The Sock Mistress & 14 Weeks Worth of Socks

I no longer know how to answer the question “where are you from?”.  From now on, I’m going with “it’s complicated“.

2016 was a big year – new country, new house, new job when we packed up and moved from shakey Christchurch, New Zealand and put down roots on the sunny Gold Coast, Australia.

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)


  1. Hello from Canada! Glad I found your blog! Love hearing about your adventures! MJ from Ontario!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    • 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 🙂

    • Thanks heaps for the nomination. I’m thrilled that you like my blog enough to take the time and effort to do this. I will be doing a post in the next few days to acknowledge this recognition 🙂

  4. 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.

    • 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 😀

      • 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.

  5. 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.

    • Thanks so much for the reblog. I would love for others to read about my grandfather’s experiences during the war. People need to know what they experienced and for the most part, they never spoke of it.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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 ?

    • 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.

  11. 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)

  12. 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 🙂


  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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