'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 19 April 2009

Wed Aug 31. To Auckland

At ten past ten today we left home.  Our holiday has really begun!  A great feeling.  We arrived in Auckland and were dropped off in a park where I felt the need to relax for a few hours - I actually slept on the grass for a bit, I was so tired from last-minute packing and organising things.  On the map it looked like it should be a nice park as it was bounded by water, but it turned out to be a rather ugly piece of flat sports ground with a few dried-up conifer trees and lots of rubbish.

We walked along the road conspicuous with our packs on and  I hoped no-one would ask us what country we were from as I felt like an impostor.  I suggested to N that we put on fake accents and we experimented with a few as we walked. My pack rapidly became very heavy and I began to feel very tired and hot and wondered why I had packed so much clothing!  I am going to be carrying this around for two and a half months so I'd better get rid of some or get used to it!  
We finally arrived at our friend's house and this evening were treated to a lovely chicken and salad meal of:
Mixed mesclun salad greens tossed with thinly sliced yellow and orange sweet peppers, baby tomatoes and pieces of avocado plus a cooked and cooled mixture of sliced red onions, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.  This was topped with sliced hot chicken breast quickly stir-fried and drizzled with a garlic and oil olio and garnished with a whole strawberry (with its green top still on) sliced almost all the way through and fanned out.  As Zoe would say: "Yum, malicious!" 


  1. I love 'yum malicious'!

    I'm ever so excited to be following your journey!

  2. Debby, you are so enthusiastic, I would post it for you alone. :-)