Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Off to Middle Earth

Today I fly back to this magnificent country, to dance among the fields and mountains and sheep and snow.

I hope it's going to be as magical as it was last year.

New Zealand 2015 will be Stephen and I's first proper trip together and we couldn't be more thrilled. He's never been overseas before either so everything will be a 'first' for him and therefore a first for me as I live out this adventure with him

We're hiring a car and driving around New Zealand for 2 weeks. We'll be going on adventures with friends, and exploring every field and mountain we can find; we'll be cosying up to the fire and wearing more layers than I can count. It will be our winter paradise.

As you know, I've been a bit distracted lately and while the funk is slowly being shaken out of me, I hope this trip will be the extra kick of rest and inspiration I need. While my blog takes a 2 week nap, you can follow all my adventures on Instagram where I'll be using up any Wi-fi I can get my hands on.

Pray that we will have the time of our lives and that we let ourselves have fun, that we leave work behind us and enjoy this time with each other and with beautiful Mother nature.

Off we go! x

Monday, 13 July 2015

Apologies

I don't even know what to say.

It's been two weeks since I blogged.

I've been tired.

And busy.

And drained.

And I want to be honest with all of you, I've just been feeling unmotivated with this space

Working 3 days a week at one job, 1 day a week at another and sporadic photography shoots here and there is just turning out to be one huge set back to my blogging

And it truly makes me sad.

I go to write a post and I just don't have the energy or the words to share.

I go to speak but no words come out. It's frustrating and disappointing to say the least and for that I am sorry.

I will be back soon enough if when things settle down.

Just be patient with me.

I have so many things I want to tell you, so many adventures I want to share but for now they will have to wait and I hope that is okay with you.

xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Something new

We spent the last few hours of sunlight down by the cliffs.

The car park was fuller than usual, as tourists and locals swarmed in to get a look at the migrating humpback whales who were jumping and playing in the ocean.

We had no idea it was whale watching season and although we regretted not having our handy binoculars, we walked on and kept our squinted gaze locked on to the horizon.

Adventures like this don't come by very often for us anymore. I am very busy with work and so is Stephen. We use our time off to see friends or run errands. This day though I was adamant we take some time for ourselves.

The rocks were uneven and rugged. Their textures dug into our feet, imprinting themselves onto the soles of our shoes. The sun was low and bright, illuminating our path. We sat by the cliffs edge but not too close. Having someone you love walk scarily close to imminent death is not something either of us are fond of.

We looked for a spot where we could be alone and about five minutes later we found a secluded cave just below the cliff face. We climbed down and sat ourselves upon the cold rock and looked out to sea. Conversations about our future occurred, as they always do, and we nibbled on chocolate bars as we dreamed together.

Then we saw them. Spurts of water erupting from the ocean ahead. A black fin waving at onlookers. They were too far for the camera to capture but just know they were beautiful. I have never seen a whale in the wild before, neither of us have. They are such majestic beasts and even now I cannot comprehend their existence. They make me feel so small.

Stephen brought his new camera to capture our time together. This was the first time really I didn't have to worry about the photos from our day. It was a strange feeling seeing him run around and take photos, asking me to stand here and there and making me laugh so he could capture that frozen expression. It was nice and it forced me to actually look at the scene before me with my eyes rather than with my lens.

It was something new, something I could get used to.

All photos taken with the Fuji X-T1. Photos taken by Stephen; except the ones of him...I took those :)