HOLIDAY!!!!

So as you will or won’t know we’ve had a 2 week break from work to go on HOLIDAY with Joes parents who are visiting from Wales! Its going to take a few posts to catch you up on everything as we’ve been pretty busy and had no wifi so I’ve ben unable to write as we go as such! But I’ll start you right at the beginning in sunny Kaikora!

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Joe and I headed off early and stopped on the way to get some supplies the route was straight forward and the drive was beautiful! We arrived at the Top 10 campsite and were straight away greeted by Jacquie and Pete! I have to say it was brilliant to see them after all this time! With a lot the talk about we got the beers straight open and started catching up. we eventually decided to head into town and get some food and this was a short walk, Pete was adamant he knew the way but finally agreed to turn around when we ended up in some kind of dump! We enjoyed a dinner of Tapas and then headed back for a play in the park! And of course more beer. I woke up at 4am my normal get up time and Joe demanded some water so I went off in search and then finally managed to get back to sleep!

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The next day we headed on a trip Whale watching… the boat ride made me feel sick but everyone else loved it! This is a trip I can highly recommend and for ages it was full of suspense unsure of whether we’d get to see a whale but it didn’t disappoint! We saw a beautiful sperm whale and it was amazing def one of the highlights of the trip, the photos really do not do it justice! Along with this we saw a few sharks, dolphins and seals and an albatross! All in all a very good day! We had some fish and chips on the way back and then headed out to see if we could spot some seals!

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We found the car park we’d been directed to and climbed out of the vans to hunt for seals. At first we couldn’t see any but soon enough there was a seal abundance. we’d been previously warned to give them plenty of space as they can often attack on land. Joe and Pete took this as a challenge to see how close they could get to the poor things. I think we all have enough seal pictures to last a lifetime. We headed straight for the bar after this and then went on to get dinner in the town. All in all a very good start to our  little trip!

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Paris X

12.12.2017 (Week 50 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

Status: SIX WEEKS BEHIND –  GETTING CLOSE!

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HOLIDAY!!!!

Busy busy week at work with lots of exciting stuff happening! Coming to the end of AI now and the bulls are here and ready for action I helped paint them and move them off the truck! Very excited for our holiday now so just got a stressful evening packing and trying to organise everything then off we go tomorrow! We can’t wait!  The van been serviced and tested all week and should be as good as new! Updates may be slow due to internet facilities but we’ll see how we go so wish us luck!!

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Paris X

No progress in my reading challenge guess this week is make or break as far as thats concerned as the end of the year is looming so watch this space!

Hororata Highland games!

Work is busy and mating is in full swing and so far all going smoothly! These days off we’ve decided to take it relatively easy and not go into Christchurch we’re going to do a local food shop instead and spend some time chilling! We started by getting a bottle of gin and putting the world to rights with Kadsan and the rest of the lodge crew! Headache in the morning!

IMG_3277The next day it was time for the Hororata games and what fun they were!!! We headed down to the village and enjoyed a whiskey tasting and a seminar, caber tossing and even watched the highland fling. We ended the evening with a BBQ at Gemma and Dannys which was the perfect end to our days off! Safe to say we wanted to do it all over again.

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This week at work has been super busy and we’ve both had a lot of early starts.. we’ve also had a lot of takeaways to make up for it. We weighed and drenched calves this week which was entertaining for everyone involved, there was a lot of screaming and shouting and a lot of laughs too! Joe in particular took a battering when a very determined calf tried to get away from him and he was dragged 200ft across the floor determined not to be beaten! You can just about see him in the background of this picture doing some work!!!!

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We are getting super excited and super ready for our holiday now!! So I don’t know if we’ll be getting up to anything exciting these days off probably more sorting out camper van issues and clothes shopping so we have everything ready to go! Once again thanks for reading… likes, comments and subscribes are greatly appreciated love to you all!!

Paris X

16.11.2017 (Week 45 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: EIGHT WEEKS BEHIND – Nearly finished the one I’m on and still have high hopes of completing especially considering I have a holiday coming up!!!! 

C (again) is for Camping!!!

SO…. we had something all planned for our D date these days off but decided that because the weather was glorious and we fancied getting away again that we’d go CAMPING and continue with the C theme!!! Well this is a bit of a lie, I decided we’d go camping and spent a whole day nagging Joe until he agreed! A couple we live with had visited Akaroa a few days before so it came highly recommended and we decided to go there. Unfortunately Tilly the Toyota is still in the garage waiting for a few parts… luckily she came with a two man tent so we headed in the car to pick it up and off we went.

Well… off we nearly went because of course the car wouldn’t start! Joes pretty handy with the jump leads now and eventually we got going! We arrived at the garage to collect the stuff we needed including some beer supplies and then headed straight off…

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One thing we’ve discovered about NZ is that wherever you drive the drive seems to be beautiful! And this one didn’t disappoint with stunning views along the way. Half way there and the car started over heating so we decided to stop to give the car a rest from the hills and get a drink. We stopped at a bar with a hilltop view and a pet sheep! Had a rest, a pint of beer and a gin and tonic and then headed off again. I spent alot of time petting and talking to the sheep but Joe refused to take a picture telling me that I’m a grown woman and its embarrassing!

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Joe decided that the best way to deal with the over heating was to not turn the car on and roll down the hill!!! Thankfully we made it to the beautiful seaside town in one piece! Obviously our first point of call was the pub! We did walk around for a while to make sure we chose the best one… Joe even let me go in one shop and I spotted a fish wall hanging that I really liked. After a few pints Joe agreed that I was allowed to head back and pick up the fish wall hanging as long as he could wait in the pub! WINNING! While in the shop I also found a print of a cow wearing a swimming hat that I decided to buy it because it made me smile. Joe wasn’t as impressed with this and thought it was stupid, but its a bit late now and I’m sure it’ll bring a smile to both our faces when we’ve got it hanaging on our wall one day.

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We went for a walk around the jetty and looked at some trips. We decided just to take the day to rest and chill out but they do loads of neat stuff here and I think we’ll definitely come back and swim with the wild dolphins which looks amazing, theres also a trip to see a large penguin colony which I also think would be ace. So after a quick wonder we needed to decide where to stay… we had two options one was a camp site in Akaroa but it was more of a holiday park type thing the benefit was that we could have a few drinks  at the bar and walk back. The other option was a campsite I’d spotted on my new app (campermate) I’m still getting used to the app but it shows you every campsite in NZ and their facilities and is colour coded depending on the price which is handy. There are a lot of “Wild camping” sites in NZ which are free!! Yes free! And from what I’ve seen most of them still have good facilities i.e. toilet and drinking water – i’m sure some of you will be horrified that this is what we consider good facilities but this is what happens when you spend 8 months in Asia. I think this app is going to come in handy when Joes mum and dad come to visit! Anyway enough about that, the campsite was in Pigeon bay and Joe was thrilled to see that it is right on the sea so he can go fishing!! It wasn’t free but was $15 which is not going to break the bank! So we decided to head there. On the walk to the car I decided ice-cream was a must and choose some lemon cheese cake and salted caramel flavours it did not disappoint!

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Joe also took this opportunity to put some coolant in the car hoping it would solve our overheating problem. The campsite was about half an hour away and lovely. The drive was yet again beautiful and when we arrived there was no-one there! There were however a lot of what appeared to be abandoned caravans and to me it was a little like the setting of a horror film but no worries. The payment method at this campsite was an honesty box and I’m not gunna lie we contemplated not paying… but decided in the end that we’re nice people and ya know good karma and all that! – good job we did as just after I put the money in the box the owner turned up good timing. Time to get the tent up! Joe declared that he is a master at this and most certainly doesn’t need any help!!

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To be fair to him the tent was up really quick and I was bundled back into the car and around the corner where Joe promised me the best fishing spot was. I enjoyed the sun and Joe fished off the jetty at the boat club!

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I 1oved a bit further away around the corner as I wasn’t enjoying the wind. Suddenly I heard Joe shouting my name and ran down the jetty in hope of fish for dinner, alas I was disappointed he just wanted to tell me 1. it was windy 2. there were a lot of jelly fish and he didn’t think we should go swimming 3. he’s hungry!  After taking all this information on board we decided to head back into town for some seafood! We enjoyed the drive back down the winding roads with the highlight being a farmer pushing about 100 cows across the road. We consider ourselves dairy farmers now and were itching to get out the car and offer a hand and check out his milking facilities. Just as the farmer pulled out behind his cows followed by his dogs the cutest thing ever happened and his two children pulled out behind him on their little motocross bikes! Defiantly gave us some ideas for the future.

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Back in town we checked out a few places but decided to head back to the bar we’d been drinking in earlier! The staff there were very friendly and there was plenty of outdoor seating so we could enjoy the rest of the sunshine. On the way we brought some snacks for our evening at the campsite this included some creme brûlée fudge! The fudge shop gave us a lot of free tastes and I have to say it gave Beddgelert a run for its money-for those of you not familiar with Beddgelert this is where Joe and I used to live in North Wales and they have the best fudge in the world. We sat down to order dinner and it was a quick decision pork belly bites to start, followed by a seafood platter to share and a side of chips. Joe and I normally do this thing where we get sooooo hungry we decide we both need 4 starters and mains, and then we normally never ending up being able to finish anything and feeling sick so cautious of this we tried to order it bit less while reminding ourselves we can always get more! I think we ordered just the right amount! Joe loved the mussels but I thought they were a bit too fishy however the rest of it was brilliant! The garlic prawns were my favourite and the pork belly bites were amazing too. We finished everything off and its safe to say I think we ordered just the right amount although the last few chips were still a struggle!

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The one thing that did let the bar down (although through no fault of their own) was a few locals who were very loud and very drunk its safe to say we left knowing more about Barbaras recent holiday to Morocco than we would of liked! But all in all a successful seafood dinner! Back to the tent for a few beers and a bottle or two of wine. This evening was really special for us we sat and watched the sunset while getting eaten alive by sandflies (bring bug spray Pete and Jacquie). We talked about the last 4 years and everything we’ve done and more importantly we talked about everything we still want to do. In one of our drunken evenings with Kadsan a few weeks ago he said something to us that rang home! What he said was about our early mornings and when you’re B1 and have to get the cows in at 4am he said “that time is yours” and I think tonight more than ever I understand what he meant. This night was ours and we wouldn’t change it! It was simple and chilled and just us and I know we’ll have many more nights like this! And we’ll always have a print of a cow wearing a swimming hat the remind us!!!

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Once again thank you all for reading! We appreciate every like comment and subscribe! Let me know if theres anything you’d like more of! I am aware that since we’ve been living in NZ this has become more of a “lifestyle blog” and less of a “travel blog” But thats all going to change when we hit the road soon for a 3 week adventure and I hope you still enjoy hearing about all the little thing we get up to!

Loads and loads of love Paris X

03.11.2017 (Week 44 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TEN WEEKS BEHIND – Nearly finished the one I’m on and still have high hopes of completing!!!! 

C is for Comedy

So this weekend – I say weekend its Wednesday but it’s our weekend – we had decided to go into Christchurch and watch some comedy! I’d looked up a few different events and there is quite a lot going on in Christchurch when it comes to comedy and it all seemed to have a little underground feel to it! I picked the one that looked the best and its an open mic night held in a bar called Strange. We had a chat a few days before and decided that as the camper van is still in there garage it would be best to book a hotel for the night so we don’t have to worry about having a drink. Joe got on this and booked somewhere to stay and also started researching restaurants!

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First things first we headed to the shopping centre, I made a trip to the beauty salon while Joe went and got his hair cut! Then I had a quick shop and treated myself to some new lime crime makeup and got Joe a new t-shirt to wear this evening. We headed to the apartment Joe had booked with a quick stop at Burger King on the way Joe wasn’t impressed with his first NZ burger king experience but I can highly recommend the churros. The apartment wasn’t quite ready as we were a little early so we headed around the corner where we found a bar and started drinking wine. Everywhere in Christchurch seems to have the feel of an industrial estate or a building site. I put this down to the fact that they are rebuilding a lot of the city after the last earthquake but it does take a bit of getting used to. Saying that the more we get to know Christchurch the more we are aware of  a lot of hidden gems and this little pub was one of them.

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We managed to get to our apartment and it was a cute room! Very small but really nice we stuck a film on and headed straight to bed for an afternoon nap. Waking up refreshed if still a little groggy from the wine I got ready while Joe walked around the room in his pants complaining that his t-shirt was too tight.

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We ordered an uber from the app in true millennial fashion and headed out to the restaurant. The uber driver was very strange his name was puss which made us both laugh and he didn’t speak at all but had 5*s for great conversation. The restaurant Joe had chosen was called king of snake and came highly recommended going with the C theme it was a Chinese (with Thai infusion whatever that means). It was absolutely delicious we had a lovely meal of half a roasted crispy duck and beef ribs with jasmine rice. We cleaned our plates and were very impressed. However I must take this opportunity to add that NZ really is missing a trick when it comes to this crispy duck thing. Anyone who knows Joe and I will know we like a Chinese at home in fact we consider ourselves experts on the matter. We’ve searched high and low and nothing can compare to the crispy duck pancakes you can find in any Chinese at home! Our crispy duck tonight was amazing don’t worry but it wasn’t a patch on home alas I think its the closest we’ll get while we’re here. If anyone has been to New Zealand and can recommend any where we can find this luxury please let us know! We are serious and will travel for duck! Or if anyone can think of a way to send us a crispy duck that too would be appreciated! Joe had a nice watermelon cocktail with his dinner and I had a whiskey and ginger ale.

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We got another uber to strange and co where we were early for our comedy so enjoyed a few drinks outside. The venue was down a little alley with a few restaurants and cute it had a very London feel about it and we could have very easily been in the middle of soho. The comedy started and it was really good an open mic set up with a MC and 12 acts, so there was a lot of variety.

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Its safe to say we laughed a lot! We headed to Boo Radleys afterwards and had a few more drinks there before retiring back to our apartment! I think we can have the most fun on a night out what a good night. It was nice to get away from the house for a bit too evening if it is only to Christchurch. Safe to say the next day we’re pretty hanging and had a quick trolley dash round pack and save before heading home and back to bed! All in all a very successful date!

Paris X

 

27.10.2017 (Week 43 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TEN WEEKS BEHIND!! 

After work adventures.

So this week has for one thing treated us to some better weather. The suns out and everyones in a good mood. My week started by discovering an elephant graveyard at work….

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Okay so maybe these aren’t really elephants but you never know! I have also been tasked with dog sitting not one but 2 dogs this weekend! Cody has been away all week and Matt is off for the bank holiday weekend so I’ve been feeding and walking Simba and Charlie. After work Joe and I have been on a few dog walks and of course; dog walks include FISHING!!! Joe decided to take us on a adventure one day and drove down a track that I’m pretty sure is not designed for the Honda to be able to navigate! I spent the entire time thinking we were going to get stuck and there were a lot of questionable noises coming from the car but fortunately we made it to our destination in one piece.

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The best thing about where we live has to be the Rakaia river, Joe enjoys his fishing trips even though he’s yet to be successful and actually catch anything. I’ve enjoyed actually getting out the house after work and I think its safe to say Simba has enjoyed the adventures too.

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Paris X

23.10.2017 (Week 42 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: ELEVEN WEEKS BEHIND!! 

And relax…

Alphabet dating is on hold this week as we have something planned for C next week. So instead we’ve spent some well earned time chilling out!!! I’ve spent the morning sat out in the sun trying to catch up with my reading and getting there slowly!

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We also took this opportunity to try and sort out the on going car and camper van situation! The car needs the tax renewing and the campervan needs a jump start! We got the tax sorted pretty quickly but the jump start was a bit of a bigger issue. It took about two hours to get it going. Once it was started we made the decision to get it to the mechanic while it goes, for its warrant of fitness due next week. I headed in front in the car and soon got a call from Joe to say he’d broken down just behind me haha. We explained the battery problems at the garage and fingers crossed we’ll have good news next week.

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We headed back and I enjoyed the sunshine while Joe set up him new BBQ and decided what to cook us for dinner. He settled on an old favourite spatchcock chicken! It was delicious!

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I shall take this opportunity to thank everyone for the likes and comments on my previous post! I am still loving my hair and can’t stop touching it!! Thankyou all.

Paris X

20.10.2017 (Week 42 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: ELEVEN WEEKS BEHIND!!