A slow weekend at Wenderholm

Earlier this month we spent a wonderful slow weekend away at Wenderholm. Living in New Zealand is a blessing, every evening as I ride the bus home  I get to look out over the harbour as the light glides past clay banks and reflects on the water. I get to spend weekends away with my…

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Cruising around Muriwai

For my 21st my cousins threw me a surprise garden themed sleepover, and Josh squeezed in a quick trip to Muriwai to distract me. Man, it is hard to take pictures at the beach in Summer without them being 150% overexposed. These photos have had a liberal dose of Lightroom magic to bring the exposure…

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Ponsonby – K Rd bakery crawl.

You heard right! Much like a pub crawl a bakery crawl involves visiting many bakeries within walking distance and stuffing yourself with pastries, deli sandwiches & donuts. What a jolly good idea. My sister is back from Northland (she’s studying to be a midwife and was on placement). Which means three things WOO HOOO –…

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Bernie’s Bar & Eatery

Atmosphere: 5/5 Coffee: 5/5 Food: 3/5 Price: 4/5 A review: A light drizzle fell as I walked up the slate steps towards the back entrance of Bernie’s Bar & Eatery. Stepping inside, Bernie’s was delightful and moody on a rainy Sunday. We were seated in the back half of the Eatery. Facing grand architectural windows…

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Wellington

I love trips away. The change of pace, the brunches, the sites & the sounds. Walking hand in hand down colourful side streets. Squeezing my arm around J’s waist, or tip toeing to brush a kiss against his cheek. Being so in the moment it hurts. Refusing to look at my credit card balance, refusing…

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Dining in the Dark

A few months ago I stumbled upon an amusing concept: eating in the dark. Of course the French name Dans Le Noir drew me in (see my about page!), as well as the chance to have a three course meal with matching wines – something about matching wines makes me swoon (!). I cannot recommend…

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Parnell Rose Gardens

Happy Sunday! I am here in New Zealand, sitting on the bed, windows wide open listening to the music and noise of my boyfriend and his brothers playing football in the backyard. Ahhh.. summer. Parnell Rose Gardens is a not-so-secret gem of Auckland, and the most lovely place to kill a few hours. Bring a…

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Visiting Broken Hills, Coromandel

Visited the Coromandel this weekend with my favourite person. I love being outside, wandering, exploring, drinking endless cups of coffee from a camp stove. Reading and walking (& swimming – but not yet!). We camped in the most beautiful spot. I am a diehard DOC (department of conservation) fan. Their campsites are usually magical, secluded…

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Visting France

Bonjour yet again. I have this thing about not wanting to miss moments by constantly taking photos, so the only camera we took with us to France was a polaroid. Which if you ask me is a lot more fun anyway. I love the point and shoot. The hilarious outtakes. The significance of the final…

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August and French fairytales.

Hello everyone, long time no see. I have been away in Europe, hanging out with mountain goats, visiting chateaux, eating pastries with cheese and learning the local history.  It was marvellous. Currently I am at home, in the pale August sunshine – a pile of knitting and adorable cat beside me. Going away always makes…

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Auckland Botanical gardens

Welcome to a new segment where I show you places around Auckland that I like. That was read in a newscast voice if you were unsure. Go ahead and read it again properly. Anyway! Today I show you Auckland Botanical Gardens. A beautiful place, dedicated to conservation, adorable plant life, and education. It’s a seed…

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