road trip

A few weeks ago I was approached by a magazine to ask if I'd work with them on their Christmas issue. I couldn't blog about it for copyright reasons but since I've been absent I've been working on that and have also been away on a road trip with Mr Tread Softly. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for a blog break.

Time was spent in Auckland trawling the fabric stores. Mr TS took a good book with him! Very wise! I'll leave my fabric buys to a later post.


image: sky tower auckland

Whilst meandering through Mount Eden, we stumbled across the most beautiful garden between two shop fronts. A building had obviously been pulled down at some stage and in it's place, a garden grew. Quite lovely.

Unexpected garden

image: unexpected garden auckland

Road trips are amazing here because all the state highways run through the towns and villages. Most have fabulous second-hand stores so there were plenty of stops! We decided to spent some time in Taupo which, as a friend quite rightly said, is an incredibly spiritual place.


image: the lake at taupo

For most of my life (until now) I've lived by the sea and being in Wairarapa where we're pretty much land locked, I miss it. Maybe that's why a felt so at peace in Taupo. I often experience that feeling of total contentment nowadays and spending time by the lake encouraged that. The view from our hotel room was so beautiful.

Room with a view

image: room with a view

More water. This time a visit to the Huka Falls. The noise was incredible.


image: huka falls taupo

And so, we're home now but planning the next road trip as I type!


image: desert road heading south

Until next time…


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  1. hi Alison, it’s so good to have you post and the great news about your work with the mag! congratulations ~ i so look forward to seeing your work in it.
    new zealand is so amazing, and your road trip photos breathtaking.
    xo, k.

  2. Wow! Exciting news. And I loved your trip photos – I know exactly what you mean about the calming properties of the water (lake or sea).

  3. Geraldine Atkinson

     /  September 30, 2008

    Hi Alison
    Its so nice to be reading your blog again – the photos are amazing.
    Congrats on the magazine connection, look forward to hearing more.
    I still love the door stop!

  4. The pictures are incredibly beautiful. I can only imagine how good it must be for the soul to see such beauty up close and personal.

  5. Gail

     /  September 30, 2008

    So good to have you back.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos, all seems a bit better in the world tonight.

  6. Oh my goodness, that garden looks like an oasis!

  7. Gorgeous photos! I particularly like the garden.
    And congratulations on the magazine job. Looking forward to reading that issue. I like how NZ H&G is including a lot more craft content these days…

  8. i popped over to pester you into posting again – only to find you had! yay!
    what exciting magazine news, i cannot wait to see what you come up with.
    welcome back 🙂

  9. Catherine

     /  October 1, 2008

    alison, looks like you and MR.TS had a lovely time and well done with the magazine….but…..thank god your blog is back, i was selfishly having withdrawls.
    regards catherine

  10. Welcome back! Looks like you have had a wonderful trip. xx

  11. Y

     /  October 1, 2008

    Yay! You’re back 🙂

  12. Hellloooooooooooo
    Hurray you are back. I missed you. Dont you think it is sweet how we all keep checking back to see in case you have returned. Today’s check paid off – you are back – yippeee! Hope you have been having a fun time. Did you get my previous email? I was asking for info about the pumpkin festival in Sussex. I am sure you know about it – sorry if you dont! Anway so good to have you back!
    Love Emma xxxxx

  13. Beautiful pictures! What a lovely unexpected garden.

  14. How exciting about the Dec issue of NZ House and Garden – really look forward to seeing it! And it’s nice to have you back blogging. 🙂

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