GoPro Karma test flight

So for Joes Christmas present I purchased him or should I say us! A GoPro Karma and GoPro hero 6! This is just a short post to say that a few weeks ago now we went for our first test flight!!! See footage here… I apologise for the shoddy edit, at the moment internet is not working properly meaning these things are a little more tricky!!! But here goes…

https://youtu.be/DO0OLb4UZnc

It’s safe to say we love it and can’t wait to film more! The follow me function is amazing and we really have only had a quick play! So watch this space for more Karma footage and reviews!

Paris X

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F is for Festival!

So this one was pretty unplanned! We were meant to be going on a fishing trip… but! We’re trying to save money as we have now booked Figi!!! Which also begins with F! So we saw an opportunity this weekend with the buskers festival coming to Christchurch and thought we’d check it out!!! If you want to see more information hit the link….

http://www.worldbuskersfestival.com/

So to start with we arrived the first day and got pretty lost! We spent a long time wondering around Hagley Park! Which I have to say is beautiful! We eventually found the venue but Joe felt “ill” ( hungover from the day before). So we watched a few acts then headed home! We headed in the next day for a few more hours and watched some more acts! Safe to say it was fun if a little childish. Ideally we would of stayed for the evening but didn’t quite make it! Still we had a laugh and it’s something different that kept us busy for the day.

No plans for G as of yet but watch this space and as I said Figi is not that long away!!! So excited!!

Paris x

E is for Escape room!

So this week for our alphabet date we headed into Christchurch to take part in an escape room!

It’s been something we’ve wanted to do for ages… now for those of you who don’t know what an escape room is let me explain. The concept is that you get locked in a room and there are a series of clues/ puzzles that allow you to work your way through the room in order to get out! Joe was less keen than me but agreed to the challenge! There are different rooms with different themes the room we chose had a prison theme and the idea is that you’ve been wrongly accused of a crime and have 1 hour to escape your cell. All in all it was a great experience that I would recommend. It was hard enough to be challenging but not so hard that it felt impossible!! Plus there is a guy the other side of the door giving you hints if you need/want them… it was pretty intense at the end trying to get out but we made it jut in time!

If you’re interested you should give it a go and let me know if you get out!!

Paris X

Tekapo and Geraldine

We headed for lake Tekapo, this was one of our longer drives. We momentarily lost Pete and Jacquie when they had a fridge incident on the way. We’d decided that this night was going to be BBQ night and the boys started setting things up. As part of these preparations Joe lit his little BBQ thats he’d previously brought for this trip. We were all engrossed in wine and conversation when we realised that the BBQ was on fire and quite near the petrol tank of our van. The boys swooped into action and quickly put out the blaze and moved all dangerous items to a safe place. We all laughed about it after we’d decided it was no longer a safety concern. We also made friends with some very forward ducks at this campsite which ended in a bit of a competition to see who could be the first to catch one. Pete won this contest with flying colours! I’ll put your mind at rest and let you know the duck didn’t actually end up on the BBQ!

IMG_3814IMG_3818IMG_3819We also decided that this was the night we were going to celebrate Christmas after I found some Xmas hats in the van. I also found some midgey repellent which we probably could of done with finding at the beginning of thew trip hey ho. I booked Jacquie and I into the spa the next day so we enjoyed a relaxed evening talking about our trip so far. The campsite was not one of the best and was pretty cramped we were surrounded by a very large chines family who I was slightly concerned about as they appeared to have newly hired massive camper vans and were struggling to open the door at one point. lucky the roads in New Zealand are quite wide!IMG_3827

The next morning we enjoyed our swim in the hot pool accompanied briefly by Pete and Joe before they decided on a fishing trip instead. We headed into the spa for a massage and it was amazing. I slept in the car after that and felt truely relaxed. Our next stop was Geraldine where we wondered around some shops and enjoyed dinner out!

Paris X

New Year New Resolution!

So I’ll start with saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We had great intentions for a low key celebration this year as we both had work the next day. We went over to Gemma and Danny’s for one beer and you can all guess how that went. There was dancing and gin jelly and salted caramel shots and lots of other funny things that I’m sure will come back to me gradually. We did well and made it back before midnight, I think at about 11.45. Thank you for having us guys I’m sure 2018 will be full of plenty more parties!

Now I know those of you who are regular readers are dying to know how I got on with the end of last years resolution…. and I am pleased to tell you. I DID IT OF COURSE… 52 books in 52 week. Technically I’m still only 71% through War and peace but I’m focusing on that now so it will be done I promise! I’ve read some classics some trash and some stuff from different countries. I’ve enjoyed doing it and hope to read lots in 2018, although maybe not 52! Its taught me to put down my phone and I’m pretty happy with the selection of books I made.

So here it is the list of what I’ve been reading…. 

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
  28. Before He Sees – Blake Pierce
  29. Click Date Repeat – K. J. Farnham
  30. The Game  – Terry Schott
  31. Reach You – Mari Carr
  32. A Killing Truth – D. V. Berkom
  33. The Defiant Bride – Leslie – Hachtel
  34. Pause To Rewind – Aimee Alexander
  35. Depths Of Deception -Diane M Dickson
  36. How to Be Happy – Eva Woods
  37. Going Underground – Michael Leese
  38. The Bay Of Shadows – Samantha Wood
  39. Life As A West Coat Coin Boy – Charlotte Randal
  40. The Denniston Rose – Jenny Patrick
  41. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
  42. 1Q84 book one – Haruki Murakami
  43. 1Q84 book two – Haruki Murakami
  44. The Doctor’s Christmas Proposal – Eve Gaddy
  45. Every Little Kiss – Susan Hatler
  46. Before That Night – Violet Duke
  47. Every Night Without You – Violet Duke
  48. Christmas With You – Tracey Alvarez
  49. Ravenous – Erica Stevens
  50. Fire In Frost – Alicia Rades
  51. Far From The Tree – Robin Benway
  52. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

So this year I’ve decided on a few different challenges! The main focus is going to be the 1 second every day video challenge! And I think it’s going to be lots of fun as well as that I’m hoping to do 30 days of yoga and I’m also going to attempt dry January! This year will see us visiting home and then we have a few holidays planned and of course a lot more traveling. So I’ll keep you posted on all of that! 2017 has been a wonderful year for us we’ve worked as rock climbing guides, English teachers and will finish the year as dairy farmers. We’ve marked our first full year away from home and our loved ones. We’ve seen a lot of Asia and settled into life in New Zealand!! We have met some amazing people and also said goodbye to some beautiful souls. It’s been a blast and I kind of wish we could do it all over again! Here’s some of our best bits…

Okay so looking at all of those we’ve had quite a few best bits. Thankyou to everyone who’s read my ramblings next year I’m looking forward to a lot more blogging and I hope everyone’s looking forward to reading! So here is to another year! Let’s laugh a little louder and party a little harder because life’s too short and all that!

Paris and Joe X

Milford Sound and Cromwell.

So we dragged our hungover arses into the van and headed off in search of Pete and Jacquie. knowing that we had a boat tour booked. The drive through to Milford sound is beautiful. This is one of the places that is highlighted by everyone as a “must see” when you travel the South Island and let me tell you they are not lying! We arrived at the dock and searched high and low for Pete and Jacquie… Joe was starting to get slightly concerned that they had ditched us but eventually we were all reunited and ready to board the boat. I was not entirely excited after our last little boat trip where I’d been pretty sick but decided I’d suck it up. And I’m so glad I did. of any of have been to hailing bay in vietnam (where Joe and I previously lived for 3 months) its very similar but also very different. However you want to describe it its beautiful. We throughly enjoyed our boat trip and could and probably will do it all over again at some point. There are also a lot of hikes down here that we’re defiantly interesting in when we revisit. We had booked a campsite near by unfortunately not a TOP 10 though but off we headed.IMG_3792IMG_3795IMG_3798IMG_3801IMG_3800IMG_3806The drive is even better the second time although we were slightly concerned about the van making it up some of the steeper inclines we got there all in one piece. We settled into the campsite which had a forrest setting and thought about plans for dinner. We decided to book at the campsite restaurant and eat out. The food there was delicious, and totally unexpected from such a remote location. We enjoyed our 2 courses and then sat outside for more drinks and to be attacked by sand flies. We retired back to the camper vans and enjoyed yet more wine before getting out a map to make plans for tomorrow and getting some well needed rest. Joe even enjoyed a spot of bed time reading by the light of my beautifully arranged fairy lights.
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The next morning we headed for Cromwell, Joe and I left early and went via subway and also via the lake for a quick swim. We got checked into the TOP 10 and headed to a lake where Joe could fish. In my opinion the town was a little creepy but Joe loved it and declared he wanted to move there as its very close to Queenstown. We waited for Pete and Jacquie and then sat at the BBQ area while we decided what we should do for dinner. It was decided that we should walk into town and given two routes. The lady did tell us that one route was probably not a good idea as a lot of people get lost that way. Thats the route we chose and you guessed it of course we got lost. Just a few times. We ended up walking across a golf course which I’m pretty sure is not what you’re supposed to do but oh well. Pete was dead set on walking to the old town but upon discovering it was 2km away I put my foot down in protest and declared we go to the closest restaurant now. We arrived at the 5 stags a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food and massive portions! Then back for planning tomorrow and more wine. In the morning we decided to head to a gold panning place and it was fun. We made friends with some horses and then walked around all the old gold mining  buildings. After that we met up with Pierce who showed us some crazy machinery for extracting gold out of quartz and then taught us how to pan for gold we all got stuck in and Jacquie even found a little flake of gold. Safe to say she had a bit more patience than the rest of us All in all a great morning before heading off to Tekapo.

Paris X

28.12.2017 (Week 52 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
  28. Before He Sees – Blake Pierce
  29. Click Date Repeat – K. J. Farnham
  30. The Game  – Terry Schott
  31. Reach You – Mari Carr
  32. A Killing Truth – D. V. Berkom
  33. The Defiant Bride – Leslie – Hachtel
  34. Pause To Rewind – Aimee Alexander
  35. Depths Of Deception -Diane M Dickson
  36. How to Be Happy – Eva Woods
  37. Going Underground – Michael Leese
  38. The Bay Of Shadows – Samantha Wood
  39. Life As A West Coat Coin Boy – Charlotte Randal
  40. The Denniston Rose – Jenny Patrick
  41. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
  42. 1Q84 book one – Haruki Murakami
  43. 1Q84 book two – Haruki Murakami
  44. The Doctor’s Christmas Proposal – Eve Gaddy
  45. Every Little Kiss – Susan Hatler
  46. Before That Night – Violet Duke
  47. Every Night Without You – Violet Duke
  48. Christmas With You – Tracey Alvarez
  49. Ravenous – Erica Stevens
  50. Fire In Frost – Alicia Rades
  51. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

Status: THREE WEEKS BEHIND –  One to go!!!!

Queenstown revisited.

Before we headed to Queenstown we actually stopped off for one night in Wanaka, now to risk repeating myself this is somewhere we really need to head back to. We stayed at a TOP 10 just out of town. This place had good facilities and Jacquie and I enjoyed a few hours lounging by the pool and having a swim while the boys slept and recovered from their illness. One thing Wanaka has to offer is puzzling world…! Although I was promised a trip to puzzling world in the morning this never happened so I have to go back even if its just for that!  We chilled and had a nice evening in Wanaka eating and drinking while Pete terrorised the poor waitress. We headed off to Queenstown next! A town that Joe and I had previously visited and were already head over heels involve with! You can go back in time and browse our last Queenstown adventures here if you wish I promise they will not disappoint!!! this time we had a more sophisticated set of plans. We stopped along the way to check out the lupins and obviously take a million photos!IMG_3752IMG_3755IMG_3757IMG_3759IMG_3760And when we arrived we headed straight out for a wonder and bite to eat! We chose a restaurant over looking the lake and it didn’t disappoint. We contacted Janik who used to work with us here at Robindale and he met us for a few drinks. Joes mum and dad headed out to do some shopping and we reminisced and talked about future plans all while overlooking the lake. IMG_3765After everyone was feeling a little tipsy we decided it was time to get into some sight seeing and we headed up to Gondola to view the lake from a different perspective. We enjoyed a window seat from the restaurant and took in the view safe to say its pretty spectacular. The evening continued and we headed back to the vans to get changed and then out for dinner with Janik in tow.IMG_3776The drinks flowed and if my memory serves me right we even had some shots. We soon headed to my personal favourite bar cowboys and then with talks of Zephyr bar in the mix Jacquie and Pete decided to head home. Safe to safe Queenstown got the best of us and and Joe and I competed to walk of shame at about 9am. We then promptly decided that it probably wasn’t a good idea for us to try and drive to Milford Sound at that moment and that we should probably get some rest. We let them go ahead and spent another night recuperating before heading off early the next day to meet them. Safe to say Queenstown is a fierce to be reckoned with and I sure as hell am glad we don’t live here!!!IMG_3782IMG_3790IMG_3780Paris X

30.12.2017 (Week 52 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
  28. Before He Sees – Blake Pierce
  29. Click Date Repeat – K. J. Farnham
  30. The Game  – Terry Schott
  31. Reach You – Mari Carr
  32. A Killing Truth – D. V. Berkom
  33. The Defiant Bride – Leslie – Hachtel
  34. Pause To Rewind – Aimee Alexander
  35. Depths Of Deception -Diane M Dickson
  36. How to Be Happy – Eva Woods
  37. Going Underground – Michael Leese
  38. The Bay Of Shadows – Samantha Wood
  39. Life As A West Coat Coin Boy – Charlotte Randal
  40. The Denniston Rose – Jenny Patrick
  41. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
  42. 1Q84 book one – Haruki Murakami
  43. 1Q84 book two – Haruki Murakami
  44. The Doctor’s Christmas Proposal – Eve Gaddy
  45. Every Little Kiss – Susan Hatler
  46. Before That Night – Violet Duke
  47. Every Night Without You – Violet Duke
  48. Christmas With You – Tracey Alvarez
  49. Ravenous – Erica Stevens
  50. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

Status: TWO WEEKS BEHIND –  The race is on!