Week Fifty-Three

The Week in Photographs

Sunday: Mount Ngauruhoe
Sunday
Craig and I drove the 658km from Wellington to Auckland.
Mount Ngauruhoe emerging from the clouds.

Monday: Opulent Bendon Lingerie Dressingroom
Monday
Spending vouchers in Bendon, the faux opulence of their dressing rooms always amuse me.
This one was like a Harem.

Tuesday: Rex!
Tuesday
Craig’s brother drove us down to Hamilton so we could pick up the new car.
It is very very red.

Wednesday: Goat Island
Wednesday
An afternoon of sun and snorkelling at Goat Island.

Thursday: Opposite the City
Thursday
Wine and BBQ with friends then parking across the harbour from the SkyTower to watch the fireworks and see in 2010 with Sir C. The first really good New Years Eve I’ve had in years.

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Week Fifty-Two

365 in 2009!

Ostensibly the final week of 2009 as darling little 2010 begins on a Friday.

Sunday: Finally saw Ghostbusters
Sunday
I finally finally saw Ghostbusters. And it was as funny as I’d hoped it would be.
And I have a retroactive crush on Bill Murray.

Monday: Cupcake decorations from Kat
Monday
Confusion with a parcel from the UK. My darling Kat had posted it just after my birthday but the Royal Mail held on to it for so damn long that, combined with her packing material of tinsel and cupcake tree decorations, I thought it was a Christmas present and felt a right twat for not getting anything over to Scotland for her.
But no, it was simply a belated (grr, Royal Mail) birthday gift.

Tuesday: Empty Train
Tuesday
As Craig was a Gentleman-of-Leisure this week I had to go back to public transport and take the train in to work every morning. This, combined with the change of address, meant that I got to take a completely new (ancient & rickety) train, from a completely new station. And it was pretty much empty every single morning.

Wednesday: Laden
Wednesday
Last minute Christmas shopping rush, plus work, equals no time to take a photo so the lens cap ends up in the shot.

Thursday: Midday!
Thursday
Work done, desk cleared, phones diverted, instructions left for the cleaners, and we were out of the office by 1pm on Christmas Eve.

Friday: Antique silver at Christmas Dinner
Friday
Antique silver for Christmas Day.

BTW, after the infamous year of the pink tool kit? this year Craig bought me an external hard drive.
Admittedly, it is the Mac Time Capsule one I’ve had my eye on for months but it is still very utilitarian.
I gave him half a plane ride (a voucher for skydiving!).

Saturday: Au Revoir Gingerbread House
Saturday
Extended family came around to Trinity for a Boxing Day BBQ slash leftovers feast. When it came time for dessert the children fell upon my gingerbread house and it was gone within minutes.
My Japanese Christmas Cake and Summer Berry Trifle also disappeared rapidly.
I seem to specialise in quick, easy, seasonal desserts.

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NOT a scowl
The first time this year I needed sunglasses everytime I stepped outdoors. From 6:45am to 6:45pm.

Week Fifty-One

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Candy Cane Fudge Slice
Sunday
On Saturday night my baby sister came around for the baking of Christmas Treats and the watching of Christmas Movies.
The Candy Cane Fudge was delicious.

Monday: Quite an Interesting book
Monday
I’m reading quite an interesting book!

Tuesday: Library
Tuesday
Stopping by the Library on the way home from work.

Wednesday: Creme Brulee Drink in the Sun
Wednesday
The weather was beautiful. I sat in the sun and drank a ridiculous creme brulee coffee chiller drink.

Thursday: Christmas at Kirkcaldie and Stains
Thursday
In a christmas tradition, Craig and I had lunch and went to the Kirkcaldie and Stains Christmas Store to choose our 2009 decorations.

Friday: After work drinks
Friday
It stays light so late now. This was post office christmas drinks, waiting for my ride home.

Saturday: New Work Jacket
Saturday
In the middle of Christmas Shopping Craig and I stumbled upon a new work jacket for me. My last one was stretched by the drycleaners. Incidentally? I cannot remember the last time I bought something in a size 8 because it fit better than the 10.

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Sarah-Rose & Wilbur

Week Fifty

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Moving Books
Sunday
We finally moved all my books from Trinity to Park Place. Boxes and boxes of books.

Monday: Jeffrey Campbell 99
Monday
99 by Jeffrey Campbell, back ordered then delayed then posted to the old address, finally collected. I adore them.
I bought half a size too big but that allowed for insoles & heel grips which made them delightfully comfortable.

Tuesday: New Sheets & Magazine
Tuesday
New sheets, a magazine stolen (BORROWED) from my father, and bedside table. My bedroom looks like it belongs to a grown up. Very strange. Also? note the pile of books-to-read.

Wednesday: Peppermint Nailpolish
Wednesday
O.P.I. tries to tell me that this colour is Lime. I say it’s Mint Green.

Thursday: Solar Night Light
Thursday
It is REALLY DARK up the hill. Very few streetlights. So I bought a solar powered light.

Friday: Manu Tattoo
Friday
Craig accompanied me to Manu Tattoo in Petone. I had Wilbur put on my arm and good LORD but it hurt.

Saturday: Creepy Santas
Saturday
Ahhh my creepy phallic Santas.
Craig and I hunted out our Christmas decorations and bought a real live Christmas tree, our first one as our own little family.
I like that we still have Firsts.

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Attempting to display braids
Silvery-Grey eyeshadow.

Week Forty-Nine

365 in 2009!

Sunday: an afternoon well spent. Sun & Poirot.
Sunday
I spent the afternoon lying in the sun and reading an old old Agatha Christie novel.

Monday: Sorceress set by M.A.C.
Monday
I went to Kirkcaldie and Stains to pick up a christmas present and came away with this eyeshadow set in Sorceress as well. Oops. But I adore it.

Tuesday: outfit for Wednesday
Tuesday
I try and set out my outfit for the next day when I get home from work.
I set out my newly repaired grey-peplum skirt, vintage rhinestone necklace, and slip-of-a-thing watch.

Wednesday: my 'books to read' pile.
Wednesday
My pile of books-to-read is becoming precarious.
BUT I just finished Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger and it was quite large so the situation is less dire.

Thursday: Xmas Present
Thursday
A christmas present arrived at home. I flicked through it (CAREFULLY! No spine creases!) and I may have to keep it for myself.

Friday: loved this one too!
Friday
I loved this quote too! I really like whoever it is that’s choosing the quotes for Bennetts at the moment.

Saturday: Barbecue avec ma famille
Saturday
After a day of boring boring domestic stuff Craig and I went to my parents for a family barbecue and watching of Love Actually to kickstart the christmas spirit.

Next week will be even better – the third sister will be home (!), there is a tattoo appointment, and perhaps there will be christmas tree decorating. Perhaps.

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First Sunburn of Summer. Sigh.
The first sunburn of summer.

Week Forty-Eight

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Rose outside Park Place. Exploring.
Sunday
I explored the steep little garden of Park Place. It was unexciting but the rose was pretty.

Monday: Bird Kitsch
Monday
Unpacking a little further. The area I have claimed to store my office type things is all pale colours and kitsch. Like this little metal bird.

Tuesday: No More Trains
Tuesday
Thanks to a free carpark at work, and the fact that there are two of us in the car, it is much cheaper for Craig and I to drive in to work and back. The only trouble is, sometimes the return journey is slow.

Wednesday: A bit too much Pink
Wednesday
My new gela-skins iPhone cover (using this photo from Paris) arrived and in addition to the pink headphones and pink handbag? it’s all a bit much for me.

Thursday: Love the quote.
Thursday
I loved the quote outside Bennetts.

Friday: a bad-mood-day
Friday
A no-good-very-bad-mood kind of day. Called for overpriced faux-coffee and a cinnamon roll.

Saturday: Photo Editing
Saturday
Our new couch suite makes me feel positively tiny (but it is glorious and leather and was such a good deal) and I spent most of the day there (it was raining) editing photos. In order to catch up.

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Sofas make me feel tiny

And just like that? I’m up to date with 365 in 2009.
Just in time for the end.

Week Forty-Seven

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Impressive Mountains from the Plane to Wellington
Sunday
Arriving back in New Zealand. This little country can be damned impressive sometimes.

Monday: Moving House
Monday
Crazy busy moving into Park Place. I only managed to take one photo all day.

Tuesday: Peppermints are a Priority.
Tuesday
Peppermints are a priority in my house. Especially seasonal peppermints. I heart candy canes.

Wednesday: I guess the view from Park Place is pretty good.
Wednesday
Sunset. I guess the view from Park Place isn’t so bad.

Thursday: New Frames
Thursday
I collected two framed photographs (uh 3 I suppose) and a frame for my Fifi Lapin print. More art for Park Place.

Friday: Vintage Camera Collection
Friday
My vintage camera collection on display.

Saturday: Artwork in a Petone Cafe
Saturday
Post tattoo consultation coffee and brunch. I loved the dressed-up-dogs art for sale. If I had $75 spare? the one in the pink dress would already be mine. Sigh.

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Self Portrait

Week Forty-Six

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Souvenir Pins - Osaka Castle
Sunday
Osaka
Our first full day in Japan, Craig and I tagged along with a couple of couch-surfers and went to Osaka Castle.
I love these souvenir pin-ball machines.

Monday: Macro Deer
Monday
Nara to Kyoto
On our way to Kyoto we spent the day in Nara, famous for the tame deer which roam the city and Nara Park.
According to legend, a mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijō-kyō. Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country.
Also? they are ADORABLE.

Tuesday: Geisha!
Tuesday
Kyoto
In Kyoto, we walked for miles and miles through winding streets, temples around every second corner.
My favourite moment was spotting this Geisha at Kyomizu-Dera.
EDIT: I’ve been advised (ahh the wonder of the internet) that it’s actually a tourist dressed up like a Geisha. Which is a little disappointing but I suppose it’s as close as I was ever going to get. If we’d had more time in Kyoto, and more money, then I wanted to try this as well! Next time, maybe.

Wednesday: Torii
Wednesday
Kyoto-Hiroshima
Our last day in Kyoto, we visited the Fushimi-Inari shrine which has thousands of these bright red Torii lining mountain paths.
As we walked the paths the rain set in, we had umbrellas and rain coats and most of the rest of the tourists cleared out. It was magical.
We caught the Shinkansen to Hiroshima in the evening.

Thursday: 8:15 - Watch in the Museum
Thursday
Hiroshima-Osaka
A watch frozen by the Atomic Bomb, in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
We spent the morning at the Mazda Museum (yes, seriously) and the afternoon at Peace Park.

Friday: Literally awesome.
Friday
Osaka
Ahhh, the Osaka Aquarium. I loved seeing the Whale Sharks but it was the Manta Ray that took my breath away.

Saturday: Tim and Mio, adorable
Saturday
Osaka
Our last day in Osaka. We wandered the shopping district with Tim and Mio (how cute are they? answer? VERY) before collecting our bags and heading off to Kansai International Airport.

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Looking at Craig when the timer went off

In the grounds of Hiroshima Castle, Craig was checking I had myself framed properly. I was peering at him in this photo.

(More Japan photos in the next week or two!)

Week Forty-Five

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Waterloo Station
Sunday
The trains were running the wrong way. It was strange waiting on the opposite side of the station. Little things,

Monday: Sore Wrist
Monday
I hurt my wrist on Sunday (opening a door. I have ridiculously weak wrists) and had to wear a brace. I covered the karate-man icon (my injury was much more lame) with my vintage Rome souvenir scarf.

Tuesday: Downloading photos from Flickr
Tuesday
I accidentally deleted all my photos off my macbook. I know I should have a back up but I just haven’t gotten around to it.
Thankfully I found a programme where you can download all your photos off flickr. It just took forever and a day.
(6,000 photos!)

Wednesday: Strange Fringe
Wednesday
I switched to glasses for a few days before going to Japan. I didn’t want my eyes to hate me or my contact lenses to wear out.

Thursday: Picking up Wine
Thursday
Picking up wine as a thank you to Tim for letting us take up his spare room during our time in Japan.

Friday: a note from Jayne
Friday
A note left by my baby sister as she left for school before I got up. Usually it’s the other way around but I had taken the day off to pack! We flew to Auckland that evening.

Saturday
Sigh.
The first time this year I have completely missed a day. I was doing so well!
We left Auckland at ridiculously-early-o’clock, spent 12 hours on a plane, met Tim at Kansai Airport, felt overwhelmed by Japan, and Osaka, went out for Korean BBQ then drinks, and crashed in to bed just after midnight.
I should have taken photos but it just completely slipped my mind.

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Excited but Sore
I look exhausted. Behind me the bed is covered with clothes folded and ready to be packed.

Week Forty-Four

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Picnic in the park
Sunday
I walked walked walked in the sun and had a picnic in the park. It was lovely.

Monday: Labour Day Sale!
Monday
Labour Day, a holiday, I went out walking again (the sun was shining) and this time ended up at the Labour Day sales and coming away with … a lot of underwear. And these old school seamed stockings.

Tuesday: Late at work
Tuesday
After a public holiday there is always so much extra work to do. And as such, I stayed late at work.

Wednesday: Size 10 OMG
Wednesday
I’ve been tracking my jean size in the same store all year. In January I didn’t buy any because the size 14 was too small. And now? I just bought a size 10!
I think the last time I wore a size 10 was while Craig lived in Auckland. Meaning I would have been around 18/19.
(these are NZ sizes by the way)

Thursday: Cannibalistic Pigeons
Thursday
Creeped out by the Pigeons at the train station snacking on old roast chicken.

Friday: Bag for Japan, Comparison
Friday
I bought a bag to pack for Japan. We’re not going for that long and I want to pack as little as possible.
Then I got it home and realised it’s only twice the size of my every day handbag. I may have over estimated my packing-light abilities.

Saturday: The painters killed the plant!
Saturday
The plant that I am looking after for my baby sister has been looking decidedly dodgy ever since the painters came into our house. If it dies, I’m blaming them.

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Sir C & Me

There will not be a weekly post next Sunday. And possibly not the Sunday after that.
On Friday Sir C and I are winging our way to Japan (JAPAN!) and while I think we do get back in to Wellington on a Sunday, it’s highly likely we will feel like death and I will have 7000 photos to sort.
But! I will still be taking a photo every single day so I can catch up upon our triumphant return.