Sunday, August 05, 2007

Kia ora!!


Hello from sunny Wellington! Can you see me waving from down there at the bottom of the map??? I am here! Did you hear that? I said SUNNY!!! And it is winter. Here I am in the sun.... in Diana's office. There is a church meeting on at the moment, so I am trying to upload some photos for you to see. Please note the artistic one above!

We arrived on Friday morning, after almost 24 hours in the air, and after surviving LA (more much later), nearly missing the connecting flight to Wellington, Andrew's case arriving after us, no sleep and much excitement, and Diana and her friend were there to meet us. I managed to stay awake till 8pm and then crashed, but by then, we had seen Diana's home, met some of her friends, been to collect the car, ventured to Scorching Bay to the Chocolate Fish and been up Mt Vic to see the views. Just wonderful, and hard to believe we are on the other side of the world.

Yesterday and today, I got up really early and went to the beach near by and watched the sun rise. It is so special to be sitting there on the rocks, watching the sun slowly cast its rays over the water, and to be listening to the waves. Today is just lovely...... a trifle windy, but lovely. Wellington is supposed to be windy after all!! Yesterday was somewhaty blighted by the fact that Ann sprained her foot, but happily, she is more mobile today. We did manage to go around Parliament, and she rode in style in a wheelchair. Then she and Andrew rested for a while and Diana, David and I did a little shopping, before going back to the flat for a super meal.

So there you have it. We are here. I have a new role...I am "Diana's Mum" and that is great fun! They all love her to bits, and tell me they have every intention of keeping her here..... and I am getting a real view of her life in NZ. I am loving every minute of it all!

We go off on our travels tomorrow, but I will be taking photos. 222 so far, and it is just Day 3!! I am doing my best here!

16 comments:

Kelli said...

It's beautiful, Linds! Soak it all up, enjoy being "Diana's mum" and fill up a few more digital camera cards :)

Linda said...

It's so good to hear you've all arrived safe and sound Linds. You sound so happy!! The pictures are spectacular. I am thrilled to be able to see this adventure through your "eyes". Have the best time ever!!

Heidi said...

Gorgeous photos! Glad you are having a blast!

His Singer said...

Stunning, dear Linds! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

How on earth can you stand all the gorgeousness? I think I would have to have my hands eternally lifted in praise just seeing 4 or so of the over 222 photos you've taken.

Take care, and enjoy!

meggie said...

So glad to see you have arrived & are so far loving it!! And thankyou Wellington for turning on a nice sunny welcome! Feel proud of my homeland for being kind to you, Linds. Enjoy it all!!

Morning Glory said...

Linds, it's great to hear from you. The pictures are breathtaking and of course, you know I love the sunrise one best! I can't wait to read and see more. I'm so glad you're there. You sound so happy.

Crystal said...

Yeah - you arrived safe and sound. It sounds like you are in heaven - the happiness just radiates from your words! Enjoy these precious days with your loved ones and soak it all up. Thanks for updating us. Travel safely :))

Susie said...

You sound so much more relaxed! These photos are just gorgeous and I know how glad you are to have this time with your daughter.
Enjoy every moment!
xo

Jen said...

pleased youre arrived safely
we have a beautiful country dont we
are you going to the Hawkes Bay?

Penless Thoughts said...

So very, very happy for you. Your joy shines through loud & clear!!!! As it should!!!
Susan

Isabelle said...

Wonderful pictures and words! (Don't let them keep Diana, though. She's yours! As you can see, I'm really good at the let-your-children-fly thing.)

Continue having a lovely time!

Dawn said...

Wow - looks absolutely fabulous! I must go there someday. Someday!

Glad you are able to post occasionally.

PEA said...

So glad to hear you got there safe and sound and OMIGOSH, look at those amazing photos!! Such beautiful scenery! Diana must be loving having her mum with her:-) xoxo

Barbara said...

What a wonderful experience. Such great photos too.
I have tagged you on my blog not realising that you had got there. No pressure,any time. Come over and see. Hope you can play.

Barb said...

Enjoy every single moment of this great trip. What a beautiful place it is!

Dawn said...

I can't wait to hear and see more!