Wednesday, July 15, 2015

a Special treat for me.

Today I had a real treat, I guess its ok to spoil yourself occasionally.
 My Mother gave me a voucher to have a beauty treatment at Arthur Devine Inspired Salons and Spa I have kept it for awhile, since she has passed away and will give me no more loving presents such as this, but today I cashed it in and went for an anti aging facial treatment with Marcie a lovely little Thai lady. I had never had a facial of any kind so wasn't too sure I would like the feeling, but I certainly did. So relaxing to be pampered so. My hour slipped by in no time. My face feels soft and dewy and I feel special. Awesome! 
Thanks Mum a lovely last gift.
 Tomorrow we head off for a lovely sunny break, nice to feel it has already started.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A gift from the sea.

A wee sea shell I found on the beach this morning. It is almost perfect, there should be slightly longer more pointed little spikes around the shell that have been worn down by the ocean, but it is amazingly whole.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Last of the Talent Auction items

Finally it was my turn to fulfill my obligations from the talent auction some time ago.
I had offered to take a group of up to 4 on a Wine tour with a meal at one of the wineries. 
This was bid for by several people and went for a good price to our Pastor. The Pastor and her Husband are our best friends so we have all looked forward to this event but working duties stopped us from being able to do this. Finally they asked if I would instead take them out in the evening to Blenheim for a dinner at Roccos Italian restaurant and would I bring Erle my Husband and join them for this evening out. Well, I was thrilled to do this and so was Erle, a night out together is always great fun.
It was a nasty cold wet night when I picked them up and drove to Blenheim, ( 30km away ) we were all rugged up against the cold, but the car air-con soon had us cosy. Roccos is an old established restaurant with a great reputation, I have been there often but not recently so was not too sure whether it would be as good as it used to be. Strangely when we went in I thought nothing has changed at all, the very same pictures and photos were on the wall the table layout was similar the big fish tank was still there, but sadly there were no big fish swimming and no crayfish it was just full of balloons. The fireplace was there but it now has a radiation heater rather than the real open fire that used to cook a haunch of meat all evening making the whole place smell delicious.
We ordered our meal and were delighted to find the portions were still large and the food very Italian and full of flavour. We mainly all ordered pasta and all were pleased with their choice. I was unable to enjoy the nice wine but the others were able to indulge knowing I was a sober driver, the water was nice too. 
Was a real good night lots of laughs and good conversation with good service and food. We even had a desert it was so nice, the ambiance of the place is still good. But I did miss the Crayfish and blue Cod swimming in the big tank.
The only other talent that was left to be done was Erle's offer to prune fruit trees, something he is very good at, he went and did his pruning a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed the company of Gil who won the bidding war to get him. Hopefully there will be a bumper crop of fruit next spring.
It has been decided to hold another Talent Auction in 2 years time , any sooner might make us all sick of them, this ways we shall all be waiting eagerly for the next one and will all think up bigger better things to offer.
There were some other things offered; a car grooming, a foot massage, window cleaning, and many offers of lovely homemade cakes, and some garden offers too.
The money collected through this auction is to be sent to the Missionaries sent from our Church to China, Tibet,  Pakistan and Philippines. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Rainbow Marriage

I do wish more people felt like this. It is right inline with what I feel, but he says it so better than I ever could.
I trust I dont offend too many people.

As Written by Richie Branson.
As a follower of Christ and lover of all people regardless of race, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or game console preference, I'm going to be very blunt with my fellow Christians: why are you so pissed about this change in MAN's law? Absolutely nothing has changed in the Bible. God's law is exactly the same as it was before yesterday. The sgood book said that man's law wouldn't always line up with God's law, so why are you upset that the Bible was correct? If you expect the nation's legal system to teach your children about Christ then you're sadly mistaken. God never placed that responsibility with the courts; It's YOUR responsibility to spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
The law doesn't force pornography upon your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force twerk videos unto your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force heterosexual sex between two unmarried people into your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force having children out of wedlock unto your household, but again... it's perfectly legal. HAomosexual marriage, like the above mentioned "sins", does not impede on the basic rights of anyone else. It's perfectly fine not to condone it, but to condemn it and attempt to codify your beliefs into laws that disenfranchise those with different belief systems is not ok. Here's a newsflash: Making it legal for gay people to be married by definition of man's law doesn't mean the world is coming to an end. This isn't anything new, by the way, as 22 other countries already recognize same-sex marriage years before June 26th, 2015.
While we're on the subject, let's talk about state-sponsored sinful lifestyles for a second: every weekend I buy a lotto ticket from the corner store. I've been doing this for years. However, my Bible says to stay away from attempts to get rich quick (proverbs 13:11 and 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10). I guess that means I should also be condemned to the depths of Hell upon my death.
Look, there are so many other issues that require our attention as Christians: poverty, racism, genocide, persecution of Christians in the Middle East (while we're complaining about Christians losing influence in American politics, Middle-Eastern Christians are losing their LIVES), and others that are infinitely more worthy of our outrage than the issue of same-sex marriage in America. Instead of bloviating on social media about how offended you are about homosexuality, why don't you step out on faith and do some real kingdom work?
In closing, it is quite ironic that the most sin I've seen on social media isn't coming from all the rainbow colored profile pictures, but rather from self-proclaimed Christians shouting "F*ck this fag b.s." with a disturbing lack of one of the very cornerstones of the Christian faith: Grace.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

To remove ice from car windows

Here is a great tip from Denver where it is really cold and icy, a tip I must remember.
Maybe it will be helpful for others too.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mid Winter swimming

Today is the Winter Equinox shortest day here in Picton New Zealand. There is always a mid winter swim to celebrate not that I have ever been silly enough to be one of the swimmers! I love swimming but like the water to be tropically warm.
Generally only about 12 - 25 people ever leap into the water briefly, but today it was really a nice warm sunny day with lovely blue sky, it encouraged many hundred people out to watch. It seems that many of them decided to give the swim a go. Lots were all dressed up for the event, some in their bathing costume many just in street clothes, many were children but lots were adults, all ran splashing and squealing into the tide.

 The rules said everyone must get their heads under water to qualify as a swimmer but lots stayed in and really swam. Such brave hardy souls. I spoke to some later who said after a few seconds their skin was numb so they didnt feel the cold at all then. Still didnt encourage me to give it a go.
I have since read in the paper more than 250 people braved the cold water for a dip!

Erle and I were there to drive the little train on the Foreshore for the children and as there were many of them we were kept very busy.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pasta with the Pastor night

Pasta with the Pastor night.
Last month we had the Merry  Missionaries Month of May where we had many fundraising nights including the talent auction where I out bid everyone to buy the 2 lovely meals on offer in private homes with friends of ours from Church, I have already written up the Ngakuta Bay Lunch, now it is turn for the Pasta with the Pastor Evening. We had been looking forward to this because Judy and Wayne are our best friends and I know Judy to be a fabulous cook.
We arrived to be greeted warmly in French by Wayne our waiter for the night, Judy did point out that it was an Italian themed night but apparently Wayne is going to be French tonight!  Erle brought a nice bottle of Marlborough Sav wine which he asked the waiter to uncork providing it was a BYO  restaurant. We were soon settled on the settee to warm up before the fire, in a room where all the furniture had been
moved and different stuff placed carefully to add Italian ambiance to the 'Restaurant' room, alight with pretty red candles, with a glass of wine in our  hands toasting each other frequently.

Our waiter soon brought out special homemade crisps that were baked not fried, together with pate and many little dishes of dips and tasty sauces and a type of salami made of dates and nuts. All very yummy and enjoyed with lots of good conversation.
We were shown to our table and served the entree of Mediterranean Tart, a 6 inch square pasty filled with cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, olives rocket leaves and feta cheese, very delicious and almost enough for the whole meal. But still no pasta had shown up so we knew there must be a big bowl of spaghetti or something like that to come.
Judy vanished into the kitchen and returned with plates brimming wit h homemade pasta with garlic topped with some yummy stuffed chicken balls and a bowl of walnut and pomegranate salad to go with it. I had never had  homemade pasta before, so it was a real treat, tender and tasty with more body than the bought stuff; much better.
We were very full by this time and were just enjoying the last of the wine when Judy did another vanish into the kitchen and returned this time with large individual Pavlovas for us all topped with enough scrummy whipped cream to even keep me happy ( Cream is my major addiction and weakness) and drizzled with raspberries and what I think were pomegranate seeds. Anyway who cares just what drizzled the whipped cream those pavlovas were very nice. We all struggled to finish them as it had been such a big beautiful meal. Manfully we managed it!  
At this time we suddenly looked down at those pretty red candles which had burned right through the  outside wall of the wax and the said wax was now making its way slowly across the snow white tablecloth! In our haste to rectify matters somehow we managed to leave brilliant red trails and drips just about all over that lovely cloth,  which Wayne manfully said was only a cheap one from the second hand shop! lol, yeah right! I don't think so, I do hope Judy can clean off all that red wax.

What a great night a great meal with great friends, I shall sure be bidding next year, should we hold a similar talent auction.
All in all I can definitely recommend this restaurant to all.
Sorry no photos I was too busy eating and talking.