I wish you could here. There are simply not enough adjectives in the English language to successfully describe what I’m seeing, and I certainly wouldn’t have the skill the put them together effectively to convey how beautiful it is.
So, although a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m sure justice won’t be done. The only way to fully understand would be to fly to Auckland, drive about 2 hours south and stay here at the Kauri Lodge. I loved sightseeing in Auckland the past few days, but have been itching to escape the city limits and see those quintessential New Zealand rolling hills. On the way here the scenery just got more and more beautiful, and by the time we pulled up the steep driveway of the farm we’d be calling home the next few days, we we’re gasping in awe of the steep emerald slops dotted with cows and sheep.
Jim and Lib are hosting us at their farm turned B and B and every one should stay here! The floor to ceiling windows slide open to a covered veranda overlooking the hills. Jose and I poured a glass of wine ( a Pinot Gris from Hawkes Bay where we’ll be visiting later) right away and sat out to soak it all in. The paddock comes right up next to the house, and the horses seem to like to hang out while we’re eating.
Actually, we were also joined by two of the dogs and a cat during our meal…if we didn’t practice on Aspen all the time it would be very difficult to ignore all the different begging tactics going on!
We’re both a little pooped from the frenetic pace we’ve been going, so we’ve switched to farm time and are probably going to hit the proverbial hay early because tomorrow is …. Hobbiton!!!!!!!