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Well Winter is well and truly here and Autumn is a distant memory now all the trees are bare. If you missed it last time, at the end of Summer I posted a summary of where I went and what I did that season and I intend to do one each season over the next few years to keep a record of my wonderful life as it is right now. So here goes….

Travelled to:

Hamerton Zoo

You may have thought I went on safari judging by these photos but actually, I just went to Hamerton. It was a wildlife photography course I did as part of my job…and it was absolutely incredible to get that close to these gorgeous animals.


Japan

OK, I didn’t physically travel to Japan but I went to the Japanese Festival in Spitalfields, London so metaphorically I kinda did (and to be honest getting from one side of London to the other on the weekend is a trip in itself). I ate lots of gyoza. It was good :)

Liverpool

We are both huge Beatles fans, so we caught the train up to Liverpool for the weekend. We had such a blast checking out the Beatles Experience, the Magical Mystery Tour, the Cavern Club and we stayed at a Beatles-themed hotel. So touristy but so much fun!

Marrakech

We popped down to Marrakech for a long weekend in October to check out wedding venues. We had a lovely, relaxing time and ate the most amazing food but we’re still undecided on our wedding plans (Las Vegas is starting to sound like a good idea to be honest!)

Edinburgh

In November I travelled up north to watch the All Blacks play Scotland (for those outside the Commonwealth, the All Blacks are the NZ rugby team!) Watching the AB’s play over in Europe is something I definitely wanted to do when I moved over here and it was so much fun….oh and we won…by a lot.

Amsterdam

Another trip in November and just a quick hop across the water to lovely Amsterdam. I’ve been there a few times before but this was the first time I’d been in Autumn (well it was practically Winter by this stage!) Spent our time wandering the most amazing shopping district across numerous canals and I stumbled across a gorgeous little paper boutique (I’m planning a separate post all about this place, it was amazing!) Then the afternoon was spent in a cosy local bar drinking Amstel and snacking on olives and Dutch cheese – to me, an absolutely perfect day’s traveling!

I listened to:

….so much Arcade Fire. We got the new album (The Suburbs) about the beginning of Autumn so it was pretty much my soundtrack for the season along with their 2 earlier albums (Funeral & Neon Bible). We actually had tickets to their concert which we went to on the 1st of December, but that story can wait for Winter 2010/11!

I watched:

…after about a year of watching it, we finally finished the Sopranos and I’m still convinced it’s the best TV series I’ve ever seen. Now that’s over we’ve moved on to Six Feet Under & Mad Men, both which I’m absolutely loving.

I wore:

…these super-cute shoes from Primark that cost me £8 and lasted me all Autumn, once the Winter rain and snow arrived they completely fell apart – but I wasn’t expecting anything less at that price!

I scrapped:

…in a new style with this Liverpool mini album – I’m a big fan of scrapping in a smaller size and with this one I took a slightly different approach. I shared a simple but sweet Autumn layout and I worked on my Learn Something New Everyday album, which I’ll be sharing in the new year!

I planned:

…our Christmas travels! All I can say is it will be absolutely freezing but charming and very European :)

I dreamed:

…of Christmas and now it’s nearly here! I know that it always sneaks up on me but this year it’s just been insane – I’m in complete denial Christmas is next week, although we’ll be celebrating it this weekend with my sister since we won’t be in London on the 25th.

Autumn 2010 in numbers:

turned 1 year older

1 new lens in my camera bag

1 shot of Scottish whiskey

2 film premieres attended (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows & The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

2 batches of cupcakes baked (including my first batch of Red Velvet cupcakes!)

visited all 4 childhood homes of the Beatles

6 30th birthdays attended (at least!)

10 hours in the air

100+ cups of coffee (out of nowhere, suddenly I’m addicted)

How was your Autumn?

N x

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Now that Summer has definitely come to an end over here in the U.K, I thought it would be fun to look back on the season in photos and take note of what was going on at the time. I think it will be a great record in years to come when I’m looking back on these wonderful years living overseas. So here we go…

I travelled to:

Australia
I went over to be Maid of Honour at a friend’s wedding in Brisbane and ended up going to visit a good friend down in Sydney for a night on my way home as well – I miss them both a lot and who knows how many years it will be until I see either of them next. The photo above was taken at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Ireland
We hired a car and did a short road trip around a bit of Ireland – from Dublin across to Galway, down to Cork, then back to Dublin (via Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!). We stopped into our favourite pub in Dublin on the last day for a couple of pints of Guinness – yum!

Greece
Our proper ‘summer’ holiday was a trip to the islands of Santorini and Paros in Greece. We had hot weather, amazing scenery, lots of swimming, cocktails and such delicious food. – the perfect holiday!

I listened to:

My most-listened to new album was ‘Sign No More’ by Mumford & Sons, who I also saw at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent along with Bob Dylan. It was such a fun, laid-back festival and all the music was great…must remember to bring a hat next time – it was so ridiculously hot!

I read:

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – OK it was inevitable I was going to have to read these. As I mentioned in another post I read them on my flights to/from Australia and was completely addicted straight away. Oh…and I’m Team Edward in case you were wondering :p

Apathy For The Devil by Nick Kent – this is one of Matt’s books but I really like rock & roll biographies as well so I read it after him. Kent was a music journalist with NME in the 1970’s, so it has lots of very interesting behind-the-scenes stories from one of my favourite eras in music.

I watched:

I saw Eclipse and Inception at the cinema this Summer – Inception was great (I love Christopher Nolan’s movies) and I can’t wait to get it on DVD when its out. Eclipse was fun, it was the first Twilight movie I’ve seen at the movies and I went along with a girlfriend. I thought it was hilarious when the girls in the audience started cheering when Jacob took his shirt off and booing at Edward…I think I’m a little too old for this!

In terms of TV, Matt and I are watching the final season of The Sopranos. We started watching about one episode a week from the beginning awhile ago, as neither of us watched it when it was on TV. We’re nearly at the end, and I’m going to be so sad when it finishes – I realise I’m about 10 years too late to the party on this but it’s the BEST television show ever!

Early in the summer we started watching Six Feet Under from the beginning as well so we’re about a season into that, which I’m really enjoying too…at least we’ll have something to watch when Sopranos withdrawl kicks in!

I wore:

A really cheap pair of leather sandals from Primark were my absolute favourites this summer – they were so comfy from the first wear, I think you can see them in the photo of me in Australia above. Other than that, I could be found most days wearing either shorts and a stripy top, with a light scarf in the evening or a summery dress. My favourite summer evening dress to wear was a gorgeous maxi dress I got back in NZ. I never got round to buying the hat I said I would buy about a billion times. Oh well.

I scrapped:

My favourite layout from the Summer

As well as finally finishing 2009’s Learn Something New Everyday album, I scrapped photos from Santorini (above), Marrakech & some pics of me for a challenge, made a layout with photos I took on my Diana camera, and made a few layouts with some favourite papers I’d been hoarding.

I planned:

Matt and I have been contemplating some big changes to our wedding plans. And by big I mean big – we’re thinking the other side of the world and about 5 months earlier than originally planned. I think we might be crazy! We’ll know for sure whether we’ll change our wedding plans this Autumn, when we visit the country we’re thinking of having it in to do some venue research. Very exciting, I’ll keep you posted!!

I dreamed of:

I’ve been dreaming of Autumn and thinking about where we might go this Christmas – although we won’t be spending it with our families it’s fun knowing that we can go anywhere we like. We’re throwing a few ideas around at the moment and tossing up between somewhere warmer or going somewhere very European and wintery.

Summer 2010 in numbers:

1 change of job

1 new bikini purchased

2 guests came to stay

2 30th Birthdays celebrated

10 cocktails consumed

10 swims in the pool/ocean

35 hours spent in the air flying

Well I think that sums up Summer 2010, It’s going to be so fun collecting four of these posts each year to look back on one day. I know some of these details won’t be interesting to anyone else but they’re a great record for me.

So how was your Summer 2010? Would love to know what you got up to!

Nx

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