Archive for the 'Here and There' Category

From Christchurch to Auckland

It’s been a bit quiet around these parts as we packed up and moved north. We are mainly settled in now- just the boxes to unpack in our new, sunny and spacious, flat.

1100 km in photographic form:

The packers arrived just after 8 and we had wiped down the last surfaces by the lunchtime, ready to hit the road. It was a scorching hot day!

We stopped for some refreshments in Cheviot

And a swim in Okiwi Bay.

We cought the 5:45am ferry from Picton to Wellington, which made for some bleary eyes and stunning photos.

We had lunch with my Aunty and Uncle in Wellington, and were back on the road by 1, taking the Desert Road up through the middle of the North Island. All of a sudden Ruapehu popped up! This is scenery like nothing we’ve seen on the Mainland.

We spent the night in Taupo, and found some treasures on the side of the lake.

Less than 4 hours on the road the next day and we hit the turn off for Pukekohe.

I’m hoping to get my craft room unpacked and back in action over the next few days. We’ll be hitting the markets and craft fair tommorow!


A fresh start

Michael’s been training away from home for 6 months. First in Wellington, then Auckland. He’s finally finished- tommorow is his last day, then a first aid course, then a graduation ceremony at a fancy hotel. The next week he starts work. We were hoping, expecting, that he would get a job in Christchurch, where we currently live. We could buy our first home, and I could stay in my job.

Basil seedlings- reaching, growing, unfurling.

While it’s a huge shock to have to move to Auckland, it also presents us with a new, exciting opportunity. It will give Michael a step up in his career, and there will be lots of job opportunities for me. At this stage Michael has a 18-36 month contract, but if we decide we like it, maybe we’ll get our house too!

So the next few weeks will be a blur of sorting, cleaning, house-hunting, packing and driving. 

Although I’m sad to leave my job and friends behind I’m trying to stay positive and enthusiastic about the changes. I may need you to remind me of that in the coming days.

Delicious Sunshine on my plate

Lemon Honey from the St Mary’s Church Fair.

Delicious sunshine on my plate.


:: We’re moving to Auckland! Michael’s been posted to Auckland with Customs. We plan to move in 3 weeks. Any luck you can send our way in our house hunt would be much appreciated. Also, I’ll be looking to find a craft group to join if you know of anything?! ::


I spent last weekend at home in Golden Bay, except the sun wasn’t shining, and hasn’t been for a while!

One of the things I miss the most about home is the rain- thundering on the roof, soaking to the skin rain.

I sure got my fix- I was pleased to see the sun on Monday, so I can imagine how Mum and Dad feel. Bring on the summer!

Nana and Grandad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

A while back I was making a dress to wear to my Grandparent’ 50th wedding anniversary. I thought you might like to see me in it, (though not a great photo) as well as a few shots I took on the day.


(I made the earrings in my silversmithing class.)

A photo from their wedding day, and 50 years on. (The neat thing about your 50th wedding anniversary? It falls on the day- not just the date- you were married.)

My mum made the cake, and had it decorated by a local woman- all the flowers are made from icing. It was just stunning- I took over 100 photos of the cake alone!

Cutting the cake.

Dinner Shot :there were close to 80 guests (cousins in the foreground). A fantastic event to celebrate with Nana and Grandad.

I’m Back

Which means Michael’s gone off to his Customs Officer training. 5 weeks of live-in training in Wellington before 5 month rotational training programme in Auckland, with the possibility of some training in Christchurch.

The list called for ‘one washing bag’. I was only too happy to oblige.

Homespun cotton fabric- a simple bag with a drawstring, and loops for hanging.


I used my alphabet stamps to stamp the cotton tape with ‘wash’ and ‘dry’.

And his name on the back, so the laundry ladies will know who to give it back to! (Lucky thing doesn’t have to cook, clean or wash anything for 5 weeks. I told him not to get used to it!)

Thanks Mum

For the bunch of flowers you sent for my birthday.

June 2018
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