I love opening a new box of cotton buds and seeing them all neat and orderly before they become a random chaotic mess.
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.
Lines on the road… It’s not very straight!
Doing some last minute wrapping on Christmas Eve… good thing some of them were already wrapped, so that saved me a lot of time and effort!
Budding agapanthus look so awesome.
Day 10 – Kaikoura
We went swimming with dolphins today and I’m very glad I took some travel sickness pills because it was rocky on the water! We got geared up with wetsuits and snorkelling equipment. I’m a pretty confident swimmer, but I’m no snorkeler so it felt really claustrophobic in the mask. It took me a while to get used to it and I swallowed a bit a sea water, but once I did I was fine.
We were told that we had to entertain the dolphins so we would hum tunes through the snorkels and dive under and basically act like idiots to attract them. It worked though because they were around us and playing with us within minutes. It was incredible to see them up so close and I think they really enjoyed hanging around us, no touching though. The husband thought it was hilarious when I was following after a dolphin and it pooed in my face. I definitely had a shower after that!
We spent what must have been about 4o minutes swimming around in various spots, but it felt like 5 minutes. After that we got back up onto the boat and got hosed down by some hot water and just enjoyed the view. When we were swimming we were with small pods of up to 10-12 dolphins, but then we found a massive pod of about 100-150 dolphins including some seals, birds, and baby dolphins. It was amazing and photos just don’t do it justice. I found it was much more enjoyable to just put away the camera (was getting mostly rubbish shots anyway) and just be in the moment.
When we got back we had a massive big breakfast and drove up to Ohau, which is where a lot of the seals go to mate in the fresh water. There weren’t many baby seals around near the waterfall, but there was one that just ignored us and was happy to just swim around and do tricks.
The fringe on one of my (many) favourite scarves.
The husband got some cheap but very sturdy golf umbrellas. I really like this black and white one.
These cute little flowers were sitting against the base of an old wooden fence of a house that kind of looks like it’s from the English countryside, but is just in suburban Melbourne. I thought it would be rude to take a photo of someone’s house, so flowers it is!
We used to have jasmine growing in our backyard but then we had to change the fence because it had rotted away underneath. The smell of jasmine always takes me back to my childhood. It reminds me of a simpler and easier time before life got a little more complex. At the moment there is a lot of jasmine out along my walk to and from work so it’s quite nice.
One of the things I love about my new place of work is that there are lots of lovely parks and gardens around. I love just sitting out in the park at lunch. It’ll be even better in summer falling asleep on the grass under one of the big trees.
In the driveway near the side door there are some cute daisies growing over the concrete barrier. It was a lovely sunny morning today, which always makes me happy.
Another last minute photo of the day. I’ve been feeling very uninspired at the moment, so this is a pic of the husband’s iPad cover, which was conveniently sitting next to my camera on the dining table. I do like the pattern on it. It’s pretty cool.
Daisies slowly closing up for the day as dusk approaches. This is probably my favourite colour combination for all the daisies out there at the moment; white on the inside with a purple centre and purple on the outside. I love the contrast.
Today is another photo brought to you by the random things in my home. This little plastic shuttlecock was stuck in the rafters of the court we were playing on one day that we somehow managed to knock back down. I’m not sure why we kept it, but it just sits on top of the piano now.
A very happy Friday to everyone! Today’s photo was just whatever was on the kitchen table. In this case it was some Apple in-ear phones. They’re not even mine, they’re the husbands. I will try harder with the photos tomorrow.
It was a beautiful day today so I went wandering. I took heaps of photos and it was really hard to choose, but this one is my favourite of the day. I love little lawn daisies. They are just happy to grow anywhere.
Our backyard doesn’t really grow much because it’s so shady, but these little guys still seem to thrive. I love daisies and here’s yet another daisy photo.
It’s always so wonderfully sunny when I walk home from work, but as soon as I get home and get my camera out, the weather turns and it becomes grey, cloudy, windy, and rainy. I was so disappointed because I thought I’d get some good shots in but I got discouraged by the wind and poor lighting and gave up.
I’ll try and get some more blossom shots in before they all disappear. It’s such a small window each year before they’re all gone.