Friday, April 11, 2014

Good stuff

Kate made a jolly clever move wearing this ensemble in Nu Zild don't you think? First off she's wearing black, colour of the All-Blacks (Kiwi Gods, national rugby team). Secondly, she's got a silver fern on her shoulder, so the Silver Ferns (national netball team) are all taken care of.


On Tuesday we went to the Pet Shop Boys. Yes, that's what I thought too. "I love the Pet Shop Boys...what did they sing? Western girls da da de da, Eastend boys do da de la." You just remember he's got one of the most iconic voices ever. Go to the show if you can, it's art installation meets solid gold dancers.


First the back-up dancers wore tinsel balls on their heads and jumped around on the stage on pogo sticks, then they wore dead cow heads with orange jumpsuits. A video of a not very transitional Goldhawk Road in Shepherd's Bush which I spent many good years wandering along for one reason or another...

Pet Shop Boys giving it heaps in their toilet brush arrangements
Mike (of Kenny'n'Mike) did well with his concert outfit didn't he?
We met WiseProof Auser on our way. He is a Phenomenological Economist according to the card he gave me

The PS Boys look like Grandpas now, but they've still got edge. Instead of trying to push out new songs I reckon they should just get one of those mix and match masters like Pharrell to do their perfect old stuff. No one asks me though...

Don't you just love friends who set a nice table? William'n'Ron do, the cutlery and glassware is sparkling, it's a real treat going to their house, they always put on a top spread. Ron is a superb baker, look at his cheesecake.

Ron's  topnotch cheesecake

David, Ron the v. good baker, and William

Boiling here! Here's an outfit I wore four days in a row (with a few washes). Nothing spesh but it works. The jacket had been MIA at the cleaners for a few months. Heavens knows what it was doing, mind boggles really.



Here's three of the home design articles I did lately for the San Francisco Chronicle. You will see from the first two that I might have become the retiree correspondent for the paper. Finally, a job where I get to feel young! This first couple had lived in a small flat next to the Oakland Airport because they travelled so much for work. Now they're retired - look where they live! (read article here)

Their home in Sunol, a town which used to have a black labrador as Mayor

This Chicago couple retired from to the Berkeley Hills knowing no one. Brave I reckon! (read here)

House in the trees, they store 9,000 gallons of rainwater under this driveway

If you're like me and you love having a good old nosy in other people's home, you'll love all seven of these home tours coming up. One of the homes is just at the end of our road and has stunning views. They are a sports-loving couple who have 11 televisions - three of them in a row in the living room. Each to his own - we have just the one behind closed doors and I rarely go in.  I prefer a monastically silent day (read article here )

On the CSL Tour

Today was our wedding anniversary, neither of us remembered. Mum did. Eleven years ago we were living in London intending to move to the US and we were told we had to get married toot sweet if we wanted entry (even though we already had three kids ). We made a next-day appointment at Marylebone Registry Office. Both Kevin and baby Tallulah had dodgy tummies and we had to change Tallulah's clothes three times in the loos after successive explosions. We dragged in two security guards as witnesses. Memories...

Got anything nice planned for the weekend? We're off for the week tomorrow.


48 comments:

  1. Sounds like the show was fun...I like seeing bands in smaller venues these days as I cannot stand up for 4 hours screaming and with the deafening roar of sound I am deaf for hours later!
    Your friends look like they put on a great spread. The cheesecake is making my mouth water....happy anniversary.

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    1. Me too. I also cannot stand loud restaurants anymore, I find them quite stressful. Oh that makes me sound old! In fact Mike said everyone at the concert will think he was wearing a hat because he was bald (he's not) it was an older crowd

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  2. Love a good spread and white jeans. Will read your articles pronto! Ps also got hitched at marylebone!

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    1. Yay! I bet you had a more glam afters and more friends there - would love to see pics!

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  3. I loved writing At Home articles, it was the easiest writing gig ever.
    I love going to see bands, nothing better than going to bed with ringing ears - happens rarely these days.

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    1. Do you think you'll ever go back to journalism, Tabs?

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  4. I remember the Pet Shop Boys very well, though I would have waited two days for the Diana Krall concert myself - she is so amazing in concert!

    love all the pictures!

    And you are right - Kate is careful in her choices and thoughtful as well and seems to always knock it out of the park on these visits - she certainly did when she visited Canada a couple of years ago!

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    1. Kate's an old soul.
      Diana Krall was always playing on video when i went to the dentist so would have to get over that if i went to her concert

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  5. Happy Anniversary! It's about the marriage, not the wedding.

    Those are great pieces you did! Would the Rices like a visitor? That sleek modern look is so right out there, not so much in NNE.

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  6. Sleek and modern isn't what I think of when I think of Oakland, Berkeley yes, but not Oakland. No disparagement meant, after all I was born in Oakland.
    Like your wedding story, but I'll go one better I slept with my Mother-in-law on my wedding night, not my husband, have to post about that one day.

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  7. Wow, three tvs in a row, kind of excessive lol those toilet brushes sure could clean well I bet

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  8. I remember the Pet Shop Boys. It was 1985 or so. The cheesecake does look delish. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Yes and they wore the words Boy on their caps!

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  9. Belated Happy Anniversary. We forget ours frequently! I'm a total snoop and love to see how others live. I'll pop over to have a peek inside. Sunol is kind of quaint, if not teeny. Love your outfit and the story about your wedding!! WiseProof Auser is quite the colorful character!! Economist, you say?

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  10. Happy Anniversary! We recently forgot ours as well, and it was also our mothers who reminded us of the significance of the day. We eloped while on vacation and barely knew what day it was then either! :)

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  11. I love Kate and have long been a PSB fan. That's a great outfit on you with the white trousers.

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    1. Thanks GSL, hope they are coming your way! (PSB not the white jeans, well you know I mean)

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  12. You look very svelte in that outfit, and all springy (as in spring-like, not bouncy...). Concert sounds great! Have a great holiday next week, oh and Happy Easter! :)

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  13. Of course that outfit looks great - yours I mean - all it needs is snake hips:)

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  14. I loved Kate's dress. Happy Wedding Anniversary. Mine was the 6th and I got sick and finally ate a meal last night. Good for weight loss, I guess.

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    1. That's what my brother in law always says after a bout of the lurgy...

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  15. Looks like you had a marvellous time, I love The Pet Shop Boys, so cool :) And you looked gorgeous as well. I hope you have a great week xx

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  16. Wow, that cheesecake looks sooooo good!

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  17. I love the look of white jeans, too... but I've never tried them, I'd probably sit on chocolate crumbs. Tell you what though, if England has a really glorious summer this year, you've inspired me to try... although I might wear a long top over them!
    Sx

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    1. I've had to relegate my last year's pairs to recycling, they do getting stained and yellow from too many washes...

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  18. They do say that kiwis are legendary for romance … oh wait, maybe I mean rugby.

    ;-)

    The Old Marylebone Town Hall is beautiful, though! Maybe when you're next in London you could revisit … I'm imagining you two strolling past on a random Tuesday, being asked by two complete strangers to be *their* witnesses instead of the security guards, and then gambolling in Regent's Park before dinner somewhere glorious. (Let me know when you're planning it, I'll send you some flowers!)

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    1. Yes, it was rugby! That whole area of M has completely changed. it was actually really dirty and scruffy in M when we lived near there 11 years ago, now its all penthouses and farm-to-table pubs

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  19. I'd love your job. Having a little peek at others' lives would be delicious! Love the jacket. And the Pet Shop Boys! I always liked their music.

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  20. The PSB show sounds great. Also the cheesecake looks yummy!

    Happy anniversary and hope you have a great weekend! Off to Seattle for me! Yay!

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  21. Wow you saw The Pet Shop Boys - how cool is that.
    Have had a thoroughly enjoyable nosey round all of those houses: my favourite is the first one with that sublime living room. Great work, Jody x
    Oh and Happy anniversary :-)

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  22. I do think Kate's outfit had all the perfect elements to compliment her New Zealand welcomers but I just wish she would dress a little younger. She is 30 beautiful and seems very happy and good fun. I'm down by the beach for the weekend but don't think bekinis and shorts more jacket scarves and glives. Happy Easter

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    1. yes the beaches in Norcal are the same, bluuusteree

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  23. Do you know the story of how the Pet Shop Boys got their name? If not, I'd better not go into it here! A good Googling will probably turn it up....

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    1. Wow, this wiki link is interesting - they are the top selling duo ever i the UK. They were first West End and then named themselves PSB after a friend who worked in a Pet Shop in Ealing. More info here...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Shop_Boys

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  24. Jody! I'm just catching up after our jaunt to Napa Valley (you would have loved it-next time;). I LOVE the Pet Shop Boys-what a fantastic concert. That takes me back to an entirely different phase of life-go 80's! You look chic in that outfit. I say go for another 5 days!
    Have a fab trip!
    xx, Heather

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    1. heather am loving all the photos from your jaunt - good time had by all, and you're all looking incredibly glam!

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  25. I am so glad the royals have buggered of to Oz, maybe a spider will bite one of the parasites.

    Nice outfit.

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  26. That's the life I want to lead, seeing the Pet Shop Boys, nosey-ing around other people's houses and eating giant cheesecake!!
    Hope you enjoyed your week off, somewhere fabulous I hope?

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  27. Jody I wanted to see that concert so bad, but was gone. They only had a few dates in the U.S. Love them, not sure about the toilet brushes though! Your jacket and scarf are really cute. Laughing about the dry cleaning..I do believe there may be a few of our items somewhere getting cleaned too, but forgot where... I can't wait to sit down and read your articles tonight. You have a dream job visiting all these fab homes and cool folks. Enjoy your week off ..Ours was 2 weeks ago and still catching up with the laundry! xx

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  28. I cannot believe you went to a pet shop boys concert! I kind of love them... but am always afraid to admit it.

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