|The driftwood ship on Ohope Beach
|Jackson late evening
|Sign at bottom of Ohope Hill
|This is the statue I was telling you about: Wairaka, the Maori teenage princess who grabbed the tapu (sacred) oar and paddled into shore, saving all the women and children.
|Cy (right) last swim with cousin Finn
|First Day ...arriving at Whakatane Airport
Still wearing those rings and just started this book - All The Light We Cannot See. Have you read it yet - everyone says it's incredible and poetic. In a couple of days I'm going to post on the best book I read last year, Give Us This Day by Helena Wisniewska Brow. Not saying this just because I know her. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll might even look at your own family in a new way.
Was very happy with the way The Australian Woman's Weekly chose a swimsuit model with healthy-looking thighs.
In Auckland we found some Lewis Road chocolate milk (remember I told you... that stuff sells out immediately and kids wag school for). I found it way too rich and can't imagine doing this concoction - Milk Chocolate with Killinchy Gold ice-cream, salted caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream - bought to my attention by Kiwi friend Cheryll. Others have pronounced it the "epic creation of this summer."
Had smoked fish kedgeree for brekkie at a great place called Foxtrot Palour in Ponsonby Road, Auckland.
Kevin had Thai Chicken pie which was something to write home about all right.
They provided an appliance to squirt choccy and cream into the donut
Then we looked at jacarandas abounding
|Tallulah and Pietra showing abounding jacarandas. Harley standing by.
Then Barby at my friend Diana's house - she won't let me post a photo of her on my blog so you'll just have to imagine what she looks like.
|Louis, me, Carmel, Sue, Jill and Alan (who live part-time Auckland, part-time King's Cross)
|Me, Sue and her husband Ian
|Sue and Ian's wedding day 20 years ago, Louise far left.
Ignoring the detractors I chose to do it with gracious wave and in third position (channeling our ballet mistress Mrs Shirley Dibble).
|Keeping up appearances
By the way if you still haven't done your New Year's clear out of wardrobe, kitchen and garage, my latest article for the San Francisco Chronicle gives ten great tips from the pros, if I do say myself. Read here. For more techniques on how to cull the clutter, Heather has done a goody at her place.
Organizer Angela Hoxsey says people are either innies or outies when it comes to mess. I am definitely an inny as all the decks in our house are clear, but just open any drawer, cupboard and it's... What Lies Beneath. Which are you?
Who else is all caught up with Homeland and The Affair? The latter started out as queasy-making and dull by turns (who wants to watch anyone having an affair?) but it's taken a swerve for the interesting. Homeland really picked it up too - and where on earth did they find a baby that looked sooo much like Brody?
I binge-watched House Of Cards when I was away. Gosh, Robin Wright has an amazing hairline...her hair falls perfectly from her crown and away from her face. Not being pervy but you can see her incredible physique in Adore (an otherwise disturbing and boring movie)
Her daughter Dylan got her jolly good genes... seen in WWD this month
Set my alarm for 6am for my inaugural pilates class ( I want this core that everyone keeps talking about!). Saw a full moon in the sky and went back to sleep. Sometimes it's better to let that ship sail. Far, far away...