Still waiting and time’s up. Tomorrow is the new d-day, also known as induction day. I can tell this one is going to be stubborn because she just doesn’t want to come out. So I’m having one last cup of (caffeine free) tea in my favourite colourful mug before trying for an early night. I don’t know how much sleep I’ll actually get though. I’ve also been knitting the baby blanket I started so long ago, just to have something to keep me occupied so top myself from going crazy. Unfortunately I still haven’t finished it, even with all this extra time. Maybe for the next baby!
Here is a collection of random blue things in my living room; a Pacman ghost lamp, a Flip Flap solar plant, electrical tape, a pair of pliers, a Coles tissue box, and some cat 5 cable.
I love living around bits and pieces of colour. Unfortunately at my brother’s place everything is very neutral and classy, and outside everything is just dry and dead because of the heat. The only colourful thing I could find to photograph today was my scarf, which I really didn’t need to bring!
I started knitting this baby blanket when I found out my cousin was pregnant with her second child. Her son is now over 1 and the blanket is not even halfway complete. The husband keeps joking that we can give it to him on his 18th birthday. I’m not even sure if I’ll finish it before then!
We took a drive down the Great Ocean Road today. It’s very pretty there, but it is so far to get to, over 3 hours of driving. I was a bit disappointed with my photos though. Landscapes aren’t really my thing and it was pretty overcast most of the day. It was still a nice day to get out and about and nice that the husband agreed to go considering he hates the beach.
I rarely leave the house without an umbrella, so it’s convenient that these guys sit next to the shoe rack. The weather is so unpredictable here and these little umbrellas serve two very important functions, to shelter me from rain and to shelter me from the burning sun. My favourite one is the cat one, but since it flipped inside out (thanks annoying wind) it’s never been the same again, and the black makes it hard to see during winter.
I store all the little origami lanterns (see previous day’s post) I have been folding in a generic Kookai bag. I always feel bad throwing away bags so I end up reusing them. I try to use the reusable canvas/plastic bags as much as I can, but when I forget, plastic bags get used as rubbish bags, and these fancy cardboard bags get used for presents and storage.
I was so upset when I lost my beautiful black polka dot scarf in New Zealand. It was so pretty and warm, but light and easy to match to pretty much everything. Best of all it was super cheap. I was so upset that I cried a little until the husband told me to snap out of it because it was just a scarf. It was my absolute favourite though. It’s hard to describe that ridiculous feeling of loss, but he’s right. It was just a scarf. I haven’t been able to find an exact replacement, but I did a search through my wardrobe and found this pretty scarf, still with the tags on. I guess it will have to fill the void for now. I won’t give up on the search though, and if that means I have to buy more pretty scarves in the meantime, I suppose that’s the sacrifice I’ll have to make!
I love my shoes. I have way too many of them and only really wear a couple of pairs because they’re not comfortable enough to wear for the whole day, and also I have to wear black at work.
These are some of my favourites, white and navy stripes with a red trim from Diana Ferrari.
After spending a few days back at work in the basement, I realise how much I miss being outside. Even though it was quite a warm day, it was lovely lying under the trees in the park during lunch. The bad part is when lunch and nap time are over and it’s back to work.
I have decided to keep the sheep from New Zealand. He’s become good friends with the scary blue thing that the husband loves so much.
Day 12 – Wellington to Taupo
We drove from Wellington to Taupo, and I have to say that the north island looks more like Australia. We drove through a desert-like area after passing through green hills filled with sheep. It’s amazing how much the landscape changes in just a few short kilometres. Once we got to Taupo, which has another massive lake, we drove to Huka falls. It’s a very shot drop, but the volume is amazing. It has almost 220,000 litres of water flowing per second. The photo isn’t of the actual falls but of the river it flows into.
Day 6 – Queenstown to Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki to Twizel
I just cannot get over how beautiful New Zealand is. Everywhere you look is just like a postcard. We did a lot of driving today and saw so many beautiful things that it was really hard to decide what should be my photo of the day.
We started the day by checking out of Queenstown and drove up to Tekapo Springs. We went to the tube park, which was smaller than we thought it would be. Normally in winter it’s covered in snow, but since it clearly wasn’t, they had this synthetic track to go down the hill on. It was pretty fun going down together. It was small and cheap, but fun. We then relaxed in the hot pools for a while to admire the views of the lake. It’s just such a lovely pastel blue colour, which apparently gets its colour from all the particles of ground up rocks combined with the sunlight. It’s truly amazing.
We had lunch at a little restaurant near the lake and walked around on the rocks for a bit. There were these flowers called lupins lining the shore, which aren’t native, but kind of pretty. We also walked around the Church of the Good Shepard and saw the bronze statue of the border collie sheep dog. I’m not religious, but I do like some of the architecture of the old churches. This one was so quaint.
We drove back to Lake Pukaki, which was just as beautiful and bought some fresh salmon to have for an afternoon snack. After checking into our motel in Twizel, we headed out for a drive around the lake to the Mt Cook region, which is where the photo of the day was taken. There were some amazing reflections and views of the mountains. Although I think the husband was getting annoyed with me taking photos because when we stopped to take photos of some sheep, he almost drove off on me. I can’t help that New Zealand is so pretty!
Day 5 – Queenstown to Glenorchy to Queenstown
We had a nice sleep in before heading up to Fergburger for breakfast. I am always very sceptical of hype, but these burgers did not disappoint. They were massive, fresh, and very very tasty. We then went to the top of the hill in the Skyline gondola. The view from the top was just amazing, nothing like I’d ever seen before and Lake Wakatipu was stunning. We went down the luge track, as pictured above, which was a bit of fun. Then we decided to have an icecream at the top while admiring the view.
In the afternoon we went for a bit of a drive to Glenorchy. We stopped at a little part of the lake and attempted to skip some stones, which I have discovered I am a complete failure at. There were some French guys hanging out at the lake as well and one of them just stood up and casually skipped a stone about a dozen times. I managed about 3, so I stopped looking over at them! I also have terrible aim. I may have missed the actual lake a couple of times.
It was quite a lovely drive and saw lots of sheep. We had to get petrol for the first time on our trip and we took so long to find the petrol cap release that the service attendant helped us do it. How embarrassing.
We had a massive amount of fish and chips for dinner on the shore of Earnslaw park after heading to the very gimmicky ice bar. I’ve never been in an ice bar before, but will probably not do it again any time soon. After dinner we had icecream (again!) and the husband kept trying to steal mine because I’ve a slow eater. I’ve gotta eat faster or else I’ll lose my food to him!
Day 3 – Te Anau to Queenstown
We drove back to Queenstown and enjoyed another great day of weather. We keep hearing about the rain in New Zealand, but apart from the tiny bit of drizzle on our first day, it’s been nothing but perfect. I don’t think I packed for this weather as I was expecting it to be much wetter and cooler.
We stopped off at a few lookouts, saw lots of cute sheep, drove through a red tussock grass reserve, which reminded me of something out of Dr Seuss. I can’t believe how clear and blue the water is around here. It’s so amazing.
We had lunch in Queenstown and took a wander around the gardens before meeting up with our guide for our Segway tour. Our guide, funnily enough, was from Adelaide. I’m beginning to notice that most people are on working holidays and we’ve met very few locals. I thought going on a Segway would be tough, but it was actually really easy and heaps of fun.
I have also discovered my new favourite New Zealand food, which is home made creme brulee fudge. It’s so amazing that I almost inhaled it, which my husband thought would be cute to name me the Greedy Fudge Monster.
When we went to check into our hotel, we were informed that they had overbooked the hotel because of a conference. However, we got upgraded to their sister hotel, which was nicer, better, and was closer to town. We don’t often have much luck, in fact lots of things that happen to us make me feel like we’re just a complete disaster, but this was pretty lucky.
We walked out to town for dinner and then had a walk along the shoreline after picking up some more fudge. Yes, it’s that good and highly addictive.
The photo of the day was taken at one of the lookouts on our drive. I’m pretty annoyed about that giant speck of dust on the sensor, but it can’t be helped and I’m not game enough to clean it myself, so there it will stay for the rest of the trip.
I was packing up my camera bag/travel bag when I noticed this little guy slip in. Now, he looks pretty damn weird, but the husband loves it. I got it for a birthday ages ago when a friend was working at Ikea. I still have no idea what it is, but the husband enjoys throwing it at me and putting it on the top of doors to fall down on me and scare me. The blue thing and I have a love/hate relationship. Unfortunately I’m trying to pack light, so it cannot come.
I’m so excited; New Zealand here we come!
Happy National Radiographer and Radiation Therapist week! To celebrate this weird and made up week, we got some balloons from our professional body and kicked them around the office. We also got some little badges and suspicious looking lolly pops as well. It’s a really bizarre thing to celebrate if you ask me, but hey, it entertained us for 5 minutes today.
All the leaves are starting to come back. I love how the trees are bare one day and then suddenly they’re back.
I can understand why these are called bird of paradise. They’re so colourful and pretty.
I know I like my big mugs, but on occasion I do drink out of normal sized mugs. I got this awesome Cookie Monster mug at Universal Studios in Osaka two years ago. There was so much cool stuff in the gift shop and normally I don’t buy anything at theme parks, but this was too cute to pass up. The husband has a green Oscar the Grouch version. I think it suits our personalities quite well. Him: grumpy and dislikes people. Me: greedy and simple minded and food obsessed. I’m very surprised that these guys survived baggage handling and made it back in one piece!