Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Surely Not

Some blithe busy-with-work not busy-with-hobbies disclaimer.

Quite a shock.

More of a shock - my dressing like a professional, and not an academic hobo.

That's enough of that.

In more delightful news, the menagerie have been being monsters; including but not limited to: bringing in half rotten birds and flinging maggots about under the dining room table.


The three are getting along better and better as the kitten gets older and bigger, helped along by her being a complete/equal menace.

She particularly likes waiting for The Mother's schnauzer to come up and sniff her head (or just innocently walk past...) before launching herself at him, wrapping her front legs around his neck and biting his beard hair.  He stands there rather bemused and quite baffled, and lets her do as she would.  It's pretty cute.

He's started playing with her a little, but the playing between the three is basically her sneaking up, whacking one with a paw and then haring off in a grand game of chase.  My Trouble is especially fond of the chasing part.

Have caught her sleeping grumpily a couple times.  Not sure who slighted or wronged her in this instance.  Most likely the dog was kicking her back every now and again.

We went to Tauranga a couple of weeks ago for a bit of a job and some stuff, and the day started out quite sublime.
Of course, by 11 there were massive black storm clouds banking up and it was pouring with rain by lunch.  Interesting fact - that lovely waterfront area upgrade incorporated timber recycled off the Rena.  A disaster very few beach-living locals will easily forget.

One weekend The Mother and I took tea in The Father's lovely vege garden - it was a beautiful day and since the area is out of bounds to the dogs, the kitten has claimed it as a play pen of sorts.  I also made a new friend (though I doubt they're a mutual friend of the veges).
The possum was quite taken with the concrete blocks:

I discovered the panorama function in my phone's camera (seriously, spring was sprung quite a while ago up here...).

During one of my trips up to Auckland the pilots actually remembered to turn off the seatbelt sign (Whakatane-Auckland, the guy on the tarmac is an old dude in stubbies) and I snapped a pic of the Rotorua lake and the Matata-Maketu coastline.  You can see Mokoia up the top there, in a cloud hole, just to the left of the wing tip.
And the coastline, which I can't wait to drive along in early summer when the pohutukawa cliffs are blazing with flowers.  Its funny how being ~15k feet up makes everything look rather flat.

In the next couple of days we are hoping to get over to Hamilton for the massive Craft & Quilt Fair, which should be fantastic.  Expect some make related posts over the weekend.

Next week I am back in Auckland, for a symposium in the first half (being held at the Villa Maria Estate), and the latter half of which I will be staying in Parnell, where exists some very lovely buildings and churches (are the two uncoupled?), so I'm looking forward to that (and catching up with some very special cool peeps wink wink (but not that kind of wink wink)), and getting a good swathe of work done.  Good things.

The following week I am headed down to Dunedin for a different two week work contract, helping out with this sitch - which should be fantastic.  And, of course - ample opportunity to catch up with even more very special cool peeps.

Love!  Hugs soon.

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