It's been about 1 1/2months
New Zealand presents itself with new suprises daily. I feel so lucky to be in this beautiful country surrounded by beautiful people. It is important to take deep breathes and absorb what is around you.
During my week of travelling from the South to North Island, I have met marvelous travellers and Kiwis of which I was graced to share their homes and meals. There is so much I could say about my travels here, but there's too much to tell about a days travel to do it any justice.
Yesterday, I arrived at the Celtic Winery where I am and will be WWOOFing and learning a great deal about the organic wine processes. Today, I labeled some Feijoa fruit wine by hand, peeling and sticking the labels on the clean skin bottles. Feijoa is a native fruit which has the texture of a pear/banana and tastes like perfume and is about the size of a Kiwi fruit. The next step was to put the foils on the tops of the bottles which I did with a tool like a hair dryer and just used the heat to basically melt the foils on.
Here at the Celtic Winery, they have been using celtic/organic ways of producing various fruit wines for about ten years. Tomorrow, we will be getting in some Malbec and Merlot grapes from Hawkes Bay to do some crushing (by foot) and destemming (by hand). I am very excited about this whole process.
Also today, I met Goose, the goose and Barbra and Pip the sheep to whom I fed the weeds from the vege garden. There are also a handful of gorgeous horses that graze around outside my window which are the neighbors racing horses. After the days work, I went for a run on Hokio Beach which was stunning. There were about 5 people on the entire beach. I saw full fish skeletons and loads of crab shells, a dead jelly fish and heaps of cool looking shells.
Looking forward to tomorrow.