Friday, November 29, 2019

It's the Weekend

It's the weekend. What's happening in my neck of the woods?
Well, visitors from Australia for a few days, which is always fun.
Success in resisting the temptation to see who won Australian Masterchef before it aired, and making it to the end, months delayed. (See previous blog rant on this!) One of the Aussies did know, ha. Praise be, I have to say, that it's over. Sixty episodes. I managed not to watch them all, though.
Masses of Black Friday sales everywhere. Everywhere. This is a relatively new thing in NZ.  We're I'm simple folk, so have no needs, there. Resistance not needed.
I discovered a nice new series of gentle novels, the Pudding Pantry series. English-set, about a cook in the country who starts up a pudding business. The only thing is, they should all be obese and diabetic the amount of desserts they try, but they seem to have self control, (It is fiction, Jo, fiction....) However, one of them had a recipe for a Sticky Date Toffee pudding I really liked the look of. I have never made one of those before. Possibly never actually ever eaten one.
And finally a picture, which is a "you had to be there" one.
I had a meeting during the week right in the heart of Auckland's CBD on the 24th floor. The views were just amazing, out to the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto Island, blue sky and white clouds. The pic doesn't do it justice at all, but here it is. It is looking across to the North Shore, and you can see the Harbour Bridge amidst the reflections on the windows. The grey tower to the right is the Sky Tower. Apparently, it can be be pretty freaky when you're in there and look out to see someone falling off as they take a dive from the top at the Sky Jump! This is the SkyJump here.
~ Joanne

Christmas bears

There has to be a photo of the Santa Bears, doesn't there? You can see Bobbie lounging on the chair next to them, unimpressed, as cat...