This is our view this morning as we sip our hot coffees and watching Little E picking up rocks in the playground. Queenstown really is such a beautiful place. It reminds us of Switzerland, with its snow capped mountains views. I can’t help but feel very blessed and thankful.
Lady Knox geyser at the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland – waiting for the eruption, artificially induced using natural soap. Little E loved it so much, he continued clapping on the way back to the car!
The Hobbiton!!! I don’t think I need much more explanation or reasons why this is one of the trip highlights so far. At least for me. Little E didn’t really enjoy the tour as he was made to pose in almost each of the Hobbit holes. We also kept on having to go in the opposite direction he wanted to go to
We’re off to Dunedin in the morning!
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I first heard of this poem in one of my English classes back in highschool. It is one of those poems that just grabbed me and I forever have it at the back of my mind. Never in a million years I would think that my life, the journey I have been forced to take and I have chosen to remain on, would be one of those roads less traveled. It is hard, it is difficult, and it is definitely lonely. On this journey, I don’t have a companion who truly understands me, not even Mr E. Though he is forever with me, drying my tears, dusting the dirt off my knees, fighting my fears, cheering me on to continue. My loyal supporter.
I hope one day, where I can finally see glimpses of light emanating from the end of the tunnel, I will be rewarded. That I will finally realise I have made the right decision. Until then, I hope my strength persevere, my faith in God remains firm and he I love, whom I’ve left behind, will forgive me and come back to me.
Whenever I am feeling a little down and sad, scrolling through my photo album on my phone never fail to remind me that I am loved and very blessed. Here are my favourite photos I took recently that made me smile:
My dad inlaw, my future sister inlaw and I share a love for seafood. I think it is definitely something that my dad inlaw cherishes, as my mum inlaw and all his sons aren’t seafood lovers. Here’s a plate of oysters that he surprised me with (along with a glass of champagne) while we were at the Food and Wine Festival this year.
Since my little man has mastered his walking, we’ve been going on morning walks around the block on days I’m home. He loves saying hello (from a long safe distance) to the dogs a few doors down, and it gets him all puffed ready to nap when we get home.
Something that I am excited about is making bento boxes for Little E when he goes to school. I have been eyeing a few tools to help me, which I will get if I can’t find any on my trip. In the meantime, I have been practicing with Mr E’s lunches. This was one of his lunches last week – a burger complete with a smiley face patty
When I can’t think of anything fun to do with Little E during the day, we make our way to Maccas nearby. I get to have my caffeine dose, with a matching babyccino for him, and he gets to play in the playground. He doesn’t always play in it, sometimes preferring to run around chasing birds instead. He truly is the apple of my eyes
What do you do to make yourself feel better instantly when you are getting blues?
Take a Spaghetti Squash, cut into bits to fit into your steamer then steam. When cooked, use a fork to create your “spaghetti”. Serve with your choice of sauce then top with (heaps of) grated parmesan cheese.
Little E ate two helpings of it last night! We all agree that he liked it
For my Canberra readers, I bought the squash at the Belconnen Farmers Market.