one spring day

another beautiful start to spring meant we could explore a central place of our local area …

spring has sprung here in the mid-north of nz and we have enjoyed warm and sunny weather during our first week of term 3 holidays. visiting family was a good excuse to visit a local outdoor area.
the kerikeri domain is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy the water and historical buildings. people were enjoying the sun that was crossed over by clouds at different times. the gang of roosters on the north side were a bit much for me but the ducks and a friendly goose were fun to interact with. 
our boy is such an outdoor boy and loves to say ‘ i’m excited ‘ now. he sure was excited this day. 
:: holding on to the good ::

huia and whatipu

a chance to visit family and do some errands in auckland this weekend, found us in huia and whatipu, the beginning of the waitakere ranges and a place of raw beauty…

we started at the huia store, a delicious lunch and a similar atmosphere meant there was lots to sit and look at and the food was everything we hoped it would be. a winding crawl around the shore line and up and down a steep range, we found ourselves at whatipu, a remote beach on the most southern part of the west coast.

gran shared stories of visiting as a young child and my great great aunt having dance parties in the cave as a young woman (aunty dora was my great grandmother’s sister). my mum loves this place too and pointed out places they had visited before. isaiah and hubby explored further along and because the area has strict dog free signs, we stayed back to keep tarla company.

huia was previously known as te huia as the area is thought to be named after chief, te huia, who stayed in the bay and was so taken by the area that he remained there. i can completely relate and vowed we would return to explore further another day. it is a beautiful, raw place to visit and well worth the effort to get there.

:: holding on to the good ::

together

it’s such a joy to see little cousins together, calling for each other and giving away hugs whenever possible. we had a great time with my brother, sister-in-law and beautiful niece visit today…

isaiah started off from being woken up from his mid-afternoon nap, so needed to warm up to our visitors. by the end he was sitting on the couch with uncle matt watching ‘ball’, running around with his cousin with toys being shared and sneaking snacks together. it was a real breath of fresh air to have family come to hang out. they are our first visitors apart from our parents to our new home. it’s nice to know they know where we are now.

cool mornings, with gorgeous sunny days have been the norm this week and i am silently praying this is all winter is cracked up to be here in the mid north. the cool winds are nothing to the sun that has poured down on us this week. glorious, i whisper with baited breath.

:: holding on to the good ::

around our neighbourhood

we have been back in new zealand for seven weeks now and in this time i have found my camera not too far from my reach. if i need to get out of the house, i jump in the car and go and find a new road to drive down and stop to enjoy this beautiful area we find ourselves in…

it hasn’t been hard to find rolling green hills and stunning picturesque scenes that are a far cry from our inner city dwelling for the last four years. 
spring has finally sprung and we are enjoying more temperate weather {and more rain as i type this post!}, blues and greens embrace and cleanse my thoughts with each exploration. 

 {i sent the above photo into one of our local newspapers, it was published on Thursday Sept 25!}

i am so thankful for capturing these scenes, and through this process falling for this area. it really is so majestic and peaceful.

tangihua are the mountain ranges that over arch this countryside and from hubby’s new school, the words ‘ka tu i te ao, ka tu i te po’ ring true. Tangihua stands firm in the day and firm in the night.

around our neighbourhood

we have been back in new zealand for seven weeks now and in this time i have found my camera not too far from my reach. if i need to get out of the house, i jump in the car and go and find a new road to drive down and stop to enjoy this beautiful area we find ourselves in. 
it hasn’t been hard to find rolling green hills and stunning picturesque scenes that are a far cry from our inner city dwelling for the last four years. 
spring has finally sprung and we are enjoying more temperate weather {and more rain as i type this post!}, blues and greens embrace and cleanse my thoughts with each exploration. 

 {i sent the above photo into one of our local newspapers, it was published on Thursday Sept 25!}

i am so thankful for capturing these scenes, and through this process falling for this area. it really is so majestic and peaceful.

tangihua are the mountain ranges that over arch this countryside and from hubby’s new school, the words ‘ka tu i te ao, ka tu i te po’ ring true. Tangihua stands firm in the day and firm in the night.

this kiwi girl is home

we have been home for a little over three weeks now. settling, adjusting, exploring and savouring the goodness of being on kiwi soil. 
i wanted to share some moments that i captured as i adjusted to home and the gems found along the way…

i pinch myself that this is winter, albeit lots of rain, but the freshness and familiarity is blowing me away.

yay for home.

this kiwi girl is home

we have been home for a little over three weeks now. settling, adjusting, exploring and savouring the goodness of being on kiwi soil. 
i wanted to share some moments that i captured as i adjusted to home and the gems found along the way.


i pinch myself that this is winter, albeit lots of rain, but the freshness and familiarity is blowing me away.

yay for home.

Spring is in the air

Spring is finally here on the peninsula… With spring returns the sound of birds, colour and vitality. There is something so magical about life ‘springing’ back from the bleak and barren nature of winter here.


Being able to take our ‘outside boy’ out into beautiful sunny, warm days is a dream come true. He is loving to explore these new surroundings and our local parks.

I am an observer for now, soaking up this time as I watch my boys have fun together sliding, scooting, running and hiding & seeking. 

Our busy toddler is no longer learning to walk, he is running! Loving wide open spaces and steps… 

And I am currently in a leg cast due to a broken bone and ruptured ligament. In two weeks I will go back to evaluate and find out the next steps. I am staying optimistic and switching my thinking to long-term; I want to be able to walk and not roll this ankle in many years to come.

And hey, don’t you think the colour suits well for this season? I thought so too!

What are you up to these days? How is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere?

Spring is in the air

Spring is finally here on the peninsula… With spring returns the sound of birds, colour and vitality. There is something so magical about life ‘springing’ back from the bleak and barren nature of winter here.


Being able to take our ‘outside boy’ out into beautiful sunny, warm days is a dream come true. He is loving to explore these new surroundings and our local parks.

I am an observer for now, soaking up this time as I watch my boys have fun together sliding, scooting, running and hiding & seeking. 

Our busy toddler is no longer learning to walk, he is running! Loving wide open spaces and steps… 

And I am currently in a leg cast due to a broken bone and ruptured ligament. In two weeks I will go back to evaluate and find out the next steps. I am staying optimistic and switching my thinking to long-term; I want to be able to walk and not roll this ankle in many years to come.

And hey, don’t you think the colour suits well for this season? I thought so too!

What are you up to these days? How is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere?

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One year later

Last year for the first time we visited the Garden of the Morning Calm; beautifully established ornamental grounds set in the hills of Gapyeong-gun. Thinking back to that visit, I was just about ready to fly back to NZ a month earlier than Mark in order to prepare for baby Hub’s arrival. It was our last chance to document our time as expectant parents.

So it was so fantastic to take Isaiah back to the same places and think back about all the changes and journeys we have gone through together since then. It surely has been remarkable.

It was an early start to the day, venturing there with a large group of our colleagues and friends, to miss the crowds that come in the afternoon. We enjoyed the freshness and space that we miss so much when we think of home.

Isaiah is already such an outdoor boy, as I have shared before, taking in the surrounds and even noticing insects and other things around the place.

This unique tree is called the ‘Millennium Juniper’. It is a one of kind shape and commands respect from it’s own view point. I love the contrast of deep green and the bright blue of the sky.

It’s never boring to look across colorful landscape and breathe in air so fresh and clear. We definitely want to make it back in the spring when all the delicate blossoms signal the change of season that is the most dramatic in this country. We’re looking forward to it already!