We are building a tiny house!

I know we haven’t posted in a minute but we are super busy building a tiny house! Please check out our blog at SOUTH ISLAND TINY HOUSE. YAY! Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 8.22.26 PM

-Cori and Pat


Mount Aoraki/ Mount Cook

Being the thrifty person that I am, I found a great hotel and star gazing deal at Mt. Cook. It was a long drive but we made it. We saw so many good views on the way. The star gazing was cancelled but it was still well worth the trip. Enjoy the pics! e

P.S. On the drive back we made a pit stop at a beautiful lake, Lake Pukaki (next to Tekapo). Pat was skipping rocks when I made this hilarious video, usually he is quite good- but I caught a rare occasion where he failed in the biggest way. lol enjoy! http://youtu.be/9JswkbSYkDI


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A lovely walk in the Christchurch Gardens!

Christchurch is known for the gardens after it is called the Garden City. Fortunately plants, grass and trees don’t suffer from an earthquakes destruction as much as your average building, which is why many locals find visiting the gardens reassuring. It was a beautiful day when ventured out and were able to see the botanical gardens.

This is the view with the Christchurh Hospital behind you and the Canterbury Museum (which is FREE FREE FREE) in front of you!

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Beautiful old tree.


Inside the botanical gardens – TWO FLOORS!

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I have been known to enjoy some flowering plants now and again.

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Then we saw this lovely building, all damp and dewy inside, but the ferns love it!

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Christchurch Cathedral

The Christchurch Cathedral was began in 1864 and sits in the city center, inside Cathedral Square. It suffered substantial damage during both earthquakes, tourist still come and take its picture but for different reasons. Pat and I visited an educational toy store and saw this cool puzzle and decided to rebuild the Christchurch Cathedral. The package made it look so easy- but it was not a walk in the park.

This is the real thing:

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It now sits proudly above our tv. Shortly after its completion the base broke apart- and we never quite got the front door to sit into the right slots so it’s a church with an open door. We tried out best!

White Bait Fritters!

White bait fritters are an interesting New Zealand seasonal treat. They are caught in rivers and have a delicate taste when cooked inside a fritter. We spent about NZ$20 on our white bait. It turned out super YUM!

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Love, Pat and Cori (but mostly cori)

Weekend windy fun!

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Pat decided that we would go on a hike on Saturday morning! I should have known what I was getting into when he reminded me to grab a long sleeve shirt and a coat. It was quite windy and cold up there- but the views and clear air made it all worth it!


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Pat and cori