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Corgis on High Street

September 29, 2007

I used to walk past these corgi’s every day on my way to work, and as a dog lover they always brought a smile to my face. They were installed to coincide with the 50th jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. As New Zealand is a member of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth is also the Queen of New Zealand. And, the queen is well known for her corgis. The corgi at the back is sniffing a dropped ice cream.

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Not everyone likes them, but I think they’re cute!

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View of Lyttelton from Bridle Path

September 28, 2007

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Taken from the top of the Bridle Path walk this is a view of Lyttelton Christchurch’s port. The Bridle Path was once the only route over the Port Hills from the harbour at Lyttelton and was used by Christchurch’s early settlers who would bring everything they owned up and over the track. It’s a steep walk and great exercise if you’re looking to get fit in a hurry. The view as well is simply spectacular.

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Christchurch Graffiti Art

September 27, 2007

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Graffiti. Art or vandalism? It’s a contentious issue, but if you were to contend that grafitti is in fact art, this example would certainly help your argument.

I’m not sure why, but I’m personally quite drawn to this type of drawing, perhaps its the vibrant use of colour.

The shot was taken from the Waltham Road over bridge which goes over the railway line. If you ever walk over it, look down and you will see there is a wall of quite stunning graffiti art running parallel to the train tracks. I also happened to find a great YouTube video of some Christchurch graffiti artists in action – in fact parts of the video look like they’ve been filmed near the the location of this picture (watch as one graffiti artist gets a little too close for comfort to an oncoming train).

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Alice in Videoland Entrance

September 26, 2007

This is the entrance to Alice in Videoland with Charlie Chaplin cardboard cutout on the pavement. This is the place to go in Christchurch if you are after classic films or as their website says “art house, foreign, cult, classic, documentary and hard-to-find titles”. They’re located on the Cnr Tuam and High Streets. Website is www.aliceinvideoland.co.nz

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Oh, and Christchurch residents take note! If you’re a member and register with their website, you can reserve DVD’s online and they will post them out to you with a reply envelope! Yes, lovers of good cinema never need to leave the house again.

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Anzac Biscuits from my Kitchen

September 25, 2007

Here’s a domestic Christchurch pic today, which covers the process of baking Anzac biscuits (made in my kitchen at home in Christchurch). It’s not Anzac Day (April 25th) but any day is a good day to bake Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac biscuits are delicious and very popular Australasian biscuits (that’s cookies for the Americans) that were apparently based on a Scottish Oatmeal Biscuit. I always make mine with Coconut and throw in some sultanas and dried fruit – which makes them extra yummy.

I make my Anzac Biscuits from the Edmonds Cookbook recipe (shown in the photo below). As you might be able to guess, my Edmonds book is covered in baking splodges (and a few notes)!

I think one top secret to making a really good Anzac biscuit, is to make sure that the golden syrup and butter mixture is quite hot when you add the baking soda so it’s really frothy.

Syrup and Soda mixed together – nice and frothy

Next step is folding the frothy syrup mixture into the dried ingredients.

The mixture is quite wet and roll into balls really easy. Then just press them down a little (but not too much). Bake for about 15 minutes depending on how hot your oven is. I take mine out when they spring back from the touch – they are usually still quite soft but harden up once cold.

Hungry yet? This was the final product and I made three dozen. I’m taking them into one of my client’s offices for an afternoon treat, though I had to taste test a couple, just to make sure they were up to my high standard!

And, here’s the recipe I used – from the Edmonds Cookery Book. By the way, you can buy the cookery book online from Whitcoulls a New Zealand book store.

Oh, and if you have a crack at making them, leave me a comment about how it went!

125g flour
1 cup coconut
100g butter
1/2 teaspoon Bicarb of Soda
150g sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons boiling water
  1. Mix together flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats. Melt butter and golden syrup.
  2. Dissolve Bicarb soda in the boiling water and add to the butter and golden syrup.
  3. Make a well in the centre of flour, stir in the liquid.
  4. Place in spoonfuls on a greased tray.
  5. Bake 15-20 mins at 180 degrees Celsius.

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