The first couple of day of our holiday were spent walking a 14km track deep into the bush and then having a quiet recovery day afterwards, with a trip to the beach and a serendipitous sighting of Orca feeding just off the beach. Quite honestly it was magic and I am or may not have squealed like a kid in a toy shop when I realised what they were – dolphins would have been good – but Orca … mind blown!
After that we had a lovely lunch at Toad Hall in Motuaka and visited the summer festival for a bit. The watermelon was amazing!
It was crazy hot while we were away – over 32 most days and it meant we have to scale back some of our plans as a lot of the walks we planned just weren’t going to be fun in that sort of heat.
Our AirB&B was absolutely lovely and up above the city – the sunset pic was taken from the deck outside our bedroom! But it did mean it was broiling hot with the sun shining in!
A new year! Is it weird that I believe that even years are luckier than odd years? i have nothing to substantiate this claim, and in fact it’s possible to infer from the years of blogging that odd years may have actually been marginally better. Or may be there are all the same really, with each having its fair shares of highs and lows.
Anyway! It’s an even year and I’m happy about it. I don’t have any huge resolutions. Predominantly because history has taught me I’m terrible at ‘resolutions’ and making changes in general. I start string and about 3 days in give up and refer back to older stronger habits.
So this year I’ve got intentions (resolutions by another name?) They mostly revolve around being calmer and more present, loosing 15kg and getting fit by running and walking more. So, same as every other year really.
We started strong with bike rides and hiking in the hills and going to the library to get out books to read in the evenings rather than web browsing and surfing social media. I have ordered chatbooks for both my own and the kids instagram accounts and my goal is to be mindful of the pictures I post so the albums become pleasantly collated records not a random mumble jumble of images.
The house is clean, I’m on top of the washing (shock!) and we are putting the phones, laptops and tablets down for more engaged time over puzzles and board games. So far so good. It is only day 8 of the new year tho.
Failing so far … still eating far to much chocolate. Blessings … the bakery is still closed so at least I can’t eat to much cake.
Blogging in 2018. My intention for this year is deceptively simple. I want to blog more regularly and take many many more pictures. I will keep up the 12 Monthly Photos of the Kid, and I am hoping to do 12 Months of Adventures – I think it’s my attempt to be mindful of the passing months and not to miss out on doing something, however big or small. Hopefully by the end of each month I’ll have a couple of adventures to choose from. May be. That’s the idea anyway. Call it work in progress.
January started on a high with a trip to Akaroa to have a walk, wander about and eat good food.
Christmas day sprinkler fun.
A year done. Probably not really the best selection I could have come up with but 2017 was not the year of pictures. Hopefully 2018 will be better.
In early December we were lucky enough to head up to the North Island for the work christmas party and we tacked on a couple of days in Rotorua while we were up there. We did the whistle-stop tourist tour. The Luge, the volcanic areas and the redwoods.
The thermal volcanic area is amazing, but as the kid would tell you emphatically “it smells awful”. She’s not wrong, those amazing colours have to come from something, and in no small part thats sulphur – which stinks. It’s worth the stink to see it.
The luge is great fun, its a really long track down and the chair lift back up is almost as equally delightful as you meander above the fern trees and between the woods with the birds singing on both sides.
The redwoods are everything I hoped for and more. By the time we got there there were sore feet and hunger complaints and we opted for the tree top walk rather than a couple of hours tramp which id hoped to do. The high walk was great fun, longer than I expected (in a good way!) and not to horrifyingly high or wobbly for a big wuss like me. I did a short walk through the woods after and cannot wait to do more.
We are already planning another trip up at some point in 2018 if we can, a less tourist trip this time doing with lots of tramping, exploring and relaxing.
We are lucky that half way through the exhausting final few months before christmas the weather gets warmer, the days get longer and lighter and there is even a public holiday that coupled with a teacher only day at school (a new thing for us!) we turned into a 4 day weekend.
One of those days we headed to the beach and enjoyed paddling, drone flying and a walk along the cliffs. Embracing summer and taking time to make the days special.
The Trailblazer vest has just been released by Twig and Tale and its wonderful!
It would be fair to say I’ve been out of the crafting circles for a while now and am pretty rusty with all things sewing. Eight months of travelling followed by finishing and moving into a new house and all that entails have left my sewing machine super neglected and collecting dust.
When Lisa said “do you want to sew up the new vest pattern?” I obviously said “yes!” Because I’m not so silly as to miss the chance to sew up Twig and Tale goodness. And the Trailblazer Vest really is good.
I was a little apprehensive of the princess seams and the zip (did I mention I hate sewing zippers and avoid at all costs?) but I had no reason to worry. It all come together beautifully. The video guides are amazing and so good for a visual learner like me.
Obviously in an attempt to sabotage my success the kid chose the worlds nastiest outer fabric for me to sew up, slippy slidey minky that shed so badly during the cutting process that hubby thought I’d butchered a fluffy animal all over the floor. The lining is a Cotton and Steel remnant that’s been in my stash a while, waiting for a special project.
Best of all the kid adores it, so much so it even got the ‘can I wear it to school’ seal of approval and much admiration. Nearly seven year olds can be hard to please, but this hit the mark exactly. So much so that there’s already another on my cutting table!! Not with minky this time though.
Grab the pattern today – It’s on sale and I 100% promise you wont be disappointed.
Waiting her turn to dance. The dance school production of Peter Pan.
Spring has been kind to us, lot of sunshine and rain to help the rather sparse and patchy grass to grow. School holidays to rest and relax (as well as fight off a lingering bug)
We have done a little planting in the garden, a lot of lawn SOS work and even more hanging about watching kittens play.
The kid is loving school which is in parts lonely as I miss her, a huge relief that she’s adjusted well, academically right where she needs to be and amazing that now our time together has changed and shifted and become lighter and in way, more fun and less intense.
She was offered and accepted a place in an invitational gym squad in the city and is embracing the hard graft like a champ. It has meant she has been able to drop the recreationsl gym classes she was doing and concentrate on working with just one coach.
We had pet day today at her school – huge pet turnout including but not limted to bunnies, chickens, cats, dogs, lambs calfs and ponies. The paler of our kittens (Spencer) attended and loved it – he got cuddled and petted and stroked and purred his way through the day. It also had her making samd saucers, muffins and tie dying some leggings as craft entries. She was mostly just excited about the sausage sizzle!
This week has also seen me minding a friends shop a couple of days and two long ballet show rehearsals after school for a production that has its first performance on saturday.
I’m hoping sunday looks very much like the pictures above, sunny and full of kitten watching!
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