of North Cornwall since the Norman invasion because they're mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was only in the 19th century when a younger son got annoyed that he wasn't going to get anything (because, you know, younger son) so he said, 'I'm off to New Zealand... you'll be sorry...,' and came down here in a huff.
imhilien: Lady Riding (Lady Riding)
I've created a new community here at Dreamwidth for fans of Julian May, science fiction author and her works -
imhilien: Rainbow (Default)
Well, this year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday. I went out to lunch with my folks to a cafe that luckily was open. I was given some slippers, some skincare products and a butterfly pendant. Oh, and chocolate. I will catch up with some friends this week and next week.

The weather has been fine, but there's that chill in the air that warns it is autumn and will be getting colder.

I've been watching the third season of Brit crime drama 'Broadchurch', with the final episode this Sunday. I just love David Tennant in one of the lead roles, barking orders in his (natural) Scottish accent. The new season of Doctor Who started yesterday... ooh, new companion. Still miss Clara, a bit.

Will be buying DVD of 'Rogue One'. Not sure about buying one of 'Fantastic Beasts' - I loved watching it at the movies, but not quite enough to buy my own copy. I'll see.
Apr. 14th, 2017 12:29 pm

Cyclone #2

imhilien: Rainbow (Default)
Well, New Zealand has been graced this week by another cyclone this month, but yesterday it fortunately missed Auckland. I looked at the weather last night and thought, 'gosh, it missed us by a whisker'. *Auckland wipes brow*

Unfortunately the Bay of Plenty was targeted, which includes Edgecombe, which became a lake last week because of the previous cyclone. Ugh. I think though that wind rather than rain was the problem this time.

The cyclone is heading south now... hugs to those on my f-list who need them.
Apr. 9th, 2017 04:22 pm


imhilien: Rainbow (Default)
Well, the remnants of Cyclone Debbie recently passed through New Zealand. The town of Edgecombe in central New Zealand copped the worst, turning into a lake when a protective wall between the town and the now over-full river came down. People had to flee, many without their pets (although animal welfare people have arrived to search for them). It wasn't so bad in my neighbourhood, though an apartment building across town had part of a hillside fall on them. No one was hurt, though.

Another cyclone is currently east-ish of the Pacific Islands but looks like coming down to make New Zealand an Easter visit. Ugh. Isn't there a way to put cyclones in the friendzone?
imhilien: Rainbow (Default)
Hi folks, suddenly Dreamwidth is looking that much friendlier for bloggers.

I will make the effort to move posts from my LJ over here.


imhilien: Rainbow (Default)

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