I’m having the time of my life!
In some ways this journey began two years ago. During a Skype session, the Blogging Babes, as we’ve come to call ourselves, dreamed out loud of a trip to see Pauline in New Zealand. In 2015 Pauline joined us on our side of the world for an incredible trip to Virginia and Washington, D.C. Our time together deepened the friendships and expanded our hearts.
Now here we are three years later, meeting up with Pauline and her two lovely daughters in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Mike drove me to the San Francisco airport where I connected with Laurie. Though I dreaded the 13 hour flight across the Pacific, I was in for some lovely surprises.
Putting our heads together at Joe & the Juice, SFO (This one’s for you, Joe)
We got our sillies on five minutes into our journey, before boarding the most amazing airplane I have ever seen.
Air New Zealand flight
Air New Zealand lives up to its reputation in every way. The crew kept us well fed, smiling, drinks flowing and relaxed. We flew economy, or as Mike would say, steerage, but I can’t complain. It was amazing.
With Laurie and a charming photo bomber
This on-board satellite map kept us abreast of our travel
Pauline welcomed us at the airport, then we were off to meet her daughter, Danella and to reconnect with Kelly.
Pauline’s Siddy served as co-pilot
Danella opened her home to us, three women she’s never met and while still recovering from a broken leg. It’s an act of kindness and grace.
Danella and Siddy
She lives in a charming flat, decorated in soft pinks and greens, with a lovely garden out back. She loves garden kitsch, and has since her childhood. I had fun discovering tiny gnomes and frogs among the greenery. They made my fairy-garden-loving heart sing.
Miniature garden gnome
Just resting his eyes
Posing on a mushroom cap
Fairy garden forest
The newest addition, a gift from sister, Jo
After a leisurely morning in our PJ’s and a breakfast of tomatoes on toast (thank you, Kelly) we were off to Pauline’s. Pauline’s fans know she’s an artist and a crafter, and her space reflects her kind and creative soul. Laurie’s written a beautiful post with photos sharing that day. Please visit her post here.
Photo Credit: Laurie Buchwald In Pauline’s courtyard garden
Pauline’s daughter Jo and her partner Steve joined us for lunch gathered around Pauline’s home-cooked meal. The pampering continued with charming welcome bags filled with local gifts of chocolates and soaps, along with handmade cards, and art, deserving of another full post. (I have so much to say!)
This photo is back at Danella’s. I didn’t take any during our meal.
Steven, Joe, Kelly and Laurie in Danella’s gorgeous flat. Garden by Danella, artwork by Pauline
After dinner we took a walk on St Claire Beach, just moments away from Pauline’s home. We stopped for hot beverages before calling it a day.
Blogging Babes selfie, St. Claire Beach, Dunedin
St. Claire Beach at sunset, Dunedin, New Zealand
Laurie getting her feet wet while the rest of us looked on
Day three in Dunedin will be another post, but I’ll leave you with a bit of a photo teaser.
The Trike: Experience New Zealand
We’re having so much fun.
Blogging Babes in New Zealand
Pauline: The Contented Crafter
Laurie: Life on the Bike and Other Fab Things