Dixie, having only just read through your holiday diary yesterday evening before I left work, I have to say what a beautiful place – I would say “tranquil” too, as island paradises are often thought to be, but all the lovely people who live there, with their happy, bustling ways and traditions, I imagine make it a place that’s full of activity
. I particularly enjoyed reading about and seeing your photos of the coconut competition – it reminded me of when I was a child and my parents would buy a whole coconut for us to share, but Dad would then spend ages trying to open it without losing the milk inside, while we were all salivating for it!
Your photo of the glass-bottomed boat is glorious too! So many fish! How I would love to dive in those waters and feed them!
You made me giggle at your comment about estate agents not being needed there too!
What a great tradition to have kept alive! Unfortunately here in England, the number of people living as extended families in the same property are now few and far between, but it calls to mind the novels of Jane Austen (which I just adore!) – Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, etc. which are set in a time in England when this was still the norm.
Anyway, I digress (as always!
). It sounds like you had a lovely time, but I wondered at your comment that you wouldn't go back there - is this simply that you prefer to explore all the different places in NZ itself for your holidays, or that there are so many different places to go in the world that it would take a lifetime to see everything?!?!
"If you'd have a mind at peace
A heart that cannot harden
Go find a door that opens wide
Upon a beautiful garden."