The New Zealand government came through and has kindly provided a very tidy solution to my 101 in 1001 goal of finding a way to have a mid-year celebration to brighten winter. Today is the first ever public holiday for Matariki, which is celebrated in mid-winter, when the Matariki cluster of stars rises and becomes … Continue reading Mānawatia a Matariki!
We’re staring down the face of the next lot of school holidays (only a few weeks to go, eek!) and once again Hayden and I are starting to think about how we can a) make sure Amelie is being well looked after and having fun, b) make sure we get some work done and c) … Continue reading A week working on location
Ah January! A month of holiday, sort of. We've been back at work since the 10th but Amelie was off school for the entire month – a new one for us; this is the first time we've had school holidays to contend with! We made it through but I can already tell that for next summer … Continue reading Five things in January
If there's one thing New Zealanders do well, it's shutting down and taking a break over Christmas and New Year's. Each of those dates has two public holidays associated with it, and those public holidays are 'Mondayised' (applied to the following workday if they happen to fall on a weekend) so almost everyone with an … Continue reading A week on holiday in Mangawhai
1. Strawberry season The best strawberries are Te Arai strawberries. There's a farmstand set up in Mangawhai several times a week, and I don't bother buying strawberries unless I'm buying from them. That doesn't mean we miss out though! I'm very dedicated to picking up a punnet whenever needed. Strawberries are my favourite fruit and … Continue reading Five things in November