Tagged with B.

Celebrating Autumn

Celebrating Autumn

At the beginning of May we celebrated Samhuinn, the mid-point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. In the Druid tradition, this is the time when we honour those who have gone before us and recognise that as we journey into the dark of the year, we give our soul much needed rest. This is also … Continue reading

A (very) full life.

A (very) full life.

There are times during the year, where everything seems to pile up. The reality of teaching full time, running a dance school, being mum to my beautiful boy and of course spending time with my wife can seem like a lot. Probably because it is a lot. I love my full life. I love all … Continue reading

Summer Snaps

Summer Snaps

Although we’ve been back in Wellington now for several weeks, I’m only just managing to get some of our summer pictures off my camera and onto the blog to share with all of you.   We had a wonderful summer – spending a whole month up north with our families, but it has been lovely … Continue reading

Spring Growth

Spring Growth

Although this spring has been somewhat tumultuous weather-wise, the soil is clearly getting warmer and spring is definitely taking a hold in the garden. S.and I are loving having space to get outside and plant things, and of course T. is enjoying having space to run around. He loves looking for bugs, riding his motorbike, … Continue reading

Gratitude and Sunshine

Gratitude and Sunshine

Well, it has been a while since my latest post. And we are well and truly into the wild spring weather. Beautiful one day, bitterly cold the next, and of course the ever present spring winds come to play almost daily too. Our house is zoned for high wind, and my goodness can you feel … Continue reading

Holidays Continued

Holidays Continued

We’re nearing the end of a wonderful 3 and a half weeks away on holiday with our respective families. It’s been really lovely, so I thought that following on from our last post, it was time for another photo update. T. has been loving spending time in the paddling pool. We also managed a couple … Continue reading

DIY Computer Cupboard

DIY Computer Cupboard

My parents have this beautiful rimu computer cupboard that unfolds into a computer desk when you open the doors. Inspired by this S. and I decided to have a go at creating our own. We scoped out the local antique stores and op shops and finally found our ideal cabinet. Bringing it home was a … Continue reading

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Family is really important to us, and we’re very lucky that we are able to have big long summer holidays together every year (thanks teaching profession). Our usual pattern is to head north every year for a good 3 or so weeks and spend time with each set of parents at their beach houses. We … Continue reading

The Choices we Make

The Choices we Make

“Forget success. Make it your mission to be brave. Forget your job title. Listen for your callings. Forget wealth. Learn to live well in your place. Forget marketing. Find and tell the stories that will heal you. Forget popularity. Let yourself love foolishly. This is what the world needs from you.” Marianne Elliott We make … Continue reading

Life-changing Books

Life-changing Books

It’s wonderful to finally have time to sit down and write. A while ago I saved a whole lot of draft titles – ideas, topics to come back to. Today this one jumped out at me. There are so many books that I love and have loved, so many books that have meant something to me, … Continue reading

Market Love

Market Love

I’ve always loved markets. From the most exotic and chaotic to the ordinary and everyday, they provide an awesome opportunity to take photos – something I love doing! We are lucky in Wellington to have so many fruit and vege markets, including one just down the road from us. We regularly go to the markets … Continue reading

For S.

For S.

Sometimes it’s hard to start, hard to know where to begin. My mind is too full, too full of all the good things. And there is so much in my life that is good right now. It has been such a full year. My son is growing, he’s big and strong and loves music and … Continue reading

December Reflections

December Reflections

One of the things I love about December is that reports are finished and so I have more time for other things I love. One of which is taking photos. Here are a few snaps from the last month, all taken on my iPhone 5c: Making algebraic structures with my students. T. loves the vacuum … Continue reading

Something for the Week

Something for the Week

I have loved Susannah Conway’s Something for the Weekend for a long time. I read so much on the internet and there are so many things I save and love, but they usually spend a long time sitting in Pocket waiting to become blogs and often never actually do. So I thought I’d adapt it slightly … Continue reading

Feminist Inspirations

Feminist Inspirations

As both a New Zealander and a woman, I have long admired Kate Sheppard, not only for what she accomplished, but how she accomplished it and the way she lived her life. After many years of struggling to have their voices heard, on September 19th 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women … Continue reading

Beautiful World

Beautiful World

It’s a beautiful world that we live in and sometimes it’s good to stop and appreciate it. Beauty is… My love sleeping softly. A swift sunrise over Wellington harbour. My mother’s tears of joy when we see each other for the first time since I left home. Autumn leaves crunching under my feet. My baby … Continue reading

Capturing your Essence

Capturing your Essence

I recently saw this question somewhere on the internet: If you could take one photograph to capture your essence which one would it be and why? And I knew straight away which photo I’d choose: S. took this photo two years ago when we went to Queenstown in Autumn. It’s just such a me picture … Continue reading

Sweetness in the Stillness

Sweetness in the Stillness

Most of the time I feel like my life is brimming – full of love and family, and a job I love, students I care about, things I want to do. And I love it. But then there are these moments of stillness, often in the holidays or towards the end of a term, where … Continue reading

A Full Life

A Full Life

I always make a point of trying to avoid saying “life is busy”. The phrase seems so over-used in today’s fast-paced society that I don’t even know what it means anymore. So I’m not going to say that I’ve been busy lately. What I am going to say is that life has been full lately. … Continue reading

Moments of motherhood

Moments of motherhood

Write, so. Here we go. A blog. It’s been so long, but would you believe me if I said it’s been the hardest thing to do lately? It’s not a lack of ideas that’s been holding me back, it’s an overwhelming number. My heart has been so full lately that it’s been hard to know … Continue reading

Big News!

At long last we’re able to share the most exciting news with you all – we’re expecting our first baby (just the one!) at Beltane this year (that’s early November). We couldn’t be more excited and look forward to sharing more details with you soon. S. & B. (Awesome card sent to us by B.’s … Continue reading

Recipe – Baked Brie

Recipe – Baked Brie

I love cheese. No seriously, I really love cheese. Especially the fancy kind. At this particular moment I’m not eating any since I am recovering from having my wisdom teeth out a couple of days ago. In fact I’m not eating much really, but that hasn’t stopped me thinking about what I will be eating … Continue reading

(Not-so) Guilty Pleasures

I have to start with a confession – I watch Glee. It’s one a very small handful of TV programmes I watch online. Okay, that over and done with I can get on with the topic for this post – guilty pleasures. Actually the reason Glee is so related to this is that their last … Continue reading