These are the inserts from our gratitude journal in November, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.
Last month we embarked on a road trip up to the English Lake District. It was quite an epic journey for us and our girls who, living on a small island aren’t used to being on a car journey for more than 20 minutes or so!
We’d been wanting to make this trip for a few years now and I’m pleased we were able to do so whilst the girls were both still young enough to find joy in all the Beatrix Potter attractions.
We visited Hilltop, Beatrix’s home in Near Sawrey, the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkeshead and the inspiration for Mr Gregor’s Garden at Lingholm. We also saw Owl Island on Derwent Water the setting for Squirrel Nutkin and Esthwaite Water, the setting for Jeremy Fisher. On the journey up we also stopped off at the Tailor of Gloucester Museum, in Gloucester.
We also enjoyed soaking in the beautiful scenery of the Lake District. We climbed a fell, found the Gruffalo, explored a cave, saw a steam train and even swam in the Lake (one of us at least!).
I also had the chance to pay my respects at the graveside of Charlotte Mason and also visited the Armitt Museum in Ambleside, which is the home of all her educational archives.
It was a great trip, but I think for our next holiday we’ll leave the car at home and fly somewhere instead. Road tripping is tiring!
Where did you go on your last road trip?
Dear Blossom, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m delighted that you girls love autumn as much as I do and I love that you want to spend more time snuggling on the sofa and going for long walks with me. Quality time really is the best. Dear Bubbles, I want you to hear me loud and clear! “You are kind, you are smart and you are important.” You are also sweet and tender, wild and cheeky and I love all of you, ALL of you. Dearest Daughters, may my love for you fill your hearts and bless your souls.
Gotta love a golden ginkgo!
These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during October, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.
What have you been thankful for lately?
These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during September, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.
What have you been thankful for lately?
As I mentioned in my Snapshots of Wellington my main purpose for visiting New Zealand last month was to reunite with friends not to tour the country and although I left with most of the country left unseen the part of the country that I did see I feel I got to know really well.
I spent the majority of my trip with my friends and their 3 daughters down on the idyllic Pauatahanui Inlet, about 10 minutes from Porirua City and after five and a half years apart it was so special to see what life in New Zealand is like for them.
I got to go on the school run and collect groceries, to potter in the garden, visit their family and attend church with them. All very simply things, but very special things when done with friends.
I also got to stroll past many familiar sights that I had only seen in photographs; the beautiful beach huts of Paremata, the sweet church of St. Albans at Pauatahanui and the sea shell shore of Bottle Creek.
I even managed to squeeze in an exhibition at the Pataka Museum in Porirua, a movie at the most gorgeous art house cinema in Petone, as well as a drive up the coast to the Nga Manu Nature Reserve where I was delighted to get up close with a beautiful New Zealand parrot called the Kaka and see the famous nocturnal kiwi bird.
It feels somewhat unreal that I went all the way to the other side of the world – on my own! – to be with them. This trip was not something I had planned it was something that just kind of happened unexpectedly and I’m so grateful for it. The solo travel was good for me and I left New Zealand full of inspiration and conversations that will carry me through until we meet again.
Have you ever traveled abroad alone? Where did you go?
Last month I embarked on my first ever solo trip – all the way to New Zealand! Now this visit to New Zealand wasn’t your typical visit to New Zealand. Most people who go all the way to New Zealand have the common sense to take at least 3-4 weeks to properly explore the country, but I on the other hand went only for 9 nights!
You see the purpose of my trip was not to tour the country but to reunite with friends so I spent the majority of my trip with them down on the Pauatahanui Inlet (about 20 minutes from the capital city) but added on 2 nights in Wellington at the start of my trip so as to adjust to the timezone and do some sight seeing.
I only had 48 hours in Wellington but I managed to cram a lot into my visit, including:
- riding the cable car (a must for all visitors to Wellington)
- strolling through the botanical gardens
- visiting the Te Papa Museum and Wellington Museum
- walking the Wellington waterfront
- snapping some shots of parliament and the cathedral
- strolling down Cuba Street and my favourites;
- touring both Zealandia and the Weta Workshop.
In Wellington I stayed at the Travel Lodge by Plimmer Steps for a bargain price which provided me with a comfortable room and great location for exploring the city. It was just a 2 minute walk from Lambton Quay in the central business district (which provided me with ample souvenir shops and a Starbucks) and was only a 5 minute walk from the cable car and just a little more to the waterfront.
Wellington turned out to be a really walkable and friendly city and as a lone female traveler I felt incredibly self. Locals stopped to give me directions and help me read maps, taxi drives told me their family migration stories and bus drivers took the effort to make sure I got off at the right stop.
It’s also a really clean and arty city with quirky monuments and statues not only along the waterfront but throughout the city as well and it’s all framed by those rolling green hills.
I can see why it was voted the most liveable city in the world in 2018. There are not many cities I visit that I feel I could happily live in but Wellington now makes it onto that list, along with Edinburgh.