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Here's to an 'eggs-tra' special weekend (I know that's what you were all waiting for!)!

However your week has panned out, up's and down's, I hope you take a little smile into the weekend.

If you don't have anything to look forward to yet... go, make it up!

Feel free to add your own cheesy title for the pic above as a comment - the more the merrier! - that would be 'eggs-ellent'. I'm sure you've saved up a little bit of creativity ahead of the weekend.

Perfect Match

On this grey, chill winter's Friday, a little suggestion for a weekend culinary adventure - grape schiacciata. It's rustic, it's comfort food, and it's not that hard.

Maggie Beer and the LOML teamed up in our kitchen to produce this one, and it was completely scrumptious. True, Maggie was only here in spirit in the form of a recipe (you can't have everything!), but it was a match made in epicurean heaven. We didn't have the right size pan, the right kind of grapes, or even quite as many as the recipe recommended, but we winged it, and it was still scrumptious.

Turns out that when you put the gorgeous Maggie Beer and the delectable LOML in the kitchen you get something close to perfection - at least when you're aiming for bread. :)

Now, if only we could remember where we put the recipe, so we could do it again! 

Here's to a very warm and comforting weekend to you and yours, wherever and however you'll be spending it. If you have time between Olympic events, you might even like to try making a grape schiacciata. It may actually be easier to make than pronounce. An excellent accompaniment to a good glass of red, or anything suitable convivial! 

You're not in Kansas anymore....

Alternative Working Title: Why Kiwis Really Need a Permit to Operate Safely in Australia (even the relatively safe parts)

Alternative Alternative to the Working Title: There Should Be More Signage In This Country!

An excerpt from the personal file - for your mirth and entertainment.

You may not know this about me (or even care - I'm ignoring that possibility) but, I'm always up for an adventure. And, on the few occasions when these adventures extend past the parameters of my imagination, I like to include nature in the mix. I love nature!

In fact, I love it so much, that growing up I used to fantasise about living the whole Robinson Crusoe lifestyle. It's how I used to fall asleep, imagining myself surviving in the middle of Fiordland, replete with log cabin, suitable camping accoutrements, hunting expertise etc, writing about my daily life. No one believes me now, but I actually came up with the original concept of a Survivor/X-Treme Blog crossover back in the early '80's!

(Unfortunately, in a disappointing sidebar to this story, when I tried to 'run away' and make my really awesome dream a reality, Mum and Dad failed to see the genius behind the motivation. It set up a whole ugly scenario of parental self-chastisement, guilt, trauma, and tears that at age nine, I just hadn't seen coming! Maybe, because I'd bundled up all of Dad's coolest looking fishing lures to aid my survival...

At any rate, I still like getting out into a bit of nature - with or without parental supervision!)

However, my innocent feelings of being 'safe' and happy, bowling carefree through nature, have been dented a tad recently, by my experiences in this country. First, it was the leech falling into my mouth, whilst walking a section at Wilson's Prom (how does that even happen???). Then, it was the really big, weird biting insect incident down my long-johns, resulting in a chaotic, emergency 'down-trou' on an exposed ridge (don't ask! Okay, the answers are, a.) VERY exposed, b.) bitten all over the show, c.) no, the insect was fine, well, maybe slightly traumatised, but otherwise okay, and d.) yep). Now, another addition to the collection. 'Tis a cautionary tale to be sure.... but, I have to ask, is it too much to ask for ONE sign, people??! Just one!

Please, do watch the clip above, and see why many (many) Australians roll their eyes skyward (even snort with derision!), when a hapless kiwi happens to wander blithely through nature, trying NOT to make any noise, naively dangling both legs over rocks beside streams (as if they needed more reason!).

As for as the 'nature' itself, how awesome is it, huh? Colourful, mesmerising, and very beautiful - from a distance! Very awesome to see it all happen.

And yes, Mum, next time I will take a big stick, and a compression bandage. :)

Be Nice To Your Stalkers' Day!

A little humour to celebrate Valentine's Day, otherwise affectionately known as 'VD', or, as I like to call it, "Be Nice To Your Stalkers' Day"!

This image goes out to all the sci fi fans in the cosmos, who just don't get the kudos they deserve on days like this. I know for a fact, that you're some of the most romantic guys and gals out there - you're already star gazers and dreamers, after all!

At any rate, here's to everyone having a lovely day - whatever 'genre' you identify with most.

Don't close those blast doors... this doesn't have to be an overtly commercial or expensive day. Chocolates, cards, flowers or diamonds will never be a real substitute for quality time spent, or heartfelt communication. Although, if you're just starting out, they might just open the door an inch (fingers crossed!). :)

Enjoy, and have fun with those you love today!

(P.S Especially whoever it was who came up with this image in the first place - I'd love to be able to give you the full (image) credit you deserve!)

Mind's Eye

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Now, some hardcore riders may be displeased by aspects of this image of mine, sticklers for 'true-to-life' depictions of riding as many of you are! However, realism be damned in this case, I'm afraid. 

I intended this piece to be evocative of riding, but in the context of dreams, and emotions, rather than the physical realities of biking. I know that the bike pictured would not be carving up some of the same trails mentioned, for instance. Although, if I saw someone riding one like this on the trails at Forrest - big props for the attempt!  

And yes, I have used the same image as my website splash page. Nothing like keeping what you care about front and centre during your work day. Great inspiration! 

Inspiration

 Copyright 2009 Roland Tiangco

It may be a sports mad weekend (great job, Cats!), but there should always be time to engage your other passions.

I absolutely love this poster, and the idea behind it. Tip o' the hat to it's creator, Roland Tiangco - great inspiration and thought.

Check out the whole poster story @ Culturehall.com - the creation and process is well worth the look.

Here's to getting our hands a little dirtier for the future.


Welcome to the World - revisited

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Sometimes, a year can seem to last an eternity. Another will fly by. Missing skies of home today has me thinking back. In the capital, Carlo has turned one. In the fleeting months since creating this Visual Prose to celebrate, I wonder how far I've come, by comparison. At my age, milestones are less visible, not always expected (except growth rings). No longer the blankest canvas, still, I look to learn (although, employing filters). May I not lose that childlike desire, or curiosity.

I may not be standing in the same place, but I still stand under southern skies. Some things change...

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Yes, M.A.M!

It's Friday, so why not time to kick back and watch a little slideshow?

It's relaxing, like watching goldfish... with music!

This is a moving pictures showcase of Visual Prose Moveable Art Magnets (M.A.M's for short!). As you can see, they come with either a white or black border options, on a fun display card, and are an absolute steal at just $AUD5 each!! (Postage & handling a little extra).

They are the ultimate thin, lightweight, post-friendly gift - which is why we can send them anywhere around the world. Go on, try it!

Any image that you see in the image galleries is able to be purchased as a M.A.M (Moveable Art Magnet, in case you missed it!), even if you don't see it as part of the slideshow.

And yes, you can view the slideshow in a slightly bigger format on youtube here. Ahhh, pretty!

Feel free to comment, or email me directly for orders or more information.

Ultimately, sit back, relax, and have an excellent weekend, wherever you are in the world!

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Any day now...

I just know that the good people from Libra are going to contact me to work with them on editing and proof-reading their "Odd Spot"... ah, spots!

I know that it's the weekend, but hands up who can spot the two small errors in the item above? C'mon, I'll time you!

One is pretty simple, and stands out like a sore thumb. The other? Well, if you need a hint - I'd be careful where you're sneezing, if you believe this little piece of trivia, people. It could be messy, and dangerous(!).

I know that the Libra folks won't mind me noticing the problem, either. How? Well, funnily enough (is it just me?), this was the piece directly above the sneezing trivia...

                       

Who doesn't just love language, and circumstance? Double threat!

Repeat after me, "I see poor English..." *hehehe* Love it!