No, that’s not the title of my next book. But this post does have something to do with my next book. And New Zealand. And returning.
See, in a few weeks, Wing’s World will morph back to its occasional Travel Blog form. But only after I’ve returned from New Zealand; I won’t be blogging from Godzone.* So I thought I’d better use a few posts to explain the journey. There are TWO REASONS we’re going back.
*Godzone = God’s Own Country (Kiwis are rarely boastful, but this boast makes sense once you’ve been there)
Twenty years ago, the Mate had a sabbatical and we four Wings spent nine months in New Zealand. Specifically, in the college town of Dunedin—way down at the south end of the South Island. Sons One and Two were six and four. The idea was to go somewhere
c) with a law school to host the Mate
d) English-speaking (although, in retrospect, that southern Kiwi accent was a pretty good linguistic challenge)
Plus– New Zealand?! Who DOESN’T want to go? And this was even BEFORE the Lord of the Rings movies.
The law school at University of Otago could not have been more accommodating. Here’s the mansion they found for us to house-sit during our stay:
[Disclaimer: these are uploaded from 20 year-old digitized slides. Sorry about the quality.]
The scenery could not have been more stunning. If you’ve seen the LOTR movies, you know. But just in case…
OK, OK, we get it, Gretchen–New Zealand’s gorgeous. What’s your point?
Well–remember when I said we’re going back to New Zealand for two reasons? That last photo is Clue #1. I’ll hint annoyingly about Clue #2 in my next post.
Till then–enjoy the changing of the year, and I’ll see you in 2017!