A Study in Lines and Colours



While waiting for our luggage to arrive on the conveyor belts of the baggage claim area following our domestic flight back to Auckland, since it was still early in the morning, all these carts stood there in silent readiness for the day’s “work.”

I was enthralled with the effect of the lines and colours all these neatly arranged carts created.





A slightly different effect from a slightly different perspective….




From above and slightly off the side (above)….




…to straight on and down the middle of the bars (below).




Cooking Classes with Maggie

Ever since mid-September of this year, ¬†I have been attending weekly cooking classes at one of the local grocery stores near where I live, hosted by Chef Maggie. ¬†They take place every Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. ¬†It’s the same store that I mentioned in a previous post, entitled¬†A Time for Giving Hugs¬†. In fact, I took the photos of Mary right after one of these cooking classes. ¬† ‚̧

On average the group of attendees who come to these classes are approximately 15 people, and we listen and watch attentively as Maggie guides us through the featured recipes she has picked for us.  She puts it all together, and near the end of each class we get to sample the just prepared dishes.

In the photos above, Maggie is showing us the steps to a nourishing quinoa (with veggies and chicken) dish.  And you can see some added detail via the large rectangular mirror as it reflects to the viewers everything more clearly.


Here is my serving up close……it tasted delicious! ¬†That red pepper sauce added great flavour!


In these next photos, everyone is lining up to get their portion of the dessert, which was vanilla ice cream with a delightfully generous helping of the made-from-scratch Whisky Caramel Sauce that Maggie showed us.

And here is the photo of the dessert…..Mmmmm!


Generally in the days that follow, I end up cooking for my lads at home the featured dishes from that Tuesday. ¬†Happily, I’ve been getting encouraging and positive feedback from them – they are enjoying these newer meals!

However, I didn’t get to trying these two latest recipes out yet, because Christmas snuck in first. ¬†Haha!

I plan to make both at some point this week.


In the next two photos you can see the location of the kitchen area, which is on the upper floor, and you can see the many food displays on the lower level of the store.

All Dressed Up in White and Black

Caterpillars are irresistible to watch, as they go about their business.  And so many have such attractive patterns and colouring.

This one, with this classic combination of white and black is one to be wary of…..similar in a way to the monarch, in that it is unpleasant for eating by its predators. ¬†Of course, humans aren’t necessarily in the habit of eating caterpillars; however, we DO sometimes want to touch them. ¬†That’s where it’s prudent to be wary, because this one can cause skin rashes and irritations, if touched.


My son and I spotted this little fella about three weeks ago. First time we’d ever seen this caterpillar. I took photos so that at some point I could find a way to identify it. On Monday when I was visiting with a friend of mine, we saw a few of these very same caterpillars – as we were sitting under the willow tree – and she said that she hadn’t had a chance to identify them yet. So, I just googled to find an image that resembled mine.
It’s the LOPHOCAMPA CARYAE¬†ie. the hickory tussock caterpillar.

“Caterpillars are seen between July and September.
The moth primarily feeds on hickory, pecan and walnuts, but will also eat ash, elm, oak, willow, and other plants.
The larva, a caterpillar, is completely covered in long, hairlike setae arranged in spreading tufts. Most are white, but there are black tufts along the middle of the back, and four long black hair pencils, two near the front, and two near the back.
These hairs cause itchy rashes in some people.[2] They are microscopically barbed and may cause serious medical complications if they are transferred from the hands to the eyes.[3] There are black spots along the sides, and the head capsule is black.” – from Wikipedia

In this photo, with its black face, white eyes, and front feet outstretched…..spooky!

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