Autumn colours in beautiful little Lyttelton (and beyond) .. . well, we had expected to be on a plane bound for Vienna in the coming week ?. . That was to be followed up with a summer in France, work trip to Florida, and a few months back in my beloved Mexico ?? . . None of those involved autumn, nor New Zealand or even the Southern Hemisphere. But yet, here we are, settling in for what will plan to be 12 months living on New Zealand soil, back in my home (and a very new home for Charlie!) . But at least New Zealand is unfurling a little, shops reopening, signs of life & sounds of music along with misty mornings and the maroons, burnt orange and golden hues of autumn . . —-
One of my favourite native birds around here is the p?wakawaka, or fantail. We get them around our house and yard daily, but this fearless little one was spied taking a bath during our walk around the botanical gardens and let me get as close as I wanted to hang out. The bird life in New Zealand is quite incredible, I love how many different species I get to spot on any given day
It’s been quite the whirlwind of a kiwi road trip cut short, but we were lucky enough to traverse the northern parts of the South Island, stay in some wonderful places, see the summer turn to autumn, and get to Blenheim just in time to watch my brother get married. Despite daily stresses, changes and challenges, lockdowns, venue cancellations, guest cancellations and changes, I got to watch my little brother persevere through all the many challenges and marry his love, and my new sister-in-law in the most beautiful family ceremony (hand sanitizers, social distancing and all). They’ve made it home to Australia now, and we’ve settled down into self isolation with my family here in Christchurch. What an incredible week. time for some stillness now, time for gardening, baking, and helping Charlie get residency in this beautiful country with me ?