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Road Trip Through New Zealand

Hello all! From the white and black sand beaches to some wildly windy roads and an endless amount of pies. I’m happy to say that our photos are finally up from our month long trip around New Zealand. There are more stories to come but I wanted to share a few of my favourite moments from our adventure together.

Only fitting that the first photo I take in NZ is of a . We had a pretty crazy last month in Vancouver... between getting engaged, packing up our lives in a container and saying good-bye to our friends and family we have finally arrived at our destination. Here's to the next three weeks of exploring this beautiful country ✨

Only fitting that the first photo I took in New Zealand is of a sheep. We had a pretty crazy busy but awesome last month in Vancouver between getting engaged, packing up our lives in a container and saying good-bye to our friends and family we finally arrived at our destination.

Wander this way.. but watch out for quicksand.

About an hour drive outside of Auckland is the beautiful Te Henga also referred to as Bethells beach in the Waitakere Ranges well worth a visit despite the quicksand.

Settling into this kiwi way of life just fine. Thanks to my amazing tour guide @dssims and @meganpe87 for letting us say at her family batch Next stop: Rotorua

We made our way up to beautiful Hahei, a small settlement in Mercury Bay on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. This photo was taken at Cathedral Cove, between the settlements of Cooks Beach and Hot Water Beach.

Taking in the beauty of the pōhutukawa, also known as New Zealand's Christmas tree.

I love taking photos of plants and flowers native to New Zealand. This here is the pōhutukawa, also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

Morning eats at @flightcoffeehangar in Wellington.

We arrived in Wellington and we enjoyed some delicious morning eats and coffee at The Hangar in Wellington.

Tussock grassland and this guy ☝

After a few days in Wellington we few down to Christchurch and explored the Port hills and the endless amounts of tussock grassland.

Lyttleton farmers market.. you're a real winner

While spending time in Lyttleton we visited the famous farmers market which takes place every Saturday. The main street was blocked off and completely filled up with people. I’ve never seen so many amazing vendors in my life. We spent the afternoon sampling local goodies and shopping for our next meal which included loads of veggies from the local farmers & fresh bread from the bakery.

Watching the waves roll in

We flew back into Wellington and had a few more day to explore. We drove around and stopped in Tarakena Bay to watch the waves roll in.

Such a beautiful stay in Taranaki from meeting friends parents to sleeping in @cottesloeciaran sweet little camper van on the beach. Next stop Raglan for the tail end of vacation

On our way up from Wellington we spent a night in Taranaki on the beach in a camper van. I absolutely love waking up to the sound of the waves rolling in.

Just in time to catch the sunset surf

Made our way to the amazing town of Raglan, just in time to catch the sunset surf and to celebrate my fiancé birthday.

Happy birthday to the love of my life. May this next year be as eventful and wonderful as the last. Here's to new adventures in kiwi land and living the life of our dreams.

Dreaming of our next visit to @solscape.nz ✨ If you find yourself in Raglan make sure you check out this spot. There's yoga, a plant-based restaurant and a epic view of the ocean... What more do you need? #solscape2017

Our evening consisted of listening to live music and watching the sun fade away across the ocean, what more could you want?

Listed above are just a few of my favourite moments from our trip. I hope you enjoyed my little round of photos and if you’d like to check out the rest of the album feel free to check them out here.

 

My Love for Pottery Begins

I start off every New Year by setting a yearly goal list, and like most people’s lists some of the items on it are easily checked off, while others don’t exactly make the cut.

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Since moving out to the cove, I’ve been obsessed with a small shop called the Sunnyside. For those of you who have yet to venture in there yet; it’s a get place to check out filled with cute succulents, delicious teas, my favourite cookbooks and most of all beautiful hand made ceramics.

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For the longest time I’ve wanted to get back into sculpting, it feels like ages ago but I studied Sculpture and Installation at OCAD. Even though my time there was shortly lived, the skills I learnt had a profound impact on my journey in life. After admiring the works of Heather Dahl, a very talented local Vancouver pottery artist. I decided to reach out to her and figure out where she would recommend taking classes. Turns out, it was just up the road at the Northshore Community Centre. Fast forward a couple months, I finally ended up enrolling in a 13-week Intro to Wheel Work and Hand Building class. The pottery teacher is named Liz DeBeer, a wonderful woman originally from South Africa and now a practicing pottery artist on the Sunshine Coast.

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Now before I dive into it the wonderful world of Pottery, let me begin by saying it isn’t for everyone. In fact, you truly need to have outmost attention to detail and patience if you want to succeed. The more classes I take, the more I realize that the foundational work is key.

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I have a tendency to rush through work, as I’m eager to see the end result. With pottery much of the reward is in the process as there are many steps from the building of the clay, the trimming and decorating, to the glazing. I’m learning to love the slow progression of each stage.

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I’m currently experimenting with all sorts of shapes and sizes to get a feeling for the clay. Nothing noteworthy yet, but you have to begin somewhere. Now that I’ve shared a yearly goal of mine I hope that I inspired you to get out there and cross something off your list.