Canada, in one week. Yes, I am excited, but also starting to feel the effects of saying goodbye to the things and people we love here in New Zealand. Some of which are…
♥ Whittakers Dark Ghana. Pretty much our standby chocolate for baking, garnishing and just plain nibbling with a tea for supper. Thank you Whittakers for being perhaps the most valuable 1kg of our 23kg limit. (Please, any recommendations for a Canadian alternative?)
♥ Seagulls. Despite my bird phobia since the magpie + road bike incident, these seagulls are very characteristic of Kiwi summer beach trips and picnics. Thank you seagulls for.. well, for ensuring the beach isn’t too quiet. And that no leftover fish and chips go to waste.
♥ New Zealand sheep, and perhaps more so, the merino wool clothes they are destined to become (uh, sorry!). I will no doubt regret not buying more of this stuff when I am importing it to Canada in the middle of the winter. Thank you sheep for, well making warm clothes. And having such darn cute babies.
♥ The people: our friends, co-workers, church and mentors. For the many dinners, cups of teas, and cocktails we have enjoyed, for welcoming us into your homes on cold winter evenings, and joining us on the deck for summer drinks and nibbles – thank you.
♥ New Zealand home cooks. Alison and Simon Holst have provided fail proof recipes for my family and I for many years. Thank you Alison and Simon for your ultimate NZ Bread Book, one of my most used cookbooks, which will surely be sneaking its way into my suitcase.