Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Today's wardrobe challenge was shiny - I'm not the kind of girl who has a whole bunch of "bling" lying around so I decided to wear this dress as the fabric is quite "shiny".Here is a slightly blurry close up of the fabric with skulls and flowers and all kinds of things.My shoes are kind of metallic and shiny too - I have been wearing these shoes a whole bunch. I think they are my favourites at the moment.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The food festival was incredibly busy - we had to wait quite a while for our food but it was worth it!
Here's a few more photos from the evening at the food festival, just hanging out and enjoying the atmosphere.
Finally, whilst we were at the food festival, we were approached by a photographer from the "Capital Times" a local community newspaper. Its publish every Wednesday, here's the photo from the newspaper.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I love this Easter Island statute at Lyall Bay - it was a gift to New Zealand from Chile.
Here's a few photos I took during the walk, it's kind of hard to believe that the weekend before this one we had snow!
When we arrived at Island Bay we found that there was a little aquarium there that neither of us even knew existed! So we stopped off for a look - it was pretty good value as it only cost $1 to visit. My favourite was the octopus - I love the way they move - its like they are from a different world.
Friday, August 26, 2011
We both love festivals and markets and I have always wanted to visit a lot of countries in Eastern Europe (sadly I haven't made it there - yet) so we decided to check it out.There was a room set up dedicated to selling Ukrainian goods like books, toys, yarn and clothing. I especially liked this little basket of goodies - if you read my blog you'll know I have a soft spot for matryoshka dolls and now I have a set of my own which I bought from this wee basket. I've added the dolls to our random collection of toys - they are sharing a shelf with some toys from Korea and Taiwan.
Here's a photo of the table where the plates were laid out - I thought it was really striking.I thought I'd finish off this post with one of my favourite things from the festival - some AMAZING cross-stitch. I love folk art and I am a cross-stitcher myself and I can't even begin to imagine the number of hours that would have gone into making both of these amazing pieces.
I assume the man at the top is some important Ukrainian spiritual or religious leader? I really don't know enough about the Ukraine to say - but I do know he must be fairly important and fairly loved for someone to spend HOURS cross-stitching his portrait for a wall hanging.
The second piece of cross-stitch is a photo of a much larger table runner which was just beautiful. So many hours of hard work and sore finger tips would have gone into making it.