Things I love about New Zealand, Maori culture, rugby, and the All Blacks--and just things I love in general!
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Wellington, NZ's capital, in late October (spring). Taken from the Botanic Garden. It's such a beautiful city, built around Wellington Harbour, but famously windy--the reason the rugby team is called the Hurricanes.
The little train you take from Auckland to Wellington (if you have 12 hours and want to see some beautiful countryside). You stand on that little platform while the train goes 60 mph, and watch the sheep running away as the train goes by. (Fun to see all the babies during lambing season.)
The first pattern I ever created. Made this blanket for my younger son. My older son got the first-ever one, which was full of mistakes. He said, "It's a good reminder to try new things. You make mistakes and keep trying until you get it right." Awwww.
This was the first actual garment I made. And it fit! I gave it to my mother, though. (Because it fit her too.)
My first foster Labrador, in his new home in Canada, healthy, alert, and happy. When I got him, he had been crated 24 hours a day for years, but was still loving and affectionate. It took him a couple months to come fully out of his shell, but what a worthwhile effort it was.
One of my bantams, Elizabeth. (Original chickens were all named after the sisters in "Pride and Prejudice." Elizabeth was, obviously, my favorite.)
Pedestrian bridge on the walkway/cycleway along the coast in New Plymouth. It is like a fish skeleton. You can see the lower slopes of Mt. Taranaki in the background, though most of it is hidden by clouds.
Mt. Taranaki, near New Plymouth, coming out of the clouds, early November (spring).
One Tree Hill is in the middle of Auckland, which has over a million people. But there are still sheep on it! And cows!
Swimming in the early morning, Mangawhai. Then we went back to the bach and had a huge breakfast.
Rope swings all over the place. (Because you can't sue!) This is on Mt. Victoria, in Devonport.
Greg the takahe just died a month or two ago. This is a giant, flightless parrot-type thing. Think turkey size. Very funny. Highly endangered, but you can see them at Tiritiri Matangi--island sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf, outside Auckland.
Boys playing cricket on the grounds near where we lived in Devonport. I still don't understand cricket--at ALL, even after 2+ years in Australia and NZ. The only sport I've ever seen where they tell you the score, and you still don't have any idea who is ahead. Oh, and it lasts even longer than baseball! They break for lunch. And tea.
The view from our original apartment in Auckland, on the waterfront--looking across to Devonport. That is a ferry coming in. Only 10 minutes on the ferry from Devonport to Auckland. My husband's commute: ride his bike along King Edward Parade to the Devonport Ferry, then across to Auckland and walk 2 blocks to the office. The express bus from Berkeley to downtown San Francisco can't quite compare...