Long time no see!!

Sorry guys its been a while!!! I know… where have I been all your life.  So basically its winter now and we’ve been super busy moving house and job and all the rest if it! I thought I’d just write a quick update to let you all know we are all still alive! We’re loving our new job and busy saving away for our holiday home soon.

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We’ve been skiing a lot and safe to say I’m not terrible anymore okay so I’m still pretty bad but no longer terrible!

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We are still alphabet dating but it is slightly on hold because our plans for G involved me not having a broken thumb! Although its much better now I’m still working on it so we’ll keep waiting till thats better then catch everyone up! Over all life is pretty sweet and I hope you enjoy a few of the pictures I’ve posted! I’m back online now so as always look out for more of the same!!!

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Paris XX

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One year in New Zealand 🇳🇿

Yeah that’s right one year ago today (May 4th) we landed in NZ. We had no money and no direction, but now we have successfully completed our first year! And what a year it’s been. We were dirty and tired not to mention completely skint after our 8 months in Asia. I don’t think either of us thought that we’d stay long, get a bit of cash then a quick tour of the country then home. But boy were we wrong! We’ve just been approved our second year visa and are looking forward to getting stuck into a new job in 3 weeks! It’s safe to say we’ve fallen in love with the place and there are def days where I can’t imagine being anywhere else. We’ve learnt a lot about dairy farming and a lot about ourselves while we’ve been out here, probably seen more sunrises than ever before and enjoyed some of the countries charm, with loads left for us to explore. Whether we stay long term or short term NZ will always be a place that’s very special to us and we urge everyone to come visit. I think it’s safe to say that for now we are very very happy here. I’ll leave you with some pictures of our best bits.

for more pictures of our adventures in new Zealand please check out my instagram @justparisamy #travelwithtwits

Paris x

ACC book review!

So I’ve had a fair bit of time off with this broken hand problem and as you can probably guess I’ve been doing my fair share of reading and thought I’d write a little book review on everything I’ve read while I’ve been off over 6 weeks. Before I get going I am now back at work, all be it on light duties but I’m loving being back!

The Kill Room – Jeffery Deaver

How is this the first time I’ve discovered him! It took me a while to get into it as he has a quite individual style but I loved it and now I’m adding everything he’s ever written to my growing list of stuff to read. It’s twisty it’s intelligent it’s everything you want from this genre and I cannot wait to get involved with more of his stuff so check him out if your a fan of crime.

The Broken Ones – Sarah A. Denzil

In Between reading stuff on a long list of books i’ve always wanted to read and classics and fave authors I tap into book bub. Mainly to save money and I have occasionally picked up some gems there. This isn’t one of them. It was boring and predictable and the end was just strange so don’t bother! Although do get on book bub if you’re not already because if you read as much as me you could save yourself a fortune!

1984 – George Orwell

What is there even to say about this it’s a classic and it’s pretty timeless! If you havn’t read this buy it and read it now! I’m going to try force it on Joe in the near future! And yeah like I said it’s one of my faves and I’ve re-read it a few times, its faultless.

And last but not least I managed to battle my way through….

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

I think we can all agree the film is a cult classic and love it or hate it everyone’s seen it. The book was hard work in the beginning but perseverance paid off and I did enjoy it. If you’re not already a book worm maybe it’s not for you but if you are and you’ve discarded it in the past pick it up again and have another go!

This is a bit of a something about nothing post but let me know what you think and even better let me know what you think I should read next I’m always looking for new suggestions!

Paris X

Thumb progress

So I made it back from my road trip with Charlie and have settled back into Hororata life! The day after I got back I had a hospital appointment regarding my thumb and yey! My cast if off! Wahooooo!! The bad news is I’m still signed off work but it’s a step in the right direction. My thumb is very weak and still very swollen and bruised but like I said a step in the right direction and with a bit of physio I should be right as rain in no time!

As soon as we got the good news we headed to the tannery to celebrate and Joe also got a much needed haircut and beard trim! We also found the nicest pizza place and enjoyed a few beers in the sun.

We also had great fun picking out our fancy dress costumes for Gemma’s part! I did originally want to go as Jasmine and Aladdin, I loved the Jasmine costume but the Aladdin on was hilarious and comprised of a lot of layers and a massive hat, Joe put his foot down and we had to try a few alternatives. We had a great evening at Gemma’s party it was the perfect end to my week and I’ll leave you with some pictures of all the fun we had below!

Safe to say we had a great time and remembered little of it the next day!!! We’ve recovered now and I’ve had my first physio, it went well but I’ve been told off for trying to do too much and the thumb is pretty stiff so need to take it slow but hopefully it won’t be too much longer because I’m back on the verge of insanity!

Paris X

Theres no place like home…

So this week Joe and I have been talking a lot about home and where it is and what it means blah blah blah. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to write a little post about what we came up with! Sit tight and enjoy and I’d love to know all your thoughts, wheres home for you?

So I’ll start with me and I guess home really is Wallingford! It a place I can leave for so long and will always be home. I know I can walk down the street and bump into people I know there. Most importantly its the home to my family and a lot of my friends. There are so many special memories in wallingford from running around castle gardens as a child to hanging down by the river in my teenage years! Not forgetting more recent memories of drinks in the OPO and boathouse. Its a town that I’ve grown up with and I think its grown up with me and the people around me. Everytime I leave, I go back and the details has changed while I guess some people see that as sad for me I just see it as normal after all I’ve changed too overtime. No one broke the deal I think Wallingford and I have different agendas now!

Essex is where I went to university, Writtle to be specific if you’re still not sure lets call it Chelmsford. Your university days are mean to be the “best days” of your life while I slightly disagree about that! Essex will always have a little bit of home unlike wallingford thats grown with me as I drive back through the winding countryside onto campus I’m over whelmed by a sense of nostalgia and reminded of all the great and crazy memories I had there! For the 3 years I spent at Uni I lived with my best friend the one and only Shabba! We often look back at these times and now in a world of buying houses and important jobs (on her part not on mine), I think its a place we both look back at fond of memories we shared there. I think if you’d ask her she’d agree Essex has a little bit of home and to be honest with you it probably always will!

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Next on… to my beautiful WALES! On a camping trip when I was probably about 16 with my wonderful Shabba! I told her that I’d marry a welsh man and move to Wales. And I kind of got my wish although I am still waiting for that ring. When Joe and I met 4 years ago we spent the first 4 months of our relationship in America which I’ll get to shortly. We managed about 3 months of long distance before Joe asked me to move up to Wales. I’m not sure even he was expecting me to turn up on Christmas Day declaring “here I am” with all my belongings packed into my little Clio and a job interview looming. But thats how my Wales adventure started. Over the 2 and a bit (I think :/) years we lived there we shared two beautiful houses, one in Beddgelert and one in Betws yn Rhos. I spent days walking around finding hidden corners and falling more and more in love with Joe and Snowdonia! Aww now ain’t that sweet. While more recently Joes mum and dad were visiting New Zealand, Joes mum asked me if I felt a connection with Wales and where we’d consider home if we went back. My answer is definitely, Wales is more than home to me and I’m sorry Wallingford people but if we do come home I think ultimately it will be to Wales we return!

America is a different kind of home, its not a place I particularly miss pr long to return to but… and heres the bit. I do really miss the time I spent there. Ask anyone who’s ever worked at camp and let me tell you everyone around you becomes your family and in a way I guess that does make it home! Joe and I will def return, its where we met and holds some very fond memories check it out for yourself in this vid… (video credit to Nansi :))

Cat Ba is the first place we stayed rooted after 6 months on the move… if anyone reading this is traveling to Vietnam Cat Ba is the first place I would recommend! We had a fab time there but it was also a place of highs and lows. Job drama, and the place for real friends! We met some totally awesome people there! Some of whom we are still in regular touch with I’ll show you what we did in Vietnam if you’ve not already seen it… and if you have skip past!

I’ll also leave a little link here about some of our fave memories here it still all feels like yesterday and I’m a sucker for looking through old pictures. If you are headed that way check out my Top 10 things to do in Cat Ba

Last but not least! New Zealand. We arrived here with no money and no plan. The tiny little town of Hororata has opened its arms to us and this is a view that feels like home every day. Over the last year we’ve made a little Robindale family which has spread wider over New Zealand and when we leave Robindale at the end of this season I know its a family that will continue to grow and grow as our adventure continues. While this family is dysfunctional its filled with characters and people we’ve lived with and grown to love, people that have shown us kindness while we’re thousands of miles away from home. We’ve celebrated Christmas and birthdays with these peoples as well as some of the smaller day to day achievements and goals that come with work. We have a local pub that after frequent visits is now filled with friendly faces every time we enter. Where ever we end up this place will always be a little piece of home right here! We’ve loved having Joes parents to visit and hope this year will bring us more visitors from overseas!

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Now I’m aware that all this rambling doesn’t answer the question so where is home? Joe says that he only wanted to come to NZ because he thought it might be the only place in the world better than North Wales. I think Wales is still in the frontline where as Joes opinion varies depending on how much he’s had to drink. I think my conclusion is that for me home is more of a person than a place. And works pretty well for me right now. I’d love to hear what everyones thoughts are? Where is home for you?

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“you must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong” – Sue Fitzmaurice

Paris X

Not my best week!

So basically most of you probably know by now this week I broke my hand! Yey! Not really not at all. I guess a good place to start would be telling you all about how this happened. To cut a long story short I reached through an automatic backing gate to send it down and managed to reverse the whole thing over my hand. YES it hurt and YES I felt like a tit. I then had a frustrating conversation with Sanka trying to explain to him that he needed to get Matt (the boss). Eventually I rang Matt myself and he came fast with ice water and painkillers. #lifesaver. Please look away now if you don’t want to see grim photos of my mangled hand.

We arrived at the hospital after the longest 45minutes ever and I was poked, prodded, washed and eventually x-rayed. They were pretty certain before they’d even x-rayed it that is was broken due to the fact that it was massively swollen. Safe to say the X-ray proved my thumb is very well and truely broken. GREAT!

All this looked at and the Dr decided its time for me to go to another hospital due to the fact that the fractures really displaced and they need to try and pull it into place. This is turning into a long day…  Joe is now calling me trying to work out whats going on as he’s still stuck at work. I had to wait and get a transport cast put on! that was traumatic due to a guy getting a splinter removed, lets just say there was a lot of screaming. Transport cast on and off to the bone shop. NO JOKE thats what they call orthopaedics over here. At this point Matt went home as there was like a 3 hour wait and Joe was on his way. So I waited and waited and waited and Joe came! I got more pain relief and my jumper cut off me because I was about to pass out and Joe brought clean clothes! We waited some more.

Eventually we got called through and the Doctor explained I get local and they yank my thumb and fingers crossed it stays there. I had alot of gas and air which made me go crazy then all the injecting bit was over pretty cool just a wait now for it all to go numb.

Then for the major event more drugs for me as they pulled my hand around. It all went pretty smoothly. I asked how it went not wanting to get my hopes up but the verdict was he felt it moved as we waited around for x-rays. everyone was very impressed with the x-rays so job done for this week. I had to get my fingers added onto the cast as there little finger appeared to be broken too. We made it home at 1am!! I spent the next few days in a drugged up state sleeping a lot!

On a lighter note I got ORANGE hair yey!

I went to my second appointment and the good news is… its all stayed in place!! My hand is so bruised and made me feel a little sick but its great news none the less.

I got a pink cast and there still seems to be a little confusion over whether my finger is broken or not but after much deliberation ui’m allowed them out of the cast. so hopefully thats me well on the way to recovery! Massive thankyou to everyone who’s called in or phoned or messaged to see how I’m doing its massively appreciated and I love you all!!!

Paris X