I did not take many images in New Zealand but as usual it was lush and beautiful everywhere I looked!I’ve seen quite a number of jumping spiders since we first spotted one nearly two months ago now. All of them have been male, and all of them have been wonderfully beautiful.These are juvenile yellow throated miners who were clumped together when I first spotted them. They were quite noisy calling out for mum n dad to feed them.
I’ve recently returned from a 10 day trip to New Zealand for surgery. I had been on a wait list for 8 months and so when the date finally came rushed to buy a ticket and Mike arranged to have leave from work to care for Wesley. 10 days in New Zealand were to rest and recover from the near 1.5 years of little sleep or alone time… Mike was so brilliant with Wesley while I was away that I never had to worry, he was in excellent hands.
The surgery was very short and I was basically recovered within a day.
I spent my spare time either pushing my limits physically by hiking, swimming, walking… or resting with family and friends. One hike particularly stood out for me, as it was just alive with the call of birds. It was the Fern Track up in the Pohongina, which was a solo venture. The forest gave me so much energy. It was a restorative trip and I came home eager to see my little Wesley and embrace Mike with the biggest hug.
Something else wonderfully beautiful…these flowers were waiting for me when I came home. Mike and Wesley had set up the home and it was so welcoming and pleasing to be back in our little nook in this world.
Slight side note – While I was away, my favourite artist release a second album (after an 8 year hiatus) and I’ve been enjoying it thoroughly for a few days now. Fever Ray – Plunge. Her voice is childish, strained unpredictable, off key and difficult to imagine ever being emulated. My ears love it.