Last day of winter

It definitely hasn’t been feeling like winter here for the  past week or two. It’s been so beautiful for the most part! Marjo and I were fortunate enough to take full advantage of it today. It may be Friday, but neither of us had anywhere we needed to be, so we drove down to Long Bay to have a late lunch by the ocean. Afterwards, we wandered along the beach and spotted another one of the giant picture frames (similar frames previously seen here). Then we drove back to Takapuna to another little cafe by the ocean for ice cream.

I love our sister time. It saddens me to think we have less than three weeks left before I leave.

~C.



Photo-a-Day Dump – Days 17 through 28

Like I mentioned in the last post, my Photo-a-Day Challenge was a bit derailed when I took off on a campervan road trip. But I didn’t write off the challenge altogether. I’m just catching up via one big photo-dump.

~C.



I wasn’t exactly traveling incognito…

I returned from my campervan adventure yesterday. I left in such a rush of excitement that I didn’t really share the fact that I was leaving!

I have a lot to catch up on, especially my backlog of Photo-a-Day challenges. I have so many photos from the roadtrip to sort through. It was the most incredible little journey and I covered quite a bit of ground in four and a half days.

Being back in the city is fine and all, but I really miss those sweet little coastal towns.

~C.



Netball 411

Just when I thought I knew most of what there is to know about sports, life throws me a netball. Has anyone else heard of this game or have I just been waaaay too preoccupied with hockey and football?

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the sport and took me to see a game. She explained some of the rules to me and informed me there is actually a national level team – the Silver Ferns. I was really surprised that the team name didn’t have “Black” in it. Like the All Blacks. Or the Black Sticks. And then there’s the Iron Blacks And the Black Sox. It’s definitely a recurring theme here.

Anyway, the Silver Ferns play outdoor netball, which slightly differs from the indoor version I spectated. Here’s what I gathered from my brief, 30-minute netball encounter:

1. A similar sport, that I am familiar with and can compare it to, is basketball.

2. Games are short and fast – eight minute quarters.

3. The court is surrounded by netting, off of which you can play the ball.

4. The net doesn’t have a backboard. “Nothin’ but net” indeed.

5. Six players to a team – two defence, two centres and two attacks. Defence and attacks are restricted to their half of the court, while centres can play the whole court (except the shooting circles).

6. Scoring – shooting from inside the shooting circle is worth one point; shooting outside the circle is worth two points.

7. No running with the ball. As soon as someone passes it to you, you must stop and pass it to a teammate (without holding onto it for longer than three seconds).

8. If you fumble the ball or miss a shot, you can’t be the first to touch it unless it rebounds off the net.

Seems pretty straightforward. Maybe one of these days, I’ll strap on my bionic knee brace and give it a whirl.

~C.











Here we go again. She’s on the move.

I’m not sure if this will come as a complete surprise to everyone back home, but it is official.

I’m moving back to Canada.

And it won’t come as a complete surprise to me if there are those of you shaking your head in disbelief. How can I possibly leave this astoundingly beautiful country and laidback lifestyle?! Just know that it wasn’t a decision I took lightly. It is going to be very hard to leave (and boy, do I already feel sorry for everyone who is going to have to listen to my “I miss New Zealand” woes). But I’m really excited as well. This past year abroad has helped me figure out a lot of things and pointed me in a new direction. Which just so happens to kinda be the direction I came from…?

Anyway, my only real concern at this point is: The past year has absolutely flown by. How can I draw out the next five and a half weeks?!

~C.



Here we go again. She’s on the move.

I’m not sure if this will come as a complete surprise to everyone back home, but it is official.

I’m moving back to Canada.

And it won’t come as a complete surprise to me if there are those of you shaking your head in disbelief. How can I possibly leave this astoundingly beautiful country and laidback lifestyle?! Just know that it wasn’t a decision I took lightly. It is going to be very hard to leave (and boy, do I already feel sorry for everyone who is going to have to listen to my “I miss New Zealand” woes). But I’m really excited as well. This past year abroad has helped me figure out a lot of things and pointed me in a new direction. Which just so happens to kinda be the direction I came from…?

Anyway, my only real concern at this point is: The past year has absolutely flown by. How can I draw out the next five and a half weeks?!

~C.