I Am In Aotearoa – The Land Of The Long White Cloud
Yes, here I am again in New Zealand and yes it is living up to its name, for the first two days it was covered in cloud and raining big time. Fortunately for the last two days we have had some beautiful sunny but cool weather. When the weather is like this here is feels very clean and crisp, the hills have that blue green look, very pleasant indeed but unfortunately there is rain on the way again.
I am here to see my Mum here in Omokoroa as I do every year. She is now 93 so I treasure what time we have together.
I love the fact she still has her sense of humor even though the memory is not the best. In fact she forgot I was coming and was not home when I arrived, she was up at the boy friends, well I guess it is more like Man friend, as she does not like staying at home on her own at night, so was pleasantly surprised when she got home the next morning. One thing about Mum it is always so nice to see her face light up and say “Oh Luvy it is so good to see you, they didn’t tell me you were coming they must have wanted to surprise me” (They, being my brother had told her many times during the week). Charlie the Maltese Tibetan cross dog that we got her last time I was home is beautiful but very spoilt. Mum has great neighbors which is probably one of the reasons that she can still live in her own home as they look out for her and the dog. Charlie does the escape thing at times and the neighbors have to holt all the traffic in the street till they catch her because she has the bad habit of playing “Catch me if you can” so has everyone in the neighborhood chasing her till she tires of the game. Mum often loses the dog only to find that she forgets and leaves Charlie it at her friends place. So her life is never dull.
Mum is not the only reason I come here to NZ. I do quite a bit of research on lifestyle, money saving ideas, and generally culture differences of interest.
I find New Zealand is probably one of the more environmentally aware countries in the world.
Generally and I don’t mean everyone, New Zealanders are basically frugal, in my opinion.
If there is a hole in it they will mend it, if it breaks down they will fix it as long as the parts are still available, they tend to have their own ‘Vege’ garden, they tend to walk rather than drive if they can, fast food meals are not as common as in most countries although it is creeping into to society these days. As a whole I believe it is one of the cleaner more beautiful countries in the world.
So when I come here I love to look through their health, nature, cooking, lifestyle magazines and often I will find some really helpful and interesting subjects which I then pass on to you.
Well I have been on my 5k run, walked the dog, stopped for a cappuccino, had breakfast, written this blog and about to find an internet cafe so that I can post it on my website.
Haere Ra (farewell)
Ka Kite Ano (Until I see You again)