Christmas is widdershins in New Zealand

Widdershins is an old English saying meaning ‘upside down. When the early colonists came to New Zealand in the 1880’s, they found the seasons back-to-front. Christmas was hot and July was cold, whereas they were used to it being the other way around. “It’s widdershins here in the colonies,” they wrote back Home, “and the Christmas trees … More Christmas is widdershins in New Zealand

House sitting in Wanganui, the gracious lady of New Zealand

My grandparents emigrated from England to Wanganui in 1904. At that time it was the cultural capital of New Zealand and they were cultured people. My grandmother was known as Madame Emily Briggs, She taught pianoforte, voice production and mandolin to the daughters and wives of wealthy farmers in the rich countryside around Wanganui. Getting … More House sitting in Wanganui, the gracious lady of New Zealand