Over christmas I spent two weeks at home in New Zealand.
Two glorious weeks spent napping, reading a copious amount of magazines, spending time with family, forgetting what day it is, catching up with old friends, eating glorious food………..and lest I forget travelling around some lush North Island countryside, think Bay of Islands and Gisborne.
I reconnected to my love of the country and the lifestyle, which after a ten year hiatus of living abroad (with only short trips home) was a lovely reunion. Dropping back into shared history with people was comforting and treading homeland soil definitely had restorative powers. The trip was the perfect way for me to close a year (that needed closing) and ease myself into the rolling twelve months of 2012.
In upcoming posts there’ll be pictures and stories on some of the lovely spots I got to rummage around in.
eating and napping
travelling around Northland with mum
new years day swim, Gisborne
being covered in mud – Ngawha Pools, Northland
hanging out with family
visiting Te Whare Runanga – Maori meeting house at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
checking out the newly re-birthed Auckland Art Gallery
hanging out with old friends
squeezing in a last minute trip to Leigh Sawmill Cafe
finally buying a pot from Morris and James (for ma)
being closer to my culture