It’s 5.00am in the morning here in New Zealand. We’ve been in the country only 3 days and already feel settled in. I’m writing to let my family know…we’re alive.
Leaving Australia, mid air – it hit me (rather unexpectedly) that we were finally moving, and the emotions came pouring up to the surface and out my tear ducts. I was a blubbering mess and could hardly explain what I was feeling to Mike. Saying goodbye is very hard, and yet saying hello was equally exciting.
We’ve spent a day in Wellington with our friends, Mark and Shelley…and their rather hilarious pugs; Isla and Guinness. Of the two, the later was particularly ridiculous and could be likened to a hyperactive little grunting piglet. Mike had met Guinness before, and had shared stories of their love affair to me. They were a total love match for each other.
While we were out at a local beach getting the pugs some exercise we stopped at a small dog park, where we were introduced to this enormous Newfoundland retriever. I was in the midst of taking a photos when he cocked his leg and pissed on me. There was an audience of about 7 strangers who cackled at the fence line. Thankfully he only got my toes. It was pretty random, and a memorable welcome to the country. In fact it wasn’t the only “blessing” of the day. Later in the afternoon, a very small baby girl that I was holding for Mike’s Uncle adorably, spewed all into my crotch.
At the moment we’re with Mike’s dad and his partner. We have been catching up with his family in the areas of Fielding and Palmerston North. We will be renting a home here for the first 6 months as Mike begins work, I continue working from home and await the arrival of the little dude that’s rapidly growing in my belly. It feels like everything lined up perfectly. Our transition from Australia to New Zealand has been in fact, seamless.
Yesterday we chucked on some bee suits and were able to see the inside of some honey boxes from hives that his family have been keeping at their farm. The honey season is quite intense, long hours and a lot of manual work are required. Mike’s cousin Kat’s husband has been working in the honey industry here for quite a few years and was really helpful in showing us some of the process and how to maintain the structure and integrity of the colony. There are drones, babies, nectar, pollen and of course the queen shown in these photos.
Can you spot the queen?
We are now getting a few things sorted before we begin our month long road trip around the country in a few days time. We’ll be stopping in to visit many friends and family along the way and should hopefully get to spend some time with everyone.
I’ll post again soon.