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Northwest North America

In June last year I went on a road trip through Northwest USA, into Canada and back down into the American Midwest, and it was one of my most favourite trips I’ve ever taken. America is such a vast, beautiful and rich country geographically – there’s so much to see and do and the landscape constantly changes meaning that every day is different from the last. Throughout the trip I kept thinking about that great Krakauer quote from Into The Wild, “the joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun”. The trip started with a few days in Portland, Oregon which was just enough time for to absolutely fall in love with the city. I stayed in a beautiful Airbnb and ate as much vegan food as I could fit in my face – it was delightful! Driving up the West Coast from Portland through upper Oregon and Washington …

#glitter

I haven’t figured out what to call my new “business” – very loose term for my stained glass folly. I’d like to come up with a name so that I can sell my pieces more easily but of course I’m too picky and indecisive to just decide on something. So in lieu of a name, website, online store or a plan, here’s a few pictures of my recent #glitter. (I love working with glass so much, and I double triple quadruple love my eeny weeny home studio).

I love a sunburnt country

I recently spent two weeks travelling through the Northern Territory and I had such an amazing time. I had been to Darwin before once for a work conference but it was in the middle of summer – hot, humid, muggy, uncomfortable, hot, sweaty, balmy and did I mention hot? Otherwise known as notaverygoodtime. But this time the weather in Darwin, and the rest of the Territory, was entirely perfect. Warm, dry, sunny, cloudless days. Exactly the way you want to spend your holiday when you know it is freezing and rainy back home. I was so blown away by how beautiful the NT is. Truly. I guess I was just expecting red dust and a whole lotta nothin’. There definitely was an abundance of red, but there was also so much greenery. Litchfield National Park was truly spectacular. There were so many incredible waterholes and cascading waterfalls, beautiful creeks and swimming holes that we often had all to ourselves. We went on some beautiful hikes and bushwalks and I was really impressed with how clean …

The Hexagon

While we were researching our trip to New Zealand we came across a company called Canopy Camping, an Air BnB style agency that promotes eco “glamping” experiences. There are sites all over the North and South Islands ranging from fancy tents to cave dwellings to vintage caravans. There were so many awesome spots to choose from! We only had the opportunity to visit one of the sites so after a bit of research we landed on The Hexagon, in the northern end of the West Coast. Boy oh boy did we pick well. The Hexagon is an off the grid eco cabin with solar power for basic essentials, an outdoor kitchen (the most fun kitchen I have ever cooked in, ever!) and bathroom and outdoor fire bath. The cabin has stunning ocean views and is nestled in a lush green haven on the private property of an old hippy commune from the 70s, now under the care of local artist, handyman and all-round legend, Jed. Surrounded by feijoa trees and cheeky weka birds, the two nights …

Milford Sound

A place so spectacular that it deserved its own post <3 It’s difficult to describe how incredible my Milford Sound experience was. We cruised on a small boat through the Sound, surrounded by 400 million year old mountains and low, thick cloud. There were hundreds of gushing waterfalls and everything was covered in lush greenery thanks to recent rains. Not only did we get to see a wide variety of birdlife and wild fur seals, we were treated to the privilege of a rare interaction with a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins, including a mum and her calf. They swam around and under our boat, jumping and flipping and watching us admire them for about half an hour. It was just beautiful. A truly magical day in a fairytale land.   

Beautiful New Zealand

I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand but I also figured it was so close to home and easy to get to that I’d get there eventually so I’ve been more focused on visiting places further away. That was until Air NZ had a really excellent sale earlier in the year and all of a sudden I had booked and paid for a return flight to Christchurch. I always knew I was going to enjoy the South Island but I couldn’t be more sincere when I say that I absolutely. fell. in. love. New Zealand is such an awe-inspiring place. So many people live there in such a harmony with nature that I’ve never truly witnessed before. I went to sleep each night for the two weeks that I was there feeling entirely privileged to have been an observer in such a colourful, natural wilderness and soak in NZ’s crazy landscape in all it’s glory. I dare to say nowhere else in the world could I drive down a quiet road (and be the …

The purple rainbow

It’s no secret how much I love the sky. Clouds, sunsets, storms – all of it – I’m obsessed. But even for a self-confessed sky-addict, there comes a sight every so often that still manages to take my breath away. This purple-pink double rainbow across Sydney last week did exactly that. What a glorious way to start an otherwise mundane March Tuesday.

Helensburgh Tunnel

I’ve been to this beautiful abandoned tunnel before, but just before this most recent visit there had been 2 days of rain, which totally changed the experience and beauty of this special spot. Everything was so luscious and green and there was trickling water everywhere. A truly magical experience and quite a stark contrast to the last time I visited. Given that I had my friend Amy with me this time, we actually decided to brave going into the tunnel together (would never do it on my own!) for an added treat – there are glow worms living deep inside the tunnel :)   

Life lately

I’ve been keeping busy trying to enjoy the last of Summer as it quickly fades. I love Autumn and Winter (I really love all the seasons for their own special reasons) but I am going to miss Daylight Savings. It’s my favourite part of the year for the simple fact that I can get home from work at 6pm and still have time to take the dog to the beach to watch the sun set over the ocean. Now that it gets darker quicker I will usually miss out. Guess I’ll just have to start chasing sunrises instead :) In any case, here is the last few weeks of my life in pictures. Being in nature is my most favourite solace. J x Royal Botanical Gardens Home My local succulent man Work Serenity