…I’m giving up on doing the day-by-day posting on our trip to New Zealand. It seems a little silly to keep trying to do that when we’re leaving for our next trip two weeks from tomorrow, doesn’t it?

Some highlights — our two houses on the south island were both really cool. On the east coast, we stayed in Woodside Cottage, near Blenheim and Kaikoura. The house was right in the middle of sheep pastures, so we were surrounded by the sounds and sights of sheep the whole time, which was pretty much exactly what we wanted as it involved very few other humans. 🙂 We walked along the black sand beaches and cooked several pretty amazing meals, as well as spending plenty of quality time lazing in front of the fire.
Here’s the view our our kitchen table and the pastures beyond (and the ocean way off in the distance):

On the west coast, we stayed at the Okari Lake Hideaway, which was even more remote than Woodside Cottage — we shared it only with Oliver and Edwina, our flightless bird friends who tried incessantly to get into the cottage. Having been fairly warned by our hosts that weccas tend to get very nervous once they actually get into the house and…void their digestive systems…we made sure that they didn’t succeed in their quest.
The view from our porch at Okari:
Oliver or Edwina: