Exploring the Gardens at Aston Norwood

So I mentioned in my weekend recap post that we had high tea at Aston Norwood. The food itself was okay, but we were blown away by the gardens! I was so excited to see all the cherry blossoms! A lot of the other trees were also starting to bloom, so we’re thinking of returning in around a month to see how it looks then. We’re sure it’ll be even more stunning.

We wandered around for a whole hour just drinking it all in. I took so many pictures, and the best I could narrow it down to share was 20. It’s just all so beautiful!

We went down every path, even the one that went uphill. After a while I realized I was getting winded a bit (hello baby), but we were near the top so I persevered. I think if we come back next month, I won’t be able to go up that path. The views were worth it though!

I love that I got my cherry blossom fill in the end.We may have missed it in Japan, but it’s in full swing in this garden at home!

I love looking back at all of these photos, it’s making me more excited to visit even more gardens. Even just doing general exploring as the warmer weather kicks in.

Have you guys visited any gardens lately?

Angela.

A Trip to Cape Palliser

We took an impromptu trip up to Cape Palliser over the weekend. I was looking for day trip ideas, and this one came up. It’s just a two hour drive out from Wellington, and we were promised lots of beautiful coastal views and a lighthouse. So off we went!

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The last 45 minutes of the drive were really stunning! As promised, we got lots of coastal views.

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Even from inside the car, I was getting snap happy. Seeing the rock cliffs on one side and the sea on the other was really pretty.

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We stopped a couple of times along the road and took some more photos. The scenery along the coast got more rocky. Soon we spotted the lighthouse in the distance.

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It’s striped red and white and high up on the hills! We kept driving down the road and kept getting closer.

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Eventually we saw the track to get up to the lighthouse. The track was short, but can you spot the massive staircase? 258 steps to get to the top. I started off confident, but by 100 steps in, my legs were begging me to stop. But you can’t, cause this is a long, steep staircase, no space to sit, and nowhere to go but up!

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Once I made it to the top, I sat down for a bit. I had to catch my breath, and wait for my legs to stop being shaky. Eventually I did, and I was able to fully appreciate the view! In a way, I felt like I’d earned it.

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Can you spot that tiny yellow car on the road? I loved watching the cars driving along, they looked like toys! Now that we made it up, we spent a while taking lots of pictures.

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It was crazy windy up there, and even though my hair was braided, loose bits kept getting knocked out and whooshing around.

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We both took photos of each other, as well as a few selfies. Selfies that I probably won’t share because my hair looked insane in every single one of them. Seriously, it was so windy!!

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After enjoying the view, our sights turned onto the lighthouse. It’s locked up since it’s not really in use anymore. It’s also huge close up! It took lots of maneuvering and crouching for me to get the whole lighthouse in one photo.

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We stayed up there for a while, enjoying the sights and just basking in the sun. We had the place to ourselves for a few minutes while the next group made their way up those crazy stairs.

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Finally, we decided to head back down. Walking up was tiring, but walking down was daunting. Those steps were really steep. I made my way down very slowly, and soon we were back down where we started.

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Before leaving to find lunch somewhere, I took a few more photos of the sea. Isn’t is incredibly blue??

That’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed coming along on this little trip to Cape Palliser! It was so beautiful, and gave me yet another chance to play with my camera. Rory and I also had quite a fun road trip up, we had the windows down, and did lots of singing and talking.

Have you guys gone on a little day trip lately? Where’d you go?

Angela.

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Leisurely Walks – Botanical Gardens

Hey all! Over  the weekend, Rory and I took advantage of a beautiful wintry day to take a walk. I thought it would be fun to go to the Botanical Gardens. Sure it’s winter and it wouldn’t be as spectactular, but it’s still peaceful and pretty, and we were up for doing some walking. All in all, we were out for 3 hours, just walking around. So without further ado prepare for a photo dump of our walk 🙂

I stopped and took lots of photos along the way. We stopped by Te Aro Park.

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I also took some pictures of some of the buildings went by.

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Eventually we made it to the Gardens.

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As expected, there wasn’t an explosion of colour as there is in Spring, we still had fun just walking, talking and spending time together.

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It was such a fun afternoon. Do you guys have local gardens nearby?

Angela.

Collage

The theme for this week’s Daily Post is Collage.

I could only think of one photo I had that might work for this.

It’s of a street art based around awareness of shark finning. Basically when we go for walks outside the centre, the kids love to stop by this. Which is how I was first made aware of it.

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I am also very fond of the photo collage feature we can use on WordPress, I use it so many times. In fact, I’m gonna use it now to show some more spots around Wellington!

Look at that collage! 😀

Angela.

New Zealand 101

Hey guys. So this is slightly inspired by my dear friend Alli, who does a series where she researches places she doesn’t know much about, then enlightens us all on what she learnt. I’m taking a bit of a different route, and talking about a country I do know a lot about, and that I live in. It’s going to be slightly informative, but also poking fun a little at my lovely home country.

So, hey, where is New Zealand?

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Thanks Map of World.com

Yes, there we are in the corner. We are often forgotten in most maps in a lot of forms of media, and other things. I have a game called Pandemic, and we like to point out that NZ is barely on the map. In fact, in many movies, if a map comes up, see if NZ is on there. Most times, it’s a no. Which means in all wars and zombie outbreaks, we must be safe and laughing at the rest of the world as it crashes and burns.

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So, let’s learn more about this tiny country made up of a few islands at the bottom of the world.

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Walking up Mount Vic

Walking up Mount Vic

Hello! This week’s TBT, is actually just from this weekend! However, I have done this walk many times over the past few years. Most often with Rory, and in fact, he proposed to me during a picnic we were having up on Mt Vic, so it’s very special to me!

Last Sunday was sunny all day which is a miracle. So I finally decided to do the walk again (I haven’t done it since last December), and this time to take lots of photos as I did.

I put in my music and good walking shoes, and I headed out. We already live on a hill as you can see, but the street leading up to the Mount Victoria walkway is super steep.

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I decided to stop for a selfie at the sign which shows you’ve literally just started the walk. I couldn’t see if it was good as it was super bright, but looking back at them all, this was the best one I took.

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So, this is one minute in. The slope starts off nice and easy, and you already get a lovely view of the city.

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Leisurely Drives #2

Hello friends! Remember Leisurely Drives, well you guys really liked it, which is great! Cause I loved making it 😀

Ready for some more pictures I took from the car while we were driving around on a sunny day? Yes?

Well then, let’s go!

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Hello.

You made it to the end! I did take more pictures than this, but there was a lot of blurry ones. Maybe I should start editing my photos too, cause I never do. Except for on Instagram, but that’s cause they’re already on the app, I don’t have to open another program.

Anyway, you may have noticed a YouTube link underneath this paragraph. I have said that I’m interested in trying to do videos as well as blogs…Well this is my first real effort. I started videoing on another drive instead of just taking pictures. I downloaded a free video editing program, looked around online for songs that I could freely download and use without royalty costs. Then I spent way longer than I thought I would cutting together footage and trying to match it to the music. I also kept in random bits of audio which I thought were funny. But anyway, feel free to have a watch and let me know what you think 🙂 All constructive criticism welcome.

The music is Good Times by Podington Bear. I found it here. Also, this video is less than 2 minutes, but took me around 2 hours to make. Yikes, I feel for all those YouTubers.

Anyway, I am keeping in the back of my mind, other ideas that might work for videos. It may be a while before I do a talking one, cause it still feels awkward. That’s still a future goal though, cause this was fun 🙂

Angela.

Makara Beach

Makara Beach

Hallo! Welcome to another little TBT post. Today’s is about a place I have very briefly mentioned before in the blog. It’s about Makara Beach. I had never heard of this place before, but Rory had frequented it with his family as they liked to walk there. So in 2015, on a Labour Day weekend, Rory drove us up there, so we could do this little walk up the hill.

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It was a very stony beach

As we made our way past the carpark, we came across this beach. It was very stony. To the left, there was a little path and a sign showing us more about the walk.

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A helpful little sign

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There were a few options we could take. We went with the ones that went up to the Fort Opau gun battlements. The full walk takes few hours, but we decided on just doing a small part (we got hungry).

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Evening Walks

Evening Walks

Hello all, are you ready for another photo heavy post?

Previously, I posted Leisurely Drives, and Leisurely Walks.

I haven’t done one in a while, and I enjoy when I get the chance to show off the good side of Wellington. When the weather behaves, it allows me to take some beautiful photos of my little town.

Last Thursday, I had a stressful day at work. So I decided to walk to the library after work to pick up Me Before You, a book I had been looking forward to reading. Rory met me there, and then we decided to walk alongside the waterfront for a bit. The sun was starting to set, and it was a lovely walk. I got a lot of photos, the sky only had a few clouds, there were shades of orange from the sunset and the moon was bright. It turned my day around.

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