Saturday, September 03, 2011

yes we are home again

Yes we are back home again - and it has been raining and I have sore calves becasue I had forgotten how many steps you have to climb in Wellington when you walk up from Boulcott St to The Terrace. I have decided I should have been in training with step climbing before I went. However we had a great time which rushed by all too fast. We caught up with Raylene and Ken in Wellington for a good night out. But we went back via the lift because I thought I would die if i had to climb the 189 steps again.

Dorothy - Kia ora is a Maori language greeting.  It means literally "be well/healthy" and is translated as an informal "hi" at the Māori Language Commission website Kōrero Māori. The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage website NZ History lists it as one of 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know, with a definition "Hi!, G'day! (general informal greeting)"
Never heard of it as a drink!

Judy - this is  a Tui - it is one of the largest of the honeyeater family and its English name is a Parson Bird. We saw and heard a few and also saw Robins, Riflemen and Fantails and lots of other birds - really enjoyed all their singing. And a few sandflies as well.

Today has been busy collecting stuff for orders, putting things away and those dreay things like washing and stuff but tonight we are going to have a curry as we have been been eating a lot of steak for some reason while we were away. I have written my part of the newsletter and I am off to cook.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Sounds like a great trip but 189 steps is a bit much! The tui is a very handsome bird - could be a distant relation of our crow or magpie. Enjoy your curry.

dorothypandorasbox said...

Hi Dale,
Wellcome home... i think I would have had to go hungry when faced with all those steps!
Thanks for the explanation of Kia Ora.... I guess it makes sense in the context of a fruit drink then.
You are much too young to remember it.... even if it did make it's way to oz! grin

Robin Mac said...

Welcome home Dale. I agree with Heather, I would have gone hungry in preference to climbing 189 steps! I remember Kia Ora cordial from when I was a child, but I thought it was a brand - long gone anyway! Cheers

Singer said...

I too remember Kia Ora orange juice. At primary school in England (many years ago) it was offered as an alternative to our third pint of free milk. We had it on special occasions only, as we had to pay for it.
Happy memories.
Jean

dorothypandorasbox said...

I'm so glad someone else remembers it too.
I wonder when it went away...

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