Wwoofing in Middle Earth

A "Ringer's" Travels Through New Zealand

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I have arrived!


Hello from New Zealand, everyone! I arrived here yesterday morning after a pretty good flight--I actually slept for 6 hours on the plane, which I think is pretty incredible. I got through customs pretty quickly, then got a bus to the city center, and from there got a bus to Warkworth, where I am now. I'm at a farm called Tranquil Heights, as I've said, but it's not really a farm at all. They've got something like 40 acres, most of which serves as pasture for their 16 cows; in addition to the cows, there are goats, which I think is terribly exciting, and a giant, sweet cat named Bella. They also have a large veggie (which New Zealanders spell 'vege') garden, but their main focus is landscaping the land around the house, which they are working to turn into a B&B. The terrain in very hilly, and from the house, which is perched at the top of one of those hills, you can actually see an inlet of the Pacific, and off in the distance the line of the Ocean. It is quite beautiful.

Luckily, I haven't really been jat-lagged at all. Yesterday, I spent a few hours pulling weeds and spreading compost, half the time wearing gumboots, which are not terribly comfortable. I ended up switching to my Crocs. I slept nine solid hours last night; todays, as it has been quite windy and rainy, I have been helping with housework, vacuuming, mopping, dusting. I also spent a good deal of time peeling silicone grout from the kitchen tiles. It has to be redone because apparently it hadn't been functioning...


It was quite ecxiting for me to encounter, first thing in Auckland, a real, live, in-the-flesh RUBBISH BIN. Granted, rubbish bins are neither alive nor fleshy, but it was nonetheless a very reaffirming sight. The people in the cafe where I found this rubbish bin must have thought I was utterly mad to be taking pictures of a trash can, but then, they probably see tourists doing strange things all the time...

Well, until next time, then!

3 Comments:

  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger anita said…

    Hi Maclovia,

    I'm glad to hear you landed well and are enjoying your day -- rubbish and all!

    Love - Your Nina

     
  • At 7:07 AM, Blogger santaferocket said…

    Ah, A Rubbish Bin! It makes me smile to remember you going on about rubbish and bins and things of a like nature. :)

     
  • At 6:20 AM, Blogger Louisa said…

    Maclovia, I am so happy that you made it safely to your destination. I looks like a very beautiful place. I am so proud of you for being so adventuresome. I know it makes your mom proud to see you blossom and grow. Me, too. Take care. Love, Louisa

     

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