Well I have finished my tour sessions but I still have a few weeks of follow up Skype sessions.
I had an utterly fabulous week so a big thank you to The NZ Book Council, UNESCO (who sponsored it), The National Library, the schools, teachers and pupils.
I knew I would be too tired to drive back to Auckland today and I was so right. I went back to my very lovely motel and fell asleep.
Then I headed down to the Stone Store to go for a walk. It was dusk so I was walking in the half light. Everything was shut yet it felt like I was walking in history. Walking back in time to when Maori and Pakeha first started living together. In the half light. I kept imaging all the other feet before me. The other voices. In the half light of dusk.
Then two dogs burst out of a car and dashed and crashed and splashed into the bitter cold estuary. With the geese and the ducks and the pukeko. I waited for feathers to fly and screeching and scratching but the dogs swam off into the cold.
A hen followed me back to my car.
Little poems everywhere.
Now to celebrate the end of my tour, all the fabulous words in the air and on the page, I am eating dinner at Wharepuke. Yum. I am going to have three courses.