Every now and then, you come across something that really makes you feel great about being a Kiwi, or at least makes you appreciate all things Kiwi even if you aren’t one! Now, I am not talking about plastic tikis and tacky tees with reputed colloquialisms on them like: “shoots, roots and leaves” … you know what we are talking about!
No, I am talking about the amazingness that is the Kiwi Diary for 2012. The Kiwi Diary is a collaborative effort – always good in our opinion – and it stands out as a refreshing addition to books that seek to define what ‘Kiwi’ is all about. The Kiwi Diary will walk us through 2012 with fascinating contributions of poetry, writing, art work and delicious recipes.
Thanks to the Kiwi Diary, I have totally fallen in love with the art works of Stephen Templar, and I have become the most amazing creator of garden salads thanks to Martin Bosley’s recipe for Jam Jar Vinaigrette. As for those scones … oh, Lord. Plus, I now have an easy calendar to follow that will help me mark commemorative occasions such as National Handmade Day (July 14) – who’da thunk it? With acid free, recycled and stylie pages, this diary is my new favourite thing.
You can’t escape the passion for the environment that the Kiwi Diary contains yet there is nothing trite about its placing in the publication. Environmental awareness and concerns are just slotted in there, dotted throughout the days – a lot like cleaning your teeth or brushing your hair. It is just part of daily life, right?
The other thing I really love about the Kiwi Diary is the celebration of Te Reo and the inclusion of the wonderful diversity in these beautiful isles – it is all in there – the wonderful substance and solace of different destinations and cultures scattered throughout our country.
Thankfully, there are no silly comparatives with other countries. This little diary owns its content without apology or any need for global approval or influence. It is packed full of wonderful examples of Kiwis getting on with their creativity – at its source and perhaps as a consequence of this reasoning at its richest.
Love Cathie xx