What a roller-coaster couple of weeks. First I was in a minor car accident (the other driver drifted over the median strip onto the wrong side of the road) so I am currently without my trusty car while it is in for repairs. A few hours after that I was on a plane to New Zealand with my youngest daughter, where we spent five days on a whirlwind mini-break.
On our return I was devastated to realize that it was finally time to say goodbye to one of our fur babies, who was losing her hard-fought battle with cancer.
I feel a little shell-shocked, to tell the truth. As you can imagine, not much writing has been done (well, none actually) and for now, I’m just trying to take some time out to process everything before stepping back in to the always frenetic pace of “ordinary life”.
I thought I’d share a few pics of our New Zealand trip – taken on a tour of the West Coast near Auckland – because this really was a peaceful, haunting and utterly beautiful location.
The waterfall at KareKare and the beach at Piha might be recognizable to some from the movie, The Piano, or the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (am I showing my age?), or perhaps the more recent Taylor Swift clip for Out of the Woods.
New Zealand certainly provided a wonderful mini-break and gave us some much-needed “time out”.
I finish today’s post with a photo of Cleo, our ginger cat who fought so hard right up to the end. We love you, Miss Cleo. Rest in peace, gorgeous girl.