Feeling knackered this Monday but grateful.


Gannet Colony #Auckland

Went down to Wellington on Friday morning and presented BlogCamp Wellington on Saturday. It was a small group but a cool group. One of the best things about travelling around NZ and teaching blogging is the opportunity it gives me to meet such amazing people. And people are sooo generous with their lives and their stories!

The day passed quickly with only a few hiccups. The lost ones did find their way eventually. The Geek from Geeks on Wheels did show me how to change my screen resolution! (Tut tut technical me!) The whole event went down well if the early feedback is anything to go by.. (Thank YOU Meghan!)


There were some great additions to the goody bags from EcoStore NZ which made the inside of my bag smell beautiful, and Trilogy Skincare donated this beautiful prize pack.


Beautiful Trilogy Skincare pack won by Meghan M. Lucky girl!


Before I knew it I was sitting at Wellington Airport with a one of these in hand.


As I sat waiting for my flight I looked out over the dusk smudged runway and remembered the last time I had sat in that very spot – 12 years ago. I’d had a long day presenting an event that day too and I had a great deal on my mind. I remembered looking over at a couple, about my age, holding hands and just so into each other. I looked over her beautiful wedding and engagement rings enviously. They sparkled. Not so much an indication of the diamond cut, but rather of the quality of the relationship. I could see it too still sparkled.

Back then  I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of grief as they called my boarding call. You see, that week my ex-husband moved out.

And yet, here I was sitting at Wellington Airport in the exact same spot waiting to head home to my kids – now grown – and my Englishman – now here with us, not on the other side of the world.

How grateful was I for how much my life has changed!

Sunday was of course Fathers Day and the kids treated my Englishman to a special day. We’ve often found Father’s Day to be a tricky day as the loyalties of family become confused and stressed, but thankfully this year it was stress-free. A beautiful day marking the first day of Spring we all headed out in the old family jalopy and drove over to Muriwai Beach on Auckland’s west coast.

So beautiful.


‘How lucky are we to have this place as our birthright!’ I murmured to Son, as I looked out through a veil of flax to the grey dark sands of Maori bay.

Standing at the observation point looking down over the Gannet Colony I was reminded of how far these birds travel – from Australia and back to this place, their sanctuary – where they will raise their young. I listened to their cries but couldn’t discern one rasping craw like the desperate seagulls, instead their was simply a sweet refrain of gratitude.

I knew exactly how they felt.

Grateful for my journey, grateful for the quiet – however fleeting – and grateful for my family. And my beautiful home Aotearoa.


'Gratitude' has 11 comments

  1. September 2, 2013 @ 12:14 am Sarah

    Beautiful to read and made me feel so happy for you and your family xxx


    • September 2, 2013 @ 10:31 pm vegemitevix

      Thank you Sarah. Don’t forget if you want to join in with Auckland BlogCamp this weekend that you can ‘dial in’ or watch later via the webinar ticket. Had to laugh when I rang Citrix yesterday the guy was telling me all about this cool company they bought in NZ called Beetl. 🙂 x


  2. September 2, 2013 @ 7:02 am MidlifeSinglemum

    Sounds like you have arrived. 🙂 and xxx


    • September 2, 2013 @ 10:29 pm vegemitevix

      🙂 Such a journey eh! Glad to be here, at this point. x


  3. September 2, 2013 @ 10:15 am Elizabeth Collins

    Yay – sounds like an amazing weekend :-)!

    Looking forward to seeing you (and many others) again this Saturday!


    • September 2, 2013 @ 10:29 pm vegemitevix

      It’s going to be great! Got some amazing Iphone/smartphone apps to share with you all!


  4. September 2, 2013 @ 10:26 am Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick

    Thanks so much for Saturday was so wonderful. It was an absolute pleasure to spend Saturday with you. You are so inspirational and already I’ve put much into (oh and so much more to do ekk scary) practice on my blog. I look forward to spending a lot more time with you and learning so much more from you since I think I’ve only just scratched the surface Mx


  5. September 9, 2013 @ 10:21 am Wellington Chic

    Hi Vegemitevix, I have just found your blog and your post about the BlogCamp Wellington you recently hosted and I am sad that I have just missed out on it!
    It sounds fantastic and I look forward to hearing about the next one you host in Wellington. If you keep a database of people interested, feel free to pop me on it. Thanks so much.


    • September 10, 2013 @ 12:59 am vegemitevix

      Hi hun, thanks for your comment. Could you please send me your email address and details to so that I can put you on the database. I am thinking I might be heading back down to Welly in November. Cheers Vix


      • September 12, 2013 @ 12:01 am Wellington Chic

        Hi Vix, thanks so much for your reply.
        I have sent my details through to your email and look forward to hearing about your next one when it comes up. Thanks


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