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Postcard number: 045
Bought in: Waitakere City, New Zealand
Sent to: Maryna in Ukraine
Written and sent: 1 February 2012

Front of postcard 045: Waitakere Ranges

Back of postcard 045: Waitakere Ranges

Text says:

1 February 2012

Dear Maryna,

This is the first postcard that I’ve sent for my Postcardia project in about a year and a half, so I thought it was only appropriate to choose one from New Zealand. After all, New Zealand is home for me. I grew up in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges shown on this postcard, and spent many a weekend afternoon as a child going on walks through the native bush with my family. Back then, I was more focused on how much my feet hurt and the fact that I would’ve rather been at home reading a book – but whenever I’m back in New Zealand now, I’m struck by how beautiful the Waitakere Ranges are, how quiet and calm.

We spent two weeks in New Zealand in January this year and during that time, my parents took us to a new walking/bike track in the Waitakeres that has just been opened.  We walked along with my one-year-old in the baby backpack, pointing out the birds and trees, the waterfalls and bridges. I’m sure it’s the first of many Waitakere walks that we’ll do with her in the years to come!

Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

All the best,
Tash

This is the first postcard I’ve written for the Postcardia project since the birth of my daughter. She’s now one, and into everything. I left this postcard on the couch while I went into the kitchen for a couple of minutes. When I came back, it was in her hands, folded in half, and heading towards her mouth!

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