kate5kiwis: LONDON CALLING !!!!!


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


hello from the motherland :o)
i thought i'd try a bit of remote blogging from the northern hemisphere...
i can't believe we're here.. we arrived 36 hours after leaving behind the winter in NZ, had a sleepover in hong kong, very luxurious.

we were so excited to see greg and em at their gorgeous flat. it reminds me of the house we lived in when we were first married, in ngauruhoe st in mount eden, two doors down from the metro college. lovely high ceilings and a big old fireplace. it was so good to see greg and em again, *polar bears* all round, and a lovely walk for grapefuit-and-lemonades by the thames, right beside mick jagger's house !!!

that was the first evening. since then it's been a three-day-blur of exquisite buildings, ornate architecture, overwhelming bigness, and a feeling of connection with the whole of history. i'm really struggling for words to describe the spiritual and emotional experience of being here..

Big Ben and parliament buildings, from the Thames River, photo taken on the boat cruise.

Big Ben. I didn't realise how t-a-l-l this clock is.

Westminster Abbey. WOW. This ornate sculpturing is above the front entrance.

F and me, standing east-sides and west-sides of the Meridian Line at Greenwich.

Sitting outside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

some highlights so far: a river boat trip up the thames with my cousin and her girlfriend, greenwich and the naval museum, st paul's cathedral, big ben, the british museum, walking across the millenium bridge, and shakespeare's globe theatre where we sat in on actors rehearsing of a play.. amazing, and the tate modern art museum, where we discovered edgar degas
la petite danceuse a quatorze ans
we'll see the original at the musee d'orsay when we go to paris, but even seeing this bronze cast was overwhelming: i just stood and basked in her aura.

we have come home to babich's 'the patriarch' 1998 cabernet sauvignon and a wonderful pork-and-beef bolognese sauce on top of organic spelt flour pasta. the boys have gone down the local pub to watch the football: germany/italy. hubby is so excited to be watching football at an english pub :o)
oh, and it's such gorgeous summer weather here, humid and sunny.. (it's 32 degrees today, mel!!!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, we could do with a bit of that warmth here. But we are having a warm-er spell at present, as we have a bit of rain. So no frosts for a few days at least! Looks like you are having a fab time! Much love xx Mel

9:53 AM  
Blogger flowerpot said...

Well looks like you have got the best of the weather, the news here said a heatwave is to hit England, I laughed to myself after all the things I said to you about the weather. I am so glad you are seeing some of our beautiful sights, Oh how I miss all the buildings and castles, etc, etc. Keep up all the blogging, lovely to see a bit of home, hope I am not heading for some homesick blues lol. Hugs to you, Nicky xx

9:59 AM  
Anonymous hubby said...

What about my "Whaam"? That has to be a highlight!!

10:03 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

F (hubby) you are such a rat writing *that* :o)
now i have to qualify that the 'wham' is actually an artwork in the tate modern museum lol
love you and your crazee sense of humour xx

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Suz said...

KATIE!!!! Wowsa, how special for you both!!!! I loved reading your experience and reaction of it all...very inspiring, makes me want to hop on that plane and see you THERE! It's kinda surreal isn't it? I know I get this feeling when I stand on the steps of the opera house and think " I LIVE here!" Continue to savour all the history, sights and people, I know you will....watch out Paris!!!
...muah. xx Love you bundles Suzi

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....man am I jealous.....I would love to be where you are now!! I remember all those feelings and sights, you guys sound like you are having a fantastic time........enjoy!!

Love Alex

1:14 PM  
Blogger BeachMama said...

It has been a long time since I was in England, looking at your photos makes me want to take the trip. Glad you are having great summer weather. Have lots of fun in Paris!!

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ya,
Can't believe you are actually in London - am so jealous, have been trying to work out how a double stroller could get through the underground!!
Have you sung Waterloo yet? Have you seen Liz yet? She does a very nice High Tea...hee hee hee
The weather is stunning here - temps are around 24-25 degrees, I am getting a tan just sitting here on the computer! (and the ice on the windscreen is only about ½ an inch thick in the morning!
Love you loads

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Pearl-girl said...

hi mummy,
i hope your having a great time.
i'm starting to really miss you and i hope you and daddy
are loving it in england.
see you guys soon.
love you guys millions and millions!
:-) love rom R xoxoxoxoxo

10:18 AM  

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