I have finished scrapping our travels to the UK and Singapore and am now waiting for the photobook to arrive from Shutterfly.
Here are the pages of the last few days we spent in Singapore:
Taxis being so cheap and plentiful in Singapore, we usually use them to get around when we are there.
But this time we were staying right next to an MRT station and got ourselves organised with visitor tourist passes for unlimited travel on buses and the MRT trains.
It was quite an expedition to get to the zoo (a long train ride to Choa Chu Kang then a bus to the zoo) but it made this sign at the zoo by the tiger exhibit particularly meaningful to us, as the photo on it was taken at Choa Chu Kang where we had just been:
And, of course, we also walked a lot - taking photos of the street scenes along the way:
To scrap them I used the new "Merge in Style" photobook templates from Designer Digitals:
And Merrilee has been using them for her own lovely pages of travels in the US:
While Irene scrapped a day out in the Netherlands:
I did dance classes for a few years when I was little.
I loved the tutus that my mother sewed, and I think I liked the IDEA of being on stage - but the truth is I always felt completely lost and just going through the motions copying the other kids. One of my strongest childhood memories is the feeling of relief when the recital was over and I could get my hands on the new book my mother would have promised me as a reward.
Thankfully Daughter-Two loves everything about being on stage:
I used the new Margot dance kit from Designer Digitals:
It was a gorgeous sunny, still day earlier in the week and, as every Wellingtonian knows, you have to grab those days when they come along because pretty soon it's bound to be blowing a gale again.
Daughter-Two's bus card needing topping up so I decided to walk down the hill to Aro Valley to do it, rather than just going to the local shops. It's the route her sister takes to University most days.
Top of the hill:
And the view going down:
And, as I walked, I began thinking about garages. Because I have owned five houses so far in my life - and not one of them has had a garage.
As long as I stay in central Wellington that is unlikely to change.
But it IS possible to have a garage - or at least a carpad tp park on - provided you are prepared to make certain ... compromises.
Lots of them have little signs on saying "for cars and light vans only", which frankly doesn't fill me with much confidence.
But I don't mind not having a garage.
I am just glad we have only a short path to walk up to our house.
When I was a student I briefly lived in the cream coloured house in the middle of the trees in the next photo. No, there is no road up that hill, just a very steep flight of steeps leading to the house. It's what is known as a "walk- up" in local real estate lingo.
The walk I took was much more enjoyable, and as I got closer to Aro Valley the houses got more and more colourful.
Some, to be honest, were a little overgrown:
I was fascinated by the little shed in the middle of this photo - with Aro Valley at the bottom of the hill and the University at the top.
Anyway, it's lucky I enjoyed the walk because once I got down to Aro Valley I discovered none of the shops there sell bus card top ups.
So I ended up walking all the way downtown. Of course.