We found the most adorable little lake on our walk the other day. Madam was dying to get into the little boat that just shouted ‘play in me’. There is an entertainment cabin type thing (open fronted) right beside it. A perfect birthday spot we thought. Although the wasps and sandflies might put us off.
We had a great walk this weekend. Autumn has arrived and the temperatures ave dropped. With them the wasp numbers that make the beech woods unsafe for walking with little people. The sun was shining but not beating down unpleasantly.
Washpen Falls is a wonderful walk on private land near us. The track it follows is maintained nicely and easy to follow. The route winds through pine woods, past caves and waterfalls. Climbs up into the high country tussock and then tracks down steeply to the river, with steep steps and sheer cliffs, down to a swimming lagoon. Close to the beginning it passes through old established honeydew beech woods (still a bit waspy but not to bad) and then back to the farm where the track begins and ends. Its an easy drive down the road and a walk we are eager to repeat again soon.
Pictures by hubby mostly.
On her new bike. So very proud of herself. Even more happy that her baby has a seat to ride on behind her
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I don’t usually write about parenting. Mostly because I don’t have a lot to say. Everyone does it differently. There are thousands of ways to raise great kids, and proportionally very few way to truly screw them up.
I figure since madam is growing, breathing and laughing then we’re doing an ok job so far.
However. As we get closer to 5 and school, we are beginning to consider our options.
School. That’s a big question that looms on the horizon. For us as parents and for her as an individual. Do we want her to enter the system? Do we really believe in said system. Is it right for her right now? Will it mesh well with our other plans. Travelling. Exploring.
This Post sums up how we feel in a lot of ways (insert UK/NZ School system rather than American) We won’t be travelling in the same way as the family from that blog (its a great blog by the way, check it out!) at least not for a few years. But the sentiment rings true.
Our answer? We will let her choose. If she wants to follow her friends into the classroom then we will support her in that. If she doesn’t? That’s fine too. For the time being. We got this. And its still 9 months away.
She’s a fearless climber.
Taken with a E-M1 75mm lens ISO200 f5.00 1/1250
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The blouse in the pictures (from our trip to Tekapo) is the Lennon. It’s a relatively new pattern from the designer Brownie Goose available on Etsy. The Lennon is an adorable pattern with both blouse and dress options. Adorable Bishop sleeves and a curved hemline. The dress has a zipper back and the sweetest pleats ever. Its not hard to sew up and I think it will be a staple in our winter wardrobe. I just love how it looks tucked into a skirt!
Pictures all taken up at the Mount John Observatory in Tekapo.
More pics form the awesome lakeside at Telapo. It was so lovely down there and being able to take the dog was the icing on the cake. Not all of NZ is particularly canine friendly so having him along was a bonus. Madam was so happy to have nana there to play with. The Church of the Good Shepard is a delightful little chapel right down by the shore.
It was also a great place to show off the other Bimaa sweater that I made. I followed a online tutorial for making it into more of a dress and did the shawl collar option. LOVE this pattern!
And those night skies …
There are quite a few more pics I took while away but most are also snaps of clothing that I’ve made so will come in fits and starts as the patterns are reviewed and/or released 🙂
We had a long weekend down at Tekapo this week. A little bach. No phone or internet. Lots of fresh air and paddling. Amazing skies. Both day and night. The lake was freezing cold but it didn’t stop madam from paddling away happily. She even convinced the dog to get his feet wet.
The evenings light was wonderful and there was a zip wire to play on and poles with climbing grips on them. Awesome food – I”m now a certified fan of pulled pork. We drank cider and ate pizza by the lake.
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