The one with my first day back in New Zealand

– I started the day with a little gentle yoga sesh. I actually planned to do power vinyasa yoga and within three minutes I knew that it wasn’t going to happen – my body felt exhausted from the long flight and I just was not in the zone at all. I decided to roll with that, turned off the youtube video, and put on some lovely kirtan music. Kirtan is kind of like chanting/singing, I was introduced to it when I did my yoga course on Salt Spring island (really need to do a recap on that cos I talk about it all the time), and I absolutely adore it. I’m not sure if that’s because it brings back amazing memories for me or it it’s just lovely spiritual calming music, but either way, it always takes my yoga practice to a whole new level. I just listened to my body and the kirtan music and did whatever pose felt right. It was perfect and exactly what I needed after a crazy few days of travel. (We are building on the house btw, hence the random planks and dodgy floor 😉 ). IMG_2517   Some awesome things about my first day back: 

– My mum always facilitates my lolly needs. She also encourages egg lollies as they have approximately 56% more protein than normal lollies (completely made that up FYI).


– The orchard has finally started producing real fruit! This plum was DELECTABLE. Nothing better than picking fruit straight off a tree and eating it.    IMG_2511

– We drove through the park that is very close to where I lived during my first few years of university. I used to go there all the time, and this was where I started running more regularly for the first time. It’s also where I buried my ten year old goldfish (he was a beast) and the rotunda is where I infamously left my teddy bear as a child, before forcing my lovely dad to drive an hour back to go and find him. He was still exactly where I had left him, thanks again for that Dad 🙂


-We also checked out the Auckland museum! That place is awesome. Very kid friendly, with lots of activities and hands on stuff, and there are always cool exhibitions on.  – A traditional Maori marae: IMG_2555

-Today’s exhibition: IMG_2566

-And my personal favorite:   IMG_2579

– I didn’t know this before today, but apparently a kiwi invented the whole wearable arts thing! Wow we are nifty 😉 I participated in the wearable arts competitions in highschool, my first year I made a mermaid dress with a seashell bodice and fish on the skirt, and the next year I made a ball gown out of black rubbish bags and tinfoil. Not as impressive as the below beauties but still super fun 🙂  IMG_2584  IMG_2583

– I felt a particular affinity with this mammoth, I know how cold that snow must have been on his tootsies.  IMG_2587

-The New Zealand Moa bird! I am always super fascinated by this bad boy, a bird that tall is pretty darn impressive. If they weren’t extinct I would absolutely ride one to work.  IMG_2589 IMG_2590

-I can’t talk about the Moa without mentioning our other adorable flightless bird, the kiwi 🙂 These little darlings lay the biggest egg of all birds in proportion to their body size, um, RESPECT.  IMG_2603

– Finished the day with a chocolate biscuit version of our national cutie. Delicious and adorable.  IMG_2573

Anyone been to a wearable arts show before? 

What is your country’s national animal? 

Ever heard of the Moa before now? I make it my mission to tell foreigners about it cos I think it is super interesting 🙂 Did you have a favorite toy when you were little? – My teddy bear Mr Bear pretty much ruled my world.

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10 Responses to The one with my first day back in New Zealand

  1. Tess says:

    We have the Bald Eagle, thank you very much. And yikes on that egg.

    What a peaceful way to start the morning. Sounds lovely.


  2. Wow – they really are some bazaar bras. Not sure too many of them would be comfy haha


  3. TechChick says:

    Nice way to enjoy being home again! I am quite impressed by that kiwi egg. Wow! Your weather looks nice. Definitely not the land of snow anymore 🙂


  4. runsaltrun says:

    I have never been to a wearable arts show, but I would LOVE to check that out! SO quirky and cool! New Zealand is so beautiful. It’s on my list of places to visit one day and this post just made me want to go even more!


    • Please come visit!! I definitely think we are quite a quirky lil place 🙂 ps I was just reading your post about Disneyland and I didn’t have time to comment yet but the pics are absolutely adorable!!!!! The princesses sound so sweet! 🙂


  5. So pretty! I went to New Zealand when I was in college and loved it! Enjoy being home.


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