Struggling, and faint, and fainter didst thou wane, O Moon!
Came forth to help thee, with half-open eyes,
And trembled every one with still surprise,
That the black Spectre should have dared assail
Their beauteous queen and seize her sacred veil.
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- TWEET TREATS
- GARDEN UPDATE
- VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP~NEW ZEALAND
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GAMES
Mild breezes greeted me this morning as I started my chores. It's a good thing I started early, as the day has a promise of heat. The other night is was 78F at 9pm!
VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP~NEW ZEALAND
I'm so excited to introduce the country of my forefathers~New Zealand, or its native Maori name Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud.
|Mitre Peak, Milford Sound|
New Zealand is composed of three main islands, with several smaller islands as well. These islands are the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. I have lived on two of these islands and visited the third. Because of the remoteness of this country, it was one of the last lands to be inhabited by humans.
New Zealand was first settled by travelling Polynesians in 1250-1300. These indigineous people were known as Maoris and are the native people of New Zealand to this day.
In 1893, New Zealand was the first nation to grant all women the right to vote. In 1907, New Zealand was declared a British dominion, with a self-governing status.
New Zealand is a long (990 miles) and narrow (250 miles) country, with over 9,000 miles of coastline.There are two high mountain peaks, with Mt. Ruapehu (over 9,000 ft) in the North Island and Mt. Cook (over 12,000 ft) in the South Island.
Wool was the main export, as there are more sheep than people. But in the 1960's the worth of wool declined and the main export now is dairy and wine.
With this country,home to such amazing, heart-stoppingly beautiful vistas and flora, the average life expectancy of a female is 82 years and for a male 78 years. This is due primarily to the laid-back lifestyle and easy living in the mild climate.
Tomorrow we continue with exploring New Zealand with a tour of Maori Art.
|What do you call a sheep with a big gun?|
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