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Greetings from New Zealand/Aotearoa

Kia Ora!  Beautiful spring day in Christchurch, actually Kaiapoi, just north of town, on the south island.  Arrived Sept. 25 and hit the road on a driving tour (in a Hummer, no less) of the west coast for five days.  Got back to Christchurch Sunday night, the 30th.  Will post pictures soon.

As amazing as it is to be traveling, I must say it’s run me down much faster than before.  We’re staying at M’s client’s home in the country.  Ten acres with sheep and cows and fruit trees.  It’s wonderful, though I feel guilty about sleeping in and in this case, sitting in bed blogging  when I probably should be socializing with my host (the client’s partner, 2 y.o. daughter, and sister visiting from Australia).  But since I’ve not posted in some time, I thought I’d at least say Howdy and that I’m okay.

More news from the front later.  The food has been terrific.  I’ve eaten more potatoes in a week than the entire year in the States.  The potatoes here are magnificently delicious.  Never thought I’d say that – I thought I didn’t like potatoes.  Turns out they just don’t taste good in the States!  These are as good as the ones in France, possibly better.  Had delicious poached flounder last night.  Heavenly, especially watching M. gingerly debone an entire fish on his plate – twice!  I should’ve taken pictures.  Rats.

Am coughing more now, though actually less than in the States.  The air is very clear but since it’s spring and the orchard is blooming, I suspect I have some pollen allergies.  Thrilling to be here no matter what!  I can see why people don’t want to leave…