WWOOFing it Up in Kiwiland: organic farming in New Zealand 2012

3 years later and life brings me back to New Zealand. This time for a longer period, for a different purpose, with a different outlook on life than last time. I hope what transpires from a few years of travelling as far and as wide as possible across this beautiful country is a basic but decent knowledge and experience in organic farming, self sustainable living, and food production. Come and join me, there's loads of room in the car.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Last eclipse of the year

I was totally oblivious to this morning's eclipse. Missing the bigger picture events is a sign of being caught up in your own wee world. Stellar events are usually dates that I don't miss and I actually did research before I left Scotland about this one, however this month my world has been pretty sick.

This morning I was at the docs getting test results which, thank god, were normal. Today was also supposed to be the day I begin my second wwoof, the one I was so excited about, at the family cafe and farm. I had to call them last week and the mother was very understanding. She said that my health is the most important thing. I appreciated her care but it's still difficult to accept that I can't continue what I come here to do. I think this is a throwback to my career days of results and outcomes. There is no pressure from any one but myself to excel but that doesn't stop me from getting sick. Life teaching me the same lesson. The one I chronically seem to forget.

So while my body slowly recovers from this stomach infection, I've been reading books about New Zealand from the library. Organic New Zealand and, New Zealand; eye on the landscape, have been really enjoyable.

The first book is has a really good introduction to New Zealand for tourists, specifically in an organic contect with explanations of organic labelling, and brief history of the country's Moari heritage. It then provides listings for organic businesses, including accommodation, food, and shops. It's chatty, interesting and very easy to use. It's not up to date, but what directory can be? So the website can make up for this.


The second book is simply stunning landscape photos by non professionals of the natural and cultivated scenes that you can see in New Zealand. Beaches, forest, farms, mountains... it's given me an idea of where I definitely cannot miss on my travels.


My sister and brother in law moved house and had a house warming party too. It's been a busy month for everything expect organic farming!

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