These monthly recaps give me the chance to keep you updated on what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been, and what’s to come on the blog. It also gives me a chance to share more about myself, my interests, and current obsessions.
September has flown by in an absolute blur. I feel like the month had only just begun, yet here we are right at the end of it. So, let’s recap shall we?
During September I went home for a long weekend. It was so great to see ALL of my immediate family and spend some good old quality time with them. This was a really special trip home for me, as it was the first time my family has been together (and all under the one roof, to boot!) for at least four or five years. Nine people in one house for two whole days was pretty full on. We’re all just as crazy as ever. But it was so fun, and it filled my heart with joy to hang out like we used to.
My parents and little sister live in Central Otago, which has to be one of the most glorious spots in New Zealand. I love being surrounded by the mountains, with a big beautiful lake right on our doorstep. The weather was perfect (if a little windy), and it was lovely to escape the concrete jungle that I now call home.
What’s for eating?
September turned out to be a great month, food-wise. (Read: I ate out a lot). But, Central Otago is plentiful in the food and wine department, so it would be rude not to! I got to try some amazing meals during my short stint home…
My sisters and I were going to hit up the Sundeck for a cheeky drink before dinner, but it was just too crowded (not to mention all the smokers up there), so instead, we popped downstairs to their Lounge. It was such a cool and cosy location, and their drinks were spectacular. Hello, Happy Hour!
The Lone Star was one of my favourite restaurants to go to in New Zealand. It’s the kind of place you go to celebrate your birthday, graduation, or really just for a nice meal out. Their portion sizes are huge, the food delicious and hearty, and the atmosphere is just superb. As we were spending a little bit of time in Queenstown before heading to my folk’s house, my sisters and I went there for dinner, and it was just as good as I remember.
My Mum’s favourite place to go in Cromwell is Armando’s Kitchen. It’s a cute little café by the lake in Historic Cromwell, and their speciality (aside from the cinnamon scrolls) is wholesome Italian food. We all went there for lunch, and also for a coffee during our long weekend together, and I can definitely see why it’s her favourite.
Finally, in Arrowtown, you’ll find a little place called Saffron. My sisters and I took my Mum there for lunch on my last day in New Zealand, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our fine dining experience. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic, and it was a lovely atmosphere for a ladies’ luncheon.
Back home in Victoria, my partner and I took a road trip. During our adventure, we went to the Paperbark Cafe at Kuranga Native Nursery in Mount Evelyn, and The Waterboy Cafe in Cowes: both had an excellent atmosphere and delicious food!
I didn’t even get the chance to pick up a book this month! As you know, I have a few on my ‘to read’ list, so I’m hoping to get through it over the next year or two. I tend to take a bit of a break between reads, let the story sit in my consciousness for a while before escaping into another world; but I think I’m about ready to get stuck into a new book very soon.
Game of Thrones! Need I say more? What an epic season we had this year. Yes, some parts were a little WTF, but I’m looking forward to seeing where they take it in the next one.
On a different note, my sisters and I started watching The Good Place while I was in NZ and it became an instant hit! I’m sad that I won’t be able to watch it with them anymore, but I’m definitely going to keep watching to see what trouble Eleanor gets up to.
This month I have gone down an absolute rabbit-hole of scrap-booking and process videos on YouTube. I love watching how other people put their layouts together and set up their Travelers Notebooks, and also finding out where they get their supplies from. The worst part is, I haven’t even started on my own yet! But I have some really great photos from my weekend in New Zealand, which I am going to start working with this week.
My family and I love to play games (board games, video games, mind games…), so we spent a decent amount of time playing Monopoly Empire, Cards Against Humanity (#awkward), and BUZZ!. My brother and sisters also found out their personality types, which was a real eye-opener!
In Zelda news, I managed to rope my partner (who has never played Zelda before, EVER) to fight the Divine Beast Ganon’s for me (cos I’m terrible at combat), so now I’ve (ahem, he’s) freed two of the four beasts, which makes me really happy.
At the very beginning of the month, we went along to the Symphony of the Goddesses, hosted by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. It covers 30 years of Zelda history, and it was so magical to hear the scores played live, as we watched video clips from the games. It was held in Hamer Hall, which I’ve never been to before, and was so lovely to see so many other Zelda fans in the one place!
The remainder of the year looks to be quiet on the travel front, although no doubt we’ll spend some weekends away to escape the city for a bit. At this stage, the calendar is clear, which is unsettling for a wanderluster such as myself. I’m already thinking about where we can go to next, or where we should revisit over the coming months. Watch this space!
The art of European bed making and why I love it
I did not expect this post to be so popular, but every month it sits at the top! I guess I’m not the only bed obsessive around these parts, which is good to see.
The very best way to spend a short stopover in Singapore
If you’ve got a good taxi driver, a few bucks in your pocket, and a little bit of time up your sleeve, then read on!
Getting ‘Lost’ in Oahu
We are huge Lost fans, so during our first trip to Hawaii, we spent a great deal of time finding and exploring filming locations from the show.
Tips for getting through airport screening and passport control
The beginning of a trip is the most exciting part. Until you have to go through screening, that is. But, it doesn’t have to be a bad time. Here are some tips to get you through with little fuss so you can start enjoying your adventure.
I’m still obsessed with my 1 Second Everyday app! Although it can be hard to remember to take a video each day. I mean, some days just don’t feel worthy! But, I really enjoy looking back over the weeks and months that have gone by, so I’m definitely going to keep documenting life in this way. Here is what I got up to in September…