Yes that cute little traveller finally made it down under yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately I was working so I picked her up late afternoon, and luckily today have time off work to show her around my lovely city. If you haven’t heard of her before let me introduce you to Punxsutawney Phyllis, Weather prophet Extraordinaire and now World Traveller Extraordinaire groundhog. Phyllis lives mainly in New York with Susanna her creator and the wiry little groundhog has decided to flex her muscles and see the world, with a bit of help from some fellow writers. Enough from me here is Phyllis to tell you about her first night here, in Auckland.
Hi! G’day! … That’s what Kia ora simply means. Yep! I’m already starting to sound like a kiwi and I have only been in the country less than 24 hours. Boy! What a long, long flight that was getting here… I thought I would be all bushy-eyed and raring to go when I got here … well you know me…hehe… But my lovely host suggested taking it easy the first night, and I am sooooo glad she suggested that I do. After she picked me up from the local Post Office I was taken back to her lovely home… see. This is the back looking out towards the city
and this is the front, yep that’s me on the letter box with a little friend who loves to read.
They have just had their house freshly painted this Christmas. I enjoyed wandering around their backyard looking in at all the nooks and crannys, smelling the beautiful flowers, shooing the sparrows, the odd fantail and black birds trying to feed from the little bird house they had nailed to a palm tree.
I am just so hooked on Hokey Pokey Icecream! This one is made in Motueka, NZ. One thing you can guarantee on when you first come to New Zealand, is a real good feed. They sure know how to impress with food. Another thing I soon learned is the friendliness of everyone. Always lots of hugs and everyone calling each other “bro” or “sis” or “cuzzie”… seems we are all one big family.
Diane tried to teach me some Maori words … like “ Kai”… meaning food, or plenty of food, “Whanau”… meaning family, or extended family. She said I was now part of her Whanau…aww, sucks! “Iti”…. Is small, “puku”…. Stomach and “Iwi” .. meaning people, nation, and “aroha”… meaning love, compassion and tenderness. These people sure have a lot of that.
It was getting really late, the weather forecast on tv said expect 22degC tomorrow with sunny skies and light winds, after a low of 9degC, which is pretty cold for them here. They are in the last stages of summer heading into what they call “autumn” (which we call back home “fall”). Daylight saving finishes next week here. It’s midnight Monday here now and 4am in the morning in Los Angeles as I climb slowly the 15 steps to the first landing to my bed, in New York it is 7am Monday morning, as I make my way along MY WING, it is 8pm Monday night in Seoul…. My very OWN BED, so pretty and with friends to snuggle up with. Diane said we have a big day tomorrow, lots to see and do and a special someone waiting to see me….mmm, I wonder who it is…*yawns*… Oh this is so nice ….. *face in the pillow*…. Soooo tired…..night all….ZZZZzzzzzzzzz
Tune in tomorrow for more of Phyllis’s adventures in the big city here in Auckland when she gets a taste of culture, heights and … is there love in the air…. I wonder….lol. See ya tomorrow!