So, we are now in New Plymouth (NP) after a couple of whirlwind days saying good-bye to our Friends and loved ones in Hamilton. . .
Fairy Janine couldn't bear to say good bye to us just yet but that still left (big breath), Natalie and the fluffy but Shy Samantha and Tabitha; Robbie, Mel and their gorgeously happy Ivirangi; Scott and the bubbly C.J; our darling little Scarlet girl; Paul and Viv; Glenys and her babies Chocolate and Brindle, our beautiful Amanda and Madi Monster; and, last but MOST DEFINITELY not least, the cutest, fluffiest, snuffliest wee guinea pig, Monkey. With his snuffly little nose, his waddly little bottom, his leathery, elephant looking ears, his cute bald spot (which is just so warm and lovely to kiss) and his punk rock star style hairdo. . .
Saying goodbye to our gorgeous son was possibly the hardest of all. (I wanted to smuggle him in the hood of my hoodie to NP and keep him for another week or so, but Shelley put her foot down).
Thankfully Guinea Pigs live an average of 6-8 years and as he is only 3 and a half now and is under STRICT instructions that he has to live to a VERY VERY old age, he will still be around and ready to snuffle us and burrow into our hair when we get back, but it was still hard to leave him behind. . .
However, we kissed his bald spot, helped his new mummy to clean his hutch and left him burrowing away in his fresh hay and bid our last farewell to Hamiltron for the next two years. . .
Good bye Hamilton, we will not miss your foggy, rainy, frosty winters (but we will miss the beauty of looking across at Deanwell park in the mornings and seeing the fog winding through the trees and along the river); we will not miss the five o'clock traffic that is getting more and more like Auckland every day (but we will miss ducking to a friends for a coffee to avoid the traffic); we will not miss the hole and lack of scenery that you are set in (but we will miss the fact that you are an hour or two away from all our family and every coast in NZ); and we will most certainly not miss the Damp that seems to pervade EVERYTHING (but we will Definitely miss the people that we love and care about, the people that have taken us in to their lives and made us family, the people who have been there for us through highs, lows and middles, the people who have made our lives what they are today).
Goodbye Hamiltron, city of the future where it's "happening". . .we will see you again in two years time. During which time we will have adventures and see wonders!