Doing the Lasts

The last week in New Zealand had come. We were doing all the things we usually did, but for the last time. It was fun; full of laughter and smiles, but with a foreboding feeling of “this is ending.” Of course, we had an exciting trip home to look forward to, with a lot more new firsts, but the truth was, we were really going to miss New Zealand.

So we filled the last few days with things we wanted to do again, or even for the first time, like touring the Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory. It was a really fun little tour, with the best tour guide ever. Unfortunately we didn’t take any pictures. :(

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Following the factory tour we had to have fish and chips one last time at the beach. Of course, with more L & P to drink.

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The following day was Saturday, and the last chance to visit Nelson’s Farmer’s Market. It turned out to be a lovely day and Maria and I got some shopping done for gifts and such to take home.

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We tasted the carmalised almonds and crepes too.

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We had walked past this bead shop many a time, but had never gone in. Oh my goodness…thousands and thousands of beads of ALL types in there!

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It was coming to the end of the winter poppies, but they were still beautiful at the base of the Cathedral’s hill.

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Back home, I decided to try a new recipe for supper and of course, needed about 4 more hands to get everything done in time for our company. Good thing there were 4 extra hands ready and willing to help.

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Our company was Steve and Sharon, who we met at church many weeks before. It was another fun evening with Kiwi friends.

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Kiwi Food and Playground Fun

After returning from our road trip, we basically stuck close to home and did some fun stuff in Nelson. One of those things was trying Hokey Pokey ice cream, which is a Kiwi classic. Lydia says it tastes like Lucky Charms, when in fact, it’s “gold nuggets” of honeycomb stirred into vanilla ice cream. Note the picture of Pancake Rocks on the front:02-033
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Wes specifically looked up which grocer might have a dairy-free option, and I simply loved the container of what he found. Plus, the contents were mighty tasty too.

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I had this funny hankering for peanut butter and I think it might have stemmed from us passing the Pic’s factory a few times coming in and out of Nelson. Indeed, this hit the spot. No need to only enjoy it here though, they ship to the USA!03-030

Another popular Kiwi thing is L & P carbonated beverage. It’s a lemon flavored pop, similar to Sprite or something, but I think it tastes more lemony and “real”. I like how the website describes it as, “World famous in New Zealand.” :) We paired it with some fish and chips at the Nelson beach, before heading to the playground for some playing.06-001
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It might look like Natasha is doing the sole job of holding Myah up, but Lydia was literally about a foot away with her arm out to grab Myah. Neither girl was very stable and specifically when slightly “attached” as in a hug, any secure feelings quickly leave.
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Daniel and Wes had some fun too…
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En Route to the South

We did a lot of driving on our second day out and about. It was raining most of the ride but we still saw fantastic scenery. Of which I am not posting pictures of, because pictures from moving cars are not high quality. So here we have a few “stills” from the journey southward.

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Repeated listening to audio books in the back seat of our car, while Myah’s car seat repeatedly slid sideways on the many curves in Wes and Lydia’s car.01-017

 

Our chivalrous men fixing supper in another Holiday House in Te Anau, while we girls did laundry and warmed up by the cozy wood stove. This meal, I must say, was delicious. Wes even grilled schnitzel out in the rain.

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In Which We Receive Visitors

The day had arrived. Daniel’s sister Lydia and her husband and our niece came all the way down to see us and our adopted country. After they were kind-of-sort-of revived from lack of sleep (but not jet lag!) from a crazy journey and multiple flights, we showed them the town of Nelson. We started with some cherry blossoms at Fairfield House08-016

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Basically, we just wandered around taking pictures of everything. :)03-006

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Afterwards we headed downtown and while the little ones sat nicely in the trailer, the guys bought us hot pies which we had for our supper.

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They’re filled with meat mince, and you can get some with steak, mince and cheese, chicken and cranberries, etc… Just take them home (in a slightly frozen state) and heat them in the oven till nicely browned and toasty. It’s a Kiwi thing! 12-043

Bringing Home the Bacon

Whenever we arrive at a new place, Daniel is the scout. He’s always up before me in the morning, and usually has been to and from town, fetching staples for the pantry. The initial outing is where we discover just what is readily available, prices and so on. This time was no different, and after discovering meat was somewhat pricey at the local grocery, he researched an alternative supplier, and for us that has been Westmeat. He usually takes the bus to fetch meat, and on the first time, came home just in time for supper with a box full of meat on his shoulder. A nice variety of chicken, pork and beef, at an average of $3.13 per pound, combined. We stocked the freezer and are a happy Primal family. :)

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Westmeat has weekly specials in store, and online. So depending on the sales and what we’re hankering for, we might order it online and have it delivered to the house. In a styrofoam box. Fresh meat. At our doorstep. How about that!

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For other groceries, we go to the local Countdown store. They have specials specifically for Countdown members, similar to the Kroger sales where you have to have a Kroger card for discounts. So Daniel signed up, and his own card came in the mail. We were thrilled that becoming a Kiwi was that easy:

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Oh, we also frequent New World for certain things like almond chocolate bars, which Countdown doesn’t carry. Some of the bulk food items like tapioca flour, coconut flour, almond flour, and such, we get at Bin Inn. We don’t buy bread, but for those of you who might be interested, I did see that you can get 13 assorted buns for $3.50. From our experience, those are served sliced in half as a lunch sandwich for a Sunday noon meal with salad, soup, and such. Or whenever, probably. :)

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I still get a kick out of seeing things sold in kilograms. You know how groceries are advertised in the States as, “The BIG bag! One Extra Pound!” or some such thing? Well, here, it’s a “BIG 1.2 kg PACK”.

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I also have a fascination with spices and how they’re sold around the world. The packaging, the labels, etc… Here, these little boxes are just so darling for some reason. There are little bags inside the boxes with, of course, the spice inside.

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The carrots and potatoes (~$1.99/kg) come “pre-washed”. It’s very handy.

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We’ve been enjoying them roasted, with BBQ chicken drumsticks.

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Eggs. We have to talk about eggs. It’s always curious to find that the United States seems to be the only place that refrigerates eggs in the store. Panama didn’t, Germany didn’t, New Zealand doesn’t. Eggs aren’t that cheap here for some reason; even the “non-farm-fresh” ones are $3.69 per dozen and it can go all the way up to $9 for free-range.

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We haven’t recycled any egg cartons yet, so now was a perfect time to discover how many eggs we consume. Approximately 4 1/2 dozen per week.

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Oh the wonderful butter! It’s not officially labeled as grass fed, but as our travels have shown, all the milk cows are on pasture, so the butter is always bright yellow. $3.50 for 500 grams, on sale.

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The one food item that was completely new to us, was lamb heart. That’s one thing we haven’t eaten before, but I followed this video and it turned out quite tasty.

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