Twelve Apostles

Just a short four-hour drive from Melbourne (yes, in Australia, four hours is a pretty short drive) along the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find the famous Twelve Apostles, magnificent rock stacks rising up majestically from the sea. Created by millions of years of erosion of the limestone cliff walls, these formations were left isolated from the shoreline and now stand up to forty-five meters tall.

Their beauty cannot be adequately described, and my pictures do not do them justice. You’ll have to go and see them for yourself. While you’re there, take the 86 stairs of Gibson’s Steps down the side of a 70 meter cliff wall to the beach, and let the tide swirl in around your ankles. Just don’t linger too long – there’s only one way back up!

An Unexpected Journey.

One of my favourite day trips of our entire journey to New Zealand was the day we spent at Hobbiton. I knew it was going to be fun to walk around the set of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but I was completely unprepared for just how utterly adorable the Shire was going to be. See for yourself:

Dreaming of New Zealand

We recently returned from a five week journey through New Zealand and Australia. Australia had been on my husband’s bucket list for, well, ever. And while it was every bit as amazing as we dreamed it would be, the place that really captured our hearts was New Zealand. The scenery is impossibly beautiful, and the people are the friendliest we’ve ever met. We can’t wait to go back some day. Here are some pictures to remind us of the beautiful day we spent driving to Cape Reinga, one of the northernmost parts of New Zealand’s North Island.

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Favourite Thirteen

2013 has been my first year of photography. The year I vowed to take my camera off “auto” and never go back. With the year coming to a close, I’ve been reflecting upon my favourite images of 2013. I’m not a pro by any means, and I know the photos aren’t perfect, but they show who I really am, and what’s important to me, so I thought I’d share them with you.

Happy New Year to my blog followers – may 2014 bring you peace, love and much happiness.

Clouds rolling in over Stonehenge. My favourite day in England.

Clouds rolling in over Stonehenge. My favourite day in England.

When the ground thaws, we should fix this fence. For now, what an interesting winter scene it makes!

When the ground thaws, we should fix this fence. For now, what an interesting winter scene it makes!

Colourful bird houses line this garden fence at Hummingbird & Roses on Nova Scotia's eastern shore.

Colourful bird houses line this garden fence at Hummingbird & Roses on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore.

Cheerful brown eyed susans hug the fenceline on this warm, early autumn day.

Cheerful brown eyed susans hug the fenceline on this warm, early autumn day.

The first day of retirement for Sunny. She settles in nicely with her new "herd".

The first day of retirement for Sunny. She settles in nicely with her new “herd”.

Warming up "Q" for our first test of our first show of the year.  We won overall championship for the weekend. Love that little horse.

Warming up “Q” for our first test of our first show of the year. We won overall championship for the weekend. Love this little horse.

Sunny, dreaming of warmer days and greener pastures.

Sunny, dreaming of warmer days and greener pastures.

Part of the fence line at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm succumbs to its heavy load of snow.

Part of the fence line at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm succumbs to its heavy load of snow.

The windows, balconies and architecture of Paris are unmistakable. When I walk down a street and see a scene like this, I know exactly where I am.

The windows, balconies and architecture of Paris are unmistakable. When I walk down a street and see a scene like this, I know exactly where I am.

These flags, hanging in the cathedral in Salisbury, were carried into battle by the Wiltshire regiment.

These flags, hanging in the cathedral in Salisbury, were carried into battle by the Wiltshire regiment.

While wandering through the aviary at Waddesdon Manor, I noticed this sweet little blue bird peering out at me.

While wandering through the aviary at Waddesdon Manor, I noticed this sweet little blue bird peering out at me.

Preparing for my mom's annual family Christmas dinner.

Preparing for my mom’s annual family Christmas dinner.

We spent a few hours at the top of the tower on our second wedding anniversary. As we left and turned to walk back to our hotel, the tower lights came on. Just for us.

We spent a few hours at the top of the Eiffel Tower on our 2nd wedding anniversary. As we left to walk back to our hotel, the tower lights came on.