|first day of preschool!!|
|Clean hands- I swear!|
|Ella with the mother lode|
We finally made our first road trip (yeah!!!) and spent the weekend a few hours north of Christchurch in Kaikoura. Dave was leading a group of NOLS students on a cultural component of their semester course so we joined in on the experience. Hmm, does that mean that Gillian is the youngest NOLS student in the branches' history? : ) We were hosted by members of a Maori tribe in Kaikoura and spent the weekend visiting sites of signficance to the tribe and gaining a better understanding of their spiritual and life practices.
|The archway into the Maori Marae|
We stayed on their Marae (compound) and were formally welcomed into their wharenui (meetinghouse/spiritual home) in a lovely ceremony that included exchanging song offerings between our group and theirs---the NOLS students sang 'Ring of Fire' and 'Three Little Birds' : ). Among other things, we spent the first morning collecting cockels (clams) on the beach while divers collected pawa (abalone) and prepared a traditional seafood meal on the beach.
|Dave digging up cockels|
|3 lovely ladies....|
Then we left the NOLS students as they went into the field for 3 months and we hung in Kairkoura for the day. We went for a walk at a seal reserve- beautiful weather in the town where the mtns meet the sea.
|I am adorable...and yes, I am a bad ass.|