Below: The look of relief.
Nevertheless, it was glorious! Back in my old room where mum had a bouquet of sunflowers displayed, my little bathroom with a shower (a luxury I’ve since missed), the forest up the road, and our local supermarket, Pak n’ Save…
And our animals!
But I did get to see my old friend Alice the cat whose potent stench hinted that she was potentially dead at the time. But she has since officially died now, I have been told.
I met Henrietta the hen for the first time – she’s such a funny chook! Sadly, she was savagely killed by a dog this week…
Mr Tumnus and Lucy the goats seem to be surviving my parents though. So all-in-all, a successful meet-and-greet.The horses next door were still alive though:
We went to some of my favourite beaches where we saw orca whales! It was truly a spectacular experience!
Mum and I went wedding dress shopping, and found my dream dress! (For obvious reasons, I am unable to publish the dress I have bought.) But here is a photo of me wearing my mum’s wedding dress from the 1980s – what a HOOT:
Speaking of weddings, we went to Melbourne for my brother’s Mexican-themed wedding, where I was a bridesmaid. It was a lot of fun getting glammed-up and seeing my people again!
It was wonderful being home again. But I missed my man a lot – he was sweet enough to send me flowers. What a doll!
Whilst I loved my time in New Zealand, my journey in Dorset is not yet finished. We still need to go to Wales, have an all-inclusive resort holiday, have more pub lunches and go for several more hikes through Dorset first.
So while I have returned, I know I will be pulled back to New Zealand again. For now though, I will settle for Whittiker’s chocolate and Kiwi movie nights (I love Hunt for the Wilderpeople!) to nurse my mild bouts of homesickness.