Lost in NZ

Lost in NZ

Wide open spaces, long sparkling deserted beaches, deep valleys and distant snow capped mountains. See why I haven’t posted for a while? I have had some weeks now in New Zealand, and it sure is GOOD to be home 🙂 I am sure many Kiwis experience this, no matter how long I am away, Aotearoa NZ is always going to be home. Its as though there is some deep connection between the essence of who I am, and the contours of the land, the colours of the landscape, and the waters that flow through and around it all. This doesnt seem to lessen over time, and everytime I come home I appreciate it more and more. So I am not going to give you a blow by blow description of my travels, instead I am going to share with you some of the things that have excited me about being here and the special experiences that have given depth to what we have done in the last weeks. Firstly, let me just say this. ROAD TRIPS! I have been doing quite a lot of driving around since arriving in Auckland, and I am so enjoying the NZ roads again, quite the opposite of the smooth, flat, and straight European motorways. Oh yes, here we have narrow roads, lots of ups and down hills and mountains, and of course, many many corners. Its so FUN to drive, and not feel like I am having to negoitate an obstacle course of other traffic, speed bumps, parked cars, and roundabouts. This is ‘get in yer car and drive’ country and I am really enjoying the freedom. To enhance this experience further, in our rather old and squeaky rental ,we have only the option of radio but thats ok because we are permanently tuned into The Rock and there are plenty of turn the music up and seat boogie opportunities, making even the occasional stuck behind the bigass Mac Trucks haulin logs moments quite bearable. So some highlights and THINGY moments. Here we go. Of course there was MAJACRAFT, the visit to the mothership, complete with Glynis’s home cooking and splendiferous pudding experience, some really good hammering time for Lucca (my 5 year old) that Owen set up in a clever no-fail way to keep him busy building his own Majacraft creation, and a cool workshop tour with Andy, including of course our cooperative creation of my awesome new go-anywhere weaving tool. Which still doesnt have a proper name! Perhaps we need a little game for that, hmm, watch this space 😀   Anyway, I had an amazing time in Tauranga, we stayed right by the Mount Maunganui surf beach, which was magic for...

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