Five years ago today this blog was born: two years after I first went to New Zealand. I say 'went' instead of 'came' because at this moment I am not in New Zealand. Nor, in fact, am I in my 'other' home of Scotland. I am hidden away in the Italian Tuscan countryside. It is a Sunday morning and all's quiet, very quiet.
I was wondering how to commemorate the day. I could search for my favourite posts or photos or a summary of some sort. I even contemplated writing about why I love New Zealand and my life there. I've decided, though, just to seize the moment and post a few ordinary reminders of my life in New Zealand.
Blogging has become such an important part of my life and, through blogging and particularly in New Zealand, I have made some truly wonderful friends. I won't use the word 'real' because some of my blog friends are as real to me as those I meet face to face.
Most of my reminders are to do with thoughts of my friends and my special New Zealand family but there are some other reminders:
The hills of Hawkes Bay
A picture of a Kingfisher in pastel which hangs in my study by Catriona aged 9
Some of the things which make The Cottage my home