lately

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breakfast on the road, kawakawa bay

eating | a sumptuous 3-course sunday roast lunch (with all the trimmings) at Cazador – organised by gather & hunt. totally worth the trek into the city on the ferry and out to the suburbs on a bus.

drinking | mulled cider. adapted from this nigella recipe. perfect for our cool winter evenings.

collecting | a list of places we want to eat in auckland. currently this list is growing quicker than we can cross things off.

watching | i just found the 100 season 1 on nz netflix. i was going to save it up to watch on the evenings that nic is away over the next few weeks. did that happen? no.

planning | one of the first things I do when I am preparing for travel (after writing my packing list) is look for places to eat. i’m so excited to be joining my friend jo in brisbane for a night in october and have been scoping lovely vege/vegan places within walking distance of our accommodation.

playing | i recently purchased a 1975 edition of cluedo from our local spca. all the pieces were intact and we’ve been having fun, just the two of us (then with friends this past weekend), playing this lovely board game.

what have you been up to?

a few favourites

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reading | The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (reminding me of the importance of making time to meditate every day) + MAKING THE PRINT – Printing Techniques For the Digital Photographer (teaching me how to set things up so I can print well from home or using a pro print shop) + Motionless Journey: From a Hermitage in the Himalayas (reminding me that I don’t need to go anywhere to make photographs, I can do it here… now)

playing | with some printed card ideas for selling locally (& maybe online)

making | delicious mini apple cider cakes from the sunday suppers cook book {recipe also online over at turntable kitchen} + this (also delicious) burger recipe by Anna Jones (bonus points for being vegan so i can feed it to a friend of mine when she comes over for dinner)

planning | our trip to Queenstown to stay in the lovely Sherwood Hotel + walking the Routeburn track over christmas. the huts fill up fast, even over the holidays so i’ve got to get in quick! i’m thinking of using this bowndling backpack for our 2-night adventure

watching | this video of the scottish highlands {thanks to susannah for sharing the link} – it reminds me of [some of] the wonderful times we also had up there.

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these are the things i want to remember: how dining out here on a friday night feels more personal because we know the chef + how the light moving through our house never fails to stop me in my tracks + how making coffee together and taking it back to bed on a saturday morning feels like luxury + how asking for what we need results in the community providing it (like waratahs and clear-lite that we needed to build our wood pile) + how much better pesto tastes when it’s fresh + how fun it is to make stuff (like pizza) from scratch + and also how much fun it is to sit and play a board game at the table (even when there’s only two of us) + how the movie ‘clue’ had an amazing cast but still wasn’t interesting enough for either of us to watch without falling asleep on the sofa + how nice it was to be surprised with a bottle of sake by my husband + how walking, when i have to take a break from running, can result in shared experiences of a different kind + how good it was to eat lunch outside at one of the vineyards + how sunday afternoons, on the sofa with a warm fire & a happy cat & a husband beside me, is really all (really, all) that i need.

hoping your week and weekend was amazing in it’s own special ways