Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas at the family ... ... ranch (?)

This year the run up to christmas has been all about wrapping presents, drinking wine, ever-so-much sun, family decorations, watching Q.i., making Candy Cane Biscotti, and herding runaway caterpillars.

Candy Cane Biscotti

Candy Cane Biscotti


Traditional Decoration

Our tree is a family history of christmases.
Ever so old baubles made by my grandma using sequins and polystyrene balls. And a crochet angel from which the starch has disappeared.

Sleeping angel decoration

She now appears to be sleeping. Yawning. Not exactly caroling.

2007 Decorations:

Jayne's decoration

Charlotte's decoration

Christmas tree decorations

My decoration

My decoration

Rogue Caterpillars!

Runaway Caterpillar

Rogue caterpillar

Runaway Caterpillar

And scary scary decorations in the mall.
Well, mainly just the one extra scary decoration:

SUPER creepy decoration

It's all I see when I close my eyes!

Pretty rose

Pretty rose

Rose Closeup

(much better)

This morning my sisters and I all got up at different times and didn't really see each other before leaving the house.
About an hour after we'd been all home together we kind of looked at each other and realised:


We'd all managed to choose some kind white tee shirt and jeans.
Spooky in a not very interesting kind of way.

Creepy decoration

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Out of Character

Remember when I told y'all about all the hundreds of photos I had to post?
And how I actually would post them?
Oh, that was fun. The tiny glimmer of hope that I might emerge from my camera-blind haze and put photos up in an organised manner.

Don't get me wrong. I do still intend to.
Perhaps after Christmas.
To tide you over, here are a few of my favourites:

Hong Kong

Reflection of a reflection

View of 2 ifc

View of 2 ifc

Pretty Flowers

Craig and the HK Skyline

Sarah-Rose and the HK Skyline

Cute little Lily face



Mmm Pocky (one)

Purple with gold behind

Incense with flowers behind

Burning Incense

Incense at Po Lin

Incense at Po Lin


Dark dark shell

Gannet in flight

Favourite clouds

Some people make me feel inadequate.

Proof Craig made it to the top

So green

View from Rangitoto

And now, I am in Wellington and Craig is in Auckland and the freedom is a little spooky.
We haven't spent this long apart since ... June 2004.
In the last year we haven't spent more than say, the day, apart.