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When godwits fly

Friday, February 9, 2007 by Marianne Elliott

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I'm winging my way south for the winter, like the lovely Godwits that nest at Parapara beach in Golden Bay.

Right now I'm sitting in the lobby of a cheap hotel in Dubai (a city where a cheap hotel is hard to come by!) waiting for the Commander to arrive. I came on a morning flight and have had time to get a manicure and pedicure, buy some delicious healthy treats at the supermarket and soak in a lovely bath reading my book for an hour or so. I've got my glow back on and I'm ready for a little summer break in Aoteroa/ New Zealand.

The Commander was working in Kabul this morning and is flying in on an afternoon flight. I'm expecting him any minute and hope we'll go out for a lovely dinner by Dubai Creek, or to a movie.

For the next two weeks I'll be introducing him to my friends, family and homeland. I'm hoping the sun will come out and New Zealand will show itself off at its summery best. But even if it rains everyday we know that we'll have a wonderful time. If the weather won't cooperate with beach plans then we'll sit in cafes and eat dinner in seaside pubs. We'll go for long walks and visit Hobbiton and celebrate my niece's fifth birthday.

I won't have much opportunity to write here or to visit any other blogs for the next two weeks, so I'll be looking forward to catching up on your adventures, creations and wise words when I get back.





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18 Responses to "When godwits fly"

  1. Kristen says:

    Have a wonderful time reconnecting. I await your return to hear all about it!

  2. Susannah says:

    have a wonderful holiday, sweetpea – you deserve it! we’ll speak soon 🙂 xxops take lots of pictures!

  3. Regina Clare Jane says:

    Wow- have a wonderful and restful trip, Frida! You so deserve the reconnection with NZ and some time just for you and the Commander!Yay for Frida!

  4. Lacithecat says:

    I am so happy for you! Have a lovely holiday seeing everyone and pampering yourself (smile … looks like you started off well).Hope the black dog disappears for a while … forever! I will miss you!

  5. Novel Nymph says:

    This just sounds like a dream…have a great time!

  6. paris parfait says:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Dubai (and yes, are there any reasonably-priced hotels left there?). You sound like me when arriving in Frankfurt or London or Amsterdam after having been in the Middle East for too long – first thing I’d do was have a little pampering! Hope you have a fantastic time in New Zealand – enjoy every minute and be good to yourself! You deserve it. xo

  7. AnnieElf says:

    Get lots of rest and have lots of fun. Looking forward to all the stories when you return.

  8. turquoise cro says:

    Godspeed and make lots of memories!!! xo, Cinda

  9. Dusty says:

    Hi Frida, I came across your blog today, through the post you left on A’s blog. Just wanted to say thank you – people like you restore my faith in humanity. I went through several of your posts. Have a great holiday and may the sun shine for you always.

  10. Alex aka Gypsy Girl says:

    Have a wonderful time! Rest and Enjoy! xxxox

  11. homeinkabul says:

    Safar Bakhair!

  12. susanna says:

    Have a FABULOUS time in NZ, Frida! I’m looking forward to reading about your vacation when you get back. 🙂

  13. My Marrakech says:

    mmmmm…how very delicious sounding!

  14. Mardougrrl says:

    Enjoy…you absolutely deserve a wonderful rest! We’ll all be waiting when you get back. 🙂

  15. Lacithecat says:

    Hi Frida! You are probably nice and warm about now … and let me tell you – my toes are freezing!So apt that I thought of you obviously. Hope you are having a lovely time.

  16. Jessica says:

    Hello Frida!This is my first time here…I found you by sheer chance but have not been able to leave…your writing has left me spellbound. After growing up in India and Pakistan, so many things you write about feel familiar and wonderful- it is like finding an old friend. I hope you’re having a wonderful time away and enjoying the deserve it. And yes, your ‘Good bye’ post was stunning..the most heartfelt thing I can remember reading in so long. I love your writing and I’ll be back. I’m going to link to you, I hope that’s ok. Looking forward to your return….

  17. margaret says:

    Frida,I wanted to let you know that I copied and pasted your disclaimer, made some minor changes and added it to my blog. I hope that you do not mind. I too want my blog to reflect my personal opinions and want people to recognize that they are not necessarily those of the agency where I work. Seeing that you are a lawyer, I figured that you knew how to words things.Thanks but let me know if this is a problem.margaret

  18. Sophie says:

    I’m thrilled for you andlook forward to yourwritten meanderings when youreturn…:)

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