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

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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! 

Franz Josef

So back to our road trip which I still can’t stop thinking about! And our next destination was Franz Josef… now we had high hopes for this town and we’d been planning a helicopter ride which Joe in particular was very impressed by. We had some convincing to do and got on that as soon as we arrived at the – you guessed it – TOP 10! We settled in and headed into town for some drinks and dinner. We’d decided on an Asian inspired restaurant and headed in the right direction. The walk was pretty cool through a jungle and we got there and chose a table outside.IMG_3694IMG_3697Safe to say the food and the wine were both delicious and we settled back to the campsite for an early night. All ready for our helicopter flight that we’d booked ready for the morning. We woke up the Next day and enjoyed some breakfast all ready for the big day ahead. U fortunately upon arriving at the launch pad the weather conditions had deteriorated and our flight had been cancelled. We opted to book again for the next day, now we had to come up with a plan for the rest of today. I was in favour of the hot pools which were a complimentary part of our helicopter flight but no-one else seemed keen. In the end Pete and Joe  decided we were going for a drive followed by a hike! I wasn’t the least bit impressed especially and the weather was starting to get even worse and everyone else heading up to view the glacier seemed to have a guide! Feeling outvoted and left with no choice, on a hike we headed. Luckily the weather wasn’t too bad and the hike wasn’t as torturous as first anticipated. it was very beautiful and we enjoyed the views of the glacier and many different waterfalls along the way. IMG_3702IMG_3703IMG_3705IMG_3708IMG_3709So the helicopter ride will have to wait… Jacquie and I managed to convince the boys to head back and drop the vans off while we headed straight for the hot pools and then for a sneaky starter and bottle of wine before the guys caught up with us. We later met up with them and headed to a bar that had previously been recommended by one of the guides at the helicopter place. Joe was baffled at being refused service due to having no ID and told he could sit outside until 9 but then he had to leave. Much to everyones amusement. there was plenty of wine and dancing before we were finally kicked out at 9pm and headed back to the vans for bed! IMG_3717IMG_3713IMG_3720IMG_3726IMG_3728IMG_3729IMG_3738IMG_3740We didn’t have a very restful night (well I didn’t) as Joe was being sick all night after coming down with some mysterious illness. I personally think this illness was linked to the prawns him and Pete cooked a few nights ago. After much deliberation we came to the conclusion that Joe wouldn’t enjoy the helicopter ride after all and canceled it. Its definitely something we still want to do and I think we’ll wait a bit and then head back and maybe throw in some ice climbing as well! Franz Josef is a sweet little town with a lot of charm and we’ve had a lot of fun here. yet again another place we want to come back to and explore more! In the bid of getting to the next place early as Pete was now feeling ill to we headed off in the car and enjoyed the scenery along the way!!
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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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

Status: THREE WEEKS BEHIND –  The race is on! 

D is for Driving Range…. and dinner.

So we got back onto the Alphabet dating this week, I’d been badgering Joe for weeks to take me to golf and he’d been dragging his heel. But eventually I got my way. We choose Ferrymead golf course as our destination purely based on the fact that they have automatic ball dispensers. Thats right we know how to party.

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We got 100 balls to share to start with and started whacking away. To be fair I was actually better than I thought I’d be and managed to hit the ball 9 times out of 10 which is pretty impressive for me. Joe was pretty good swell and we soon got a pint each and another 100 ball. The golf course is a really cool setting and I think we’ll go back in the future and have another go. Who knows maybe next year I’ll be participating in the Sexton cup?

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We had a good laugh and then got back in the car and headed back closer to home for dinner. We made it to Hornby and decided to eat at Cathays. We’d noticed the restaurant before and when Joe looked at the menu last week and realised they served duck pancakes we knew that had to be our destination!

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And oh boy they did not disappoint. Very happy with our discovery and will definitely be back here too. all in all an exciting day filled with firsts! I have big plans for E so keep reading and you’ll see what it is! I think Joe has realised that if he doesn’t come up with some ideas he’s just going to be dragged around everything I want to do! So I think he’s got some plans as well.

Paris X

26.12.2017 (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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

Status: SIX WEEKS BEHIND –  The race is on! 

Christmas on the farm!

So today – or rather yesterday – marks another Christmas away from home its our second one so I guess you could say we know what to expect but it was very different this year… I’ll leave you with what we did last year here in case you were interested. I definitely don’t think you ever get used to Christmas in the sun and somehow the songs don’t quite have the same ring to them. The farms been busy but all good and we’ve had a few different celebrations… We headed to a big work BBQ and were greeted with horrific weather but still lots of fun and obviously an after party at the lodge. We also had dinner round the boss’ house followed by a friendly game of cricket!! But I managed to duck out and played with the kids instead all a very good laugh, and a very late night considering I had cows to milk in the morning. Christmas Day was filled with presents and chocolate when I finally managed to get Joe out of bed!! Oh and of course lots of alcohol although I was actually quite well behaved and only had a few glasses of wine! Joe brought me some GHD’s which was just what I’d wanted and I got him a drone so look out for what adventures we get up to with that!!! We plan to have a test flight on our next days off – weather permitting. I still have lots and lots of updates on our recent holiday and will get them posted in the new year I also have lots of updates on our alphabet dating. Aside from that quite a quiet one for us this year. As great as it is we’d of much rather spent it with family and friends at home so we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and love and miss you loads! Thanks to everyone who wished us a Merry Christmas and to everyone who took time to FaceTime or call once again we love and miss you all loads and loads!

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of our Christmas enjoy!

Paris X
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26.12.2017 (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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Still technically a work in progress)

Status: SIX WEEKS BEHIND –  The race is on! 

HOKITIKA yeah!!!

SO….. we left the pancake rocks behind and got in the car ready to head to Hokitika! First stop was the gorge. We went to the gorge soley because I saw a picture of a girl stood on the bridge and wanted to re-create this for Instagram. All the walks and tourist attractions around NZ are really well laid out and have good signs about what you should and shouldn’t do there and even signs telling you how long each part of the walk will take. Very informative and a lot more helpful than anywhere else I’ve visited. The start of the walk has beautiful views over the bluest water you ever did see. As we continued up the gorge the views just got better and better. Joe loved jumping on the bridge and annoying all the old ladies who were trying to go for a peaceful walk, and Pete enjoyed ruining every photo I tried to take. When we got to the other end of the walk  we climbed down some rocks and even had a paddle we did toy with the idea of swimming but despite it being a very warm day the water was FREEZING!!! Maybe next time!  If I was ever going to have a career as a professional mermaid I definitely think this is where I’d live! IMG_3637IMG_3639IMG_3640IMG_3641IMG_3648IMG_3653IMG_3655IMG_3656IMG_3657IMG_3659IMG_3660IMG_3661IMG_3665IMG_3666Once back in town and settled into a campsite we started coming up with plans for the next day! I put forward the idea of  going to the kiwi centre which is like a little  zoo experience! Joe and Pete needless to say took the piss, but we reached a conclusion that because I missed out on the shanty town museum we could go to the kiwi centre.  Safe to say the kiwi centre did not disappoint. We spent along time looking at a tank with 5 different types of fish in, this proved great entertainment trying to differentiate between them and of course everyone thinking they were right! We moved swiftly on…IMG_3669IMG_3672After dragging Joe away from the kids only section we stumbled upon a room called catch your own cray fish! now this sounds fun right? After a while of trying though we had no luck and were just about to leave when Joe saw some movement and reached for the net. He scooped up a beast of a cray fish and then proceeded to drop it all over the floor in a panic! Scared he was going to hurt the little guy I stepped up and impressed everyone with my cray fish handling skills. Great fun for us so imagine how much fun it’d be if you had some kids to entertain!!  IMG_3673IMG_3674IMG_3676IMG_3678

IMG_3679Safe to say we enjoyed the rest of our visit too. The highlight was  of course seeing the kiwi bird right at the end. Its a very low lit room as they are nocturnal but we saw him running around. They are pretty fascinating and if you’ve never seen one it is worth the visit just for that!  The next day we walked around the small museum  in the town  this was an average museum and we spent a lot of time talking to the guy who works there!  We went to the pub as always for a few drinks and I metioned that I’d seen another Instagram photo of a sign made out of drift wood that I wouldn’t mind taking a look at. Joe tried to fob me off with a sign we could see from the pub but eventually we managed to go for a walk down to the beach in order to hunt for my sign! We found it straight away and isn’t it beautiful? We ended the day with a bit of shopping and Joe even brought me a green stone necklace! All in all Hokitika is a great town, loads of character and so pretty! I’m sure Joe and I will be back! IMG_3683IMG_3688

Paris X

12.12.2017 (Week 51 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: SEVEN WEEKS BEHIND –  GETTING CLOSE! Looking pretty unlikely, wish me luck!