April 28, 2010

more Hagwells

Look at this gorgeous line up!

I know I have already written about how wonderful the HagWells wedding was but I simply can't resist sharing this photo. I feel like it has captured the day just perfectly.

The bride and groom, immensely happy!

The bridesmaids and groomsmen chuffed to be by their side.

NZ scenary-amazing.

Such a perfect day.
Now I wonder who is next.....?!

April 21, 2010

One News

Lots of people have been asking me what I am doing with my time now that I suddenly have plenty of it up my sleeve. Truth is, I am spending my days waiting for news broadcasts, scanning the internet, and searching google for updates on Heathrow. I know exactly what is happening with the airports in most parts of Europe, how much it has cost the airlines and even how long this volcano erupted for last time. The one thing I don't know, is how much more this volcano will have an affect on my travels.

Today I had this conversation on skype after I had admitted what I had been doing for that past couple of days:

Livi: Sorry can I call you back in 10 minutes?

Cookie: Why...? Are you going to watch the news?

Livi: (sheepishly) Yes...

Cookie: (chuckling) You do know theres news on the internet aye?

Livi: Yes, but I just trust it more when I hear it.

And I do trust One News, all be it a bit too much?! I trust that what I am hearing is the most accurate and up to date information that they could broadcast. It makes more sense to me even then reading the BBC website which is really at the hub of all this commotion. But as soon as I mention how much I trust them, I realise how vulnerable that makes me....how can one have that much trust in the media?!

I have also been getting up early and switching on the Breakfast show (this morning my alarm when off at 6.45am). But I can't pretend thats just to do with the volcano...I love Paul Henry. He makes me laugh. And that's just what I need at the moment!

April 19, 2010

Hagwells . . .

These are the favours from the Hagwells wedding.
Not only are they scrumptiously cute but they are deliciously tasty too.
And they symbolise one of the most amazing days ever.


Being my best friends head bridesmaid - an incredible honour.

I heart the Hagwells. So much! And am so incredibly happy for them.

The lead up...the hens party, getting ready with some of my bestest friends-prettied up by the make up artist and hairdresser, painting each others nails, having a wee wine to relieve the nerves, the range of emotions, excitement, butterflies, the sunshine and the arrival of Baby Hag (the cutest thing ever) plus seeing Bee in her wedding dress and the look on her face - she looked so ready for this day and moment.

Spending time with so many wonderful people and getting to know the people in the Hagwells life.

Traveling around the world doesn't have many downfalls (except when volcanoes erupt) but it does mean missing out on some things.....now I know names and faces, and not only that, I feel a part of the Hagwells life so much more.

This trip home has been overwhelmingly special, in so many ways.

April 18, 2010

The irony of it all

I arrived in NZ exactly 2 weeks ago today and found it quite ironic that despite the sleeping problems I have 90% of the week.....put me on a long haul flight, and I sleep like a baby. 

I am now also thinking about how ironic it is that I was admiring mother nature on my flight home. The sunset was incredible, and the clouds looked so fluffy and like something I could rest my head on or bounce along. Now mother nature in the form of a volcano is stopping me from resuming my life in London. Possibly for another 2 weeks.

How Ironic.