Sunday, June 11, 2006


On Friday the 11th of June 2004 (two years ago today), Jacob and I stood together in the barrel room of Mills Reef Winery and Restaurant (Bethlehem, Tauranga), and in the presence of some of our good friends and family, we were married.

Today being Sunday, and being rather a busy day for us, we decided to celebrate our two years of marriage yesterday by doing some of the things we love most: we went to 'La Cigale' french style markets in Parnell, and had some traditional paella for lunch; went wine tasting at fine wines and brought a bottle of Craggy Range Block 14 Syrah; enjoyed coffee together at Brasil on K'Rd; watched 'the Breakfast Club' on DVD; went out to dinner at 'Delicious' in Grey Lynn. Yes, all of those things in one day!

It can feel a bit false to pick a particular day to commemorate your relationship (we ignore Valentines day for this very reason), but I honestly feel like the time we spent, and the things we chose to do together do say something about who we are, and our relationship to one another. These were not 'special' things that are out of the ordinary for us, but things we do together often. These are things we chose to do to celebrate, not our wedding day 2 years ago, but the relationship that we have now, today.

I will leave you with Jacob's words to me on this day, two years on...

Two souls.
Two years on.
Two, meshing, morphing, joining.
Two becoming one.
Two together.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


We (the powellritchie conclave) spent the long weekend at the Wesleyan Methodist Church National Convention. Unfortunately for me my laryngitis made participating in the way I would have liked difficult. However, despite my 'disability '; I really enjoyed the weekend and I have come away with much to think about. Some of those thoughts will probably find their way onto my blog in the next week or so, but for the moment I am still processing.

On Saturday afternoon, I wanted to attend the workshop on Cross-Cultural Ministry, but I found myself distratcted by the beauty of the campsite, so I abandoned my plans, grabbed the camera and spent the last part of the afternoon attempting to capture the atmosphere on film instead.

These are a few of the images I took:


magic box

The last few weeks seem to have been punctuated by some great sharing of life over the dinner table, and accompanied by some fabulous food and wine. Highlights include a number of dinners with the Tollans both at their house and at ours, an Indian Banquet with the Coomes, and of course the infamous ‘Magic Box’ trial run dinner which Jean cooked for us at our house. The food was so great that I took some pics so you can all salivate jealously!

First course (a shitake mushroom soup served with creme fraiche)

Jean working her magic in the kitchen

Main Course (a shrimp curry served with rice flavoured with thyme and star anise)

If you want to see how her assessment went then click here to see the mouthwatering results!

everybody needs good neighbours

As some of you know our new house is situated in a little pocket of One Tree Hill which receives NO television reception. After some discussion we decided that we would get a basic sky digital package through Telecom (cheaper than going directly through sky). Unfortunately the installation process was rather slow (we have now had TV for just over two weeks). During the TV lull we got into the habit of watching ‘Greys Anatomy’ with the Tollans, as they live just around the corner (we can see their house from our Kitchen window!). This has now developed into a regular routine of Monday night food/dinner and TV, with us each taking turns at being the hosts.

It’s really nice to be able to go out and have your destination within 5 minutes walk of your house. It reminds me of neighbourhood BBQ’s from my childhood. Growing up we knew all our neighbours and most of the people who lived within 4-5 houses of our house. All the kids knew one another and played together (though not always amicably). If you ran out of sugar, you knew you could pop over to the Corks or the Bells, because they would be bound to have some. If it started raining and someone had washing out on the line, you’d go grab it off the line and leave it on their doorstep out of the rain. If you were going to do something naughty you knew that even if Mum didn’t see you that Mrs Cork, Mrs Bell, Mrs Sharp or Aunty Leonie were bound to catch you out. These days, most people don’t even know their neighbours first names, let alone know them well enough to have dinner with them on a regular basis.

I have to say I miss that sense of community. We have wonderful friends who would be here in a second if we called, but to know that you can run next door in a time of crisis, even a small one, leaves you feeling incredibly secure. So I’m loving the fact that we now find ourselves living in a situation where we have friends just across the hall, and just over the back fence.

We are also getting to know one of our new neighbours; Gordon. He came around this morning to tell me that his cat had been run over on the weekend (very sad :( ), and that the people from number 98 had put their rubbish bin outside his house, instead of putting it outside their own (very funny :) - though not apparently from Gordon’s perspective!). Oh well, as a wise philosopher once said...’neighbours should be there for one another...that’s when good neighbours become good friends’.

it’s been awhile...

It’s been awhile since I posted anything but links. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say or to tell, but more that I have been either too busy, or too sick to take the time to post properly.

Anyway, the following posts will be some short snippets of life in the month that was May.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

star trek and laryngitis

For the last week and a half I have been attempting to fight off the flu/a chest infection without the aid of antibiotics. This morning I finally admitted defeat and went to the doctor. After surprisingly little time (obligatory 30min wait not included) and minimal poking and prodding, the doctor cheerfully announced that I have laryngitis. As a result, I am currently at home 'enjoying' an enforced vow of silence.

The upside of this is that I had an opportunity to chew through my overfull inbox, and make some long overdue replies to emails from friends. In amongst the rubble I came across this rather entertaining Star Trek mash-up vid, definately the funniest I have seen in a while - 'tune in and prosper'.
(Cheers to Darren Bevan for the original link. )