Monthly Archives: August 2012

A long distance friendship

I was lucky enough to have my lovely friend Ruth visit yesterday from Pencoed in Wales. We spent a great day together during which time she gave me this amazing card (see my picture) which I thought was just lovely and had to share! We also had to say goodbye to each other as won’t be seeing each other now before I leave for my New Zealand adventure. Ruth has been a brilliant friend and always there for me (times that spring to mind include my wedding dress fitting, a lovely birthday at St Fagans, a fab hen do in London, and many a trip to Cardiff Bay!), and I will miss her but we will of course stay in touch. Ruth is also off on her delayed honeymoon to the amazing Japan soon and I wish her and her hubby well on their own Japanese adventure! ūüôā

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The beauty of New Zealand

Whilst doing research for our up and coming New Zealand adventure I came across this brilliant timelapse video of the landscapes of New Zealand – many of which we have already visited or plan to visit. It’s awesome! ūüôā

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Proud to be British (but excited to be amongst Kiwis for a year!)

I haven’t had time to post for a while as have been very busy moving house and getting ready for our big adventure to New Zealand – which is now 5 weeks on Saturday – very exciting! Although, I have been glued to the Olympics and really loved every second of it! I am lucky enough to currently be working at home over the summer and was able to watch a fair bit of it. I have always been interested in sport,¬†especially¬†athletics, and competed (in school and local competitions) when I was younger and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching London 2012.

I was also privileged to be able to go to the Olympics with my Dad and watch football at Wembley (see my pics) Рwe watched South Korea versus Gabon (due to random allocation of tickets!) but had the most amazing day! We spent the morning in Hyde Park as part of BT London Live and watched the rowing on the big screen and were lucky enough to see Team GB win our first gold Рit was a great atmosphere. We then made our way through the Olmpically-themed-decorated London to Wembley and really enjoyed the rest of our day.

Like millions of others I sat at home and watched that Saturday night¬†and cheered Jess, Greg and Mo to their golds. I also enjoyed watching our boys do so well in the gymnastics, Bolt’s amazing personality and success, Murray’s victory over Federer, Tom Daley’s bronze, the Brownlee boys’ success in the triathlon, our¬†cycling¬†dominance (once I had worked out some of the more unique races!) and the last night of atheltics with Mo’s double gold.

So, I end this proud with the thought that although not a crazily patriotic person I do feel proud to be British and I feel lucky to have been part of something so memorable and historic. I also look forward to our upcoming year in New Zealand and the chance to experience the Kiwi culture and way of life Рbring it on!

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The power of the mix CD/playlist!

As a massive fan of music I am always making playlists and mix CDs of my favourite artists and songs. I always make a new list up at least once a month and enjoy making them for family members and friends. In relation to travel in¬†particular¬†though is where I think the mix playlist comes into its own! I feel that music can really be at the heart and soul of a holiday or travel adventure and can also change to fit and suit a certain mood.¬†Especially¬†if you have a fair¬†amount¬†of time in the car on your journey, having the right music really enhances the trip and also in my¬†experience¬†makes it very personal and memorable. On mine and my¬†husband’s¬†trip to¬†Iceland¬†for example last year we drove around the whole of the country in 6 days and actually loved spending time in the car due to the¬†quality¬†of the mix CDs I had made! We now always think of that trip when we hear certain songs or artists.

Artists I am really enjoying listening to at the moment include Dry The River, First Aid Kit, Ben Howard, Regina Spektor, Smoke Fairies, Greg Laswell, Band of Horses, Bon Iver, Kate Walsh and Sleeping at Last amongst many many others.

So for our forthcoming New Zealand adventure – which we leave for 6 weeks on Saturday – I am already thinking about and planning which songs and artists I can use on my mix playlists and can’t wait to indulge in my passion for music whilst on the¬†adventure¬†of a lifetime! ūüôā

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