Quick holiday book review

So for those of you that don’t know. I read a lot. Its my greatest strength and greatest weakness and my favourite thing to do like probably in the whole wide world. Last year I did a book a week and if you’re interested you can find details of that here. Please check it out it was a really fun challenge! I wonder how many I’m gunna get through this year?I’ve just come back from 7 days holiday in Fiji and I would usually read between 4-6 books in a week of just relaxing. This time I was a bit slow due to being sleep deprived! But I did make it through 2 and they were both amazing so I thought I’d fill you in.

My first read was by Ken Follet and was called Eye Of The Needle. Now for those of you not familiar with Ken… he’s a babe and you should all give at least one of his a go. My fave would be The Pillars Of The Earth that was the one that got me hooked on him. Eye Of The Needle is his earliest and you can tell by the way its written, but that doesn’t discredit it in the slightest its twists and turns will keep you hooked and its a cracker along with everything else he’s written! Pick it up give it a go and let me know what you think!

My second fave was…. wait for it… Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.. Stephen got me hooked at the age of 15 when I first read Dreamcatcher, its not his best but its a great book. I’ve read most of his and I think most people agree The Stand is his best and probably my second favourite ever book and I’ve read a lot! Sleeping Beauties is written with his son and its magical and gripping. I totally loved it and will now look into some of Owens own works and see what he has to offer.His characters are real to me and every page makes you feel like you are there in some strange sleeping reality. I think with Stephen King you love him or hate him and love isn’t strong enough for how I feel. I’m infatuated by everything he writes and could read him all day.

Please let me know what are your fave books? /authors? Best book ever written? Its a hard one but I know my choice. I’m always looking for new recommendations so please get in touch! Thank you as always for reading. Feel free to share, like and subscribe!

Paris X


Bula from Fiji!

So Joe and I have been off on our holidays! To Fiji for one week and I thought I’d give you all a little update of what’s been going on! Absolutely nothing…. we’ve chilled to the max and sank plenty of cocktails.

In this post I’m mainly going to speak about where we stayed and the island itself and then I’ll do some smaller posts on the activities we did. We chose to stay on the main island. This was originally because we thought we might rent a car or something and be able to see a bit around the island. In the end we didn’t actually get around the island and spent quite a lot of time on the resort but this was perfect for our relaxing break. The hotel we chose was the wananavu hotel this was after much deliberation but it looked like the best option within our budget to best suit our needs! I think we made a great choice.

When we arrived at the airport we were met straight away and soon met Dan and Ash another couple staying at the same hotel. We got in the taxi and everything was very smooth! The hotel phoned the driver to take our dinner orders so food could be ready for us when we arrived. We enjoyed our drive and chatted loads, it was late and dark so we couldn’t really get much of a feel for Fiji but we were still excited to be somewhere new! When we arrived we were greeted by so many friendly staff they left us to finish check in the next morning so that we could enjoy our dinner and get some drinks down us. We ate with Dan and Ash and the food was good although we were tired and quickly headed to bed! The room was really nice and we enjoyed an early is happy night!

The next morning we awoke to torrential rain! But not worried we headed to breakfast the food on offer was lovely fresh breads every day and a selection of fruits. They also had sausage, bacon, beers and a vegetarian rice. Aswell as fresh fruit just and cereals. Everyone was so helpful and nice asking if we’d slept well and telling us not to rush. I enjoyed toast and scrambled eggs and Joe enjoyed a bit of everything! The food was amazing throughout our whole stay! I’m used to resorts having the same menu every day but here there was a selection of 3/4 meals a night and everything we tried was amazing. Especially the fish you could’ve def spent another week and not got bored of the food. As well as great food the evening entertainment was one man and a guitar. By the end of the week we knew all his songs but he also introduced us to kawa a local traditional drink made from a root and water with rumours of this mysterious drink giving you a high Joe was first inline to have a taste. Turns out it tastes of mud and no high was experienced!

Due to the rain we spent the first 2 days in the room chilling out and reading and down at the pool for short stints when the rain let up. we also walked around the hotel grounds and planned on what activities we’d like to do during the week! As I said before look out for future blog posts about them. The rest of the week was much of the same really good food and drink and lots of r and r! We had heard a lot that the people of Fiji are so friendly and that is so true, everyone at the resort was so lovely we felt very well looked after and had a really lovely time. I couldn’t recommend the resort enough. We do want to head back and explore more of the smaller islands and actually see a little more of the island but for us this time round Figi did exactly what we needed! Now back to work!

Paris X

The river mouth.

So these days off we had a pretty lazy first morning and didn’t leave bed but decided we wanted to do something in the afternoon. For those of you who read often you’ll know that Rakaia gorge is one of our fave places to head but we fancied a little change this week. Joe decided that we should head to the river mouth. So off we went!

I feel like it’s not even really days off if I don’t take at least one photo of us in the car! We have survived the last 2 days of Cyclone Gita! Safe to say you get more severe weather on a summers day in Wales. But I think we got off lightly as it did hit some places pretty bad. We got out the car at the river mouth and wondered down to the sea! sage to say it’s another pretty cool little spot. You can drive right down onto the beach which Joe loves and it’s quiet. There wasn’t one other person there. Not sure what the seas normally like as this is the after effects of the cyclone but the waves were massive!!!! We chilled for a bit watching the birds and waves and then wondered along the beach taking some photos!

we headed back to the van and Joe decided that we should try drive a bit further down the beach. However we were met by a few obstacles and decided that it was probably best to turn around! Next destination being the pub of course!!!

once at the pub we ordered some drink and tried to decide on what to do for dinner? We decided on Chinese and even treated ourselves to a battered mars bar! All in all a very successful afternoon off!

I think my favourite thing about New Zealand is that after living here for nearly a year now we are still finding so many cool places right on our doorstep! And we still have so much of this beautiful country to explore! Joes fave bit of the day was seeing a helicopter collect water from our next door farm.

Paris x

Valentine’s Day 💋

So firstly…. sorry I havn’t posted lately been having a very busy/stressful time trying to sort out Visas and with work etc. So I’ve been plenty busy! But I wanted to post and say a very happy belated Valentine’s Day! Joe and I went to the wine bar for lunch which was lovely and then slept and binge watched black mirror. And then we celebrated again with a KFC!

After this fun filled day we had the glorious task of heading into Christchurch for our visa medicals! This was a traumatic long process.. but the hospitals pretty well organised and it could of been a lot worse. Back in the car we headed home and back to our pit. Unfortunately we didn’t quite make it as the car started seriously overheating so we decided to head to a garage to check it out! Turns out the whole radiators knackered and isn’t really worth replacing. Daym. Joe was very upset as apparently that’s the best car he’s ever had… but he soon cheered up after we headed to the pub to await our saviour Cody! While in the pub Joe managed to sell the car to someone for a couple of hundred dollars so result all round! We have the campervan so it’s not the end of the world and maybe we’ll buy a new car soon.

Aside from that not slots been going on… I’ve been trying to eat healthy as I’m sick of being tired all the time and I think it’s from just eating crap! So Joes been trying out some new recipes some of which have been more successful than others!

This fish one was a personal fave!!! We are currently halfway through cyclone Gita and pretty pleased we have tomorrow off! So look out for more updates soon! As always Thankyou for reading!

Paris X

Welcome to the 70’s

So this week the weather has been dull and dreary we’ve had rain and wind! Nothing like the sunshine from last week… however with only 3 weeks left to Figi we won’t let that get us down. We had an extra day off this week to attend a 70’s party at the local cafe where we often hang out and drink! We got ready after work and headed down early… to find very few people dressed up! As the night went on and more people arrived we ended up having quite the party! I’ll leave you with a few photos of our fancy dress efforts and frolics!

We have busy days off this week with meetings at work, appointments at the bank and phone calls with immigration lawyers- all very thrilling I know. However if anything interesting happens I’ll be sure to fill you in thanks for reading.

Paris X

End of January update

So here’s a little update on what we’ve been doing as it’s the end of January now. As part of my New Years resolution I wanted to try do dry January…. I lasted till the 3rd so it’s safe to say that was an epic fail!

But oh well I’m not going to let it get me down! This month we’ve also hit the savings hard and booked a few adventures this year the main one includes going home!!!! Via Japan so we’re really excited for that and will continue our saving plan so hopefully by then we’ll have lots of money to do some cool things! We’ve also booked a week away in Figi on the 2nd of March so we have that to look forward to! I’m so excited I’ve all ready packed which Joe thinks is ridiculous but oh well! But other than that January has been full of love and laughter and obviously work! Which is still going amazingly. We’re at the part of the year now where it’s coming to the end of the season and slowing down a bit plenty of time for learning. And still plenty of time for falling off my motorbike which I seem to do daily at the moment 😂

We’ve been spending a lot of time at the pub and been doing a bit of dog sitting which has all been good fun! Most importantly we’ve been enjoying the sunshine!

nd sunshine we have had plenty! We are currently in the middle of a heat wave and you won't hear us complaining (much). We've been swimming in the river these days off and lounging around a lot in general! We even treated ourself to breakfast. We have our G date all planned but didn't quite fit in with the weather this time so keep posted and maybe next week! Love and miss you all loads as always!

ris X

Why I don’t feel lucky!

There you go I said it… now this post might leave you thinking I’m a total ungrateful brat but I’m gunna say it anyway. I have had the best year and a half ever, seen the most amazing things and ticked off a lot of the bucket list but…. (and here it goes) I don’t feel lucky!!

Now let me explain, it’s something we here all the time. “Oh you’re so lucky” “I’m so jealous you’re lucky to be on holiday again” “look at everywhere you’ve been, you’re so lucky” “you’re so lucky it’s summer, it’s freezing here” I’ve heard every kind of lucky you can think of. I’m kind of tuned out to it now but as someone said it the other day I thought about it a bit more. Am I lucky? I don’t think so and here’s why….

I didn’t win the lottery, or meet a genie to grant me 3 wishes 🧞‍♂️(I have been waiting so long to use that emoji in context). My fairy godmother didn’t come down from the heavens and wave a magic wand. I – without risk of putting words in Joes mouth -WE worked bloody hard to be here! And we’ve worked even harder to stay here. We are having a ball and obviously I’m grateful for the opportunity but I still don’t feel lucky. The way I see it is we made a choice and not an easy one. I left a job I loved that I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to and that’s something I think about every day, we left behind friends and family. And we prioritised our love for travel over buying that house or getting that promotion! I don’t regret one minute of it but think… would you tell someone they were lucky for getting A’s in A levels? Or getting that promotion they worked months and months for? Not only have we worked hard to get the money to afford our travels we’ve worked at how we do it! Made changes to our lives and habits and tweeked small things to make it work for us. So to be more specific… I don’t feel lucky for the opportunity. Sometimes I feel lucky for the perfect sunset or the best stars and I felt really lucky to have seen a sperm whale but you have to put yourself out there for a chance to witness all these things! A whale wasn’t going to jump out the Thames while I was having a pint down the Boathouse now was it?

^I think I’ll be sharing that photo for the rest of my life at every opportunity.

I love it, I’m happy, it’s not for everyone but it works for me and for us. I guess what I’m getting at is if you want something work hard until you get it we’re no different and definitely no luckier than anyone else! This world owes you nothing, and you could be a long time waiting for that fairy godmother or your 3 wishes… 🧞‍♂️

Paris X