A Journey North

Do not pursue life’s objectives so fiercely that you are blind to pleasure along the way. Stop to smell the roses.

After a busy week of presenting project proposals and doing some pre-holiday tidying up at Manawa, Andy and I are now off and away on our two-week holiday on the North Island. And a very welcome holiday it is!

We left Christchurch bright and early on Sunday morning and flew up to Palmerston North via Wellington. These were quick and intimate flights with Air New Zealand – with only about 12 of us on the second plane! We were met in Palmerston North by Andy’s parents – Nick and Trish – and made our way to their beautiful home where we were greeted by two very happy dogs, a collection of sheep, chickens, alpacas and miniature donkeys…and a couple of rabbits of the chocolate variety.

Champagne Charlie

Our time here has been very relaxed and has already included a visit to the Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North, a delicious lunch at the Herb Farm, a quick drive up to the Pohangina Valley, and several great meals and conversations with Nick and Trish. And in between I’ve finished one good book (The Kite Runner) and am half-way through the next (The Dirty Life). I can see why holidays are so popular!

Donkey Cuddles

Tomorrow, we’ll be heading to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Turangi¬†– about a two hour drive up to the southern shore of Lake Taupo. We’ve stocked up on apples and pears (and the obligatory dark chocolate) for the road trip and are looking forward to five days of careful listening and rigorous note-taking as we learn from some of the key figures in the permaculture movement here. We hope that it will be a good opportunity to meet plenty of these people, share our own experiences and hopes, and brainstorm ideas as we move ahead. And there are some hot springs in the area that we should probably check out…we are on holiday after all!

So if all goes to plan then by the time the next entry here comes along I will be brimming with newfound permaculture knowledge to share…and ready for a few more days of snuggling with little donkeys chez Pedley.

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