anniversary

Home Sweet Home

Tom and I recently celebrated three years together as a couple! Time fly's when you're working hard and having fun together! I often say "time is going so quickly" and Tom's response is "but think of the places we have been to and how much we have achieved".

To mark the occasion we put our gumboots on and went back my parents farm in Taranaki, the place I call home. It felt good not splashing out on an expensive meal and flash presents. At the end of the day it was just about being together.

It was also really good seeing my family. I don't get to go home as much as I would like to. We were only there for two days so we tried to make the most of it. Take a look at what we got up to...

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Just call me a 'professional sheep photographer'. Dad's farm is dairy and beef but we always did pet lambs as children. These two we seem to be stuck with, even in their adult years they are too friendly to send away.. despite Dad's wishes.

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I managed to convince/bribe my little brother into taking a photo with me and my sister. Take me back to being 7 years old when it was so hilarious to pull rabbit ears behind someones head. This is the best photo we got.

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I look forward to having more adventures with Tom. You can read all about our second year anniversary trip to Golden Bay here.

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Golden Bay

Last weekend my partner and I had our two year anniversary. We meet while studying at The Photo School. Tom and I make a really good team, he is my biggest inspiration.

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He had this special necklace made for my anniversary gift. It is a piece of argillite (pakohe) which he found on our last trip to Resolution Bay in The Marlborough Sounds.

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To celebrate the occasion we were treated to two nights accommodation at a fabulous holiday home in Pohara Beach, Golden Bay. Although the weather wasn't sunny for the whole weekend, the scenery was beautiful. We took a drive around the bays, stopping in Tata Bay where the sand was literally golden, something I haven't seen before.

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The highlight of our trip was traveling to Wharariki Beach via the Labyrinth Rocks Park, Collingwood (where we purchased some incredible Rosy Glow Chocolate) and Cape Farewell.

Labyrinth Rocks Park

Labyrinth Rocks Park

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Cape Farewell lookout

Cape Farewell lookout

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Once we arrived at Wharariki Beach we spent about 4 hours exploring the caves, rocks and sand dunes. We stayed for sunset and walked back to the car in the dark.

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Kissing the monkey rock face..

Kissing the monkey rock face..

Salt and vinegar chips, cheese sandwiches, fruit and chocolate, the best picnic for two.

Salt and vinegar chips, cheese sandwiches, fruit and chocolate, the best picnic for two.

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Driving back from Wharariki Beach along the gravel road.

Driving back from Wharariki Beach along the gravel road.

We had an awesome weekend! On our way back to Nelson we made a detour to Kaiteriteri, another golden sand holiday destination. I definitely want to spend more time here some day.

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It's nice to see more of the South Island before we move back to Wellington in October. This trip reminded me that we are so lucky here in NZ! It truly is 'the life'...