New Zealand Aroha
I love it when events and ideas align. I love it when something new, something interesting, emerges and keeps showing up, until it's like a theme, a pageant. Recently we have been enjoying a New Zealand immersion. And all of our little brushes with that far away place made a gift from Campbellgirl, of "The Sound of One Hand Knitting," even more meaningful and dear. She celebrated her 1 year blogiversary with a very generous and handmade giveaway(s), and I was one of the lucky winners! It really is particularly fun to be a winner when there are other winners too, so I can say Yippee! and not feel bad about the nonwinners. Just saying.
Aroha is Maori for Aloha and we are very thankful for the aroha Campbellgirl sent our family. She made this wooly, knit brooch, which reminds me of being warm and snug and even of a lovely snowflake... after all it is winter in New Zealand! Check out the cozy pen! I've never seen a wooly pen, have you? It's so cute. Pens disappear here, among the artists and story writers and now there will be no question of which pen is mine. Maria likes to acquire pretty things (an inherited trait?) and I crack-up when she starts making a move for something of mine that she wants. She even casts her eyes demurely and says reasonably, "We can share."
My brother and sister-in law were in New Zealand and ever since then I have been enchanted with all of the happy stories they shared. They were totally taken with the country. Then came The Trilogy, and William filled our heads with all sorts of interesting and engaging movie trivia, much of which centered around the film locations and enterprising work of the Kiwis. William has an insatiable appetite for the process and production efforts of movie making. He is a great resource for back stories and how it was made knowledge, so we were getting all kinds of insights, and visions of The Lord of the Rings and New Zealand. Then our friends, Tamsyn, Carol and Gene went to New Zealand, where they have family. They returned with more stories and enticements, beautiful photographs, and kiwi shoes for baby Maria. Tamsyn posed for a picture in the forest that had been Rivendell. Cool. My friend Anne has family in New Zealand, so they've been too. We've been watching nature and travel shows about New Zealand, and there is some consensus that we should go there. (A detail that Geoff may not be aware of, because he works until midnight and most weekends, but we'll be sure to let him know if there are any pertinent developments.)
Campbellgirl sent us kiwi fabric and kiwi fabric. Did I just repeat myself? Yes and no. It's the fuzzy, cute fruit that they call kiwi and the fuzzy, cute bird that goes by the same name. And now we have a kiwi pin cushion and needle book too. And a recipe for anzac biscuits, which I am learning have an interesting history and New Zealand association.
And to sustain us while our biscuits are baking, she sent one last bit of local color, which is pretty hilarious. As Kiwi as... Slippers? Hilarious. We call them flip-flops, in Hawaii they are slippahs. And whatever they call them in New Zealand, now we know they are as local and prized as chocolate covered marshmallow fish!
Yup, we like New Zealand. Well, not that we've been there, but technically we do. That was a little nod to our favorite New Zealand band, "Flight of the Conchords."
Campbellgirl, thank you. We love being winners in your anniversary celebration and we love New Zealand. Thank you for bringing New Zealand closer to home for us.