Alphabet Photography Project | N is for New Zealand
Wednesday, December 23, 2015S.V. CAMBRIA
Welcome to another installment of
the ‘Alphabet Photography Project’ a blog-hop
sponsored by PODcast where each week I post a picture from our life on the
water that represents a letter of the alphabet and write a short blog about it.
This week’s letter is n and (I have to admit) I struggled a bit.
I came up with a few ideas: nun
buoy (we have a great photo of Stellar
Sea Lions napping on one); nostalgia (because I can’t help but long for the
days of summer); and night (because yesterday was the Winter Solstice – my
favourite day of the year). But honestly, one of the most important n’s in our lives is the country New Zealand.
Long, long ago in a time before
the blog, David and I lived in New Zealand. Like a lot cruisers, we sold just about everything we owned, packed up what
was remaining and left the US behind to go
sail the world. The only problem was we didn’t own an ocean-going boat.
In 2000, New Zealand received a lot of attention because of the America’s Cup.
ESPN televised the races live and Tourism New Zealand started a huge
advertising campaign, using the coverage as a platform. At the same time, just
about every edition of Cruising World and
Sail Magazine seemed to run a story
about the country. We were sold. Not only is New Zealand knock-your-socks-off beautiful, the US dollar was strong at the time and
the exchange rate was in our favour (around $.040). So, we hopped on a plane
and flew to Auckand to search for our new home.
We found one and spent the next
two years prepping her to go offshore. In the meantime, we fell in love with New Zealand and what was supposed to be a six month stay turned into six years. A
lot happened between the time we arrived and the time we left (including buying
another boat – that would be Cambria – and starting the process all over again), but I won’t bore you with
We did a lot of cruising while we
were in New Zealand and one of our favourite places was the Bay of Islands, so I really
wanted to use a picture from our time there. Because Christmas is this week, I
chose this one of Marsden Cross overlooking Cambriaanchored in RangihouaBay. It’s not the most beautiful place in the BOI, not by a long shot, but
its historical significance is timely – the cross marks the spot of the first
Christmas sermon given in New Zealand.