New Zealand, being in the Southern Hemisphere, has a few things backward, especially their seasons. When July and August hit, instead of being outside on patios enjoying hot sunshiney days, camping with friends and family and having yum bbq's, the Kiwis are inside huddled around the fire trying to keep warm (or, in my case, snuggled up with a hot water bottle). And then, when the rest of the world is cozy inside with hot cocoa, warm pajamas and slippers, sweetly anticipating the Christmas festivities to come in December, the Kiwis are in shorts, t-shirts, jandals (their word for flipflops) and drinking beer on patios. Although I cannot see how it could fit at all, they sing Christmas Carols about sledding in snow and wearing winter jackets outside. How wonderfully bizarre!
Mid-Winter Christmas Market 2012
One local woman, originally from Germany, found this Kiwi tradition to be too far from her home traditions, and decided to make a change. She introduced the Mid-Winter Christmas Market to the city of Tauranga held at the Historic Village. This gives citizens a chance to appreciate and enjoy the cold weather, bundled up in scarves and toques (the Canadian word for hat or beanie), sipping on mulled wine or cider, purchasing unique crafts as gifts for loved ones and singing along to Christmas Carols. This year boosted wonderful foam snow flakes being blown throughout the village, heaps of activities for the kids to do and oodles and oodles of yum food to purchase! 
Luke & I enjoying a sample of delicious mulled cider in front of the big Christmas Tree
This year I was lucky enough to attend the Mid-Winter Christmas Market as a Mobile Posh Nosh staff member, happily handing out Spiral Fries to the eager attendees.  Mobile Posh Nosh is acquainted with Food By Design, a fantastic catering company owned by my good friend, Terri. 
Mobile Posh Nosh's Team - Providing Spiral Fries and Smiles
We had a fantastic time spiraling our potatoes onto the sticks, frying them up and dipping them in one of the delicious, locally-made sauces. Spiral Fries were a great hit, with many customers searching around the entire village just to try one. You can guarantee that come this summer, you'll be seeing much more of Mobile Posh Nosh's unique yum treats!!
Mid-Winter Christmas Market - Daylight
Mid-Winter Christmas Market - Nighttime Beautiful

May 7th, 2012

Star #1 - Today we are off on a new adventure. We will be travelling from Tauranga up to Auckland to spend the evening with friends, then over to the Coromandel Peninsula tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to our wonderful wwoof hosts and move on to the next part of our journey... another wwoof host! We have had such a wonderful experience here in Tauranga, and have already decided we will be back! This family lives in such a community lifestyle that it's irresistable. Goodbye to our Tauranga wwoof family... for now.
Star #2 - Looking back a few days, I had an absolutely wonderful birthday! Thank you to so many of you that I spoke to or wrote with! It was a great day filled with relaxation, sunshine, a lovely pedicure, birthday beers, beautiful flowers and a delicious lasagna dinner with cake!!
I felt, and still feel, so spoiled! I love it :-)
Star #3 - Recently I have helped our wwoof host with a new website that she has created for her new company. She "let me free" on it and I was engrossed for hours! I forgot how much I enjoy online marketing and fiddling about on a website! It such is nice to see a finished product and be proud of you work!!
Our next wwoofing adventure will be at a personal development retreat centre so it will definitely be a different experience. (likely no kids waking us up at 6:30am!! but also no kitty cats to cuddle) My wish is that we enter the new location with open minds and embark on yet another fantastic journey in our little New Zealand world!

My Birthday Bonanaza Fun!!