My first international pet sit

Hello and Happy New Year!  I can already tell it’s going to be a good one!

I’ve just got a few more hours left in my first ever pet sit through a global platform, in this case, kiwihousesitters.com.  The owner comes home at 7:30 this evening and we agreed I’d stick around until 5 or so.  The linens are in the wash and the bathroom is clean.  All that’s left to do is write a quick blog, finish cleaning the house, and walk/feed the dogs.  I do believe I’ll miss these three little poodles:  Rosie, Gussie, and Molly.  They really are such sweet dogs, each with his/her own distinct personality. We’ve had a good time together and I have to say, I’ve very much enjoyed the richness found being in a home with pets these past 11 days and feel sure I’ll Sit again on my future long term trips. 

This is Rosie and Gussie vying for a spot on my lap.  Morning coffee time was fun with the three of them jockeying for position on a lap that would only hold two poodles at best.

This is the back deck where we spent lots of time under that huge umbrella.  The sun is some kinda strong here.  And below are Molly and Rosie keeping cool under the coffee table.

I’ve really enjoyed this tiny community.  Folks have been coming here to their family bach for generations.  There are annual events over the summer Holidays such as the annual boat race with BBQ on Boxing Day and a variety of foot races on the community lawn and BBQ on New Year’s Day.  The race age categories went from 5 years old and under (which was hilarious) up to the over 50 “Coronary” Division with the announcer assuring everyone the new community defib heart machine was on standby. 

Watching all the families was a treat.  The current census has the population as 180 and I’m sure this doesn’t reflect the very few year round residents, which I’m told numbers around 20.

Below you’ll see the Community’s Little Library and last year’s winner of the boat race along with a photo of the stream where the boat races take place.

It was so much fun to see all the families rolling in for the Holidays.  As I mentioned on FB, the homes are modest to very modest baches, but huge numbers of folks were staying in so many of them.  Many a bach had multiple cars, campervans, campers, and enormous tents covering all front and side yards for the duration.   The house across the street at one point had 8 vans/campers in attendance.

And I love how these folks are totally rigged up to attend the beach, no matter the activity.

A granddad toting 4 grandkids and assorted beach equipment.

A Mom and Dad toting their kids and equipment out to the beach.

And below a variety of tractors which have towed boat trailers for launching, which reminds me of the time Elo and Jimmy came to visit me in Alaska.  We went Halibut fishing out on the Kenai and our fishing boat was launched from shore via tractor with us in it!  I remember Jimmy saying he’d never seen or heard the like.  Ha!  I hadn’t either.

And just a few more scenes from the North end of the beach which quickly became my favorite.  I’ve come to love the Tasman Sea and am happy to report it will continue as my companion for many more weeks, including a number of weeks in Australia.

I’m including this one again (same as the banner photo) since it is my very very favorite.  I walked this stretch of beach about every day from the stream at Waikawa about 3 miles up to where the Ōhau River comes out and each day it was a different walk entirely.  I love it!

And a little video from Christmas Day showing a bit of the beautiful dunes and the Tasman at near high tide.

So that’s it from Waikawa Beach.  I’m so glad I chose to spend the Holidays here.  A treat, for sure.

This evening will find me in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington.  I wrongly thought Auckland was the capital…not so.  Wellington is on the southern tip of the North Island and is separated from the South Island by the fairly narrow, Cook Strait.  I’ll be in Wellington for 3 nights and will then fly over to Christchurch on the South Island where I will pick up a little solo campervan, so stay tuned for more tales from Down Under.

Until next time.  

 

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Comments:

  • Janet Feinberg

    January 2, 2023

    What a beautiful place to spend your Christmas. Wanted to wish you a very blessed and joyous new year.

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    • Margie

      January 2, 2023

      Thank you Janet and the same to you. Love seeing you and your family on FB. Your smile always shining. 😊

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  • Huck

    January 2, 2023

    Happy New Year Margie! Glad you got to spend some time with furry friends. Mom spent most of the holidays unpacking boxes and neglecting me. Safe travels!

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    • Margie

      January 2, 2023

      Great to hear from you Huck! Happy New Year! Glad you get to start off the year in your fancy schmancy new home. WooHoo!

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  • Rusty

    January 2, 2023

    10/10 would get in that driftwood fort. What a charming town?! Glad you’re having fun.
    Happy New Year!

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    • Margie

      January 2, 2023

      I too loved the driftwood fort! And the town/community. A rather unique place to spend time, especially in this day and age.

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  • Heather

    January 2, 2023

    Sounds like your pet sit was a really nice experience. It will be fun to follow your South Island adventure because that is where we spent our time in NZ.

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    • Margie

      January 2, 2023

      Other than the house not being very clean, it was a really great experience.
      I too look forward to the South Island. It gets most of the credit for being “the better” of the two. Can’t wait to see what I think, especially since I’ve loved the North Island so much.

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  • Charlie House Jr

    January 2, 2023

    Margaret Rita
    Thank you for the fun view of another beautiful place you have enjoyed. It reminds me of old time stories about Bald Head Island and The Generator Society. Be your blogging self and stay safe.

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    • Margie

      January 3, 2023

      Charlie House is in the house!!! So great to hear from you! I can see how you might be reminded of the early days on BHI, at least from what I’ve heard of them. Do you know I still think of you every time I walk on a cobblestone/Praguell stone street? 🤣🥰

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  • Tena

    January 16, 2023

    So glad I’m catching up on your blog posts. I love them. The video made me yearn for wide open spaces and unlimited views. Damn how I miss the ocean. What a wonderful place to spend time surrounded by dog energy and sunshine and water!

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    • Margie

      January 16, 2023

      Wide open spaces and unlimited views were definitely the big ticket items here. I loved and appreciated them daily. It really was a great way to spend the Holidays.

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