It’s Thursday! I’ve had a long day at the library (which to me is shocking considering I am only in my 3rd week of uni and have no assignments for another 5 weeks) and I have been saving some things to share that have made me giggle.

The truth about reading

The truth about reading

This happens to me after most of the books I read, sometimes I even find myself reading super slowly to put off finishing a book.

Yeah so do I.

And finally a very sad, sad place…

so very sad

On the plus side it’s St Paddys day this Saturday, Mr Apple is going home to Melbourne to celebrate it in style (lucky). I’m also lucky Ms Organised and I have got some pretty sweet outfits (including green tights!) and BFAHB is coming into town. It’s supposed to be 21c so fingers crossed.



The weather, so much rain! Which meant I spent the day at the library.

The sheer amount of reading I have to do for ONE Social Work lecture.


too much reading.

Having a sinus infection and waking up all gross and blocked up.

Buttons falling off new coats. Sad panda.

The shark finning piece on 60 minutes. Come on NZ!


Nigella Lawsons Roast Chicken Pasta, which Mr Apple and I had for dinner tonight.

This and this. I love waffles sooo much when I showed Mr Apple he actually laughed out loud.

Getting Save the Date bookmarks started (I think they’ll look awesome)

Hot chocolates made for me by Ms. Organised, who also went out to brunch with me on Saturday where I had this…


Chicken and Leek pie

Honestly who knew that editing and watermarking photos could take so long?! I have chosen 8 of my favourite photos to share here and I hope you enjoy them. When I travel I try not to take too many photos because I think that means that you miss out on the experience of being where you are so this explains why I have only chosen these few photos.

Punta Arenas, Chile

I took this in the local market that occurs in the town square. I loved all the colours of the necklaces and thought it would make an interesting photo.

Glacier Alley, Beagle Channel, Chile

One of the most remote places I have ever been, each glacier is named after a country in Europe. Above is ‘Italy’. Sadly due to global warming the glacier has receded quite dramatically.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Considered the southernmost city in the world (bummer for Dunedin) and pronounced Uswaia, it is the capital of Tierra Del Fuego. The town is absolutely tiny (and has the world only Irish pub that doesn’t serve Guinness?!) so we went on a hike through one of the national parks. The broken trees in the picture are a result of a large beaver population, the sort of triangle pile to the right is actually a beaver house. Who knew there were beavers in Argentina?

Falkland Islands/Malvinas

One of the most surreal places I have ever visited. An archipelago in the South Atlantic east of South America it is extremely British which is a bit of a shock after being in a few Spanish speaking places. Prince William is there at the moment, sadly I didn’t see him (not really that sad) but I did get to see a colony of Gentoo penguins and this little guy came extremely close allowing me to take some awesome photos.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

While in Buenos Aires we were lucky enough to visit Caminito in the La Boca District. The streets are full of brightly coloured buildings and tango dancers as well as loads of musicians (the man above is playing the Bandoneon which is similar to the accoridion and apparently takes years to master.

Montevideo, Uruguay

We visited a farm in Uruguay where I fell in love with the horses. The native horse in Uruguay is the Criollo which is a descendant of the Andalusian. They are endurance horses (coming second to the Arab) and have a fantastic temperament. If I could I would have taken this chestnut home with me.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

KONY 2012

Africa, and the issues that surround it will always be, I think, a topic of wide debate. The Kony video has helped many people sit up and take note of the problems that the people of Africa face. However I think (and I speak as someone from Africa) too often Africa and its people are portrayed as helpless and the rest of the world tries to be a hero. While it’s not a bad thing, I also think it is important that we listen to many perspectives and especially those who are right there. I believe that this is an important point to remember when we are going to any country that is less fortunate than us in terms of political and economic status. This lady is sharing her own view of the issue and her voice should also be heard.

Africa <3


…is a challenge. Especially on a student budget and when you have a love for pasta. However when the sun shines in Dunedin, I find it a little bit easier to eat healthily (this is backed up by the fact that I’ve also been sick and have been craving vegetables). So todays balmy 18c seemed the perfect day to have salad for lunch. I copied a recipe out at work a few weeks ago that I’ve been meaning to try out and it really hit the spot. It combines the great things in the food world…avocado, cherry tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.



1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half

mozzarella (I used about 1/4 of a ball)

1 1/2 avocado, diced

1/3 cup basil

1/4 lemon juice

1/4 olive oil

salt and pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Set aside

2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over tomato mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and put in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

3. Just before serving the salad, stir in the chopped avocado.

Leap Year

I always look forward to leap years because of the Olympics, in fact when I was in primary school I answered a test question “When do leap years occur?” and instead of writing every four years, I wrote the year that the Olympics take place. I still think I was kind of right. I kind of wish I could be in London for the Olympics and after being in Rio I think they have a long way to go before they are ready.

My favourite sport is the equestrian and the gymnastics (seriously how do they do some of those moves), so when this video was released it got me quite excited. We have a strong contingent of Kiwi riders so I am hoping that we can get a medal (hopefully a gold)