Thursday Treats

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Mister and I enjoyed a beautiful weekend away in Opononi, Hokianga.  A lovely three hour drive north of Auckland.  My favourite photo of our trip, admiring the beauty of the beach at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga.

We rented a holiday house with a wrap around deck and amazing view of the beach and sand dunes.  A lovely house with retro decor, blue walls and an inviting atmosphere.

The gorgeous view we woke up to from the bedroom window.

The living room has a shelf filled with records. We played a few of our favourites including Bob Marley, Billy Joel and UB40.

The front bedroom which is connected to the living area and the lovely retro kitchen and dining room.

Mister snapping a photo of me on the final day of our trip.  Beautiful Opononi we shall return.

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Delicious treats of the week

Brunch-The most devine Mussell Fritters in Opononi

Lamb loin on a bed of spinach and aligot in a rich thyme emulsion and red wine sauce at The Copthorne Hotel & Resort-Bryers Room Restaurant

Oysters from Omapere-compliments of Steve and Maud. My favourite seafood delight.

Absolutely scrumptious chocolate chip cookie from Columbus Coffee.

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Elijah, my handsome nephew is an absolute delight.  At only six weeks old, Elijah has developed quite a humorous personality.  He makes my heart smile and he is such a joy to be around.

Elijah having tummy time.

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I enjoyed a stroll through the Auckland Botanic Gardens taking in the delight of spring (despite my hayfever).  During my high school years I would visit this place and dwell within the lively scent of flowers and feed the ducks in the pond.  One of my favourite places where I lose myself in the serenity of nature.

Spring at the Auckland Botanic Gardens

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This week’s national news has highlighted the issue of child poverty in New Zealand.  KidsCan is an organization in New Zealand supporting disadvantaged children.  One in four children in NZ live in poverty, alarming but realistic.  Child poverty is prevalent all over the world.  There are many ways to lend a helping hand.  The smallest gesture of giving can make a large difference.  Donating clothing or contributing to the food bank at the  Salvation Army is one of many ways to make a difference in your community.  I’m an avid supporter of our local Salvation Army.  How could you make a difference in your community regarding child poverty?

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Love & laughter,
Curly Miri

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The Beauty Of Love

You are derivative of what encompasses me.  You came and plucked me from my youth, the innocence of me where I lay and breathed with ease, where being naive was my comfort.  You make me want nothing more but to reign free in the air you wander in aimlessly, as you provoke me to tear at you from the inside.

I yearn to feel a mere existence but instead I slumber in this boisterous subtlety you call love.  I am in awe of your presence.  Something you will never understand because you do not even utter a word in my direction.  You stutter and struggle to find meaning in who I am and what I stand for.  Am I not yours?  Do I not belong to you?  Am I not worthy? My eyes are empty; they are shallow from looking at you full of self pity as you display so blatantly your lack of humanity.  Displeasured am I, so full of disappointment.  I will never want you.

Always I have wondered why I let you in, filling me with the desire of your numbness, the beating drum of your heart, the sound forever pounding in my mind.  Summer essence ripped from you as the fundamental nature of you drowns me in this serenity, lifeless by your lies and deceitful lingering in an abyss of loneliness.

Cry for me, ache for me, the tender feeling you crave when you lie all alone in the cradling vessel you created.  Shame on you.  Laugh at me as I walk by, yelling, demanding and open this thing called a heart.  Letting you depict what it is you want me to believe, what you want me to feel.  I feel you.  I understand you.  This heart, will you ever know that it bleeds only for you?  Strum and play away as you always do, never caring to hear the aching beat of a spirit, so wounded and defeated by your careless murmurs that disappear when I open my eyes.

I hunger after the very core of you as I want you to feel what it is that I feel. I am envious of what you have and your existence among a meadow of deception.  The bodies you entwine with every night will never compare to the pureness of what I offered you.

This temple, so rare in delight, you will never touch again.  It is not yours to take, to use for your selfish desires.  It belongs to another.  A man of heart and grace that has taken me as I am with no reserve.  I do not deserve.  A lifetime has passed and with a touch of a blossoming flower, he is the epitome of all that is beauty as he embraces me in his affectionate arms, amorous and honest.  It is his gentle vines of sincerity that heal the jagged edges of my tender being.  At last, I know now what it is to be loved.

Curly Miri © 2012

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Love & laughter,
Curly Miri

Thursday Treats

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September is the official start to Spring, my favourite season of the year with the most beautiful flowers in bloom.  While on a coffee date with my sister we spotted a Daffodil sale at a florist and grabbed a few bunches to arrange in my glass vases.  A great start to Spring!

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Mister celebrated his “21st” birthday.  I think this is the 10th time he has celebrated his 21st birthday, ha!  Mister’s birthday lunch was at the lovely Atico Cocina.  In the evening we celebrated Mister’s birthday with a great group of friends.  We danced the night away and I had to mend his hangover the next day.  I am so glad Mister enjoyed his birthday, he brings so much joy to my life and it was good to see him having a great time.  Happy birthday, my love.

Mister enjoyed Dominican Seafood with Prawn, mussels, white fish, squid in a rich crayfish okra rice.
I had the Yucatan Tuna Pan Seared Citrus Infused Yucatan Style Tuna with rice pilaf and spicy salsa, a delicious treat. I also made club sandwiches and cheese and fruit platters for the evening celebrations.

An enjoyable night celebrating Mister’s birthday.

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Delectable treats of the week.

Coffee date with my beautiful sister.

Dinner at Mexicali in Newmarket with a few of my favourite people. The Taco Salad-yum!

Spinach with hollaindaise sauce on a bed of sauteed mushrooms and hash browns at Coronation Restaurant & Cafe. The hollaindaise sauce just took me to another level-delightful.

Mister had creamy mushroom and bacon with ciabatta bread. I had a few bites too of course. A lovely balanced creaminess with crispy bits of bacon. At Coronation Restaurant & Cafe.

Caramel Brownie-moist and rich. The best brownie ever! You see how the lower part is missing? Mister decided to take a bite before I could snap a photo, lol.

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Emerald Green Clutch with Gold detail.  A great buy as the Clutch was on sale and green is my favourite colour.  The gold detail reminds me of my Italian puzzle ring that my brother and his partner bought for me from Florence last year.

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The most beautiful treat. My nephew Elijah. I love being an aunt. Just being in Elijah’s presence, giving him cuddles and seeing him smile makes me so happy. I am in the process of writing a children’s book in honour of Elijah.

My handsome nephew, Elijah. Our latest photo together, taken last night.  After reading the first two chapters of The Hunchback of Notre Dame he drifted off to sleep.

Love & laughter,
Curly Miri