If we were drinking coffee…or even a cup of tea

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea, we would be sipping the Pina Colada tea I bought a few weeks ago, and enjoying its fragrant flavour.

IMG_7690Tea time (cup from National Galleries of Scotland)

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea I would tell you that we have had a busy week, starting with going to see the very funny French comedian Marcel Lucont on Monday at San Fran as part of the continuing New Zealand International Comedy Festival.  I would tell you that I had been up to Hamilton again on Thursday, and was actually looking forward to a week with no events!

IMG_7681San Fran and comedy

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea I would tell you how I had a nice weekend with a friend visiting from Auckland, and how we went to the underground market, where I hadn’t been for ages, ate lunch at Ekim’s on Cuba Street and walked about a bit of the city centre.

IMG_7685Saturday morning

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea I would tell you about the ballet we went to on Saturday evening, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Choregraphed by Francesco Ventriglia, the current artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the piece was originally conceived for Florence’s MaggioDanza, but the ceiling of the theatre fell in and the opening night had to be abandoned. Aunt Em is missing, but Uncle Henry is featured at the beginning and end, thus providing a role for RNZB’s longest serving member, Sir Jon Trimmer.  Moreover, there is no cyclone, the story instead starting with with Dorothy lying in a hospital bed, the resulting scenes all a dream.

IMG_7692The programme with Dorothy

I would tell you that I thought that the sets and costumes were excellent and magical, from a sparkling Art Deco Emerald City to the realm of the Princess of Porcelain, where the dancers were dressed in blue and white, to the beautiful floating butterfly covered costume for Glinda, the witch of the north.  However, the retelling of The Wizard of Oz was a little bit messy, not helped by a cobbled together score of various pieces of music by Poulenc.  The dancing was good, with dancers well cast (Bronte Kelly was a neat Dorothy and Laura Saxon Jones as Glinda was tall and elegant), but the piece could do with a lot of editing and tidying up, and clearer signposts to guide us through the tale.  I would also say that in any case it was lovely to go and see some ballet.

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The Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man*

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea I would tell you that we had a lovely lunch today with friends up at the Austrian themed Brooklyn Deli (Ohiro Road, Brooklyn, Wellington). I had the creamy spinach with a poached egg, excellent fried potatoes and some good toasted bread.  Everyone was more than happy with their schnitzel, bratwurst and speckknoedel and we have added it to our list of places to go for Sunday lunch.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea we would naturally comment on the mild weather for this time of year, but how quickly it gets dark these evenings.  I would note the time and ask you if you would like a gin and tonic.  You reply yes, and so the evening begins.

IMG_7111The evening begins

*Picture from http://rnzb.org.nz/

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