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June 26, 2018

Fond Memories For A Truly Kiwi Treat…

Filed under: Interisland Ferry,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Some items that are unique to your country of birth are difficult to describe to people who are unfamiliar with these things.

I have tried on several occasions to describe New Zealand’s ‘Jelly Tip” ice-creams to my Dutch friends but it’s taken me until this last trip in New Zealand to get a photograph.

Ice-cream is bad for my asthma so I don’t eat so much of it, usually saving it as a treat when we eat out.

At most other times I substitute water based ice-blocks on sticks. Until this photograph I was always too late in asking the kids for any photographs, the famous tips of these having already disappeared over sticky chins.

Travelling back to the South Island on the interisland ferry I finally found the perfect moment and so can this time attempt to describe these.

The bottom part is not particularly special, just plain vanilla ice-cream covered in an outside coating of chocolate, the appeal comes from the top, a frozen raspberry jelly top.

It’s not totally wobbly like jelly (jello) you make yourself but it’s also not just frozen water ice-cream either, freezing the jelly makes it into something a bit in between.

It seems to have been around “forever”, having been a favourite for my sister and I as kids, and there can not be a Kiwi around who doesn’t know them.

Little Mr. obliged me just long enough for this photograph and judging from the look on his face the next generation of Kiwi’s in the Kiwidutch household are also well and truly in love with this beloved Kiwi treat.

March 24, 2013

Post This One Onto Your Bucket-List…

Filed under: ART,Films... all Foreign to me,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I remembered that I once made a post about my love of foreign films and wanted to fill you in about  some of the films I have in my collection.

When I did a search on my blog I was a little shocked that it’s been two years since my last film post: https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/new-312/.

I’m not going to spoil this movie with a plot summary or details of the best bits because anyone who’s intending to watch this needs to be delighted by these discoveries themselves.

Instead I will just tell you that watching the  film “Il Postino”  is something to put onto your bucket list and see if ever you have the opportunity.

Les fugitifs” of the previous post will always remain an all time favourite but “Il Postino”  is in my top 5, and I think that like the French, some Italian directors have turned distillation of an entire scene into an essential beautiful moment captured by a emotion, a face, a voice or humour into an art form.

Also like the French, I feel they more often credit the audience with the intelligence to use their imaginations and fill in the gaps for things like bedroom scenes.

A discarded stocking on the floor is enough to tell us all we need to know…  we don’t need a graphic guide with the A-Z of events to enlighten us to what’s going on.

Most of all I like the humour, it’s found in the most unlikely of places: little gems sprinkled throughout the movie that  round out and complete the characters, they laugh equally at weaknesses as well as pleasures and you identify with the characters all the more strongly for it.

My recommendation: Find this in your local library, or video shop or where ever you can and discover the joy of this excellent movie.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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