Archive for the 'outings' Category

Mexican Wedding

June 16, 2013

mexican wedding attirevineyard con astroturfwedding crowd

If you are ever invited to a wedding while you are traveling – by family, friends, a stranger you met on a long train ride – I would strongly recommend graciously accepting the generous hospitality and enjoying what is bound to be an unrepeatable cultural experience.

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Finding Wilderness in Singapore

January 21, 2013

Macritchie Reservoir

You might think that Singapore is all skyscrapers and shopping malls, but there is a quiet little oasis in the middle of the island called MacRitchie Reservoir that is perfect for an escape from the city one afternoon.  By catching a train and then a short bus ride, you can find the start of a bush walk that takes you on swing bridges across bush canopy, past cheeky monkeys and other wildlife, to a large network of boardwalk around the edge of Singapore’s main water supply and then through a public park.  You will meet lots of joggers and other walkers, but for the most part this 10+ kilometer walk is very peaceful, and teeming with wildlife (we saw monkeys, birds, terrapins and giant water lizards).

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Girl in Papatowai

January 8, 2012

One of my favourite places in the entire world is a place called Papatowai in the Catlins, south of Dunedin. We spent Easters there when I was a child, and I still love to visit whenever I go back to New Zealand.

papatowai estuary

This part of the South Island coast has rock pools and tide pools, an estuary that drains out at low tide, South Island Rata that hang low over the sand and old growth Totara. It’s one of those places that you go to stay and not leave. Just get out your map, drawn a circle around where you are staying and go out explore a very small part of the world – climb your way around rock pools, walk up and down the coast, wander across the estuary in zig zags like the spoon bills that live there, sit inside by the fire.  Eat good food, go to sleep and then get up and do it all again.

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water baby

December 3, 2011

Would you believe I’ve lived in Australia for 7 years and have never been swimming in this side of the Pacific?  This photo was taken by Dave one summer at Gordon’s Bay, and it’s probably the closest I’ve come.

This summer is going to be the summer I go swimming.  My reluctance to get in the water probably has something to do with the fact that I’m not a very strong swimmer, but I’ve been thinking about going to adult swim classes, and Gordon’s Bay is a very sheltered bay that is great for snorkling.  Maybe all I need is a snorkle and some flippers.


July 3, 2010

I bought this blazer on etsy the other day, from a great little store called plastic tags.

It’s not the usual sort of thing that I would wear, but I love the colour… that soft dove grey. And I like tailored, feminine clothes that have a hint of the masculine very much.

When it arrives I’ll have to see what I can wear it with. I’m going to Melbourne for two weeks in September, for an academic conference and to see my sister (who has just moved down there and is living in Fitzroy). I’m hopeful that the weather will be nice enough for this new purchase to be the perfect conference and just general gadding about Melbourne (you know… going to markets, riding trams, perusing bookstores) garb.

drops in the river

February 13, 2010

I have had a lovely, rainy Saturday.

I got up and went to the Everleigh Farmers’ Market.  Ate delicious things.  Got muddy feet.  Caught the train to Central.  Walked up six graffiti-laden flights of stairs.  Went to a great vintage clothing sale.  Walked back to Newtown.  Tried on clothes in Yoshi Jones (they don’t have the beautiful retro, graphic skirt that I have loved for ages in my size any more… woe is me for missing their sale last week).  Browsed multiple bookstores.  Looked at the Araki book.  Bought fresh produce at Alfalfa House.   Crashed briefly.  Went back out to Reclaim the Lanes.   Got sidetracked.  Went and ate pastizzi.  Came home and drank ginger beer.   Cooked with someone I love.  Drank too much red wine.  Watched the West Wing.  Waved goodbye.  Basked in solitude.  And now I’m about to curl up on my beautiful red bed and read.

It’s still raining.

A perfect day.

the lonely sea in the sky

January 18, 2010

On Saturday evening Dave and went to Coogee and walked from there around the cliffs to Clovelly.  There are few things I like better than scrabbling up and over rocks, and I haven’t done it in a long, long time.  We stopped for a while at Gordons Bay, looked at crabs scuttling away from us in every direction, and took photos.  By the time we were finished, the sun on the water was low and silver.

It was a lovely day.

Next time I will go swimming.