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Most nights I find myself wishing I didn’t have to fall asleep in order for the next day to arrive. It feels like an eight hour span of wasted time, simply there to keep tomorrow at an uncomfortable distance. That is how excited I am to wake up each day. Annoying, right? I know. But, if it makes you feel any better, it’s the first time I’ve felt this way since I was a child.

Yesterday was bound to be a good day, but it ended up being even better than I imagined. I had a Friday off of work, the sun was shining and I had a plan. The plan involved snuggling baby sheep, drinking wine, picking veggies and appreciating all of the beauty that surrounds me in New Zealand.

I woke up early – obviously – and was at Farm 185 by the time the doors opened. People love buying their veggies directly from the farm and the checkout line was already a thirty minute wait. There is something very different about waiting in line outdoors, at a farm, versus waiting inside a dark, gloomy supermarket. People chat with one another, pick up additional produce as they wait, and slowly shift their baskets every few minutes as the line moves forward. I came away with heaps of tomatoes, onions, kumara, coriander, avocados, and fruit – lots of fruit – all for under $30. This kind of value is unheard of in New Zealand.

The next stop on my lovely day trip was to the Animal Farm, where I finally got up close and personal with this season’s lambs. I had been eyeing these adorable little creatures for the past month as I drove past sheep grazing in pastures, but every time I would hop out of my car to try and hug one, it would immediately run in the other direction. I figured the only way to get my fair share of sheep snuggles would be at a place like the Animal Farm, and I was right. I kissed, hugged and cuddled these little cuties until they were squirming so much that I had to put them down. Needless to say, they didn’t want my love. Luckily, the farm also had baby goats who were much more appreciative of my obsessive affection.

Then there were the baby pigs, who quite possibly have the most lovable tails in the world. Yes, I tried to hold the baby pigs as well, but judging by their instant squealing, assumed that they didn’t exactly enjoy my tender loving care.

After soaking in my fair share of adorable baby farm animals, I drove to a nearby vineyard and sat in the sun, with a bottle of Chardonnay and marveled at the New Zealand countryside. At this point in the day I was beginning to feel the need for lunch. I was so excited to get going in the morning that I skipped breakfast – if you know me at all, you know that I never skip breakfast. I was hungry and the perfect solution was fish and chips along the waterfront.

I made it home by early afternoon and figured I would nap in the sun and drink some wine, but my garden was calling my name. I ended up playing in the dirt until the moon rose in the sky. Exhausted and happy, I fell into bed, eager for yoga the next morning and counting down the hours until I could wake up once more.

13 thoughts on “My Perfect Day

  1. Love your stories! We came across your lovely cafe by following a whim one day — and were stunned to see how truly beautiful it is. The changes in seasons and the varying colors of the vines (including naked of leaves altogether) make it an interesting place any time of year. Also love Kahurangi Restaurant, where you can taste a series of great wines and enjoy the MOST delicious pizzas, very European. Ahh, New Zealand!

    • Dana, hello from at last a sunny if not cold uk unlike the pictures taken by you above.
      I trust you are fit and well and looking forward to your next adventure maybe you talked about Uk later this summer,
      Well if you are still on track to visit with Boyfriend and fantastic chef then we would be delighted to hast you for a few days in our wonderful part of the world in NorthYorkshire, history, landscapes,Lake District,coast and moors all within 1/12 hours drive and on main rail line from London.
      Anyway we are off cruising round Med today back 24 th May so let us know your plans and we will as stated love to host you and show you the highlights all at no charge you can’t get a better deal than that assuming you can fit in schedule.
      We are in process of booking for NZ this year staying across the road from 17 th Dec till March 11 th so if we don’t meet in uk we will in NZ.
      Lots of love Angela and Bruce.

  2. You have a talent for writing!! I could almost smell and feel each of your experiences. Thank you and I will look forward to future adventures!

    • Thanks so much Lila! I’m so happy that you are part of the adventure, feel free to join me in New Zealand for more exploring. 🙂

  3. Dana, you definitely have a niche for writing and the most difficult thing to achieve is simplicity in all forms let alone story telling and at the same time enlightens others not so widely travelled .
    Keep sharing with others your natural talent and I hope you find what you are looking for because God loves a tryer and I am sure you will succeed and if not then a lot of lesser mortals will be that much wiser.
    Regards
    Bruce (uk)

    • Thanks Bruce, I appreciate your thoughtful words, sometimes I just cannot seem to find the words, but other times I have lots to say. I will keep sharing! Hope to see you all again soon.

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