Hawea, Summer 2015. 

If you’ve been around awhile, you will know that when possible, I spend my summers in Lake Hawea.

I have been doing there almost every year of my life. It’s funny, because looking back, now my sister and I never really appreciated getting super tanned and spending at least a month living out of a tent (or caravan but that’s another story).

So as tradition, I was able to cash in a few days  annual leave (not enough) over Christmas and travel up to the mountains.

There’s something so special and wonderful about having nothing planned, no clue of the time or day even. We stay in a big tent without power and I love it.

In the morning, the birds and boats on the lake wake you up a little too late and you are overheated due to the sun that’s already up. Days are spent by the lake, jumping into water that literally takes your breath away. Eating breakfast in the sun and getting a little too sunburnt. Wearing togs instead of the usual workwear. Reading all the books you brought with you, and then rushing to a bookstore to get some more. Sitting under the stars wrapped up in duvets.

The thing about not having power, is it’s very difficult to charge iPhones everyday. We often end up going for a drive into Wanaka just to charge our phones. Which isn’t so bad, as I normally end up at Soul Food and spend way too much money on vegan food.

Being in Central Otago, there is all the summer fruits around. Cherries, apricots, plums, peaches and berries. And goodness I had a lot of all of the above.

The fact I am back in Dunedin is very upsetting. And we have already started to plan next year.

Surprisingly this year, I hardly took many photos. Mostly because I spent every spare moment reading, but I wasn’t feeling the need to take photos every chance I got. Although going through these photos I am wishing I had more for memory sake.

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The weekend before Christmas.

The day started off with coffee and making the most of the sun shining through the big window. Then I ventured off to the farmers market with Jule and Beth to eat all of the vegan treats including burritos and coconut cake. There was also purchases of flowers and raspberries which means summer is well and truly here.

Following the market, there was a lot of procrastination which included a walk around the gardens. But I could only avoid it for so long before I had to move all my belongings out of the flat. It wasn’t actually that bad. Although after my 6AM wake up, it was safe to say by 5PM I was very exhausted and I accidentally took a nap in the sun.

After dinner, I still wasn’t finished with the day. I got to hang out with Victoria and we went to the Mid-Summer lights which is described as “a walk-through installation of giant lanterns”.  It was incredible to see, my favourites were the hot air balloon and the little sheep.

This all happened in one day, which unexpectedly turned out to be a very busy Saturday.

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A Graduation.

A couple of weeks ago, I got to take photos of my friend Tabitha as she was graduating that day. We were very lucky as the clouds disappeared for a couple of hours and the rain held off. It was really lovely to see and spend a little time with her. Thanks for letting me take photos Tabitha!

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A Thursday Evening Adventure.

Recently I brought a new lens, which I had been thinking of doing for awhile. And it was so worth it. Jule was also trying out a new lens,  so of course we had to go and and play around with them.

We jumped in the car and drove out to Warrington and wandered around while the sun was disappearing for the day. Although these aren’t my favourite photos ever, it was fun to play around with a new toy. And once again it was lovely to spend time with these guys. 

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Queenstown for the Weekend.

I’m scheduling this post for my (not so) little sister’s birthday, so let’s start this with Happy Birthday Em!

The day she finished her last exam for the year, I told her I had planned a trip to Queenstown for the two of us. Basically I wanted to get her out of her room for the weekend, and because I am so adorable. Although it turns out Taylor Swift ruined this super sweet thing that I did (but that’s another story). 

On the Friday morning I got a text that Em had injured her ankle due to running around and being silly. So she spent the weekend on crutches which was a little annoying. Which meant we had to hid in coffee shops and have afternoon naps – all fine by me!!
We stayed in the most amazing hotel, The Sherwood. It is a hotel that is made for instagram. Everything is so beautiful. The food they offer is all grown in a garden on site and they have bands perform on Saturday nights. They even offer yoga classes which unfortunately we didn’t have time to try out. I definitely recommend staying there. I can’t wait to go back!

It was a very lovely weekend and it was so nice to spend time with Em. Plus we ate a lot of yummy food (because I only go anywhere if there is food involved). Central Otago in summer is just amazing, and it once again made me very excited for my Christmas holidays.

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A Christmas Post.

December 2nd was our pretend Christmas Day (the great thing about an extra early Christmas, is you can take your time uploading the post and it’s still early!). We had a fully vegan flat Christmas dinner, it was super lovely and unbearably adorable. There was a secret santa which ended up being not so secret, the most incredible food (thanks Rose!) and a tiny water pistol that completed the Christmas dinner.

Jule has wrote the most amazing post about our year in the flat. I still can’t believe we have been in that leaky barn for a year. It feels like we blinked and suddenly it’s the end of the year. 

Shoutout to my three flat mates, dealing with me pre-coffee, my old lady status of bedtime before 9PM and my annoying eating habits. 

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It’s a Saturday night, my plans involve snacks and Netflix. Until I get a text from Jule asking if I wanted to go on an adventure so of course I agreed. We drove to the ocean and took photos. We talked about the importance of social media, veganism and Grey’s Anatomy. I think that last sentence sums up my life. Jule had just finished exams for the year and summer felt closer than before – although the super dark cloudy sky said differently. Thanks for inviting me Jule!

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