The Perfect Hour

I call this the Perfect Hour. Between dinner and bedtime on the days when Jacob is home. Everyone is fed and the dishes done. Too early for bedtime so we are both doing our own thing. It’s a lovely summer’s afternoon and I can still smell the chlorine from the pool in my hair. The…

Going Vegetarian

It has been a full month since I stopped eating meat or fish. The first few weeks were really easy because there were so many things I wanted to try my hand at making. I was having at least two vegetable dishes and a protein dish; usually lentils for every meal. I only needed to…

Good Things….

Patience has never been my strong point, but over the years I have worked on it…getting better at it as I get older..The house auction was meant to be today, but now I have a whole week to wait….But as someone said to me yesterday, “Good things come to those who wait”…. It has been…

Enough

Last weekend, after almost 15 months together, the Englishman and I ended our relationship. We had always had our ups and downs, but things came to a head finally. Since my birthday a month ago, we had been spending more and more time together at my house because he no longer had a cat at…

On a Beautiful Day in Auckland…..

I have been lazy with updating my blog this week. Some weeks are like that. Living takes up so much time, that there is no time to stop and reflect…Instead of lots of words, I have decided to let the pictures tell the story….. We ended up deciding not to go to Taste of Auckland….

Food as a means of creative expression

The week didn’t actually start off too bad. A good weekend, felt a bit unwell, but the doctor checked me out and said it didn’t seem like anything serious. Monday night we went a New Zealand movie called The Weight of Elephants. A very poignant look at life for a little boy in small town…

My Island in the Sun…..for a day…….

Thank you to all my friends who sent personal messages after last week’s post. It was a pretty traumatic weekend, but this last weekend has been one of the best I have had for a long time…Maybe it was the feeling that I had been given a second chance to get things right or that…

When the Boat Capsizes…….

I sat down with my laptop tonight with very little idea about what I am going to write about. It is the end of the week and I am due for a post today. All week I have been feeling quite content and happy. A quiet sort of happiness knowing that at each moment, there…

Starting Anew…….

In my anthropology classes we have been studying Rituals and in particular the Rites of Passage. One such ritual is marking the passage of time such as New Year celebrations. And being Sri Lankan, I celebrate New Year in April, which is when the Sun moves from Pisces to Aries. I have lived in New…

Who’s Been Reading My Blog…..?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys have prepared an annual report for my blog. In 2012, I had a total of 2,600 views of my blog from 52 countries in the 7 months I had been writing. Most were from USA, but New Zealand and Sri Lanka were not far behind. I am truly humbled by…

Sweet Heaven

If heaven was a place in France, then during our trip we tasted ambrosia. Before we embarked on the journey, my friend expressed a desire to find the best tasting croissant he could. And for that we had to do lots of tasting. But it did not end there; for next we had to find…

Julia Child’s Paris

The dilemma was whether to read the Lonely Planet Paris City Guide or the Frommers Guide to France. I had them both beside my couch for most of the three months leading up to the trip, along with the 24 Great Walks in Paris. The latter I dipped in and out of when the mood…