sorry if I didn't write so often last week, I have been very busy and I couldn't find any time to write.
First of all, I really enjoyed your last blog, Simon!!
My package now is in Italy, with my parents in law....I will see it when I'll go back (I don't know when yet!!).
Anyway, I have to tell you that I really don't like exams. I remember every time I had to take ones at the University...I was so nervous and, strange but true, for the few last ones I used to close myself in the toilet for a couple of day before..Ahahahha!! It wasn't funny at that time, though.
On the contrary, I love flowers, also if I don't have a green finger (is it correct this in English?). Anyway, I want to say that I am not really good with flowers and every year some plant dies.
I take advantage from this topic to show you some of the native plants you can find in New Zealand.
My favourite ones is the Pohutukawa.
Pohutukawa is a tree and its flowers are red and they have a particular shape. The bloom happens in December so, when it's Christmas time, New Zealand is completely red. There are many trees also on beaches and it's just wonderful seeing blue ocean, yellowish sand and red trees!!
Another plant is the Koru, the baby fern frond . Unfortunately, last time something was wrong with my koru symbol image. I try to show you it this time so that you can see the similarity between the plant and the Maori symbol. I hope to be luckier this time!
Kauri is the most imposing tree I have never seen. It is the biggest but not tallest species of tree in the country, with trunk diameters that rival Sequoias. They attain heights of 40-50 meters and have smooth bark and small oval leaves.
You can see me in the picture.....I am so small comparing that huge Kauri!
Gorse is another kind of plant. It is a bush with beautiful yellow flowers and you can see hills just covered by them.
And now I would like to show you the rain forest. We went there three years ago, close to Rotorua, in the middle of the North Island. The atmosphere inside the forest is just amazing! It seems to be in another planet with no noises except for birds and the wind among leaves.
And now your comments:
Marianna, I like Tiki as well, maybe more for its fertility "power" than for the other meanings. I think it could be a nice gift for new married couples. My husband gave me a couple of green stone twist earrings and I love them though!
You are right Ernesto, there are many theories regarding UFO and the Tiki!!
Hi Ana Paula! Thank you for your link, I read about the movie and I am so sorry I didn't see it. I will find it so I will find out more about it! About Maori I only saw "Once were warriors" but it is about the violence inside Maori families. This is, unfortunately, a big issue here.
Regarding "The Lord of the Rings" I can just tell you that the landscapes are just like in the movie. They shot around all the Country and there is still the Middle-Earth with the Frodo's village. Now it's just a tourist place and you have to pay to visit it. Unfortunately there are just the holes of the houses in the rock, nothing really interesting to see.
Hi Pary, sorry for your previous comment! I agree with you, our brain is complicated and it is not easy thinking in two different languages. Mistakes are inevitable I guess.
Thank you Anita for your comment! I am usually very careful about what I eat but I have to say that I am greedy as well....so sometimes I buy chips and some not so much healthy snacks . I always read the labels to check ingredients and I try to find something well balanced. Yes, I control also the substances added for the flavour and the colour and the calories as well. I usually read the name of the producer and the Country the product comes from. There are different food laws abroad such as limits and ingredients permitted.
I don't like fast food so I prefer cooking myself and I am also lucky because my husband cooks as well!! I like baking cakes, pizza and bread. I think it is very relaxing too. Our meals are always based on cereal (especially rice), vegetables, pasta, fish and few meat. There are some exceptions of course! I have to say we don't eat much fruit, especially during the Winter and we drink alcohol just in rare occasions.
I love butter and I could eat it just like that. Unfortunately it's not healthy eat it often so I usually dress my salad and cook with extra virgin olive oil.
I eat about 4 times a day but the better way should be 5 times so your metabolism works better and your digestion is much easier.
I hope I answered all your questions. If it is not so, please tell me.
I look forward to reading your next comment!
Nice to meet you, Leila! I can't imagine how was Aotearoa 30 years ago!! I guess there were much less people and it was very very quiet! Am I right? Mt Eden is very nice and the view from there is splendid I reckon!
Thank you again for your comment and, please, write again!
Thank you Cristina, Jorge, Naweed, Felicitas and Silwal for your comments and compliments! I hope to read more about you next time!
Well, that's all for now.
Have a wonderful day and see you soon!!
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