The Sock Mistress & 14 Weeks Worth of Socks

In the middle of 2016 we packed up and moved from shakey Christchurch, New Zealand and put down roots on the sunny Gold Coast, Australia.  Now we are settled, I’m hoping to get back into blogging a bit more frequently.

Typically, I blog about travel, pets and other random items as the mood takes me.  I am also working on a personal project to share my Grandfather’s WW2 diary and photographs.

I strongly believe life is too short to have just one midlife crisis so I am usually planning a whole series of them, mostly involving travelling to amazing places with a smattering of Disney thrown in to keep my inner child happy.

I won’t say I’m a budget traveller, I’m more a mid-range traveller who watches my budget.  Most of my trips are 2-3 weeks at a time… some of us have to work for a living 🙂  Speaking of which, I am an IT geek by profession and consider myself lucky to have a career I love.

I don’t get paid by anyone for any of the activities, meals, travel or other items mentioned in my blog so all opinions are mine and mine entirely.  I am however open to bribery and will happily plug your product, restaurant, expensive holiday upon payment of aforementioned 😉

In terms of the name of my blog, I love socks, and I think I have a pair in every colour imaginable.  During the Christchurch earthquakes, we were requested to minimise water usage due to damaged sewer system.  I was startled to find I could go 14 weeks without having to wash a pair of socks.  I guess there are worse things to collect.

I hope you enjoy my blog, I love getting feedback so please let me know if you like it or if you have a question about anything I post.

You can also follow me on Twitter @paula_from_nz and Instagram 14weeksworthofsocks.

14 weeks worth of socks - literally...

14 weeks worth of socks – literally… (and a doglet head at the bottom)



75 thoughts on “The Sock Mistress & 14 Weeks Worth of Socks

  1. Hey P. :))) Glad you found my blog!!

    Posted by the winegetter | February 21, 2014, 11:55 am
  2. Hello from Canada! Glad I found your blog! Love hearing about your adventures! MJ from Ontario!

    Posted by Mary Jane Keeble | March 5, 2014, 6:05 pm
  3. Dearest Sock Mistress… thank you once again for nominating Tomboy Travels for the Liebster Award. I really appreciate it and have loved paying it forward. Cheers!

    Posted by Quan | April 7, 2014, 2:26 am
  4. Hi!! Your blog title caught my attention!! Greetings from a Canadian living in Taiwan!

    Happy travels! 🙂

    Posted by foreignsanctuary | May 1, 2014, 8:02 pm
  5. Hiya! I have a question for you – do you lose socks in the wash? If not, what is the secret to keeping them “paired up”? 🙂 Guess the different colours makes it easier to match?
    Anyway, happy to have stumbled across your blog and to follow you! As foreignsanctuary mentions – the title too caught our attention!

    Posted by wisemonkeysabroad | May 12, 2014, 12:23 am
    • Aha the age old question! 🙂

      There are actually two solutions to this problem. 1) Buy all your socks in exactly the same design/colour/style so you always have a matching pair (BORING!). 2) Buy brightly coloured socks (my method).

      Pretty sure that the pair I’m currently wearing wouldn’t go astray in the wash or be difficult to match (pink knee high with purple, crimson and orange polka dots). I also think gives a certain air of professionalism when visiting clients.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | May 12, 2014, 3:38 pm
  6. Thanks. Pleased to have found your blog. Brilliant title! I’ll explore more. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now).

    Posted by Thom Hickey | July 20, 2014, 5:20 pm
  7. Thank you for following my blog, I hope you will enjoy reading about my lunches.

    Posted by dosirakbento | August 31, 2014, 7:33 am
  8. We love your blog so much! It is great fun to read. 🙂 We nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. You don’t need to make a response post if you do not wish to– we just wanted to take the time to recognize you.


    Much love, Dorian and her Mama

    Posted by doriandean | September 17, 2014, 4:46 am
  9. I’ve read your about and you sound like a typical Kiwi. i.e. you are probably crazy and you don’t believe there is any sport that you can’t beat Australia in. And I usually end up like Kiwis even if they speak a little strangely. I think I might just enjoy your blog. But you have to check mine out as well. In other words a comment now and then.

    Posted by suchled | October 25, 2014, 9:20 pm
    • Nearly didn’t follow you being Australian and all but I admit (and don’t tell my fellow Kiwis) that actually like you guys. I am particularly keen to check out your Australian history blog. Many a visit I have done to Australia checking out your historic places. Thanks for the follow 😀

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | October 26, 2014, 8:08 am
      • I’ll try to keep the history blog rolling. And thanks for your follow. If you have any monuments that fit I love a photo to add to mine.

        Posted by suchled | October 26, 2014, 8:19 am
  10. Well, I’ve looked at several posts and have but one response. I’m following you now. 😀

    Posted by TvKapherr, CatsattheBar & BackHomeinBromont | November 15, 2014, 10:20 am
  11. Thanks for following Flying Goannas. I hope you enjoy our travels. The first thing I saw on your blog was Grandad’s WWII Diary. I know what I’m doing for the rest of the weekend. Plus I’m going to reblog it because I know lots of people who would be interested in reading this.

    Posted by goannasnake | November 22, 2014, 11:19 am
  12. Hello, Sock Mistress!

    I know I have thanked you for this already, but here is a follow-up to the nomination you made back in September. Thank you once again and have a safe and happy new year!


    Best regards,

    Michael @ The Chronicles of Wanderlust.

    Posted by MaitoMike | January 3, 2015, 8:25 am
  13. Thanks for following my blog – you’re very entertaining.

    Posted by larktalk | January 19, 2015, 9:55 pm
  14. Hi there! Firstly, I love the name of your blog! 🙂 Your posts are enjoyable to read. NZ has been on our wishlist for years. Look forward to reading more posts of your adventures.
    – Cheryl

    Posted by twobrownfeet | February 16, 2015, 8:46 pm
  15. Always fun to read about who and why a blog was created.

    Now to talk socks! I need to step up my fun (patterns/designs) sock buying. I’ve noticed if there is a pair of socks for a ridiculously low price, they don’t stand up to more than 7 uses or so. Is there a brand or place you usually purchase socks from?

    Posted by Blue Aventurine | March 10, 2015, 1:04 pm
  16. I’m in New Zealand but when I’ve been in the US, I have bought socks in Target and Walmart. I’ve also bought on eBay.

    Posted by The Sock Mistress | March 10, 2015, 1:36 pm
  17. Hi Paula, I nominated you for the 5 photo, 5 stories challenge. It posts at 6am PST. Here is my link: https://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/ . You can decline if you wish. But if you do it, have fun 🙂

    Posted by Terri Webster Schrandt | April 1, 2015, 4:04 pm
  18. Hmm. When I get done with my prolonged mid-life crisis, I’d like to join your travel expeditions! New Zealand–yet another place I’ve never been, though I’ve had students from NZ–who actually returned to NZ. Thanks for the visits and follow! I’m so pleased to meet you. I’ve seen your gravatar out there, and wondered what was up with the 14 weeks worth of socks! Now I know.

    Posted by Elouise | April 14, 2015, 7:36 am
  19. haha, I couldn’t help myself but laugh so hard when I read ” could go 14 weeks without having to wash a pair of socks”. You are right, there are worse things to collect !! 😀 so, when you go on holiday, you take a new pair for everyday or you do some little laundry over there ?

    Posted by darwinontherocks | April 21, 2015, 7:59 pm
  20. I appear to have a year’s worth of unmatched socks. What’s your secret??!

    Posted by Green Bee | April 26, 2015, 1:36 am
    • I keep them in pairs on the draw, folded into their mate. They always go through the wash together and I match them on the line to dry. I refold them into each other when they come off the line. They are a bonded pair for life 🙂

      Should one die an untimely death, I will sometimes match with another widowed one of the same type, length etc for one last holiday.

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | April 26, 2015, 7:19 am
  21. This sounds very exciting, and judging from your sock collection I wonder, can shoes be far behind? Thank you for making my Attic a part of your travels. My goal will be; to leave you laughing while you travel. :O)

    Posted by In My Cluttered Attic | May 10, 2015, 5:14 pm
  22. Thanks for the follow! You have a nice informative blog and I’m gong to follow your posts now 🙂

    Posted by Alka Girdhar | May 11, 2015, 1:12 pm
  23. I’m sorry, but I just have to stalk follow you, if only for the doglets!

    Posted by Keith Channing | May 18, 2015, 9:12 pm
  24. I gave you a quotes challenge at my blog 🙂

    Posted by Mon | June 20, 2015, 2:59 pm
  25. Very cool blog! Can’t wait to look around some more. BTW your pup is adorable!

    Posted by 4wallsnaroof | June 21, 2015, 1:31 pm
  26. Hi there,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. I hope that you get as much pleasure from it as I do,
    Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂


    Posted by edmooneyphotography | August 17, 2015, 9:27 pm
  27. I love your tagline – thanks for the follow!

    Posted by JM Stories | August 25, 2015, 4:11 am
  28. Pretty funny stuff though I know, too, you’re dead serious—which is the best part of it. I’ve got my own pet theory on The Walking Dead, btw. . .which, I confess, I’ve used to numb myself out to oblivion.

    Posted by egbertstarr | August 25, 2015, 7:55 am
  29. I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

    Posted by It's All About Food | September 8, 2015, 11:45 am
  30. Hi Paula! Just hopping around the blogosphere and visiting some fun and interesting blogs, I found you and thought I’d say hey. If you want to return the favor, I invite you to come visit my world over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Stay awhile, let’s be friends 🙂

    Posted by thatssojacob | November 4, 2015, 12:56 pm
  31. Nice to find you and follow you. Now I am going to go count the socks in my sock drawer.

    Posted by Dinata Misovec | November 18, 2015, 2:39 pm
  32. Love your intro, and I look forward to reading more. 😉

    Posted by The WheatandTares | March 8, 2016, 5:00 pm
  33. I’ve just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Hope to read more of your blogs and your response to the award! 🙂

    Posted by Image Earth Travel | August 8, 2016, 8:20 am
  34. I haven’t looked ay my challenge yet but I’ll do my best to follow the rules 🙂

    Posted by The Sock Mistress | June 19, 2015, 11:44 am


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