Heavy Plant

Walk past a "Heavy Plant" warning and wonder vaguely if the trees thought it was for them; if whoever put it up had enough imag...


Today in pictures


My running shoes died after three years of faithful service/abuse. I shouldn't really have been playing tennis in them.

Lizard posing

Seen out on the reserve at Magic Point. There are thousands of them, but this one was willing to sit still and have his picture taken.

Wasabi peas - more addictive than crack

This is a snack from Japan (we think). Big fat peas covered in wasabi batter and roasted. If you aren't familiar with it wasabi is japanese horseradish which is often strong enough to bring tears to your eyes. I don't know if it's the endorphine hit you get from the wasabi or the strange nutty flavour that they have, but once a tin of these is open it gets finished.


Having destroyed the only shoes I have to play tennis in I needed some new ones. Yes, I know they're blue and shiny, I don't care what you think, I like them.


  1. Hmm. Very blue, very shiny, very David Beckham (if Beckham played tenning instead of football of course). I think I'd like the peas though; I'll look out for them here - I've seen that brand name around in a few shops here.

  2. Watch out for the peas, they come in two sizes of tin. Don't buy the large one because you will finish it and they have a fairly predictable side effect if not taken in moderation...

    ...on a lighter not my insomnia's back with a bloody vengeance.

  3. Hey Octopus Head! ;-)

    Doncha know you're supposed to toss those running shoes after 500 miles?

    Love the new ones! Blue & shiny is fine by me!

    OH, and I buy those wasabi peas all the time! YUM!

  4. Er, I'll say yes and pretend that I did more than 500 miles in them - which I might have done, 3 years is a long time. There was a distinct hollow inside each shoe where my big toe went.