Well that has been a varied month. A few trips back and forth to Christchurch to pick up the last of our gear which on one occasion included a very special cargo of our new speakers from Garth at Theophany Loudspeakers in Christchurch. I've had these amazing hand crafted speakers from Garth before and they were one of the hardest possessions to let go of in order to embark on our adventure.......so nice to be immersed in audiophile heaven again, must remember to get out more in November ;-)
The other visits to Christchurch included time with students on a variety of subjects and also being trusted to capture a family get together. I'm not one for overly formal portraits and this family wanted me to capture them being completely natural and having fun playing ten pin bowling. Not the easiest of venues but what a huge amount of fun and some terrific memories for the family to treasure for years to come.
As eluded to earlier, the month has been a little haphazard being primarily taken up with finding spaces for our stuff in our new pad and just generally enjoying being on solid foundations again. I've always enjoyed cooking and, if I'm being honest, the caravan cooker and limited work area wasn't the greatest for getting inspirational in the kitchen so it is amazing to have so much space and a cooker that actually heats up the way I need it to! My favourite bread, ciabatta, is baking beautifully which I have no doubt will be music to the ears of some our friends who will want a freshly baked batch when they come and visit.
So, we come to the end of October and it seems that as no-one has turned up demanding money for a holiday rental this new home really is ours :-). As you'll see from the photos it's been a varied month with plenty of different angles as I've played with my view of the world quite a bit. I do intend to explore the local area a little more through November so next months blog should be all about Roxburgh which has welcomed us with open arms, loving it.