favourite places

One of our favourite places in the whole wide world – Moeraki. We drove up there today and spent a couple of hours just sitting on the beach reading and watching and occasionally throwing sticks for Max. The beach was really busy, which is not something we are used to! The advantage of that was the amount of borrowed dogs that joined in the water play with Max. And I have finished my film, so am looking forward to taking it in next week for development. Interesting how quickly 24 photos are used up when you’re used to limitless snapping…

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wild and woolly

It’s been a strange start to the long weekend – gray and cool – but it wasn’t until we decided to head to a beach that it got truly wild and woolly. In fact it was so rough and rugged that there wasn’t really a lot of beach left. That having been said the wind certainly blew away any cobwebs away and made us all feel quite revived. 

When getting my camera out of the wardrobe I found my vintage Olympus OM10 and decided to take that for an afternoon spent in analog, instead of the usual digital. I’m a little ashamed to say it took me a while to remember the intricacies of how it all worked, but once I had my head around it it became really rather exciting to hold something of such weight and substance. I’m not even sure what film I loaded in it, so the entire experience will be a bit of a surprise. After living so long in a world of immediacy it’s also interesting to spend the afternoon snapping what you think could be quite good, but not really knowing what the outcome will be well into next week. I’m rather keen on embracing this concept again. For now, however, the above pics are taken on the much more immediate and analog iPhone 5.

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a lot from little

Ross Creek 1

Ross Creek 2

Ross Creek 3

Reuben is away at school camp at Mount Aspiring – how lucky is he! – so we currently have a slightly quieter house at the moment. There have been open homes to vacate the house for, so Mia and I have spent the weekend doing lots of little things that in hindsight have added up to rather a lot. We have made pizza, eaten ice cream, watched Roman Holiday (which, once she got over complaining that it was in black and white, she thoroughly enjoyed), danced to the music from Teen Beach Movie, created exciting superhero versions of ourselves whilst still wearing pyjamas and drinking tea from bone china tea-sets (Mia is Black Tiger), gone on an exploring and walking tour of Ross Creek, and started reading a new book together. Phew! I also had a go at my first attempt to make a simple sewn book using this tutorial – it was extremely easy, and I will definitely be playing with making some more. I hope you had a productive weekend filled with fun too x

P.S If you would like to have a peek around the home that you have seen flashes of over the past 8 years fee free to check out the photos here

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on the up

Harbour Cone March 2015 1

Harbour Cone March 2015 2

Harbour Cone March 2015 3

Harbour Cone March 2015 4

Harbour Cone March 2015 5

Harbour Cone March 2015 6

For the first time in what feels like FOREVER we have had a Sunday with me free to just do whatever we want to do. What did we want to do? Climb a hill of course! More specifically Harbour Cone, which if you are local to Dunedin you will know that calling this a hill is quite the impressive understatement. It’s wild and woolly, beautiful and challenging, breathtaking at every turn.

We turned up at the bottom of the Bacon Track to find many cars, and a table set up with information and a sign-up form – it would seem  we have picked a day where the walk has been advertised, organised, and occupied with volunteers ready to guide. After listening to an explanation of the area, and politely declining the sign-up, we found the area we thought we knew quite well had been marked and sign-posted with various tracks, and we took a different route. Two hours of walking later and we are so happy to have tried something different – finding information along the way about farms that had been initially established in the mid 1800s, views we had not previously quite understood, and parts of volcanoes we did not know we were standing on.  Fantastic effort Hereweka, we are so glad we chose to be there today.

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Constitution St

Where have I been for the past 7 weeks? Totally, utterly and completely immersed in the finishing off of this beautiful cottage. We have lived here, in this home that we love, for 8 and 1/2 years. We have loved, laughed, cried, hugged, created, destroyed, taught, learnt, built, changed, painted, and ultimately grown up rather a lot. What this wonderful place has taught me I will be eternally grateful for. I find it hard to even wrap my thoughts around how much history has happened in our lives as we have lived and loved here. Changes happen, of course, and it is time for our lives to take a turn in the road. From next week this home will be up for sale, and we will be looking towards our future and the next big leap in our story. We are experiencing a mix of excitement and sadness – we have loved living here, it has given us so much. What we have in front of us, however, fills us with such joy – and that would be the only way we could possibly have let go of this. Change is such a loaded experience isn’t it?

Joanna x

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walking in the wild

Orokonui January 2016 1

Bellbird in Flax

Orokonui January 2016 2

Otago Skink warming on a rock

Orokonui January 2016 4

view across to Doctors Point

Orokonui January 2016 3

Flax flowers

Orokonui January 2016 5

Manuka Flowers

Orokonui January 2016 6

the tip of the visitor Centre overlooking Doctors Point

well a controlled version of the wild that is. Although I have a couple of weeks off from work it is currently occupied with days filled with finishing off our wee cottage ready for selling next month. The list was long and is, I am proud to say, looking really quite short now, but it’s been hard work and has not left much time for anything but renovation. Today however I have thrown the paint brush and tools aside and taken a well deserved day off, and as we so often do with our down time, we headed out to walk hills and photograph New Zealand native flora and fauna. An afternoon spent at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, most definitely a favourite place for us.

Happy weekend to you all – I hope you have had some down time too x

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Oh Mr Bowie x

David Bowie in Paris 1972 by Peter Doggett







David_Bowie with Iggy Pop and Lou Reed 1972 via hollywoodreporter

David Bowie in 1973

David Bowie via Hypebeast

David Bowie as Thin White Duke 1976


David-Bowie Serious Moonlight 1983

David Bowie and Iman via theredlist

What do you say when the Forever Man passes away? This is something that has been so hard to believe, so hard to grasp, and so powerfully sad. The world seemed to reel when it was announced that David Bowie had passed away, it was so sudden, the shock wave was huge. I opened my Facebook feed to find it completely dominated by posts of shock, distress, and disbelief, and I was soon to join them. I wrote I am so so saddened – I have loved this man forever, and it’s true. As 13 year old girls my friends and I fell deeply in love with this beautiful man, we knew all the words to Let’s Dance, Modern Love and China Girl. We owned the Greatest Hits albums, and would sing along to them at any given opportunity, preferably as loudly as possible. My first ever live gig was David Bowie during his Serious Moonlight tour at Athletic Park in Wellington – it was so windy that they couldn’t put the entire set out, but I can tell you that I remember every single possible detail of that concert and still have the concert book. So many of my memories are tied into David Bowie. I spent that first night after hearing the news playing a variety of favourite songs on YouTube, crying, and trying to understand that there was going to be no more of this beautiful, soulful voice. This is one of my very favourite songs, from one of my very favourite albums Station to Station

Over the past few days I have been listening to playlist after playlist, album after album, marvelling at the bountiful and varied body of work he has left behind. I bought the new album Blackstar and have been listening to it in the car, on loud – it is hauntingly beautiful. I think this tweet from @JesuisDean sums it up nicely – and has helped to remind me not to be sad that he is gone, but to be happy that he was here at all.

Thank you for everything Mr Bowie x

If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.

David Bowie by Jimmy King


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