Carey moved to Katherine Australia during 2014. Luckily she was able to come ‘home’ during the school holidays so we’ve been able to spend some quality time together. Carey wanted to make a book, showcasing Rotorua so the week started off with Carey and myself taking LOADS of photos.
On Monday we travelled around the outskirts of Rotorua getting the photos we wanted followed by a late lunch at Brew. Brew make the best salads I’ve ever eaten and they’re also really reasonably priced. We did have a bit of a splurge though and ordered dessert. I’d never had a crème Brule before but the one I tasted at Brew was pretty fantastic!
On Tuesday we went into town early in the morning before it got too hot and carried on with our photography. We discovered a sculpture exhibition during all our walking and it was amazing!
I decided to create an insert (6x12 size) for my Project Life album. Click on the images to make them bigger:
After we finished taking photos on Tuesday we went to Lime for lunch. Carey loves their mince on toast, which did look pretty good! I had the mushrooms with marsala and it was delicious!
Here’s a closer look at the start of my week:
After spending two days taking photos I realised how much I love photography. I took hardly any photos at all during 2014! Now that I’ve got access to great quality printing again I’ll be taking lots more photos.
I’d actually looked at investing in a DSLR camera before but this time I decided to go for it and I’m thrilled with my new camera. There’s lots to learn and I’ll be doing some photo challenges with Carey during this year.
On Wednesday Chris, Carey and I all went to visit our friend Wendy and then we carried on out for lunch. Unfortunately I didn’t make such good choices this time around so I went for an extra walk in the evening!!
Since I’ve moved back to Rotorua I’ve been making some changes at home and one of the things that has become evident is that I seriously LOVE white as an accent colour. Farmers were having a sale so I popped in for a look and managed to find some gorgeous white photo frames for my living areas. Now I just need to select the photos to go in them!
Nina and I spent Thursday working on our Project Life albums together. I made us a healthy wrap pizza for our lunch and my the afternoon we were both caught up on our albums.
Water has been a big priority in my life lately. I’ve been easily managing to drink 2L per day and I’ve found the smaller bottles really DO work for me. Countdown have a great deal on packs of bottled water so I had to get some! I also bought Toby a brand new water bowl and he thinks he’s pretty flash with it… as soon as I’d finished assembling the frame for the bowl he was into it!
On Friday Krystal and I took Toby for a walk through the Redwoods and then we met up later to do some things in town. After walking around all the shops we decided a mother-daughter pampering session was in order so we bought some nail polish, face masks and eye masks. Then we turned my lounge into a spa retreat and had some fun. It was super relaxing and I’m looking forward to our next spa session!
On Saturday I finally got a chance to really ‘play’ with my new camera. Auntie Daphne was having a wee holiday with Mum and they invited me to join them on their trip to Hobbiton. What an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. experience. It’s a really magical setting and fantastic for all ages.
We all had our cameras with us. Auntie Daphne took a modest 53 photos… Mum is famous for being a ‘shutter-bug’ and she took 184 photos… and then there was me… but remember I was trying out my new camera!… I ended up taking 276 photos!! Thank goodness for digital cameras!
I had so many photos that I had to do an insert (Design G) but I also used some of Cathy Zielske’s templates (Labeled photo sets 1 & 2) so that I could include the maximum number of photos. Here’s the front of the insert:
Sunday was a much quieter day. It was the Country Music in the park event and I enjoyed catching up with some of my friends that I haven’t seen for a long time.
So that’s been my week. I’m really enjoying these school holidays and getting quite a lot of things done.
I hope you’re all enjoying 2015 as much as I am xx