Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Te Kuitid

We stopped in the metropolis of Te Kuiti on Sunday to find a beautiful celebration at the marae. There was a brass band and many people dancing and laughing, I took some sneaky shots from behind the fence. Oh I wish I could have dived right in there and photographed the white bearded elders.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dave and Liz's Wedding.a

The drive to Palmerston North was very long (7 hours) but it was all for good Dave and Liz Wedding fun. I was very lucky to be the photographer and got to experiment a lot with my new Canon 430II Speedlite flash. The outdoor ceremony started off in the evening dusk (and ended in pitch blackness) and was set in this beautiful garden:

Everyone looked beautiful and were very happy indeed, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's played a big part in the music and that made me happy too! It definitely was a knees up.

I would love to show you pictures of the bride and groom but that would be mean, as they have not even seen them yet. Maybe another day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Still growing...

So sorry for my lack of updates. Though, I feel like I am always apologising for this...so I should probably stop. It's all a bit routine here at the moment and I'm finding it hard to think of what to update you on. Korea was filled with exciting new adventures every weekend and I felt a bit more compelled to write and photograph memories, while in Auckland there's only so much seed growing and baking I can show you. However, this weekend I am going to PALMERSTON NORTH for the first time ever - so who knows what amazing stories will come out of this upcoming trip!

I thought I better add this picture that my stepmum sent me. This is my sister Eylish and my Dad with Eylish's sunflowers that she grew all by herself from seed. I'm jealous! 
Eylish turns 5 and starts school this week. Holy!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spinach!

This my friend, is a tiny sprouting spinach seed from my garden. Success!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A "non-hen's night" hen's night.

We went to Mexican Cafe with 15 minutes to spare on the happy hour. I bought two margaritas and two wines, as did everyone else - our table looked quite spectacular! 

Since we were dressed in our best and all, the only thing left to do after dinner was to go dancing! Off to Cassette we went...

...and to drink a wee bit more...

The band playing at Cassette was called Trans-tasman (I think) they were awesomely tight and grungey. 

It was a night that ended in a non make-up washing off, margarita induced sleep. And what a good sleep it was.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sugar Mama

I have a new job, this is the website. It's so lovely!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Summer Series

We sat in the middle of the city and watched the Mint Chicks on a Sunday afternoon, it was such a nice way to finish the weekend. Also, it's just been incredibly warm - no cardies for me!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hello Bibimbap, I've missed you ~~

Auckland has a ridiculous amount of Korean restaurants and just Korean things in general. Hangul is everywhere! It gives me great reading practice! 
Friday night was full of bibimbap, cho kochujang, mandu and soju - sooo delicious! Now I just need to find a shabu shabu restaurant...


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

herby herby

We are all moved into our flat now. There is so much gardening potential, but I am starting small as I am not a confident gardener and I have a lack of tools (which I am currently trying to bid on trademe.)
I just have some coriander, basil, mint, thyme and Italian parsley growing. Fingers crossed they live!

Karekare Beach

This weekend was spent out West, the bogan paradise of Auckland. We stayed with friends in a beautifully bushy spot that felt like we were a lot further than 20 minutes out of the city.
On Sunday after the tsunami warnings were clear, we headed to Karekare beach. The black sand burned my feet so badly I had to run very fast to the water! We then walked up to a waterfall, where Stu had a few jumps - a bit too scary for me!