A TRIP TO THE MOERAKI BOULDERS


When Jule and I arrived at the Moeraki Boulders, we were very pleasantly surprised to see that our complete lack of planning (e.g. heading there bang on high tide!) didn't impact our trip too much. We were fully expecting the boulders to be underwater when we arrived, but thankfully that was not the case, haha! We were about 30 minutes out from arriving at the boulders when we came to this realisation (well, when Jule came to this realisation... I'm not really one for thinking about that kind of thing, haha) and we did debate whether we should just turn around and save it for another day, but in true YOLO spirit we kept on going and thought we'd just make the most of whatever boulders we could/couldn't see when we got there. Turns out high tide doesn't affect the boulders much at all! Woo!

The Moeraki Boulders are a pretty hot tourist spot when making the trip down the coast between Christchurch and Dunedin. I hadn't actually stopped there for years as usually, when we make the trip up north, we are often rushing to get to Oamaru (where Tim's family live) and don't ever think to stop for a minute to check them out.

In saying that, it's about a 1 min drive off the main highway (it's all very well sign-posted) and about a 30 second walk down to the beach from the Moeraki Boulder's carpark. If you have 5 minutes spare on your trip, it's super quick and easy and worth checking out! It can get quite busy, which you'll be able to tell by how many buses and cars are flooding the carpark... so if you're wanting a classic, serene kiwi beach, this probably isn't your place ;-)

The boulders themselves are.... cool?! A little underwhelming and I think they're hyped up a little tooooo much for the tourists, but they do make for some cool photo's, I'll give them that!








DANCING IN THE FLOWER FIELDS


Happy first of November, friends!

What a dream it was to come across this kind of insane beauty! I've always seen photos on instagram of colourful flower fields, with rows and rows of blooms that seem to never end, and it's always been a dream of mine to one day do a photoshoot of a similar nature. If you dream hard enough, your dreams will come true, guys! I had the best time dodging bumble-bees and dancing through the flower fields with Jule, and am secretly hoping that I can take Tim up there one day soon to do a couple's shoot... ;-)

The weather on this day couldn't have been any more perfect for a last minute roadtrip - blue skies, light breeze, 20 degrees... and ever since this day the weather in Dunedin has been AMAZING! I'm writing this whilst completely soaked in sunshine on my bed, with every single window that can be opened WIDE open because our wee apartment feels like a sauna - slowly but surely, I can feel myself melting away... haha!

Hope you're all having a beautiful day where-ever you are! Whether that be trick-or-treating for Halloween, studying for your final exams or cat-napping in the sun (like me) x












EXPLORING THE NORTH SHORE, OAHU


** Its been a long time since we were last in Hawaii. These photos are from our honeymoon in March 2016. I would do anything to go back to these islands... there's a part of my heart that will always, always be there. Some nights I'll just sit on my laptop and flick through photos from our honeymoon, from our trip in 2014.... just dreaming of the day that we go back here again.

For our last few days on Oahu, we decided to hire a rental car - BEST. DECISION. EVER. Last time around we did the same thing and got to drive ourselves right up to the North Shore (about a 45 minute drive if you cut right through the middle of the island) and then all around the coast line. It was one of our favourite memories of our last trip so we knew that we had to lock in a car again at some point!

This time was different than last. We weren't trying to fit in all the touristy things we could, we simply explored for the sake of exploring and felt no sense of urgency or need to rush throughout our days. We wandered the North Shore, drinking coffee and took in the sights all around us. We found a secret beach, (seriously, we were the ONLY ones on it!) and hung out with our new friend Fred, the turtle. It was so surreal and magical and crazy. I literally felt like we were on the tv show Survivor, haha!

If you go to the North Shore, you have to try out the food trucks. Pineapple salsa. Tacos. Tim always gets shrimp tacos whenever we visit and it's something he is always looking forward to!

These photos capture just a smidge of the beauty that is Hawaii. It always amazes me how the green side of Hawaii hardly ever gets shown through social media, because to me, its just as beautiful as the white sandy beaches. Some of my favourite moments in Hawaii have been the ones where we are just driving... through the lush greens or the crystal blues.. 


Do you have a favourite part of Hawaii?





















NELSON & MALBOROUGH, NZ


A couple of snaps from our trip to Nelson/Marlborough last month. We explored Pelorus Bridge and Rabbit Island, but mainly just let ourselves be. In a time of craziness, that was exactly what we needed.

More to come...
- A x








THE END OF YEAR ONE


We have decided to take anniversary photos every year to mark the end, and the start, of each new season of our marriage.

We've been taking portraits of ourselves for years now (nearly six years!) and always find it so fascinating and so special to look back on them as the years go by. We've got photos from when we first started dating, to our first huge overseas trip together, to our university coffee dates, ski trips, picnics... the list goes on. We're big photo people, if you couldn't already tell ;-)

This year, we spent our anniversary in Queenstown and it was the most beautiful backdrop to start this new tradition. The mountains are one of our favourite places to take photos (on par with the coast) and we had so much fun taking a few moments out of our evening to capture these photos together. Already, they're some of my favourites.











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