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Longkeeper Pukekohe

Looking for somewhere nice to go for a special family dinner, we drove through Pukekohe and noticed The Long Keeper.  A quick look at the menu online showed that it held something for everyone, at reasonable prices.  It looked warm, clean, family friendly, and inviting so we went on in.

When we first arrived, it was quite early and we were the only customers, but by the time we left it was starting to fill up, seemingly with polite and well-mannered folk.

The restaurant is decorated with period (the 1920’s) images, linked to its namesake, the Pukekohe Long Keeper onion.

The staff were more than welcoming, they were friendly and helpful at every turn.  Where so often children are treated like something to be politely endured, the staff welcomed them, giving them colouring sheets and pencils.

Menus were issued, specials discussed and the children politely asked about some items on the menu.  The waitress was friendly, polite and answered questions.  When asked ‘which would you recommend?’ from two options, the answer was not the normal, evasiveness, but rather a genuine, experience based suggestion.  We felt that nothing was too much trouble.2

While we waited for our food, the waitress noticed that the colouring was done, and promptly offered a selection of board games!  The children were made to feel special at every turn.

When the food arrived, we were impressed.  The attention to detail and presentation was impressive.  The meals were delicious, cooked as requested, and the portions were very generous.

The steak was cooked to perfection and  accompanied by flavourful, firm vegetables, surprisingly tasty cauliflower purée, potato gratin and a flavourful jus.

The children loved their meals, and again, requests for more sauce were received and satisfied with a smile that said it was no problem at all.

Even after the generous helpings, the dessert menu was just too tempting.  The lemon tart was a perfect blend of tart citrus and sweet, crumbled, meringue and berry compote, perfectly accompanied by the manuka ice cream.

Far from being the normal boring affair, the ice cream sundae was rich chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a decadent chocolate wafer basket, with rich chocolate sauce.

Overall, I think our family may have found a new ‘special dinner’ venue!

The Longkeeper is located at 249 King Street, Pukekohe.  More information can be found on their website, http://thelongkeeper.co.nz/

Kitchenette – Highland Park

19031So we’ve been here a few times and it’s always nice. They have the best ginger slice,the people used to be really friendly, they seem to have changed more recently but still nice. They have a wall where you can write pleasant messages or draw a small picture. It’s pleasant reading through all the ‘… was here’ and ‘you have the best hot chocolates’ and such.

I kind of thought we’d found a new favourite – at least for when homestead was busy.

I’m not quite so sure now.

Today we were sitting, eating our slices and drinking our coffee. A staff member heads to the toilets. So far, no worries. Then, she comes back, towards the kitchen, carrying a sanitary bin.

Yes, through the café, past the customers, towards the kitchen carrying a bin potentially full of customers… well, I digress.

A few minutes later, she carries it back. Gross, we think, but ok, not a huge deal. I guess.

She then clears some tables. Ok, dirty dishes, unwashed hands – questionable, but maybe not the worst thing in the world.

She then starts serving customers, preparing their food and drinks.

I was very tempted to go and explain to the customers that they were ordering a yummy snack with a side of dirty dishes and…, well, you get the idea.

I didn’t. But I don’t know how I feel about going back.

Movie Challenge – X

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!X-men

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W – World War Z
X – X-men
Y
Z

Movie Challenge – W

world-war-zWatch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W – World War Z
X
Y
Z

Movie Challenge – N

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!night-at-the-museum-secret-of-the-tomb-54953fcf5873e

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Movie Challenge – I

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!It takes 2

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

“I’m my own Grandpa!”

Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three.
I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red
My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed

This made my dad my son-in-law and really changed my life
For now my daughter was my mother, ’cause she was my father’s wife
And to complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy

My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad
And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad
For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother
Of the widow’s grownup daughter, who was of course my step-mother

Father’s wife then had a son who kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter’s son
My wife is now my mother’s mother and it makes me blue
Because although she is my wife, she’s my grandmother too

Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I’m her grandchild
And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild
‘Cause now I have become the strangest ‘case you ever saw
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa

I’m my own grandpa, I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny, I know but it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

Song found here and loved it so much I had to repost it!

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Baby Bib

Doing some knitting for a friend who is expecting a bub. Finished a bib. Neat pattern, and lovely yarn.

20150502_151257Pattern found here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-love-stockinette-baby-bib

Yarn is http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/garnstudio-drops-cotton-light

 

Quote of the Month – Michael Caine

I was rehearsing a play, and there was a scene that went on before me, then I had to come in the door. They rehearsed the scene, and one of the actors had thrown a chair at the other one. It landed right in front of the door where I came in. I opened the door and then rather lamely, I said to the producer who was sitting out in the stalls,’Well, look, I can’t get in. There’s a chair in my way.’ He said,’Well, use the difficulty.’ So I said ‘What do you mean, use the difficulty?’ He said ‘Well, if it’s a drama, pick it up and smash it. If it’s a comedy, fall over it.’ This was a line for me for life: Always use the difficulty.