Wednesday, January 9, 2013

home again, home again...

We flew back from New Zealand on Sunday *cries* It was lovely to be home again (particularly to pick up the pusscats), but we're sad that our holiday is officially over and we're back to reality.


Time for one last cinnamon-topped cappuccino in Dunedin - enjoying this book very much!


Koru lounge, Christchurch airport - heading home


Some essential take-home goodies from NZ!

V and I have this week off work also, returning next Monday, so have been very much enjoying relaxing, letting the holiday vibe continue as much as possible


After nearly 3 weeks away from home, breakfast at lee&me was an absolute necessity on our first morning home!


Yummy granola with fruit salad and yoghurt...


V celebrated our return by bringing home a bunch of hydrangea for me, yay!


They make a pretty centrepiece...


I am still traumatised by Tuesday's horribly hot weather - 43degrees, wtf? The RFS catastrophic-fire-danger warning text was a bit scary! Much homemade lemonade was consumed


Jade did not cope with the extreme heatwave-like conditions - her solution was to hide her face and play dead on the bed


Jasper found the whole situation rather amusing...


Something cool and uncomplicated was called for at lunchtime - salad inspired by the lovely Heidi!


As it was clearly too hot to cook, we headed out for dinner with the inlaws, somewhere nice and delicious and airconditioned - giving my new Nicola Finetti LBD an outing!


Friends of ours upgraded their lounge suite recently, and were looking to get rid of this less-than-a-year-old, chocolate leather beauty. We snapped it up! Sooooo comfortable. Love!

  
To celebrate the cool change, I made a slow-cooked white bean and vegetable chilli for dinner tonight - you can find the recipe here! (I tweaked it slightly and added a tin of chopped tomatoes and some paprika)

How has the week been treating you all?
xoxo

23 comments:

  1. The cats are adorable! Yesterday was horrible, I spent the day trying not to move.

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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    1. Yepyep I was the same - if I sit really still maybe I won't melt hehe x

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  2. I love the wrap/cardi in your airport photo, where is it from? :)

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  3. Cate the photos of your kitties always make me laugh. They seem to have gorgeous little personalities.

    I'm suffering end-of-holiday / return-to-work blues too. Need to plan another get away to look forward to.

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    1. They do have such funny distinct personalities! Not looking forward to going back to the saltmines on Monday *cries* x

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  4. Welcome back and happy new year!

    Your trip looked so great, making me want to go back to NZ.

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    1. Thanks hun happy new year to you too!
      I feel like I'm working for the NZ tourism board heh x

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  5. That heat was ridiculous!!
    I went out to dinner that night too and it was still 38 degrees at 9pm!!

    That dress looks great on you
    xxx

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    1. Thanks hun <3 We nearly died when we walked out of the restaurant that night and it was still sweltering blerch! x

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  6. Welcome home. I love NZ: you are so lucky that it is part of your DNA x

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    1. Thanks hun! I do love NZ with a patriotic fervor hehe x

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  7. I love your NF black dress, so stylish! haha my cats do the face-hiding thing when it's hot too. don't know how it helps, but it's cute x

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    1. Thanks Rach!
      I think our cats must be thinking "if I hide my face maybe I'll disappear and go somewhere cooler" hehe x

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  8. That soup looks and sounds delish!

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    1. 'twas very yummy! Easy to make too x

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  9. Your cats are so funny! And I love how your soup almost matches the photo of the recipe! I think it's just a positive reflection of both your cooking and the original recipe :)

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    1. Thanks Cecilia! It's so unusual for my recipes to turn out looking like the photo! x

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  10. Happy New Year!

    I'm intrigued - what is Energy chocolate?

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  11. Happy New Year!

    That salad looks delish and refreshing, I'll have to go check out Heidi's recipe.

    Scary to hear about the fire alerts but glad to hear you're safe :)

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  12. Cappucino&Cinnamon&Chanel - sounds perfect!

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