far north

change is the only constant

Some things change consistently and are expected; the sun rises in the morning, and sets in the evening, the seasons change steadily, and I put on fresh new undies daily. We also know change can occur more sporadically, too. It can pop up, unannounced, uninvited and just like that you've just got to deal with [...]

#FriFotos – These Trees

#FriFotos Trees

I'm a bit of a 'freak of nature' in that I love it. I'd much rather be outside amongst the natural world than any sort of city or urban environment. When I saw the #FriFotos theme was Trees this week, I knew that I wouldn't have to look very far to come up with some [...]

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Oh NZ sun, you are cruel.. Read #21 for the story What is serendipity? Truthfully, I'd heard it, but never really thought about what it meant. Until recently I realised that it could possibly be the best word to summarise my life! In the past 27 years (okay maybe even the past 4 specifically) I've [...]

harold life education nz

Harold is the NZ Life Education mascot; I thought it was only appropriate to have a photo with him About 3 weeks ago I had my third and final go at donating blood. This year I've tried 3 different times to give the gift that can save lives, but every time I've managed to pass [...]

crunchie bar trail

August 2011 This crater was spotted while hiking the Crunchie Bar trail amongst the Gumfields in the Far North, NZ

Capture the Seasons: In Sunsets

#FriFotos Trees ahipara sunset

As I emerge into the vibrant community of Travel Blogging, I've found myself recently participating in lots of various meme style posts lately. After sorting through my copious amounts of disorganised photos to capture the colour of my travels and then sorting through my favourite travel memories to pick my top 3 for the Blogger [...]

puheke beach

There is absolutely no shortage of breath-taking beautiful beaches in Northland. This was one of my first tastes of what was to come, living in the Far North when I started my expat life up here in 2010. Puheke Beach on the Karikari Peninsula, Northland NZ February 2010  

Photo Friday! Week 34: Lollies in a line

jar of lollies

On our 'Girls' Roadtrip' to the Winery Tour on the Tutukaka Coast, we stopped in Kawakawa and found some tempting delicious lollies! Kawakawa, Far North New Zealand February 2012  

Photo Friday! Week 33: Silly Beach Antics

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Spending 2 years living literally on the beach in Ahipara, we saw some pretty interesting things happen from our front deck. Wouldn't you want to take your flashy sports car through the saltwater sweeps and risk it being swallowed up by the sea? Oh wait, me either... The silly things you see living on 90 [...]

luggage

My bags packed, ready to move to NZ to study in 2009 You know that old saying, "home is where the heart is"; for me it is so true. Once my heart arrived in New Zealand, it became my home. Sorry Mom and Dad, family and friends...  I fell in love with the fun-loving kiwi [...]