Happy May Day everyone! While we did not have bonfires or May poles, I feel as if this ancient holiday has great meaning for me this year. Today we officially say good bye to our old apartment and hello to our new life in our new home. We are truly closing the door on the cold winter. If I weren’t so exhausted, I would want to dance about like those ladies above on May day back in 1907. I would of course need a matching dress.
It’s been a very full weekend. I made tons of cupcakes and a cake for Kevin & Kelly from The Vegan Collection’s wedding. It was lots of work, but it was so rewarding when we delivered them to see Kevin and family and friends setting up for the big day. The rest of the weekend has been spent moving the last of our things, which was a much bigger task than I imagined. On top of that, my car died so it’s been an even more inefficient process. I’m hoping it’s just the battery, but as my wagon is only a few miles away from the big 100k, I’m a little nervous it’s something worse. More bike riding for me I suppose.
The highlight of the weekend though, was sleeping over at the Natural History Museum. We became fellows when we had our wedding there and have been trying to take advantage of as many of the perks as possible. It was an amazingly fun night, definitely one of the coolest things we’ve been able to do. Not to mention I am just completely enamored with the museum. I always have such a good feeling when we visit.
Many things coming up on the blog in the coming weeks, including the rest of our wedding! Here is to new beginnings.
For Earth Day, I wanted to take a moment and share some of the photos from our trip the the Karori Bird Sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand. This sanctuary is a massive forested area surrounded by a pest proof fence so the birds are safe from predators. While the birds are allowed to come and go if they wish, they’re provided with additional food inside the sanctuary to help them thrive.
It was deeply affecting to learn how much New Zealand has been transformed by humans. It is hard to believe that there used to be 12 foot tall flightless birds roaming the island freely. With a saddening amount of extinction, especially amongst bird life, I’m thankful that there are places like the Karori Sanctuary taking action to preserve the endangered species still struggling.
As an island, the environmental impact of everyday life in New Zealand is much more clear. Where here in the US, many are able to push aside ideas about living greener, it seemed to be the general consensus of everyone in New Zealand to conserve and preserve the magical environment that we all reside in.
I hope you celebrate Earth Day by doing what you can to protect our precious world, even in some small way.
The moving process has begun. We have a few weeks to get everything into our new home, but let me tell you, it’s exhausting. While I love having the time to sort through things as we go and not have one strenuous weekend of work, extending it over weeks has its own special kind of stress. There’s always that nagging, scratching thought in the back of my mind that I should be packing or transporting things.
So things might be a little bit slow on the blog for a bit as I’m using nearly all my energy for carrying boxes up and down stairs. In the mean time, I thought I’d flash back to a few days before our wedding… (more…)
Do you every imagine the most ideal life? One that is perhaps, not even in the realm of practical dreams, but instead pure fantasy? Did you ever imagine that you would stumble upon this dream in reality?
I found this place at a bed & breakfast in New Zealand called Awatea Lodge. We stayed here for just a night and I completely fell in love with the place. It was peaceful and yet filled with life. And a few darling alpacas.
Every time I start to write something about our honeymoon I get stuck on what to say. I get stuck on what photos to share.* So I’m just going to jump in, somewhere in the middle, and see where it takes us.
Did I mention we went to New Zealand? I’m not sure anymore what made us choose to go to New Zealand other than the fact that it sounded crazy and wonderful so we just went for it.
You know, it’s hard to plan a vacation and a wedding at the same time. I’m not sure if you knew this, so I thought I’d mention it. So we didn’t plan entirely too much (despite the fact that I’m a compulsive planner). Then as we were preparing to depart, the terrible earthquake hit Christchurch. It wasn’t until we arrived in New Zealand that we became aware of the extent of damage to the city. Our trip became even less planned than it was before.
On this particular evening, it started to rain not long after we set up our tent. We snuggled up with some ginger ales, books and games and just enjoyed the night in our little orange pod. It was wonderful.
So here’s a start, there is much more, including volcanoes, magic mushrooms, sulfur lakes, fancy hotels and a lot of Lord of the Rings awesomeness. Stay tuned!
*at some point on this trip I developed some sort of photo fatigue and took hardly any photos, even though I wanted to. Luckily Shawn took a great deal and is kind enough to share.