A blog post by Emma
We thought it was about time to say ‘hello’ again after not being around for the best part of a year. A lot has happened whilst we’ve been away, and we’d like to share some of these exciting events with you.
Since our last post, we’ve made our annual migration from the UK to New Zealand and back again. We have been as busy as anything with work, volunteering and our most recent life-endeavours. The most significant piece of news being that our team of two now has a new explorer…
A Little Critter
In May this year, Tom and I welcomed our very own little critter into the world. He is now 15 weeks old, holds two passports, and has already travelled halfway across the globe. World, watch out, here comes Ezra Paul!
So, mums and dads who travel and adventure, we’re looking forward to hearing some of your tips!
A Beech-side Proposal
No, that’s not a typo. It was a mast year in New Zealand, so many of the native plant species were fruiting. The beech trees were putting on a beautiful display of delicate, red flowers and Tom and I decided to camp amongst them for a couple of days last year in November.
Little did I know that Tom had an ulterior motive for the camping trip. You can imagine my surprise when Tom held out his hands claiming to have found a “really cool insect” yet, when he opened them up, there was instead a ring. Either way, he could have guaranteed that I would be excited.
A Nest of Our Own
Around two years ago, Tom and I bought our first house together. It’s in my hometown in New Zealand just on the outskirts of town. We’ve been renting it out but, not long after arriving back in New Zealand this last season, we finally made the move!
What we love most about the house is the garden. In fact, it’s what drew us to the property in the first place. The section is just over half an acre, and once we cleared away the ivy and bindweed, we discovered a whole host of beautiful trees ranging from natives to ornamental to fruit.
We’ve been renovating inside, too. We still have plenty left to do, but we’re really enjoying having a project of our own.
The Adventure Continues
We’ve already got a backlog of wildlife adventures that we can’t wait to share with you.
Whilst we were in New Zealand, we visited the Royal Albatross Colony at Tairoa Heads. We also volunteered with the Department of Conservation on the Kākāpō Recovery Programme out on Whenua Hou Island. Along the way, we met numerous amazing plant and animal species.
As for the UK, we’re now settled back in and will be staying until Christmas. We’ve both been busy learning the ropes of Parenthood. Tom has been working hard out in the field surveying newts, bats and reptiles, and I’ve been on baby duty and desk-based work.
We don’t plan on stopping adventuring any time soon, so be sure to look out for these blog posts and more in the coming weeks!