Tuesday, January 05, 2016

December 2015 recap of trip to NZ

It's a long way to go from Perth to New Zealand. They time it takes is longer than you expect. It's better now than it use to be, with direct flights. I jumped Perth to Auckland and then to Queenstown. 
I didn't get much sleep on the first connection, I normally do better but I must have been too excited. This meant I basically crashed on the second leg, only waking up when we started to descend. 
I had booked myself into a nice hotel on the edge of town. Not much effort required to get some breakfast first up. I got some fresh air and some supplies and headed back to my room for a couple of hours nap. 
 I made myself get up and showered and ready to go out for dinner. I am really glad I did. It was an absolutely gorgeous day that turned into a beautiful summer's evening. I had a good feed and then wandered around town for another couple of hours before heading back to the room. 
 After Queenstown and headed down to my friend's place in Balfour. This is where I primarily stayed on my trip. Of course I didn't actually take any pictures of the place....
One day I headed up to Dunedin to see an old friend. It is mostly the same, I didn't venture too far, I was intent on seeing my friend more than the place itself.  
 
I also headed through to Wanaka for a night. I did some nice tikki touring, going through Waikaka and Heriot to Ettrick.  

 Of course I stopped at Roxborough for a Jimmy's Pie for Lunch. Next stop was at Clyde where I ate my Custard Slice while admiring the Clyde Dam.

 Wanaka turned on some glorious weather and I didn't leave until late the next afternoon.
 Back the same way with spectacular Otago and Southland views.
 While racking up some miles in my rental car, I spent one day taking my friend's two oldest children on a road trip.
 We ended up in Riverton,
 where I gave some geology lessons...
 But it was definitely more fun to just jump, climb and try to push them over...
 We still had plenty of time, so we bought some hot chips in Colac Bay and headed to Monkey Island.
We then headed back home through Tuatapere, Ohai and Nightcaps.  
My brothers and sisters were all going to be in one place for the first time in 3 years at my mum's late on Boxing Day, so I headed down there to join them. Southland certainly put on some lovely weather for us. 
I headed back to Queenstown to fly home on the 28th. Just in time to be home for New Year's Eve.
Magnet was very happy to see me and Reece when he got home.

Monday, December 07, 2015

07 December 2015 2 Days until I go on holiday

I am really looking forward to heading back to NZ in a couple of days. Doing some major tidying up and again the blogging is fallen by the wayside. 
I sewed this awesome cute dress for Sue-ann's wee girl. I want one in my size now!!

 NZ vs Aussie at the WACA. It was a very hot day. I made about 3 hours before leaving in the heat of the day (41 degrees). There is a reason it is known as the Furnace. The kiwi's did really well to play in this heat.
 The next day was all about getting over the heat stroke. Magnet helping me play some computer...
 I have been playing with my camera settings this last month a bit more, so have taken more pics of Magnet than is probably healthy.
Here he is thinking that I stacked these photo frames to be a physical pedestal for him...rather than the metaphorical one we normally put him on.
 I have been mulching to protect against the heat. Reece has been finishing doing the courtyard tidy up for me.
 I made a tiramisu slice. I was disappointed in it but it's all a learning experience.
 Again with the helpfulness...
 December has arrived!
 A lovely photo while out for breakfast on the weekend. Still playing with my camera settings.


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

3 November 2015 Blog with Pictures

I forgot to post in the previous blog that I went to see Kitty Flanagan at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco. It was very funny and I am glad I went along on a Thursday night after work. It was pretty much sold out and I was near the back, but the theatre isn't that big so I could still see ok. I never knew that she could do so many different impressions. I would go again. 
 I am pretty much just posting random pictures from my collection in the last month in order. Here is a crazy photo of myself at work that I sent a friend to show how much I was procrastinating at work.
I finished this cardigan in a 9 month size from the Patons #1271, Modern classic baby knits. I think I prefer the older construction of knitting. A lot of patterns in these days focus on the 'no seams' as people seem to be put off by the sewing. I agree that it always takes longer than I think it should but I like how it seems to make them sit that bit better. I especially like this button band which I sewed on as I went so I wouldn't make it too short/long. I posted it to my mum to pass on to a friend of her's as it should fit her granddaughter. 
 I went for a bit of a walk around Bold Park. That's Rachel's head. She wasn't quite awake after staying up to watch the All Blacks win at 3am.
A sad fact, but I am about 80% through Christmas shopping. Mostly unexciting gifts. I am heading to NZ for Christmas and thought I had better put something in my bag.
Here is an excellent meal that Reece prepared. It was like a bruscetta with fish instead of bread. Very nice and summery and light.
 Reece and I headed to the BeauVine Festival. It is meant to be a food and wine festival, but I can say it was more of a wine and condiment festival. Heaps of delicious wine, cider, beer and gin, but in the food department it was more like chilli sauce, relishes, oils, marinades and herds and spices. The line at the only place to get something for lunch was huge. The food was good though.
 They had this remote control chicken race. Very amusing. People were giving it a good go.
I finally finished this Cardigan for mum. I think it is quite heavy with the wool and I am not sure how it will wash, but it looks pretty at the moment. It took a while to line up the strips as you see them. I think I did ok. 
 Puddy enjoying the sunshine. No explanation needed.
I made this last summer? I think. I took it to Melbourne last weekend as I thought that it might fit Evie. Here she is all grown up. It's still a little loose but otherwise it fits well. Got some good feedback for future projects. I always like feedback. 
 Reece and I headed to a winery for the best meal I have had out in the last year. This was de Bortelli's restaurant.  We had a fantastic tasting plate to start with and followed by Lamb Agnolotti  and we shared a panna cotta for dessert. The wine was also fabulous and we purchased a few bottles for later.
 We were in Melbourne for PAXAus. This is the third year we have attended. I enjoyed myself immensely. We stayed late in the city on the first day, catching up with Reece's friend.


 For some reason I always like photographing Flinder's Street Station.
It happened to rain while we were waiting to catch the train on the second day. I put on my temporary tattoo's to show my support for the All Blacks in the world cup. 
Here we are sitting down for a moment, catching up with friends at the convention and having one of many coffee's consumed while in Melbourne.
 I was pretty exhausted by the third day, but it was still worth the three days as the Friday and the Sunday have the least number of people attending I think. Reece is always good at any game.
 I had a ten minute wait for the next train at Southern Cross station, so filled in the time trying for artistic shots. Keep in mind that I am not artistic at all.
 My train arriving.
A small ring-tail possum treated us with an appearance while we were having a bbq at Reece's parent's place. It's very cute. I am sorry about the picture quality. It was dark and I only had my phone on me. It kinda looks like a giant rat here, but I promise it was a very cute small possum. 

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

6 October 2015 An unexpected surprise

It seems like my posts are getting further and further apart. I wonder if one day, I just stop. It seems like such an effort. It is nice looking back at some of the things that I have been up to.  I really only seem to look back on my travelling posts though. 
I guess a few things have happened in the past couple of months. I turned a year older. I was going to have a pretty low key weekend except someone had other ideas. 
I ended up get out and about a lot more than expected. Luckily we ended up with a couple of nice days. 
Magnet helped with a puzzle. 
I got some incentives from my mum. 
And Reece and I headed out to the Kings Park Festival. I admired a lot of the wild flowers and was playing around with my camera when the batteries decided to expire. 

And don't you just want to smooch that face...