History, Life at No.22, New Zealand

NZ Women’s Suffrage – A Tauranga Connection

A few days ago was the 126th celebration of women in New Zealand achieving the right to vote. It was also my first week back volunteering at The Elms/Te Papa for a few months. I tend to arrive early to enjoy a walk around the gardens and familiarise myself before any visitors are welcomed in.… Continue reading NZ Women’s Suffrage – A Tauranga Connection

History, Life at No.22, New Zealand

A Tour Guide at The Elms/Te Papa

Today is the day I get to do a few more hours at The Elms. The time I thought to share a few snippets about this fascinating piece of history in Aotearoa. Starting from the beginning of how the Mission established itself. The Background Let's take a glimpse back to around the 1880s where there… Continue reading A Tour Guide at The Elms/Te Papa

History, Road Trips

Did Santa Claus live in Turkey?

Santa Claus did live in Turkey.  Though it's not the same Santa Claus, you think it is. What great memories of childhood are conjured up when remembering this fat jolly man, his elves, and the flying reindeer and of course those huge big sacks full of presents.  Every year around Christmas time, millions of parents across… Continue reading Did Santa Claus live in Turkey?

History, Life of adventure, Road Trips, Travel, Turkey

The Roadtrip to Hierapolis

We thought this area was such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders, it’s little wonder that Pamukkale-Hierapolis has been made a Unesco World Heritage site. The part that grabbed our attention the most was Hierapolis which created more conversations between us.  Not being history buffs it was still possible for us to gather enough… Continue reading The Roadtrip to Hierapolis

History, Life of adventure, Netherlands -Amsterdam, Travel

Amazing Amsterdam

  30 March 2017 We had just completed our first ever three month housesit.   Now we were ready to blow out a few cobwebs in creative and unique Amsterdam. Firstly we needed to get there - which we did so by train from Calais to Lille where we changed trains for a direct one… Continue reading Amazing Amsterdam