Welcome to New Zealand……

A big week indeed – my wonderful and very brave parents, Richard and Venetia Winkfield have made the big move and migrated to New Zealand to start a new life, leaving behind a very full and old life in Zimbabwe where they have always lived.

Bruce, Sophie, Harry and the dogs waiting for the arrival of the bus from Wellington – 42 hours of travelling almost over and then the surprise of finding their house completely ready to move in.  Certainly a day to remember and a new life ahead of them.

Talking of Big Days -the gallery has been very busy today with interesting visitors from all over the world seeing out the final of the Rugby World Cup with much anticipation for this evenings final match between France and New Zealand. 

We also had a group of ladies visiting from the Waikato on a Takaro Trails bike ride.  A fun thing to plan and do – bike ride around Hawkes Bay and be royally looked after by Jenny and her team at Takaro Trails based in Napier.  The support is excellent and they even bring a van to pick up the shopping!

The Conservatory is only a couple of weeks away from being finished and is looking fantastic.  The garden is lush and green responding well to Bruce, Vicky and Gary’s attention.  We have lots of new sculpture coming into the garden – with some lovely pieces from our last trip.  One of them is this serpentine stone owl by Semeti Chiwahwa from Tengenenge which  is about to migrate to Birmingham, England having been chosen by some English visitors recently.

Finally, Sophie has been teaching Archie how to do the Haka in preparation for this evenings big game. A complete natural!

Until next time, thank you for reading and Go the All Blacks!

Louise and all at Birdwoods x


About Birdwoods

My husband and I are the owners and operators of Birdwoods - a well known visitor attraction 3km out from Havelock North. We moved to New Zealand 14 years ago from Zimbabwe where in another life we owned a farm in Africa! View all posts by Birdwoods

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