This time last year I was in hospital with a brain tumour the size of a tennis ball. The slightly mad and dramatic video above was made by my slightly mad and dramatic husband (all truly creative people are a bit mad don't you think?). Make sure you have the volume on if you watch it. David made the video by clipping together all my CT scan images. I have no idea who the music is by. The nasty dark area at the back of my head is the tumour (it appears black in some images and white in others). Happily, it is now gone and I don't plan on it coming back. All hail brilliant neurosurgeons! My surgeon was Andrew Parker, a truly wonderful man. If you ever get a brain tumour, get yourself down to Wellington Hospital, and ask for this man to take a look. Not only is he exceptionally good at surgery, but he's also a genuinely kind, friendly, and empathetic person. I imagine it's not that often that a surgeon's bedside manner can be described as such.
Glibness aside, I am so damn happy to be alive, to be healthy, living in a beautiful place, surrounded by wonderful people. Thank you Andrew, thank you my family, and thank you my friends.
Friday, April 15, 2011
quince tree. I've been looking forward to quince season ever since we moved to our house nine months ago. And now the quinces are ready. Ready and heady - their aroma is amazing, intoxicating, captivating! I am in love with the quince. We picked the quinces, and then they sat in our house, making the whole place smell like one giant quince. Then I poached them in the oven for four hours with cardamom. And then I made eight jars of quince conserve (which I think must be a bit like jam). David hates them. He says they're like vegetables masquerading as fruit. I think he thinks it's unfair, or unnatural, of them to need to be cooked before being eaten. I like them. We are friends.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Here's a curious suggestion from California - Nut and Olive sandwiches: Mix 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped fine, with 1/2 cup olives, chopped fine, with mayonnaise, and spread on buttered bread. I'm going to try that one the next time we have mayonnaise in the house.
The Candy recipes have wonderful names like Airy Kisses, Walnut Divinity Fudge, and Heavenly Hash Candy (!).
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Sunday, April 10, 2011
ihanna postcard swap. I ripped up an old book about Rodin. I felt very bad (the book was almost 100 years old), but something mad came over me and I did it anyway. Sometimes being bad can feel great. And then I collaged over the pictures.
This beauty (pictured with the envelope she flew in on, because it too was beautiful) arrived from Bea in Portugal the other day. I took a look at her blog and it's gorgeous. I love the letterpress work she has been doing. My father used to run a publishing company, and everything was printed using letterpress, but with the advent of computers and digitalisation, he got rid of all the letterpress equipment. He says it's one of his big regrets. I remember playing with the letters as a child. They're beautiful. This website is dedicated to the preservation of letterpress.
And this arrived from Hedy in Australia. You can find our more about her here on her blog. The photo isn't very good, but the postcard is gorgeous in person. In postcard. In ... actual fact. The thing I like about it the most is that, if I look really carefully, I can see Hedy's fingerprints on the card - where she stuck the little collage pieces on. I once asked an artist for a photo of himself in his studio (long story), and he responded, "But you already have a photo of my studio don't you?" and I said, "Yes, but I need a photo of you" (it was for work - I wasn't actually stalking the poor guy) and he said, "You already do." I love that idea, that you can see an artist wherever you see their work.
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Saturday, April 9, 2011
friend was running a stall at the local market to raise money for Japanese tsunami and earthquake relief, so I dropped my jars off with her so she could sell them and make MILLIONS of dollars. Which she did, of course.
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Saturday, April 2, 2011
Heaphy Track. It was 78km of breath-taking goodness. I fell in love with the myriad different moss and lichen; and the landscape which changed every day - from moss-hung goblin forest, to palm-fringed beaches, and wind-swept tussock mountain plateau all within a few days. The best part, though, was spending four whole days with good friends.
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