This is Noriko, of  George and Noriko  fame, at Coastella 2018 who, well best to let them tell you: George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected. Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive of the traditional Shamisen (Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist. It's quite something - go listen to their music, it's pretty bloody kick ass.

Just a few of us around and about in January

Graeme (Uncle to Jack and Meg) has a giggle with the wee fella.

Jack and Zoe watch Graeme slice up the fish after a mornings work out Lyttelton way.

Of course they have completely gone from Jack and Meg's life by any stretch of the imagination, which is awesome for them both.

And then the Kids Patch at the Buskers Festival (finished today - the picture is of Stacey & Tracey from OzStar, the MC's for the kids stuff) before heading off to the Botanic Gardens and a dip in the pool at the awesome playground ...

We're weaning Jack off the "blandett" - he can have it at home and, if we think it's gonna be a loooong day, in the car but no more carrying the thing through the undergrowth :-)