Kids all gone, Colin back in his court trial, just the vineyard workers, the animals, and me. But wonderful memories of a few action-packed days with my adult children, and it’s interesting seeing their reaction to the New Zealand landscape when they return – albeit briefly – from the other side of the world. Here are some photos Valentine took while she was here.
The first is the Kia Ora Dairy in Featherston. Now, I pass this every time I go to Wellington and just take its eccentricity for granted. For those overseas readers, a dairy is not where the cows a milked (that’s a bail), but a sort of local convenience store where you can buy bread, milk, icecreams, cigarettes and limited groceries. Kia Ora is Maori for, literally, Good Health, but it’s our way of saying, “Good Day” or “Hello” or “Gidday Mate”.
She took this of me riding Lily (she was on Smitty):
Then, also from her vantage point of being on horseback, she took these lovely shots looking across our netted Pinot Noir to the house:
And finally, a little vignette inside the house: