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June 23, 2018

What My Little Hobbits Required…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

Just before the New Year of 2018, Family Kiwidutch were sitting in the car waiting to board the Interisland Ferry to travel back to the South Island.

It’s early evening, the kids have grown impatient and seized upon a bag of snacks in the back of the car.

There is the usual “pass it here, but I’ll give it back, ok?” type of conversation but time passes and we are still waiting so eventually I twist around and ask for a cracker too please.

There is a rumble of disapproval from the rear of the car, “but these were for us weren’t they?”

“No, they are for everyone”… silence for a moment, then grumbles,… “ooookaaay“. Then another pause, some rustling from plastic and a few giggles before I hear a tentative: “but Mama, they are almost op’.

This is a classic Dutchlish (Dutch /English) mixing of words in sentences that our family is completely used to. ‘Op” in this instance is the Dutch interloper into the English sentence and means “gone / finished”.

Wondering just how much of a dent they have managed to make into it, I demand that they pass the package over for inspection.

The inner tray slides out, two tiny fragments rest in one of the empty tray segments.

The rest if the packaging is completely and utterly empty. I’m amazed that they managed to eat all of these so quickly.

Little Mr starts to giggle: “These are good Mama, can we please buy some more?”

The response is that of course we can

By special “permission” from my children I get to “finish the rest of the packet” which of course sounded like they were being more generous than they in fact were.]

Once on board they tucked into fish and chips with gusto, and this is after having an “early dinner’ of sorts back with our hosts earlier in the afternoon!

Apparently it’s not just a second breakfast that my little hobbits require, it’s most out of character so I can only put it down to the sea air!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 21, 2018

Another Trip, This Time Southwards And Home…

The time has come to leave Wainuiomata behind us. I have had a rest, Himself took our hosts and their extended family members on what turned out to be a six hour car ride to see the hill with the longest place name in the world. The name is: ‘Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu” and I have a link to that post from our last visit below. It was a tiring day for our friend with cancer but he hadn’t actually felt up to any substantial outing for months and months so he was equally excited about enjoying a day out and tired upon their return. Little Mr and I decided to stay home and have a “chill” day, I needed a rest after several busy days and walking in the Petone Settlers museum the day before. I also knew we needed to leave shortly for the trip back to Christchurch and I would have my fill of car journeys. Now we say some misty eyed goodbyes and head back over the hill towards Wellington for the last time this trip. At least the rain has passed by and it’s a glorious day.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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June 19, 2018

A Hidden Trail…

Another familiar sight directly before entering Wainuiomata is a footbridge over the main road. This is located near the brow of the hill before the road drops down into the valley. Between Christmas and New Year of 2017, after several days of rain, Kiwi Daughter suggested to Himself that they make a long walk from here to get some fresh air and exercise. Close to the foot bridge is an area where you can park, so they parked the car there and took a small trail that runs parallel to the road but is cut off from it by a screen of bushes and trees.  After a decent walk down they looped back to the car and then came home again. It’s a reminder that New Zealand holds a myriad of trails, long and short in even the most built up of places.

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View heading in towards Wainuiomata…

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View from the other direction…

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The parking area…

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View from the top, looking over Petone and the Hutt Valley…

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Zoomed in shot of the hill taken from Wellington… (across the harbour)…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 7, 2018

A Soggy Journey Into The City…

Family Kiwidutch are staying with friends near Wellington for Christmas 2017. After Christmas Day we head into the city to see an exhibition is on the wish list of Little Mr. We make the journey from Wainuiomata, the weather is less than ideal but at least the temperature is still nice and warm. The North Island is being hit by the tail end of a storm that hit Australia, it’s raining over pretty much off and on all over the North Island at that moment.

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May 6, 2018

Cherry Lovers Find A New Delight…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Spending our 2017 Christmas Day in Wainuiomata, just outside of Wellington, we came of course bearing gifts.

But in addition to the ones destined to go under the Christmas tree there were also some gifts for the dinner table.

Our journey from Christchurch to Picton means passing through Blenheim, a region world famous for it’s award winning wines.

Less known is that both Blenheim and Central Otago in the south of the South Island both enjoy being the primary growing regions of cherries.

They both also grow apricots and Otago, many more stone fruit. We have been fortunate on our last two travels to find roadside stalls in Blenheim where we can get boxes of freshly  (that morning!)picked cherries.

I bought two boxes, one the “typical” dark red variety but the other, one new to me. It’s lighter in colour, a bright reddy-orange-yellow in parts with a white inside.

At first, I was more than a little suspicious that these cherries were not ripe, but no… this variety is supposed to look like this. I got to taste-test a few at the road side stall… hmmm, these are seriously good. In Wainuiomata our hosts and other friends also delighted in my find and agreed that the taste was fabulous. Both boxes started emptying at a steady rate. Our friends also were amazed at the prices, I paid NZD 20,– for each large box, far, far less than what they would have paid at supermarkets in the neighbourhood, or even in Lower Hutt or Wellington. The Cook Straight ferry crossing adds unavoidable transport costs to produce travelling in either direction. If we see these again in Blenheim, we will be snapping them up as quickly as we can.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 5, 2018

Christmas Dinner Kiwi Style…

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Family Kiwidutch spent Christmas 2017 in Wainuiomata, a suburb of Lower Hutt,  just outside of Wellington, New Zealand.

We have some amazing friends there, but one of whom is terminally ill, so we want to spend as much time with him as possible whilst we can.

It’s the reason we’ve made the trip north. Every visit we can make here is a bonus.

The weather in Wellington seems to turn to rain every time we visit, so apart from two days of our five and a half day stay, the weather was rather damp.

There was however absolutely no dampness in the welcome we received, warm smiles, high emotion and long hugs.

Then of course the catching up, done so much better in person than on Skype or  What Sapp or Wee Chat.

Despite our late arrival the evening before we were all prepared for Christmas Day, and our hosts laid on a fabulous Christmas Dinner as always.

It might have been raining outside but it was far from cold. The temperatures back in Christchurch were a very warm 28 C (82.4  F) due to the influence of the Southern Alps, but here in the lower North Island we got a cooler 23 degrees C  (73.4 F) which is still respectable for December and the beginning of summer.

It was still tee-shirt weather and over the entire country the Kiwi menu has evolved to make Christmas dinner more suitable for the Summer climate. We enjoyed cold chicken, cold honey glazed baked ham, and salads. Side dishes were not all cold though, boiled potatoes, roasted pumpkin, peas and gravy rounded out the main course. Pavlova, fruit cake and fresh fruit ended our meal on style. The best accompaniment to our meal though, were the jokes, stories, fun and laughter. These good friends count pretty much as “family”, in that precious way that happens to you are lucky sometimes in your lifetime. We have several of these friends so are lucky indeed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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I might not be a fan of fruit cake but custard… Who can ever refuse custard???

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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