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Hi there dear readers,

Over the last few days, I have been working out how to get myself my own spanky corner of the WWW. And guess what? With a bit of help from Mary and Amanda – I have done it! (I think). There might be a few things that need a bit of a tidy up – but I will get to that soon.

So head on over to Chandeleah, update your readers (very important) and blogrolls (if you are so kind to have me on yours 😉 ) and say hi!

As they say in Thailand – Same Same…but different!

xx Leah


Today marks the anniversary of my beloved Granny’s passing. In her memory, I thought I would share this short montage that I made for her funeral last year.

Note: thanks to awesome (not) copyright issues, the audio is disabled. But the three songs featured (as chosen by Iris) were Sail Along Silvery Moon by Billy Vaughn, Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler, and We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn.

Bronnie tagged me in the latest meme – one where I need to show you my handwriting. I have about 4 different style of handwriting, which all depends on how busy I am. I type more than I write these days, so my hand tends to start hurting after a small exercise like this! Must write more.

Anyway – here we go!

1. What is your name/blogger name? Leah Evans/ leahevansnz

2. What is the url of your blog?

3. Write “The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Brown Dog”. Also agree, only one “brown”. See the evidence here – the dog is yellow anyway 😉

4. Write your favourite quotation? “If it’s got tyres or testicles – it’s gonna give you problems”. No idea who said it, but it was on the wall of a restaurant I went to in 2007 called Elmo in Chelsea, NYC (and I have loved it ever since).

5. What is your favourite song? Golden Love, Midnight Youth

6. What music do you like right now? Fleetwood Mac, Glee, anything by kiwi artists.

7. Is there anything else you would like to add about your handwriting? It can change from this to this depending on how busy I am!

8. What three bloggers do you want to follow suit? Amanda! Jane! Nat!

Last weekend, Jase and I went to a wedding where We Do Photography brought their freakin awesome photobooth along. Oh man, did we have some laughs. Some of the pics that came out of it were hilarious!

Here are just a few pearler’s that we took.

Great laughs, great times!

Thanks to I have 10 lucky winners of a mini Trilogy gift.

The winners are:

1. Brena
2. Genevieve
6. Annalie
8. Wayne
14. Megan
15. Natalie
16. Dayne
17. Cathy
18. Ness
22. Dianna

I will email you all and get your wee prize out to you this week. Enjoy!


Lovely ladies – I have 10 mini Trilogy packs to give away!

I have used Trilogy on my skin for about 4 years now, and I love how it is natural and makes my skin feel fresh and clean.

Each mini bag has a super cute lemongrass & green tea candle , a 10ml Cream Cleanser tube, a 10ml Vital Moisturising Cream tube, and samples of their signature Certified Organic Rosehip oil and nutrient plus firming serum. All of it comes in a gorgeous wee bag – which is great for storing makeup or jewellery in afterwards.

All you need to do is leave me a comment saying you want to win below by Sunday 30 January 🙂 How much easier could it be?!

*entrants must be in New Zealand for postage reasons

A photo a day? Really?! I was admiring those who have done it in the past, and commenting on how amazing those who are committed to doing it this year are – when one turned to me and said “you know, you could do it too…”

Could I? Well – I am not going to know unless I try right?

The 365 Project is a photography project where you document a year of your life by taking a daily photo. I hope it will improve my photography, help document my 2011 FREE year, and add to my creativity.

So here goes – the start of my very own 365 project. Fingers crossed I make it to the end!


The first day of the new year, we woke up in our tent at Castlepoint

We set up camp at Waiohine Gorge in a secluded leafy shady culvert

Our clear, deep and cool swimming hole at Waiohine Gorge


Amazing clouds in the sky

My latest obsession – Eat Right For Your Type

Back to work and already the diary is filling up


How I spent most of our holiday – in the hammock (this was the Christmas present that I bought for Jase, but quickly adopted it as my own. Best Christmas Present Ever).

A few of the blogs I read have recently mentioned Ali Edward’s One Little Word concept. Each year, Ali chooses a word for the year. What is this word for? In her words:

“You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities”

I’ve been thinking about my word for 2011 and one that keeps cropping up is FREE.

2010 was a pretty tough awful year for me, despite the outward smiles. I want to be free of that past year, and feel the freedom that 2011 will bring.

Free to me means being at liberty, spontaneous and easy. I am looking forward to my year of FREE.

January - Kayaked & tramped the Abel Tasman, tripped around the Westcoast, and camped at Holdsworth

February - we glammed up for a wedding, and I crewed for a media team at Coast to Coast

March - my beloved Granny passed away after a long struggle. I locked myself in a room in Rotorua & wrote my award entry in her memory. I am smiling, but my eyes are sad - I think this picture says a lot

April - a weekend of wine tasting in Martinborough and seeing the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra perform

May - visited the bestie in Brisbane, met up with girls I went to school with when I was 14 and hadn't seen since (nothing has changed!), and won Young Practitioner of the Year (for Granny)

June - Spent the month gallivanting around Greece and sailing through the Greek Islands - on the Mamma Mia tour 😉

July - I turned 26. Emily came to stay and we had a ragey night out on the town

August - we visited Staglands, Maranui cafe, had a Wellington Day Out and went to Parliament! I also started this blog 🙂

September - I sat my APR exams, we went to Otaki beach for a blow out and I completed my Learn Something New Every Day Album

October - I passed my exams (yay!), went to Somes Island, went camping at Catchpool Valley and caught the Overlander to Auckland for my brother's 21st

November - Graduation! Also the month of moving out of our house and selling up large

December - a trip to NYC, time spent with Mina, Christmas parties and ended with family and friends at the beach. Byebye 2010!

Goodbye 2010 - Hello 2011

It’s nearly Christmas – I fly to Auckland to be with my family tomorrow and I can’t wait! At the moment Jase and I still do separate Christmasses, although the “year about” thing has definitely come up this year. Next year it will just be us on the other side of the world so we better make the most of our last family Christmas!

This is what I am looking forward to this year:

Decorating the tree - mum has saved it for me to do!

Seeing my doggie, Chloe

Waking up to this view

Setting the table fo Christmas lunch

Popping the champers for breakfast off the deck


and a day spent with Family 🙂

I am also looking forward to Boxing day, because some of my awesome friends are coming up to the beach for a BBQ! Can’t wait to see them all, especially the two who are over from Brissie!

BBQ at the Beach (2009)

BBQ at the Beach (2009)


Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great one, wherever in the world you may be. See you in 2011!


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