So, after a few months, I am back! I could not be more excited to start writing again and of course exploring. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to tell you the truth. I think the last time I journaled, we were in lock-down and now I look back on it and it feels like a lifetime ago! In this time we have had jobs, lost jobs, interviewed for jobs, watched the news religiously and then cut it off completely (it was getting just a little too much)… it’s been a crazy time.
Now, of course unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, COVID-19 is still a thing, so for the foreseeable future we will be spending time journaling about our local explorations in our ‘backyard’ … luckily this is New Zealand and it is one of the most picturesque, if not thee most beautiful country in the world.
For our first adventure, I wanted to write about our recent weekend away in Matakana. Driving only 1 hour away from Auckland you will be whisked into the picturesque scenery of Matakana Coast wine country. We have visited this idyllic village many times in the past few years but this time round we decided to make a night of it.
Upon arrival we visited the Farmers Market which to be honest is a must do. There is an absolute showcase of artisans, growers and farmers from the Matakana Coast region, who have a passion for what they do and produce. There is so much amazing yummies to choose from like fruit, vegetables, delicious artisan baking, Italian sausages, organic chocolate, flowers, and olive oil. Oh, and the honey bourbon was unreal!
Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. For the past year we explored the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and now we are back in NZ dealing with the ''new normal'' and life currently in the COVID-19 Pandemic.