Thursday, April 30, 2009

All Your Lullabies: 29th April

Icecream truck 1
The Bird - Peregrine
Sleeping States - Sleeping States, Or Who Has Been Rocking My Dreamboat
The Jam - English Rose
Lands & Peoples - Isabella
Mogwai - Tracy
Ryland Bouchard - Married to the Ground
David Karsten Daniels - That Knot Unties?
Halye Bonar - Ransom
Icecream truck 2
Dave Eggers - What The Water Feels Like To Fishes
Mythical Beast - Maria Sabina
The Blue Nile - Easter Parade
Tortoise - Four-Day Interval
Bob Dylan - Man In The Long Black Coat
Icecream truck 3

Photo by Alex Brown

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Minga's 87th birthday party, with ridiculously undercooked chocolate cake

Monday, April 27, 2009

zine of the week

by gemmabear at etsy

before it gets too cold..

a quick nap in the garden under the washing line..

Thursday, April 23, 2009

All Your Lullabies: 22nd April

The Bird - Whitethroat
Bob Wiseman - Who Am I
Dean & Britta - White Horses
Antony and Bryce Dessner - I was Young When I Left Home
St. Vincent - The Bed
Tape - Moth Wings
Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family - That Song
Sleep School - The Void Surrounding You
Rachel Ries - Here We Lie in Wait
Gareth reading extract from Snow White by Donald Barthelme
Prince and Pearl - Not A Gun
Gregory and the Hawk - Voice Like A Bell
Iron & Wine - Lovesong Of The Buzzard

image by Esther Pearl Watson from

Monday, April 20, 2009

Surrounded by knitting

Knitting is having a revival in the neighbourhood.

Alex is knitting a Jacques Cousteau hat from

I am attempting to make this jersey from

North Canterbury Cage Bird Club Show

Annie and I ventured into North Canterbury again, this time for canaries and budgies.

Birds for sale

Birds in tiny boxes

This shy creature is the winner

These canaries were being judged on their song. They are kept in their closed boxes until judging time when the doors are opened and they have 10 minutes to sing their little hearts out.

Rural New Zealand traditions seemed to be alive and well! For a gold coin donation we were fed home-made scones with jam and cream and a cup of tea. delightful

Bob Wiseman

"Who Am I" by Bob Wiseman, featuring Feist

He is playing at the Wundebar on Tuesday 21st April oooo yes!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Day trip to Oxford

Annie and I went to Oxford for the monthly craft show. A woman was selling reversible sun visors. We bought a pinwheel.
We did not dine at Joe Seger's Country Kitchen but had day old pies from the bakery/fish and chip shop. There were nice gardens and nice cows.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

All Your Lullabies: 8th April

The Bird - Rook
David Byrne - Un di felice
Ink Spots - Maybe
Chad VaGaalen - Willow Tree
Camera Obscura - Forest and Sands
St Vincent & The National - Sleep All Summer
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Skeletons
Zooey Deschanel & Samantha Shelton - Walk Right Back
Congregacion - Arrebol
Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch - Lua
Bon Iver - Beach Baby
Blonde Redhead & Devastations - When the Road Runs Out
Laura Barrett - Gamma Ray
Andrew Bird - Oh, Sister
M. Ward - Blake's View

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Easter buns, courgette bread, teeny tiny cupcakes and birthday parties