and in this one you can see Sharnie at the left...Sharnie was also missing in my first NZ post.
A lovely shot of Mz Jinny who cared for and looked after me so well, pre, during and after the retreat.
John is at left, Jessie husband Mark next to him and Jessie at the top....Allen and Jinny have their backs to the camera....wine bottles front and centre *grin*.
As we had a look see in NZ Bunning's Trizzy befriended the door girl Martha. I'm sure she thinks us Ozzies are crazy.
The World cup was happening in NZ at the same time I was there and the local Bunning's was celebrating with flags of all the countries playing. There is little ole me underneath them all.
The cost of petrol was very exy too to home...we pay around $1.50 per litre in the north of Oz and diesel is ten cents more then that here not less.
This is the Rimutaka hills...no kidding the Kiwis call mountains like this hills. We did a lovely day trip over said hills to the arty farty communities at the base of the hills and beyond like Featherston, Greytown and Carterton were Paua World is located. the next few photos show our journey over these
mountains hills LOL.
View as we come down the
The sun thru the skylight above us where we had lunch.
an antique bolt
gorgeous moss patterns in her driveway.
I will never forget my trip to New Zealand and the wonderful folks I met. I do hope I get to go another time...in summer of course. I think I may have missed a photo or two still of NZ...I'll check and add anymore in the AM if I need too.
Coming home was a sad event for me with my niece Lisa loosing her fight with Leukaemia a week after I got back. She was only 36 and has left behind three kids. It threw me completely with the death of my sister Robin only being 1 yr past the same month that Lisa died. I think its taken me till now to get to some sort of acceptance of it all again. I tell my kids I love them everyday and hug that starnge creature known as the 16yr old son when he allows (where do they go at that age LOL).
I feel a great need to get making jewellery and art again as it truly calms me and makes me feel happy...but this will not happen for another 3 weeks yet as my art room invasion by relos has continued. Me nephew and his girlfriend have moved on and are on their way to Broome WA to live but then my daughter Carlia and her boyfriend Cory have moved into the room for three weeks before they too move on to Adelaide to live *sigh*...I will miss all my visitors and do not begrudge the room being filled with others since May...I just miss being creative and having my own space to do so.
Annette In Oz