Friday, 15 January 2010

Golden sunsets and summer dreaming

'Give us the money,' he rasped.
Mort's hand went to the bag on his belt.
'Hang on a minute,' he said. 'What happens then?'
'I mean, is it my money or my life?' said Mort. 'That's the sort of thing robbers are supposed to demand. Your money or your life. I read that in a book once,' he added.
'Possibly, possibly,' conceded the robber. He felt he was losing the initiative, but rallied magnificently. 'On the other hand, it could be your money
and your life. Pulling off the double, you might say.'
Mort by Terry Pratchett

On Boxing Day (after my darling cousin D and I braved the shops for the sales...yes, stupidest thing ever but I did get a new camelbak and a gorgeous dress) we attempted to see Avatar with my best friend B. I say attempted as the projector broke halfway through so we didn't get to see the second half. Oh well, I did get to see it all later but that is another story. We were pretty gutted so to make up for it I took them to
Golden Age for dinner. We all picked one dish each to share between us all.

B picked the Sizzling Tofu...

...and you can even see the steam still rising off it in this photo!

D picked the Lemon Veggie Chicken...

...which is quite possibly my favourite dish there...if only it had some veges too! It's weird I like it so much because I'm not normally a huge fan of fake meat.

Because neither of those dishes sounded like they had many (if any) vegetables I did the honourable thing and ordered the seasonal vegetable dish.

Here's my first plate with a bit of everything on rice.

There was quite a lot more consumed than this as we managed to devour all of what we ordered and then promptly went back to my place and ate leftovers from the desserts I made for Christmas day.

And then a couple of days later it was off to Gisborne for New Years and the Rhythm & Vines music festival.

Chilling on the hill overlooking the main stage.

The Vines Stage as people slowly started filling up the venue. By nightfall it was hard to walk anywhere as the place was just crawling with thousands of people...freaky but super cool.

Sunset on the first night

There was the most awesome vegetarian food stall where we ate from every night called One Love. Oh man, their samosas were so amazing and they had these delicious potato fritters fried in some kind of spicy batter. I wish I had photos to show you but I forgot my camera.


  1. I have not been reading blogs for a while and I am so excitied that I have so much to catch up on your blog!

    Wow looks like a yummy meal! And followed by leftover for dessert- scrummy! (I often think that desserts taste better as leftovers, although maybe that it because in my house it is rare to have anything leftover!!)

    I always hit the sales on Boxing Day too and if I go in the morning it is usually pretty quiet so I can sometimes find a few bargains!

    I can tell from the pictures that the weather is nice over there. Sadly the same cannot be said of England at the moment, we had some snow (nice for a while then just annoying!), then loads of rain and it is soooo cold! I am so jealous it is summer over there!

  2. Hey Emma! It is so good to hear from you again. I had been wondering how you were getting on :)