Three weeks in the Sandwich Islands

I’ve been dropping hints about an upcoming holiday in Hawai’i, and now it’s here!

Tomorrow morning I leave the cold of Wellington and head for sunny, sub-tropical, sublime, Hawai’i.

I’m so excited to be going home – to see my parents, and their farm, and all the beloved haunts of my childhood (OK, now I sound like Anne Shirley).

It’s a bit of a bittersweet trip though.  Because of work, Mr D isn’t able to come too.

And this will be my first trip home without a sister home as well.  One of my sisters will come for one weekend, but it’s not the same.  We may fight and argue at times, but my sisters are my best friends, and best playmates.  Everything is more fun with them around, and this time they won’t be.

Trips home are also a reminder that I’m growing older, and my parents are too.  Sometimes I hate change.

But some things will always be the same.  The farm is a perfectly imperfect slice of paradise.  Mangoes are never less delicious.  The air is always a soft caress.  Hawai’i is Hawai’i.

While I’m away the blog will be on autopilot – there will still be Rate the Dresses and terminology posts, and a scattering of other stuff.  I won’t have a lot of internet access, so you’ll have to keep the conversation going without me.

I’ll take lots of photos to show you – of the insides of bananas, and everything else about the farm and Hawai’i that I used to take for granted.

For now, here is a gallery of fruit and vegetable-related pictures from my last trip, in 2010.  Can you identify them all?


  1. Lynne says

    I wish you a really wonderful holiday, dear Dreamstress!

  2. Hayley says

    Three weeks is the perfect length for a holiday!
    One week to settle in, catch up with people and catch up on sleep
    One week to really enjoy yourself
    and one week to start looking forward to getting home!


  3. Have a wonderful time! My son is living in Hawaii right now. Say hi if you run into him!

    Seriously, I look forward to hearing all about your trip. He isn’t the adventurous type, so he hasn’t done a lot of exploring. He mostly sits and pines for the rain and trees of the Pacific Northwest. No matter what, we always miss home. So I’m anxious to hear about the wonderful culture of Hawaii I know he is overlooking. Then when I visit him, I can show him around!

    Enjoy every minute! I know you will.

  4. Elise says

    Hawaii is a very gentle place, and I miss it very much. Have a wonderful time, and enjoy it for all of us!

  5. Oh, Hawai’i. Come to me! One of my most favoritest places in the world! I hope you have a lovely time visiting your family and your home! Eat some mangoes and go swimming! Oh, Hawai’i….


  6. There is nothing wrong with channeling Anne Shirley 🙂 I’m so glad to hear you are getting to go home for a spell! Enjoy your marvelous time there, and take lots of pictures for the rest of us! Safe travels!

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