A little glimpse back to the land of the long white cloud (apparently I'm having a hard time letting go)...
When Lowell and I lived in NZ, we lived in a cutesie cozy little homey cottage.
It was located in a vineyard/horse/strawberry field/produce stand area.
We basically lived in the country with every convenience the city has to offer about 6 minutes away.
(our Hollywood-esque driveway)
(Part of our extremely expansive yard)
The cottage was a little rustic and definitely had character. Birds lived in the chimney of the pot belly stove, and random cats came for regular visits.
Yes. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful and very "Alice in Wonderland"...
Welllll, one of our friendly little "neighbours" spent it's time trotting along the ceiling above our bedroom. Lowell suggested that perhaps it was a rat, but given the history of birds in the chimney, I gently told him he was being stupid, and we decided that it was a sweet, innocent, non-disgusting bird.
Now fast forward. After we moved out of the cottage and traveled around the country for two months, we returned to the homestead to bid our final farewell to the family next door. At this time, they gave us a 'cottage update'. Apparently the new tenants could not sleep at night due to the noise in the ceiling. They decided to investigate. They climbed up to the roof and looked inside where the entire floor of the ceiling moved with tiny RATS. GROSS. The false ceiling was muffling most of the noise, but the rats freely transported themselves in and out via the overhanging tree. GROSS GROSS GROSS. I'm soooo glad I didn't know that. I think I would have become all sorts of mentally INSANE with the knowledge that HUNDREDS of baby rats were sharing my bedroom with me.
And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why ignorance truly is bliss.
This blog started as an engagement announcement, turned into a travel blog, then became a way to journal life with Fraser, Stefan, and puppy Kumeu. Recently, it has undergone yet another transformation. As Lowell and his guide, Mark, set their sights on Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, this space is used to document their progress. I MAY be a little bit proud.