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This Friday I’m wishing my Mum & Dad a wonderful 33rd wedding anniversary! Thank you for being such incredible role models – not just as parents but in your marriage too. If Matt & I are even half as happy as you two are in 33 years time, we’ll be very happy indeed xxx


Thought I would take a break from my usual Friday Photo format and post a bunch of my favourite photos from my trip to New Zealand now that I’m back in London in a post-holiday funk, dreaming of warm days back at home.

These photos pretty much sum-up everything I love about being at home :)

fishing trips at dawn

Lavender at sunrise

morning yoga on the beach in our pyjamas

Pohutukawa in bloom + blue skies

bush walks

tyre swings

grilled mussels, so yummy…

…and my favourite fish + chips in the entire world!




Apologies for being a little quiet on the blog while I’ve been away! There’s lots to share so I’ll resume normal, non-photo-only posts once I finish unpacking :p

N x


My friend Julia at our party in New Zealand. I love all the reminders of summer in this photo :)

After the tragedy in New Zealand this week, I wanted to post a photo with a Kiwi-theme. This is a little doll my younger sister gave me once upon a time and it sits on my windowsill and reminds me of home.

It’s been a tough week –  I’ve been struggling to stay focused at work (even though I have a massive list of things to do before I go away) and I’m trying hard to ignore the constant twitter/facebook updates that are suddenly meaningless. Horrible events are happening all over the world all the time and when those things aren’t happening in your country it’s easier for them to slip to the back of your mind. When it is your home country that’s experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in it’s history it really puts things into perspective.

Aroha nui to everyone at home, my thoughts & prayers are with you constantly.

N x

My fiance playing his guitar in the evening after work.

I’m so glad it’s Friday! And even better its a long weekend here in the UK and the last public holiday before Christmas, which is another reminder that Autumn and Winter are on their way (actually I think Autumn may already be here).

Although the mornings are getting darker, I’m not too bothered. I love Autumn and up until Christmas Winter is such a lovely season (from January though it’s just plain depressing).

Last Autumn

I have a relaxing “me” weekend planned – I’m going to do lots of scrapbooking, get lots of other things done that I’ve been wanting to do in ages and listen to all my favourite music along the way . I think it’s going to be fun :)

Here’s what I’m doing:

– Finish the last few pages of LSNED 2009

– Start planning out my LSNED 2010 album (hopefully my box of goodies arrives by Saturday!)

– Attend a dance class (this will be my first in about 5 years, so excited!)

– Do some baking

– Go to the library – I desperately need some new books to read, any suggestions?

– Go running again if the weather stays dry

– and I have a few blog posts planned, including an end-of-the-month update on my 4 Goals

What are your plans for the weekend?

N x

I went home (to New Zealand) last month for a holiday and it was my first time back in over 18 months.

To be honest, I haven’t really been that homesick since I moved to London – I skype with my mum, dad and younger sister pretty regularly so have always felt like I was in the loop with what was happening, and being able to see them when we talk makes me feel a lot closer too.

Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely things I missed about home:

1. Our cat Ziggy who now lives with my parents

2. Food! Especially the best fish and chips in the world at the beach in Kaiaua. Funnily enough, I just noticed in this picture that my fish & chips were wrapped in the obituary section – is this a warning about what will happen if I eat too many?

3. And just some good old fashioned fresh air.


I was taken by surprise by what an amazing time I had in New Zealand. Growing up there I think I take a lot for granted and being away really makes me appreciate all those little things that make it such a special place.

These are some of the special things that I love about it (in no particular order!):

1. Going barefoot. I seemed to be barefoot a lot more at home and not just at the beach and around the house. Going to the supermarket barefoot is also acceptable – that might sound gross to some but it’s just an example of how laid back it is there.

2. Being the only one on the beach. Being able to be the only one standing on a beautiful white sandy beach is an incredible experience and it reminds me how there are relatively so few people that live there.

Sunset at Papamoa Beach

3. Fishing with my Dad. And eating fresh snapper within hours of it being caught…absolute perfection.

My gorgeous sister Ellen with her big catch from our fishing trip

4. Ice Cream. These two words need no explanation.

Ellen and I and our Mr. Whippy ice creams

5. Stuff on fences. I’d love to know if this happens elsewhere in the world. New Zealanders seem to have a penchant for putting lots of one type of thing onto a fence. In this example it’s jandals on a local fence in the Coromandel, but there is also the famous bra fence, a toothbrush fence and a gumboot fence. Clearly dental hygiene, breast support and having non-muddy feet are not important to us.

Needless to say I was quite sad to go. I realised skyping can’t replace being able to hug my mum and dad, or hang out with my sister.

In saying all that, I’ve adjusted to being back in London and am looking forward to the little trips we have planned and to exploring new places in Europe and further abroad. One thing NZ definitely doesn’t have going for it is that you certainly can’t get a train to Paris, hop off to Morocco for Christmas, or fly to New York for a long weekend!

As much as I love NZ, I love living in London right now at this time in my life. And when I’m ready to move back home one day I’ll be happy to be going to that little corner of the world – and i’ll appreciate all the little things :)

I’d love to know your favourite things about your home!

It’s been a good while since I’ve blogged – I haven’t been scrapbooking much recently and been feeling pretty un-creative and un-motivated all round. But i’m out of my rut now and have done 3 layouts this week and it feels really good to be back into it.

The other reason I’ve been away from blog-land is I was back home in New Zealand visiting my wonderful family and trying to find a wedding venue (we did, yay!). Had the most amazing time there and really made me appreciate what a special place it is. I’m going to do a post about the trip with some photos from my time at home, but in the meantime here’s one of my favourites…

Sunset at Papamoa Beach

I’m so happy it’s a bank holiday weekend here in the U.K., looking forward to a sleep-in on Monday! I was hoping to get in some park time but the weather may mean I have a scrappy weekend in instead. I’m cooking a birthday dinner for one of my bestest friends tomorrow night – any suggestions for special dinner recipes? I’m so stuck! I have her birthday banana cake sorted though…yum!

Tomorrow I’m going to post a story and some pics of a layout I did from a surprise weekend away to Dublin at the end of last year – it was such a fun weekend and the best surprise birthday present ever! Below is one of the photos I scrapped as part of the layout.

Enjoy the weekend!


After the trauma of being back at work after the holidays, I’m having a relaxing weekend at home eating, cleaning, blogging, crafting and reading (I still have 329 posts to read in my Google reader!).

At the moment I’m working on finishing my JYC album (I always end up doing these things for a long time after they’ve finished…), planning out my Morocco travel journal/album and starting to think about a year-long journal with monthly entries. I can’t decide whether to do something on my own or to join a class like Document:2010 – can anyone recommend a good one that they’ve done before?

Found the time to bake some Hokey Pokey biscuits this morning…

Hokey Pokey biscuits

…but I haven’t eaten any yet because I’m still full from this delicious feast my fiance cooked us for brunch…

Corn Fritters with sour cream and salad

That’s been my Sunday so far and exactly what I needed. What has everyone else been up to?

It’s just started snowing lightly again here. I don’t know what it is but it always feels so magical when it snows. Is it because it’s still such a novelty for me or do other people who’ve grown up with snowy winters their whole lives feel like this too?

Have a great week,

N x

No scrapbooking for me this week.

Not because I don’t want to, but because my bedroom (and desk) look like this…

And just before you thought I was a very messy girl who lives out of cardboard boxes, I must tell you I am moving house this week so everything is an absolute shambles.

I’m also slightly disturbed (but also smiling) to see how many wedding magazines I’ve accumulated in less than a year of being engaged. Even more impressive is that I have wedding magazines from a range of countries (UK, USA, New Zealand…) and some in languages I can’t even read (Spanish, Dutch…)!

Inspiration, or am I just a victim of the corporate juggernaut that is the wedding industry?



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