Living My Real Life

Happy weekend my friend! Yay! Even though it’s been a short week, it feels like it’s taken forever – maybe that’s because we switched back from daylight savings.

Today we’re off to Dunedin which is in the lower part of theSouth Island. It’s a long drive, and you need to take the ferry across Cook’s Strait, but it only takes an hour and a half to fly.

Dunedin is a very historical city.  It’s also a university city, being home to the oldest university in New Zealand.  

Baldwin Street

Dunedin also boasts that it is the home of the steepest street in the World (it was until June 2019, and then it lost its status to Ffordd Pen Llech, in Harlech, Wales, then it was reinstated. You can find the story behind that here.

OK, I don’t care if it has the award or not, I’ve climbed it, and I believe it to be true. I do have photographic proof, I just couldn’t find it at the time of writing this.

Guinness Word Records

Beautiful Historic Buildings

Dunedin is known for its beautiful buildings. I love old architecture and Dunedin does not disappoint.

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station is an especially beautiful building.  It was built in 1906 and is considered one of the World’s most beautiful railway stations.

The ornate detail inside this building is just incredible. It hosts a jumble of styles including Gothic, Edwardian and Victorian.

First Church of Otago

I have a real love of old churches.  Just ask my family – when we are travelling, I’m always crying out, “Stop, I want to take a photo of that church!”

The First Church of Otago is just stunning.  It’s pretty much right in the city centre, just a few moments walk from the shops. The church was designed by Robert Lawson to replicate the Norman cathedrals of England. It was opened in 1873.

The stained glass windows are amazing.

Lenarch Castle

Dunedin is also home to one of the very few castles in New Zealand.  I am fascinated by Lenarch Castle.

Can’t you just imagine having tea in this very beautiful veranda.

From the Castle, you can see the City as you look out over the water.

I just love the historic buildings and the grandeur that is on display in Dunedin.  

We when went to Dunedin last, we were treated to a bit of a tour by my cousin who lives there.  He took us to see the penguins. It took us quite a while to get there – we had to climb over the sand dunes (which was fine going down but it coming up, not so much!). Note: These are not the sand dunes.  This was the nice sloping walk down the hill after we had traversed the sand dunes.

We were treated to a look at this pair climbing up the hill to their nest.

For the Thrill Seekers

If you’re more into seeking some thrills than looking at historical buildings, there’s always a ride in a jet boat. Fast, furious and exciting! Note: I have not done this personally but I have been on a jet boat when I was young and loved it!

That’s it for our virtual tour today.

On the Blog This Week

I shared a huge building project on the blog this week as well as a jewellery tutorial.

Braided Cuff Bracelet

I had fun this week playing with different ways to use memory wire.  The result was this braided cuff bracelet. I really enjoyed the challenge of making this bracelet.

The combination of gold and silver beads together also really spoke to me – I just love mixing metals in my creations.

Braided Cuff Bracelet

Rebuilding the Kitchen Floors

I also shared the details of how we replaced the kitchen floors – from diagnosing the problem, right through to the finished flooring.If you would like to see all the ugliness of what we discovered and how we fixed it, read all about it here.

Around the Web

This week’s collection of posts is about eating, entertaining and self-care.  All important things.

The Perfect Breakfast Nook

I was really excited when I saw this! It’s exactly what I need in our dining area.  You won’t believe the before and after transformation of this space.

This Dear Casa

Outdoor Table Setting

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere we are fall nesting and moving inside, although we’ve had some really great days this week, it’s feeling cold today.  For my Northern Hemisphere friends you are moving outdoors after a particularly long, hard winter, so this week I’m sharing this wonderful table setting.

Faith and Farmhouse

Patio Décor

While we’re on the subject of outdoor entertaining, I saw this beautiful patio makeover.  Where I live, this wouldn’t work as it’s too wet and windy, but if you live in place with little wind, or a sheltered patio, this could be wonderful.

Sanctuary Home Decor

Self-Care This Spring

I enjoyed reading this post about ways to practice self-care.  While this post is particular to Spring, it’s actually really important all year round, especially this year.  I thought I’d share it so you too can enjoy some much-deserved self-care.

Pinecones and Acorns

Well, that’s all from me this week. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here next week.

I hope enjoyed this trip to Dunedin

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April 10, 2021