Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Out and About

Once upon a time there were two girls called Laura and Lauren, aka Lola J and Lola K. One cold and rainy thursday Laura came over to chez Lauren to have coffee and show off her brand new baby niece. Laura gave Lauren a giftbox filled with coffee and sugar and emergency biscuits which Lauren appreciated very much.

The youngest of the three girls was having a grizzly day and so Laura and Lauren decided to hop in the car and take her for a drive, hoping it would soothe her little soul. It worked! ...Until the girls got a flat tyre in the middle of the motorway. "Say it ain't so!" they cried. But alas, the tyre was a pancake. So the girls were forced to showcase their power and hopped out in the freezing wind and set about changing the tyre. Meanwhile poor baby had woken up and was howling the place down.

Luckily teamwork prevailed - Lauren on the Jack, Laura with the nuts and eventually after a lot of laughing mixed in with a bit of swearing, the new wheel was fitted and they were on the road again.

Who says girls can't do a "man's" work??

Lola and Lola

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

I saw this "Things to Remember" pin on Pinterest (of course) and loved it so much that I wrote it out on the blackboard in my library as a reminder. It's almost like the person who wrote it was in my head; these being so similar to my own values by which I try and live my life. Still, I always need to remind myself, particularly of 1 and 2, since I get so screwed up with shiftwork; but also 4 - sometimes I feel like I'm taking up way too much of the conversation and I can't tell if it's because the other person has nothing to say or if I'm just not letting them get a word in edgewise! And then there's 8 - "It only ends once. Everything else is just progress." 
Apparently it's a quote from Lost which I didn't watch after the first couple of seasons because I found it infuriating, but this quote strikes a chord with me. Life only ends once. Every mistake you make, every relationship split, every choice, every failed grade is just a learning curve in your journey. None of those things are the end of the world or the end of you. Thing is, we have to keep living our lives and making the most of the time we have because we never know when the true end will be. That's why you need to spend time with the people who matter most, don't reprimand yourself for feeling angry/hurt, drink heaps of tea and hold impromptu solo dance parties! And that's exactly why I love this list so much.

Go and have a cup of tea!
Lola K xx

Monday, May 20, 2013


I have written this exact sentiment so many times, in so many poems, stories and musings, but it always sounds better when it's come from someone else. Kind of like food always tastes better when you haven't had to cook it...

This week I'm grateful for:
Supportive friends
Zelda Fitzgerald
F Scott Fitzgerald
Friends who are also awake in the middle of the night
My mum's amazing kumara soup and homemade bread
My mum
Ice skating with Miss Laura (why did we not get onto that sooner?)
The toadstool in my backyard (must be fairies too!)
Funny people
Being "one of the boys"
Red velvet cupcakes
All types of cupcakes
People who know stuff about cars (i.e. is mine about to blow up..)
Electric blankets
Good health
Cloche hats
Old TV shows
Wise words from friends such as "I think there's something to be said for sitting with your feelings and knowing that they aren't forever and can't hurt you."
Friends with astounding wisdom
Travel plans
The fact that my brain still works at 2am
Cups of tea and biscuits

Lola K xx

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Out and About: An Ice Skating Extravaganza!

Apologies for our absence. This blog has been awful quiet lately, but rest assured we are still alive! After hearing that the temporary ice skating rink was closing down, we decided we should probably go and show off our incredible figure skating skills.

Since we had both only been ice skating once in our whole lives, and some years ago, it didn't take us long to realise that actually, we don't possess incredible figure skating skills. Like, at all. 

The rails were our best friend and we didn't dare venture far from them, but after doing a loop of the rink the first time we were surprised to find we were getting more comfortable, and so did a few more circuits, going around and around, trying to dodge small children and face-planting people.

Numerous photos were taken however we quickly discovered that it's not easy to take a non-blurry picture of a moving person, while wobbling yourself.

Afterwards, we went to get a late night dessert at Strawberry Fare (it used to be a funeral parlour, don't ya know)

And then once we were full we went for a random cruise and took some snaps of Wellington City by night!

By then it was close to 1am and our warm beds were calling so we called it a night and went home. There's not much that's more fun than laughter, good food, good conversation all in the middle of the night!

Much love to you,
Lola and Lola

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Rainbow after the Rain

There are some things I really dislike about living in New Zealand.
1) It's at the end of the earth 
2) It costs a kabillion bucks to travel anywhere else
3) It takes a kabillion hours to travel anywhere else
4) We have a funny accent

Today though, I'm pretty proud of it
We've legalised same sex marriage! Finally! And we're only about the 12th country to do so.
Only fitting since we were the first in the world to give women the vote

Now THAT'S a country with a bit of spunk!

Lola K xx

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Poem

Hatred was at work in Boston
when unknown identities
set up some bombs on Patriots day
and blew up the land of the free

The people were scared, maimed and bleeding
others could not be saved
the president says justice will come
to those who threatened the home of the brave

And now the people are standing together
and remembering those who lost lives
looking for strength in the star spangled banner
and sending prayers to the star spangled skies.

By Lauren
Boston Bombing, April 2013 

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Picture taken from here

This week I'm grateful for:

Rainy days! Finally!! Please stay.
Flu vaccinations
Bear hats with pom pom ears
Planting new flowers
A hair cut
Bags of dried out rose petals
Discounts at bookshops for spending too much
Coming up with baby names for friends
Movie and manicure days with one Miss Lola J
Online shopping for clothes
New ideas for DIY stuff
Electric blankets
A reminder in the form of goosebumps that I need a warm dressing gown
Local takeaways for slack shift workers who never bring food
Family family family
Planning trips away
Feijoa wine and Banana cream pie at Sweet Mother's Kitchen
Good company
Recovering from a tummy bug
Welsh accents
New music
Good TV shows and films
Rain (again for good measure)

Lola K xx

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Photo-journalling is fun! Although I'm realising that a lot of the pictures I take are of the yummy food I eat...
I've just come off nights and am shattered. To add a bit of salt to the sleepy wounds, my car has been deemed too dangerous to drive and I had to go to the dentist today. Mechanics and dentists can cause so much trauma to a person's wallet.

Then, there were the little things that went wrong this week, such as an unnoticed broken tea bag which caused a mouthful of tea leaves at the bottom of the mug; the leaky milk bottle which leaked out of and under the fridge and across the floor overnight and waited for me to find it when I got home at 7am, the random phone calls in the middle of the day that woke me up...The list goes on. It's seriously been a comedy of errors this week. Ashton Kutcher is possibly going to jump out and tell me I've been Punkd at any second.

Luckily for me, my buddy Josie and I are going out for dinner tonight! More food talk, yes, but I've been looking forward to it!

Here are some snaps of the good stuff this week which mostly involve food....

Corn on the cob! Love!


A very bright, nearly full moon

Citron et sucre crepes at the sunday market

Midnight snacks

Baked ravioli! Yumalicious!

Eclectic wall at El Matador 

Grilled nectarines with brown sugar and ice cream

Latest op shop finds

Food-wise at least, it's been a good week!

Lola K xx

Friday, March 22, 2013

A stroll in the gardens

I walked down to meet my friend Claire at the Botanical Gardens for lunch. I wasn't actually intending to walk but when I got to the bus stop I remembered I lost my snapper card ages ago, so walking became my only option! Luckily it was a beautiful day and I was wearing comfortable shoes...

I think the random murals all over the place are among my favourite
 things about Wellington

I feel slightly better knowing that if I'm strolling through the Karori Tunnel
in an earthquake my chances of getting squashed are a bit less now that
it's been strengthened...

Autumn colours!!! Finally!

I want pet ducks

“Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn't mean it does not exist.”
-Margaret Cho

Hills, sea and sky

Looking down at the Rose Garden

A lovely day, aside from the $45 parking ticket provided by an angry parking warden when we were only 8 minutes late!!

Lola K xx

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A free spirited snapper in Greytown!

When I said to my mum that I was going to visit the chocolate shop in Greytown and that she should accompany me, it didn't take much arm twisting for her to agree. What was going to be a short sharp trip there and back turned into a day of perusing gift shops, purchasing chocolates, having lunch and ending up in a museum.

Because I'm awesome I wore almost winter clothes - forgetting how boiling hot it gets in the Wairarapa. Fire risk: Extreme.

I really like this chair.

We stopped at Cahoots Cafe to have lunch...

And sat right in among all the plants until my fear of spiders kicked in and I became convinced that every tree leaf that rained down on me was a spider landing on my head.

For a bunch of barefoot hippies, Kiwis like their meat so the further you get into rural NZ the less likely your chances of finding good vegetarian food. Cahoots do a pretty sweet vege melt though.

Next stop: Chocolate shop!
Yep, this is actually edible.

Right next to the chocolate shop is the Cobblestone Museum! Too cute!

We ventured inside one of the original cottages and our inner history geeks (we really are mother and daughter!) were pretty much doing cartwheels.

Nice little parlour...

Imagine clambering up and down these stairs in the middle of the night!

We went to school

Bit big for the desks...

Old reads

Bet you're glad you weren't a teacher back then Laura!
FAIL! I told you not to loiter in ice cream shops.

This tickled me! Out of the old local paper.

The original hospital pharmacy

Let's hear it for Florence! Luckily I am not mischievous at all.

These are just a few of the photos I took. When I uploaded them to my laptop it said I'd taken 44, causing my mum to label me a "free spirited snapper." I've been to Greytown several times but I'm so glad I finally went to the museum because it's steeped in history and so, so cute!
Thanks for hosting us Greytown. 
Until next time.
Lola K xx

Sunday, March 3, 2013


This week I'm grateful for...

  • Good books
  • Good friends
  • Super supportive family
  • Learnt resilience
  • $5 Henna
  • Using less petrol
  • People who challenge my ideas of myself
  • "I'm in awe of you" - What a compliment!!!
  • Linseed and Manuka Honey bread
  • Sleeping better
  • Good advice
  • Cooler nights
  • Laughter
  • Catching up over wine
  • Upbeat tunes
  • Lazy days off (too short though!)
  • Cheap and cheerful dresses
  • Comfortable boots
  • Friendly neighbours
  • Friendly animals
  • Being reminded that things could always be worse
  • Gummy bears (always)
  • "Networking"
  • Being told I'm normal
  • Being told I'm completely abnormal
  • Making dinner and movie plans
  • People who come over and do my dishes!
  • Poetry
  • Potentially rainy days on the horizon