Sunday, 13 January 2013

KiaOra

each stick+bundle is balanced carefully on the next and we managed to take them one by one without having anything fall over


i really like the trans-Tasman flight
it's just the right length for dinner and a movie
along with a little string-making

i made a small vessel [to hold water] from a Qantas sickbag

and
when i arrived in Auckland
a very nice gentleman wished me a welcome home
what more could i want?


we are now two days into class
and it's a joy
at the end of last year i felt a bit tired and wobbly
but so far this week has felt like a kind of reaffirmation of faith
of course it helps that i love being in New Zealand
[Auckland has a gently humid climate much like New Orleans
and i can feel my wrinkles melting away] 

but also
the class is already becoming a kind of "loaves and fishes" event

one participant is married to a patissier...and 
brought exquisite tiny lemon meringue pies today



another brought muka, which she allowed me to soak in a leftover dye bath
tomorrow we will twine some string from it



someone else brought walnuts, a fourth gathered seaweed for class


as for me?
i'm in love. something i didn't think could happen again at my age



meet my new best friend, tanekaha

23 comments:

  1. Welcome to Aotearoa once again!

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  2. Such a joyful post! And one that me wishing that I was in that class as well. It's good to hear that you're over your wobblies and are having a bit of fun teaching again. And to have fallen in love again...how wonderful! Do you think you'll be moving to New Zealand soon to be nearer you new love? (giggling a bit as I write that...sorry, couldn't resist)

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    1. so tempting. and given so many New Zealanders move to Australia, they might even need an extra body here to keep the balance...

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  3. Mmm, that lemon meringue pielet looks delectable. As for your new best friend, wow.

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  4. Wish I was a fly on a branch. I would love to be there. And,the airfare for a fly to New Zealand would be much cheaper.

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  5. i love your new friend too...........

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  6. i think that you deserve some days like these.

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  7. leaves introduced, faith confirmed, in love again- sounds perfect

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  8. I feel a joyful contentedness from this post, and it feels good!

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  9. I just read this on FB from Mags Kandis...“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
    ~David Mamet~

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  10. wish I could show you a pic I took of someone who made a tee pee by Lake Erie out of driftwood. It sat through two winters. Went there recently and the city is redesigning nature and the tee pee is gone.

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  11. welcome home Indi - MUKA - what a great gift.....very therapeutic to make yourself. Sounds like that class is full of wonderful sharing likeminded people. Enjoy. xx

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    1. thanks pet, so good to be back. it's been a L O N G time.

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  12. I love New Zealand....and I am sharing your blog post with another fiber artist in Columbus, Ohio named Rosa Roja....please I look forward to you two meeting through our shared journeys... Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  13. WHOA, what color! Have never heard of that genus...but those branchlets/fans, wow.
    As for those little delectable pies, kinda speechless ;>P [tongue hanging out]

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    1. Tanekaha is its Maori name...
      Phyllocladus trichomanoides (Tanekaha) is a coniferous tree native to New Zealand

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    2. "celery-topped pine", they are not kidding. Google images is loaded with close-ups that make me think of soup ;>]] What an extraordinary conifer, but that color, I can't get over that dye color. Was this an *accidental* discovery?

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  14. Whirling around the whirl with you is a heart warming adventure. X

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  15. Oh I'm green with envy, it all sounds so peaceful and giving and gorgeous.. one day I'll get there.......

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  16. wish you could see me smiling ear to ear for you!

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