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Summer lovin’

What an absolutely stunning summer we are enjoying here in Auckland this year! It’s hot, dry and the locals will agree that it’s not even humid!

We were lucky to spend a few glorious days at a bach on Waiheke Island. So, this was our summer – beach fossicking, swimming, stunning views, and a few motorbike rides around the winding roads!

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But we are home now, and back into the DIY groove that has been off since our last big project. Of course this time of year lends itself to the outdoors, so we are tackling the backyard once again, with a pergola/playhouse in the pipeline. Pipeline – it’s a clue! Stand by…

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Holiday mode

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Once again, it’s kindy holidays and we’re living in an out-of-routine kind of world. More trips to the park, more play dates and more chaos reigning in the house.

So please be patient. Blog posts will be sporadic at most!

We spent our Easter weekend in total anti-social mode and finally got the screen panels and pergola up on the deck, finishing around 9pm on Monday night. So there are definitely pictures of that coming your way!

Small spaces: Castaway style

It’s Easter weekend! Well nearly… I’m entitled to jump the gun because my day started with an easter egg hunt. There’s still one out there somewhere that we couldn’t find, so if you’re wandering in The Gardens you’re welcome to it!

As kids we camped without fail every Easter weekend and egg hunts meant chasing each other around tents and up trees. It also meant long drop toilets and solar showers that never quite warmed you up with their measly drip system and the wind whipping around your feet. But the most memorable things were the campfires, ghost stories and hide and seek after dark.

And now there’s a new way to get those memories minus the smelly toilets and the long wait on a cloudy day for your shower to warm up. It’s glamping!

And it’s new-ish but not so new that your options are limited. In fact, you can experience this concept anywhere you like if you have the casssshhh and the phone number for Wildernest (cool name!).

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Speaking of cash, even the “permanent” glamping sites come more expensive than your average city hotel room but, obviously – no toasted marshmallows in your hotel room ok?

This one at Castaways on Kariotahi beach near Waiuku is pretty special. This place has amaaazing views and it’s got that wildness about it that makes New Zealand, well, New Zealand. And an outdoor bath here? Sold!

It’s run by Canopy Camping, who by the looks are adding new sites to their collection all the time, but they’re popular already folks – book ahead!

So would you do it? With heating and hot water on tap these holiday retreats are good for all year. Are you brave enough to try it instead of a hotel room?

All images from Canopy Camping and Wildernest – click them for direct links.

Small spaces: Cosy in Norway

Winter must be on its way… I keep grabbing onto images of blankets and fires and cosy spaces!

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This Norwegian holiday cabin featured on the Citta Design blog a few days ago and I’ve been saving it up to share here for Small spaces this week.

In our travels around Scandinavia far too many years ago we fell in love with the rocky landscape. Despite its barrenness it doesn’t feel too harsh because look at those rocks – all the edges have been softened off them by the weather and they’re just right for embedding a holiday hideout into!

Inside, things are very Scandinavian, which looks great of course, but I’d move in with a pile more blankets and books and a basket full of slippers!

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I love this image, because it shows how the architects (Erik Kolman Janouch and Victor Boye Julebäk) worked with the landscape, and the house was built to fit, rather than modifying the landscape to suit the desired house.

Erik Kolman Janouch och Victor Boye JulebakPretty awesome right?! I can definitely see myself cooking up a real hot chocolate on that wood stove, watching the kids rock hopping out the window with scarves and boots and hats and mittens. And Andre would be out playing hunter-gatherer and fossicking for firewood.

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Small spaces: A brick cottage

My brain is a little stuck on brick this week. Y’all know there’s a pile of bricks in our backyard? That pile is slowly turning into something A-MAAA-zing and I can’t wait to share some photos!

Oh, to live in a small brick cottage with a red door and garden at the front.

But today I just have this sweet little cottage deep in the woods of NJ (or forest as we say down here). I’m not sure I could live permanently in something so enclosed (I need my sunshine) but wouldn’t this be such a relaxing place to escape to? I can see picnics on the grass and kids running barefoot in the forest in the summer. And in the winter, it’d be the ideal place to curl up in a king sized duvet by the fire with a stack of books!

On that note… the weather in Auckland is eerily in line with the calendar, and the first day of Autumn came with a marked change from hot and steamy to suddenly very chilly and we’re all scrambling for slippers and dressing gowns and cardigans and socks.

Awww, bye summer…

Small Spaces: Caravanning in retro style

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It’s that time of year (down in the summery south) when we’re all dreaming of sand between our toes. And caravans get dusted off!

I had the pleasure of a coffee catch-up with my cousin yesterday, who was bemoaning the idea of heading off on a caravan holiday soon… in very retro style. However, not just retro in style, but rather retro in condition apparently!

Because it won’t be me putting up with less than comfy conditions and a leaky roof, I’m just excited for her at the potential… Maybe next year it’ll be looking more like some of these beauties I’ve been ogling this afternoon…

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Love Vintage Caravans offers these pretty ladies (they have names like Mary-Lou and Lola and Polly!) for sale or for event hire.

If you’re lucky enough to have yourself a caravan already, these guys also have the perfect wares to make retro condition magic into retro style!

They say “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy caravans and wares and they are kind of the same thing” – cute!

A no DIY weekend

If you’re wondering why things are happening a little slowly here in the Duck Egg Blue house at the moment, one of the reasons is we keep taking off to some place else!

A few weeks ago it was to spend time with good friends in Christchurch, and last weekend we packed our bags again and headed north to Baylys Beach. It’s one of those places that make you realise why New Zealand is such a special country.

Of course there was some second hand shopping, but alas we came away with nothing. Always, always worth a look though!

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But for the most part of the weekend we got a fresh dose of sunshine and sea air, and sand between our toes – bliss! We could totally forgive the cold wind, because of the promise of summer in the sunshine.

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Family rides on the motorbike (yes, all four of us!): 1008_1613

With Miss E up front (she looooved it!):

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This surely must be the worlds most stunning official highway?1008_1620By the way, construction of the deck is underway. I’m listening to sawing and hammering right now! It’s a beautiful sound.