When you speak the same language, sort of
I turn often
Please don't overtake
when I indicate
The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. It takes its name from the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed, on 6 February 1840. This day is now a public holiday in New Zealand. The Treaty is an agreement, in Māori and English, that was made between the British Crown and about 540 Māori rangatira (chiefs)...
The Treaty is a broad statement of principles on which the British and Māori made a political compact to found a nation state and build a government in New Zealand.
Their home feels like home. It has soaring, 12-foot ceilings and gleaming wide-planked floors made of kauri.
Inside are 28 years of good books, art, mementos, and life.
They insisted on making a picture of us, here on the front porch.
A tour of the garden is next, clearly loved and tended with care.
Jillian shows us her vegetable beds, compost, and native trees. Of course I feel right at home.
This swan bush is covered in monarch butterfly caterpillars. The shrub is related to our milkweed, US monarch's favorite food.
Eating their fill, soon to burst into flight.
Our airbnb apartment is connected to their home but completely separate. David's parents lived here until their deaths.Here, the dining table and what looks like a fine reading nook.
The tidy kitchen has everything we need.
Bedroom. This is an enormous rental, with a TV room also and a door to the fresh air of the front porch.
Here's the start of our lunch, straight from their garden. Cos lettuce, late tomatoes and, basil. They vibrate with the flavors of summer.
Plus a ripe passionfruit (from a garden tree), explosively perfumed.
With sauteed, onions, mushrooms, and kale, plus some cheese, it looks like lunch.