A Day’s Thousands of Details

Got up at a quarter to 8, too late for an extendet breakfast, just hurrying together lunchboxes, morning tea bottles, waking the kids, watching them dress and pick some fejoas from the fridge (they’re on season now) and listen to their sleepy munching while drinking a hot cup of Earl Grey. After a quick start…

 

That Toilet Posting

There are many good things here but none of them is of such a great importance as to find a toilet wherever you go. You can’t go too far into the bush or too high up a mountain, the Department of Conservation, which signs up for all the managemet of National Parks, Scenic Reserves, walks…

 

Go, toothfairy, go!

It must be kind of hard to always be 2 years behind (your bigger sister)… Whatever you discover, she’s already done that, which story your Dad tells you, she’s already heard it, she’s taller, stronger, jumps higher and runs faster. There’s no way you can beat her – not even in loosing teeth. But every…

 

Winter in New Zealand

How do you know it’s winter in New Zealand? Obviously because the days are short and it gets completely dark around 5 pm. But there is another thing that tells your clearly that it is winter time: The birds’ singing in the mornings! As soon as you can spot the first traces of sunlight you…

 

Sunday Market

Meet friends, look for treasures, sip a coffee, buy some food … the market has it all and we try to visit as often as we can. Only way to get some european-style sausages, cheese and bread.

 

Our town, Motueka

Kia Ora and welcome to a small town in the north of the South Island. We have been living here almost for one year and even if it seemed to be a very long time then, it was just enough to get to know the community, the place and feel the spirit of the land.…

 

Happy Birthday, Verena!

What a day … Verena’s best friend Keala stayed for a sleepover and we started the day with a very relaxed mega breakfast: Grapefruit, muesli, pancakes and tea (what a wonderful way to wake up!). At school, Christian and I attended class 1 for the morning circle and the big news was … Verena’s birthday,…

 

Sandspit

Anna is on a mega-sleepover at her friend Lilly’s house (2 nights!) and the rests of our little family had a very quiet and pleasant walk at sandspit reserve. At this point, the low temperature in the mornings and evenings, the short days and the sunshine, that touches earth on a very flat angle make…

 

Thorp Bush

Tasman District Council information says it covers over 4½ hectares, and it includes the largest remnant of lowland podocarp – hardwood forest that once covered the Motueka Plain, making it a very special place in terms of conservation. The history goes like this: The bulk of the reserve was vested to Council in 1952 from…

 

Sunderland Marine Pier

A wonderful Thursday’s morning in Nelson, a little chat with the Ford sales guy and a walk along the harbour, including pastime at the Sunderland Marine Pier. A handfull of fishermen hang out there (and they really catch fish there, we heard them move in their plastic bags) for a living.