Little Drummer Boy #4

After my last slightly humorous post I thought it was time to get a bit more serious.

How many of you knew that ‘Little Drummer Boy’ was originally titled the ‘Carol of the Drum’ ?

The first official recording of this song was by the Trapp Family Singers. Yes indeedy…that Trapp family that Julie Andrews made famous in Sound of Music.

So here is their version.

You might notice that instead of “the ox and lamb kept time” the Trapp Family Singers sing “the ox and ass kept time” which was as it was originally written by Katherine Davis in 1941. There is a very interesting story about some plagiarism of this song, which I will tell you during this month of the Little Drummer Boy, once I check out that it is true.

Hope you enjoy.

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Little Drummer Boy #3

This was too cute & funny NOT to share. A drum roll please for…Little Drummer Boy – Walk off the Earth (Feat. Doggies)

If you have a couple of minutes and would like to see how they put this together then I have one more video for you. A behind the scenes which I loved watching…go the doggies !!!!

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Little Drummer Boy #2

Bob Seger is high up on my list of wonderful singers. I still have the records of his I bought back in the day.

So when I heard this I was thrilled. Hope you like it as much as I do.

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Today I came across a version of my favourite Christmas song that made the hairs stand up all over my body…so I thought I would share it with you.

How amazing was that ??

I found myself searching for different versions of this wonderful song. So, although it is not yet December I am breaking what in the past has been a steadfast rule. No Christmas stuff until December 1.

Each day up to and including Christmas Eve I am going to search and find a cool version of this ever so wonderful song.

I figure I might take you along with me and share them with you. Hopefully you will be like me and never tire of this song.

Do you have a favourite Christmas song ?? I’d love to hear which one it is.

Or do you have a favourite version of Little Drummer Boy ?? Do tell !!!

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Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday


Wordless Wednesday

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Meet Ohm & Ploy

I have two new students staying with me for a few weeks. From Thailand. Both girls are 14, and luckily their English is pretty reasonable. While it is a bit of work having people, especially young people you have to cook & clean for…it is nice work.

They are keen to see a kiwi…this is pretty close for now.
The girls were introduced to 'Barry'.
The girls were introduced to ‘Barry’.
We had a picnic lunch watching grown men race their remote control boats and ducks swim peacefully by.
We had a picnic lunch watching grown men race their remote control boats and duck swim peacefully by.
This really made me laugh. The girls both taking selfies of themselves in the water.
This really made me laugh. The girls both taking selfies of themselves in the water.

Last night the girls made me their favourite meal. Do NOT ask me to spell it. I have no clue, but it tasted pretty good.

It had it was always going to please me.
It had prawns…so it was always going to please me.

My Happy Place

Show where you go to get your groove back is the challenge.

Mostly this is the place where I feel the air blow through me and clean out all that has crowded in.


It sets me right again with the world.

I head for the sea.

Feeling very happy…the following photo got 2nd Prize in our biennial Arts & Murals Festival which just took place in Katikati. First time I have ever gotten anywhere in this competition. And with one of my favourite shots. Thinking of framing it and keeping it.

How amazing are they ???
How amazing are they ???


Prawns are such a yummy ingredient…

So tonight I am making Basil, Lemon & Prawn Pasta.

Oh yes I am…

Now we all know that recipes are difficult…so have some patience with me please.

This one is just for one person.


  1. A handful of pasta. I quite like the spinach fettuccine, but folks anything you fancy goes.
  2. Prawns. De-veined. I like them with tails on, which I chuck off once cooked. Now really I am kinda crazy about prawns…so I like a lot. 2015-09-24 17.43.33You may like less. Figure it out how many you feel like !!!
  3. A handful of chopped basil.2015-09-24 17.43.03
  4. A handful of drained capers.
  5. A tablespoon lemon juice.
  6. A tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Enough baby spinach leaves to cover your plate.2015-09-24 17.41.26

And here we go…

Cook the pasta until almost al dente. Then throw in your prawns for about three minutes. While all this is cooking wash and lay out your spinach leaves on the plate. Chop the basil. Me personally…I have so many lemons I squeezed the lemons while I waited.

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Once the pasta and prawns are cooked…throw them in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, capers, basil & olive oil. Toss your little old heart out.

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Then place them on top of the baby spinach leaves.

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Add salt & pepper to taste…and away you go.

Heaven for your tummy !!!!

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu


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