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Panoramic

How – and why – does life sometimes manage to get so busy?! The photo below is of a place which is truly timeless, both in the sheer beauty of the dramatic landscape, and because it’s a place where all sense of time disappears, just you and immenseness of the land, the crashing surf, the sun on your skin and the sea breeze. A complete contrast to the previous post here on foldedcranes, getting lost in the wonder of an untouched edge of the land like this one is an ideal balance to the bustle of life in the city. Capturing it in a photo – and being able to take it home with you, to get lost in, every once in a while, is a great thing to be able to do, too.

Bethells Beach

- CIA

Photo by CIA at Te Henga – Bethells Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand, March 2013.

Wellington Civic Square, by night

Public spaces like this – which are beautiful both by day, and night, should be encouraged, in our increasingly urbanised planet.

Wellington civic square, by night

A pretty place to be, I think you will agree. Recently, I learnt that the square was designed by visionary Wellington architect Ian Athfield, whose brilliant and sometimes odd work scatters the city (seek, and you shall find Athfield creations in Wellington’s many corners!), enriching the urban landscape. I don’t think I will ever tire of the eclectic mish-mash of buildings, old and new, which shouldn’t work together but somehow do, interesting public art, patches of soft green space, around a fully accessible multi-level square, crowned by Neil Dawson’s wonderful sculpture, Ferns. I love to spot Ferns’ shadow, at different times of the day as it dances around the space. Whether I am passing through en route home, or sitting leisurely on a bench in the sun (or, let’s face it, wind!), Wellington’s Civic Square is a fitting heart to the city which I am thankful for.

- Photo by CIA, Wellington Civic Square, March 2013. Around the square from left to right: Wellington Town Hall and Civic Chambers, The Majestic Centre (tall tower in the background), Wellington City Library, and the City Gallery.

You just lost the game

There are many reasons that we have not been blogging as frequently as we would like. The least likely and least accurate is this one.

We have been playing the game (I just lost the game).

I first found out about the game when I was looking for an anniversary present. I stumbled over a book (the title of which eludes me) about ways to avoid boredom. In this book, the rules of a game were written down. The game was ascribed to Cambridge students, though a brief search of online sources suggests this is as likely as not completely made up. There are three rules, as follows:

  1. Everyone in the world is playing The Game. A person cannot not play The Game; it does not require consent to play and one can never stop playing.
  2. Whenever one thinks about The Game, one loses.
  3. Losses must be announced to at least one person (either by using a statement such as “I lost The Game” or by alternative means).

Of course, this kind of thing is nothing new – but on a return visit to the bookshop, CIA ended up playing the game too (my verbal attempts to persuade her having failed miserably, nevertheless made my game-playing more straightforward). The result is surprise attacks, like this one:

The Game

And now? All I have to say is, although we will try to blog more regularly (if not frequently), you did just lose the game.

- PJD

Photo by PJD, post-it note on the oven by CIA.

Let them eat cake

We had a birthday in our house a few days ago (yay PJD!). To mark this special occasion, I baked a cake. I went in search of a most delicious chocolate cake recipe, which not only had to be relatively easy to make, with not too many ingredients, but which also had to be scrumptious in the way that chocolate-cakes-when-you-were-young tasted. After much leafing through recipe books, um-ing and ah-ing over which recipe looked and sounded the best (sometimes it’s easy to get drawn in by an amazing looking photo in a cookbook only to discover the recipe is overly complicated – don’t you agree?!), I settled on an aptly (if somewhat un-originally) named “Never-fail birthday chocolate cake with chocolate icing”. This recipe comes courtesy of Australian cook Bill Granger, found in one of the most reliable go-to books in my cookbook collection, Bill’s Holiday.

Birthday cake...

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Night time makes ordinary things strange.

Hay Street, Wellington

- PJD

Photo by PJD, on a fine summer evening, Wellington 2013. CIA was a semi-willing accomplice.

To be lost in a forest

Okay so it’s been a while since I promised I’d post about Bloc Party’s recent concert in Auckland, but I’m hoping it’s a case of better late than never. This was the second time in less than a year that I’d had the privilege of seeing these boys from London take to the stage (the first being at Zurich Open Air last August) and they absolutely delivered second-time around as good as if it was the first. The Powerstation provided a venue of perfect proportions (not too big, not too small, great acoustics) and the crowd was suitably excited. After all, it had been six years since Bloc Party had toured these distant shores.

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