Happy Earth Day! Although everyday should be Earth Day really. I snapped this photo on my solo tramp along the Abel Tasman Track the other week.
Pretty cool to see weed foraging in a garden magazine! I got this magazine from @thisnzlife as a thank you for writing an article about tiny house building. I don't usually read magazines, but during last week's power cut I enjoyed perusing this special edition about urban gardens.
My friend's have been doing a weekly food waste dinner, made out of food destined for the landfill, or otherwise wasted. I'm always too caught up in the moment to take a photo, but here is a sneak peek at my contribution last week. Aquafaba chocolate mousse! This mousse is super rich and made using the liquid from cooking dried chickpeas, or the stuff you find in a can. It's super cheap, and if you use dark chocolate it can easily be vegan.
I was lucky enough to be on a panel about the Future of Architecture at @ecomatters Eco Day this weekend. Here I am amongst actual experts from Jasmax Architects, Taha Tiny Homes and @nzgreenbuildingcouncil. The great thing about not representing a company or organization is you get to tell it how it is. Auckland has a housing crisis, renting usually sucks, there's no way I can afford to buy property, and I'm lucky to even be in a position to build my own tiny house on wheels. Now my schedule is clearing up, I plan on getting back in to building the tiny house. I'm just crunching numbers and YouTubing what to do next 😅
I recently took up a sewing class at the @onehungaorangacentres run by the wonderful Rebecca @twomagpiesnz. For my first project I mended the neckline and arm holes on this NZ made vintage top, which I got from an op shop in Thames for a whole $1. I loved this fabric and top and bought it knowing I'd have to mend it to fit comfortably. I did a bias binding for the arm holes and neck line. They aren't quite matching, but my second one was definitely an improvement from the first! 😂 I haven't purchased a brand new piece of clothing in about 4 years now, except maybe some undies and socks. Hand-me-downs and op shops have heaps of cool clothes and options, and are way more relaxed than malls. The cute etched tui was also an op shop find for $3. The embroidery Pokemon was made by @tsofiah and the Alice in Wonderland poster was also hers ❤
Auckland got hit pretty hard by a storm last night. My house and work were without power all night and day. Today I went for a walk to see the damage and stop myself having cabin fever. Also did a spot of foraging, as there was a lot of windfallen fruit on the footpath from street trees. Once the power came back on in the late evening I made them in to a yummy crumble! Felt well deserved after freezing all day. Stay safe out there, apparently it's not over yet!
Here's my lil op shop haul from Nelson & Moteka. Green & blue plaid NZ made skirt, Kooky Garments-$4 Ice Breaker Merino top- $3 Retro NZ made bikini top- 50c 2x Australian themed linen tea towels-50c total. Stoked with this score, and I've worn the skirt 3 days in a row now 😂
Hello I just did my first ever solo tramp and successfully hitch hiked! Here's a selfie of me on a cool suspension bridge cause there's no-one to take a photo, so it's all just scenery and selfies.
Heaphy Track- the last ten minutes after 4 days of ever changing landscapes. No filter, can't capture how stunning this track is. Tomorrow- solo Abel Tasman expedition.