Wednesday, 27 March 2013


Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, usually the frantic xmas pace is over and we are back in routine. This year it seems to be on fast forward, too much work after we got back from holiday.  Looking forward to a more relaxed pace after Easter.

The last couple of weeks we have had some beautiful days though:

The light here is amazing at this time of the year in the late afternoon, I have been playing around with my camera .
A photography course is on my list for 2013, I finally think I have found some that will suit me here at Nicole's classes. Short courses with a weekly assignment . All of the NZ onesI have seen have been either in the wrong place or the correnspondence ones way more time than I have.
We have been making again:
Little pants for a new baby
Pictures with paint, dishwash liquid and water to make bubbles then lie paper over the top.
easter craft - this photo cracks me up - the carrot was her idea!

Blown eggs and sharpies pens
I have signed up for sewing classes again and Kids Clothes Week
see button in the side bar - although it will be Autumn clothes for us. Now just need to send my overlocker off for a service , tension is all off and I just cannot fix and nor can the sewing tutor - arrgh ( if you own one you will understand this frustration)


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Settling back into the groove

It always surprises me how long it takes after a holiday to get settled back into our home routine. Even though we were away just 2 weeks it seems to have upset our equilibrium.

Japan is all just a bit different from home

Admittedly I had thought 2 weeks at school to settle in before our holiday would be a good thing , but I have come to the conclusion that the end of the year would be better. Or going away just prior to a term break and arriving back when all her classmates have also been on holiday.

We arrived home on Sunday afternoon - a 10 hr international flight but in reality 24 hrs of travel time from Hukuba to our home. Georgie slept for 15hrs that night and I let her sleep in until she woke at 10.30 am.  Then after a leisurely morning I took her up to school mid lunch time. In retrospect this was not a great idea - her friends were scattered somewhere in the playground.  She clung to my hand somewhat forlornly as we dropped her bag to the empty classroom and attempted to find a playmate. Five minutes before the bell rang I left her chatting happily with a lovely staff member we came across in the playground. ( she really didn't want to go back to school Monday and I should have listened to her - we were still pretty tired).

Slowly she settled back in this week but it took longer and was harder for us both than I expected.   My week has been pretty unproductive too, I did a few errands, got some exercise - but not enough and now the week is up and I am back to work tomorrow.  Actually going back to work will be kind of good in a way - plus it's a good motivator to save for the next holiday.

The weather on our holiday  - complete contrast to the current hot NZ summer.

This weekend was beautiful weather , we spent it at home- biking, swimming and when it was too hot in the afternoon playing with lego.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Reminders of Japan

Shopping wasn't high on the priority on our trip, skiing and eating was.
As I said in the last post we did a quick shop in the airport for a few reminders of our trip:

I bought myself a tea set to drink green tea.

 a little ornament for G ( is was Hinamatsuri - girls festival the day we got home .) For a few weeks prior to the festival many hotels and restaurants display tradional 7 level doll displays - there is a picture of G standing next to one in the last post.


Chopstick rests

-and  a selection of hair ties.  I also bought a Yukata for G and I each to wear as dressing gowns at home.

Other than these we got a few gifts for family and friends . Many of the displays - especially the sweet shops are just beautiful - but there is only so much you can fit in your hand luggage.