Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rolling Greens

My best friend Linda wrote in to report how the family has been doing over in Newcastle. The content spilled me with the many picnics they are having and how much Aunty Wiz was remembered whenever they gathered for one. It is nice to be remembered in that manner, especially time makan-makan and kelah-kelah. Nothing is more glorious than the thought of being associated with food. I am not that good a cook, you have to trust me on that but I do try to prepare the little that I know when friends come for visits. And whenever Linda and family were in town, making their likes was on top of my list! Furthermore, they are such good eaters especially the kids.

I remembered having a picnic just outside of our house, on our lawn. Assembled our collapsable picnic table, lit up some candles, rolled out the hammock and brought out the food, glorious food and spread it on the limited table space. What I cooked wasn't that important but I remembered there were cakes of course, home made pizza, roast chicken I think, and a few side dishes to complement the meal. The company tasted better than the food actually, has always been that way. Under the starry night we all sat picking our food in the dark with the flickers of scented candles all around(that's the trick of not being a good cook, serve food in the dark, guests can't tell which is which, he he he). Kids swaying on the hammock and playing whose tummy could reach the floor(Jazmeen won! just kidding Jazmeen) Those were great times spent together. But now they are in New Castle and having a ball there!! Picnics amidst the rolling greens literally, instead of patchy greens at Aunty wiz's house with kemuncups here and there ahaks.

Anyway, I am here to write up my own report to what the kids and I have been up to. We had our very own rolling green kinda picnic in between a longkang and a football pitch. But it was a great picnic nevertheless. Made enough cupcakes to feed the entire football team and lotsa snacks, the four of us zoomed to my husband's football match located in the vicinity of his office and laid our picnic spread at the top of this hilly spot. Whilst Baba was struggling to run after the ball, mama without Baba's knowledge brought along cardboards and plastics for the kids to slide on, down the slope.
Mama wanted to slide too but there were too many people and some of them were Mama's students so didn't want to embarrass Baba. The kids had a jolly good time sliding and climbing and eating. They went "weeeee" all evening getting their baju and pants soiled .

At the end of the match, the cakes were fed to the football team to compensate on their loss. But you've got to give credits to a bunch of mid thirty year olds who came to play against the twenty year olds. They didn't puff and huff for nothing folks. All in the name for a good evening exercise he he he.

Unlike the rolling greens in New Zealand or Newcastle, the rolling greens here may not be as velvety or even as green. They are full of weeds and thorns but if you look closely, you might spot the little flowers in between. We found our little treats amidst the weeds folks and I guess we'll stay on and tend the greens over this side of the fence. Just like the saying goes...

"The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.The grass is greener where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water or stay where you are and tend the grass there"

p.s. Naza, got this saying from your blog, thanks.

Feeling like the dancing queen this week. Don't just tap to the music, common sing along!
Dancing Queen - Abba
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the right music, getting in the swing
You come in to look for a king
Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music’s high
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine
You’re in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance...

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

You’re a teaser, you turn ’em on
Leave them burning and then you’re gone
Looking out for another, anyone will do
You’re in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance...

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

7 treats:

ms hart said...

Wizzy!! Feel like I was there too, rolling and wee-ing together!! Hey, we love picnics too, Wiz, but our picnic is not a picnic without ketupat, rendang and sambal udang...sigh..thanks but no thanks to daddy!!!

Anyway, my girls LOVE the song, especially after doses of Mamma Mia!

DaNaSh said...

linda..hmmm..lucky girl, even luckier to have you as her good friend.

seronoknya tengok football match.. kejo Azam kejo..

Hubby's last football match was 2 years ago..masa tu pun dah pecah perut I ketawa tengok dia tercungap2 nak menghabiskan first half. Kalau sekarang ni, kejor perut lagi cepat dari kejor bola.

Rumput berpatch-patch berkemuncup pun x pe, janji berdiri di tanah sendiri.

Wiz said...

Hart - Tu bukan picnic dah, tu dah Raya for me. Ada ketupat and rendang lagi, so rajin la you. Yes I could feel that you were there too!!!

Danash - Kejor yop kejor ye Naza, now the perut is as big as the ball what, that's why lagi senang kejor perut than kejor bola he he he. Ye, walaupun berkemuncup dan berduri, itulah tempat kiter berdiri dan menggaru...di tanah sendiri.

huraz said...

Nice to read that my friends are all happy in their own way.

domestic engineer said...

Wiz, I like your idea of bringing the cardboards and plastic for your kids to slide down the slope. Very creative and surely fun for them! Ha ha ha...nak try la one day. Or try slide kat padang pasir pulak kot..

Imeirda said...

Wiz, I never forgot the fun sliding down the slopes using cardboards. Lamanyer tak buat. As Ziela suggested nak slide kat padang pasir ni, menarik gak. jommm Ziela tapi takut pasir masuk mata.
Bab-bab berkelah n makan-makan ni memang best... but u really made a good host, ade cupcakes tu pun dah cukup dah.

Ala Naza , kami berdiri kat tanah gersang (tanah orang lain) ni camne? It is not greener here anyway but golden sand everywhere.

Wiz said...

Doll - As happy as we make ourselves to be. COngrats on your move to UMS.

Ziela - Creativity comes when you have limited financial resources he he he.

Imeirda - I think the Australians are doing it in the desert la Jeda. I see them wearing goggles. I think masa winter ni boleh slide kut coz tgh sejuk skit kan. Blog about it k.