Showing posts with label adventures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label adventures. Show all posts

03 January 2018

Highlights of 2017

I'm finally back on this much-neglected blog to share some of the highlights of 2017:

This compilation was created with the 1 Second Everyday app, which is amazing and so simple to use. It's also a lot easier to take videos rather than photos of two energetic kiddos!

I'm carrying on this method of documenting in 2018 (and probably beyond!).

PS I thought about creating a lowlights video as well, but does anyone really want to see all the fighting, tantrums, arguments, and huge piles of laundry? I decided not ;)

02 March 2014


Today we ignored the pile of dishes in the kitchen and the lawns in need of mowing, and went on a family adventure instead. We drove out to Taylor's Mistake and took a walk around the coast then stopped for a little picnic before heading home.

This summer has felt so busy, so it was nice to have a little time to wander around the countryside together.

I might have to spend more time cleaning the house tomorrow, but it was worth it!

19 March 2012

Mt Fyffe

I've been hobbling around all day today after climbing a mountain on the weekend! On Saturday I walked to the top of Mt Fyffe, along with my mama and my pup. The weather was perfect and I was happy to cross another goal off my list.

It took us most of the day and we agreed that going up was fine, but coming back down the steep road was torture! I now think that stairs are a terrible invention (Owen said I remind him of a crab since I've been walking down them sideways at the moment!) although I hope everything'll be back to normal by the end of the week when my legs have recovered.

24 February 2012

Secret Cinema

This weekend there's a portable secret cinema in town. Nobody has any idea of the location, the time, or the movie that will be playing - we only find out where we need to go a couple of hours in advance via text message. The series is called Back to the Eighties and so far they've screened the Goonies and ET, I can't wait to see what the next one will be!

So on Sunday I'll be packing up a picnic rug and a big bag of popcorn (no movie experience is complete without popcorn) and waiting for the top secret instructions. I'm so excited!

19 January 2012

Visiting Central Christchurch

The other weekend I ventured in to the central city, which was for the first time in almost a year (for obvious reasons...)

It was surreal walking down the quiet streets that used to be full of people, and there were so many gaps from buildings that have been demolished that in some places it was hard to remember what used to be there. Add some more damage from the latest earthquakes, scrawled messages across buildings from Urban Search and Rescue checking for survivors back in February, and most of the areas still fenced off - it was still a bit overwhelming.

The reason I wanted to go back to the city was because of some new developments, mainly the new Restart Project which has brought back some of the original shops and cafes in buildings made out of shipping containers:

I was really impressed! If you want to brave a visit to the shaky city* then definitely check it out.

* I haven't noticed an earthquake so far today though, fingers crossed this lasts for a while longer!

04 January 2012

Plans for 2012

Click here for all my 2012 goals (I got a little carried away!)

28 December 2011


It was nice to get away from the city (and more earthquakes!) for a few days. Our Christmas involved visiting family, eating too much food, and exchanging gifts. Because it's summer it also involved swimming, bare feet, and lounging in the sun all afternoon.

A couple of days later we took a trip to the sort-of-secret waterfall for more swimming, a little picnic, and jumping off the rocks (or in my case taking photos of everyone else midair).

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope you're enjoying your holidays too!

06 November 2011

Brighton Fireworks

Last night Owen & I headed down to the beach to watch the annual fireworks display. We brought the camera along and Owen took some pretty amazing photos. A few of my favourites:

The beach gets pretty crowded, and while waiting for the main event to start people all along the shore set off their own little fireworks. Once the display finishes everyone claps and cheers, then there's a mad rush to try and beat the traffic home!

03 September 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The other night I took a trek over to Lyttelton for a performance of Macbeth. Since the usual venue still needed repairs after the earthquake, the performers had found an alternative amongst the rubble of some buildings that had been torn down. A covered seating area had been set up for the audience but the rest of the set was open to the elements and included the remains of a wall, pools of dirty water, and crumbling foundations.

We settled in with some chocolate brownie, mulled wine and hot chocolate to keep the cold at bay, but I soon forgot about it as the show started with a pretty brutal fight scene and carried on the intensity.
When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, When the battle 's lost and won.
- Act I, Scene I 
I'd been looking forward to seeing the three witches (which were the only part I could really remember from studying Macbeth at school) and was impressed when one of them did some fire eating!

One of the highlights was the ghost of Banquo, which was so well done. The character was murdered in one of the pools of muddy water which were part of the set, and was shielded from view by some concrete foundations. I'd been keeping an eye out and was starting to get a little worried about the actor who was still lying in the water a few minutes later, and it was a cold night! But it made the appearance of Banquo's ghost very dramatic when he finally emerged from the pool covered with filthy water to stalk Macbeth.
Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.
- Act V, Scene V
I've only been to a couple of Shakespeare performances before, but both of them have been so good that I can't wait until the next one!

25 July 2011

Snow Day!

It usually snows in Christchurch about once a year, and this morning we woke up to this:

Snow is so infrequent here that nobody's really equipped to deal with it, so the city shuts down for the day. I love a bonus long weekend! This is the heaviest snowfall I've ever seen in Christchurch, and the best thing about snow here is that it's usually gone within a day or two, just when the novelty has worn off.

Our plans for the rest of the day involve keeping the fire going, building a snowman (we pretty much have to do that), and taking the dog for a walk. It turns out she really loves snow!

16 January 2011

Bikram Yoga

This weekend I crossed another goal off my life list and tried bikram yoga.

It was very intense. And by intense I mean that I spent most of the ninety minute class sitting down so I didn't pass out or throw up. The craziest part? I'm thinking of going again tomorrow!

21 July 2009

Southern Alps

It had been a long time since I last went on a proper adventure, so I made up for it in the weekend. Owen convinced me to go along on a drive into the Southern Alps, even though there was a lot of other things I probably should have been doing. Sometimes I think it might have been better if I didn’t tell everyone the secret way to persuade me into doing any activity…

One of my favourite things about New Zealand is that within a couple of hours you can drive from the coast to the mountains. The scenery was beautiful, although at one point our car did get stuck in the snow and some nice strangers had to help push it out. But of course that just made everything more of an adventure!

30 March 2009

Fishing in Kaikoura

This morning I went on an adventure at sea with Owen. We took out the little boat which belongs to his parents and went fishing.

There were a couple of albatros keeping us company and eating all the undersized fish we threw back. I was quite glad that they were occupied with the fish because they have a two metre wing span, a bill nearly as long as my hand, and didn't look like they could be trusted.


On the way to new fishing grounds we came across a seal sunning itself on the surface. Shortly after that I was ready to head back to shore since the rolling waves were starting to get to me. But I still managed to catch the biggest fish!

20 January 2009

Ice Skating in London

As my time in London draws to a close I've been trying to fit in a few last activities while I still can!

It was for this reason that I finally went to the Tower of London on Saturday with Owen, Becky and Gareth.  It was interesting to hear some of the historical stories and there were a lot of towers and a couple of dungeons to explore. We ran out of time to see everything , but still managed to have a look at the crown jewels, the infamous ravens, and lots of suits of armour.

On Sunday evening I went ice skating, something I've been meaning to do for months and months. I caught up with Hannah at the outdoor ice rink by the Natural History Museum. I hadn't been ice skating in years, so it took a bit of time to get used to! But once I got the hang of it again it was lots of fun.

Before leaving I also want to do a Jack the Ripper walking tour, hopefully see a musical, and maybe go on the London Eye.

20 October 2008

Inspiration: Adventure

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
-Amelia Earhart

Let me tell you a little secret that I might later regret: as soon as I hear the word adventure I'm in. Just by referring to a mundane everyday occurrence as an adventure makes me want to get involved. And like beauty, adventure is in the eye of the beholder.

Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible.
-Alexander Eliot

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16 March 2008

Tea Party

I spent a very nice afternoon with some of my favourite people at my long anticipated tea party. It looked like everyone had a good time, and the food they bought along was delicious. I made two types of cupcakes for the occasion: black forest cupcakes (with cherry chocolate mudcake) and pear butterfly cupcakes (with pear and maple buttercake).

There's so much food leftover, although I managed to give away most of the cupcakes which is a good thing because I'm starting to get cupcake overload. I did manage to save a couple for later though!

23 September 2007

Little Adventures

My plans for a big weekend adventure didn’t happen, but I managed to keep busy with some little adventures instead.

Adventure #1
On Saturday morning I went to the Lyttleton Farmers Market for the first time. Finding a park was an adventure in itself, and I was pleased to find that my car hadn't rolled away after I ended up parking on a pretty steep hill!

From the market I bought:
  • Half a dozen free range eggs
  • A wedge of award winning cheese
  • Salad greens
  • A selection of honey
  • Handmade chocolate (how could I not?)
I also tried hot chocolate with chilli, which was actually quite nice. I found a recipe here to try and make some at home next time the weather turns cold. On the way home from the market I bought a bunch of daffodils in honour of the Spring Equinox.

Adventure #2
After a nap, which was interrupted by the rehearsal of our neighbour’s death metal band, I went shopping with my sister in town. I resisted the temptation to buy clothes, and instead bought a teacup & saucer set from a strange little antique store.

Adventure #3
On Saturday night I went to my friend Julia’s house warming, which was fun (and a lot more civilised than the sort of thing we did a couple of years ago!)

Adventure #4
I’m thinking about starting Flamenco classes next term after going to the workshop on Sunday afternoon.

And because it was held at the Art Gallery, I couldn’t resist having a look at the Moleskines at the store which of course lead to the purchase of a 2008 diary. Once I found out a couple of weeks age that the diary had stickers I knew it was only a matter of time before I bought one.