Saturday, April 29, 2006

I'm such a tramp...

So hiking is called tramping and trekking over here, and since I prefer the shorter variety, I'm called a tramper. Here's some pics from some of my tramping around. From Oreti beach here in town:

This is from some trails in Kilmock Bush which in a park on the way to the beach. These yellow flowers smelled amazing. I didn't know it, but the trail this day ended here at a river.

This is from Moore's reserve overlook in Riverton. Riverton is the cutest town and has some amazing views from up here. The dense bush I walked through to get to the top is just like a rain forest.

To see a few more pictures from these walks, go here.
Mo Momo Mohair
So my favorite LYS had this great mohair on clearance. I decided to make my mother-in-law a shawl/wrap out of it. Okay, so she might look like a psychotic peacock in heat while wearing it, but it is some really fun yarn!

Unfortunately, I started this project while watching foregin films, and didn't pay enough attention to what I was doing. This thing is six and a half feet long!!! I'm not sure what to do, except keep on going and finish it up. I guess if she gets out of hand while visiting, I can always make it into a mohair straight jacket and tie her up! Any other useful suggestions on what to do would be GREATLY appreciated! ;)

A scout is thrifty...

While my wife is busy getting rid of all of our accumulated 'stuff', I'm over here busily hording new stashes. How can I help it when I've found such a groovy thrift store near bye? I'm trying to show some restraint, but I have to admit I've already brought home TWO cool 50s kitchen tables...
This is a really cool set (I love old plastic stuff...) that I think once was part of a picnic set. I figure the little ones will have fun with it in their play kitchen.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Mason's 2nd birthday!

Okay, so I stole these off of my sister's blog.... you do what you have to do when you are continents away....

Hmmmm.... he really favors me in this picture.... ;)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

It's kind of a sad easter here...missing my youngest's 2nd birthday. Sounds like everyone back home had a good time though!

I have wheels! I am free! Think I'll take a quick drive to the beach after this... If you want to see more pics from my friday drive, click on the lighthouse!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Films and sea lions

Okay, so after a month, I finally broke down and bought a TV and DVD player Friday. I don't get any channels right now, but I rented a crap-load of movies. Some I really enjoyed. I HIGHLY recommend 'Monsoon Wedding', and also enjoyed 'Garden State' and 'Sweet Sixteen', although the latter was a bit depressing... It is also funny that it took me a few minutes in Sweet Sixteen to realize that they were speaking English. Don't worry, there are subtitles for those of us that aren't used to true Scottish accents. I did pick it up quite a bit by the end.

I also watched Blade 3, and although I don't put it in the same category as the above films, it was exactly what I expected and wanted on Friday night. I'm quite addicted to vampire flicks anyhow.

Last, and probably least, (I really binged on movies this weekend, eh?) there was Dangerous Game. Not the worst film of all times, but didn't really do too much for me.

Surprisingly enough, I actually also mowed the grass, did SEVERAL loads of laundry (including hanging them to dry), attended a 'gypsy fair', looked around car lots and went to the coast. I was thrilled to run into Patti and Patrick (the first kiwis I met...actually, they are of the American flavor...) while walking home. They took me over to the coast, just inside the Catlins, and I saw an amazing view of sheep, ocean, sea lions, mountains and a cute lighthouse. The weather couldn't have been nicer.