As I mentioned at the end of the last post, on Saturday night I went to see ‘Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige’, a three handed piece performed with great energy and spirit by Lynda Milligan, Jude Gibson and Geraldine Brophy. Grumpy Old Women was originally a British television series, consisting of various women ‘of a certain age’ complaining, with great humour, about certain aspects of modern life and aging. It has since been turned into a stage show written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder, with themed sections on different topics, from technology, to teenage children to bodies. It was really quite funny, but could easily have been edited and reduced by half an hour.
As for the happy, well Sunday proved to be a lovely sunny day – especially after we crossed over the Rimutaka Hill Road. We stopped for lunch at the Village Cafe in Martinborough where I had an excellent Caeser Salad and glass of Pinot Gris, and gave instructions to my husband on how to do something on the camera.
We’ve been to Martinborough quite a few times, partly as it is a lovely drive, and partly as it gives a great opportunity to try some local wines. Fun facts about the town: the streets are laid out in the pattern of the Union Jack and there are street names like New York (a green, leafy street with farmland on one side) and Suez, named after places the founder of the town, John Martin, had visited on a world tour.
On getting home, I made some banana chocolate chip muffins, which were the requested cake this week. These are so easy to make, that even those frightened of baking can produce some lovely, moist muffins. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease a 12 hole muffin pan. Sift into a bowl, 300g self-raising flour and 1 teaspoon mixed spice, then stir in 100g soft brown sugar. To this add about 2 large, mashed, over-ripe bananas, 150g chocolate chips, 3 beaten eggs, 80ml vegetable oil and 80ml milk. Mix all this up, spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes.
It is really getting cooler and it gets dark quite early these days, which make us all, humans and cats want to curl up under a duvet.