Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Foxy’s Flying Adventure

Way back in January I posted a photo of the Fastest Fox of All

He had a wee bit of fun in the garden, and I had a request from Carol in Tennessee to see if I would make one for  Emma June. We decided on the colours, and Foxy was all done. He tootled off to our local NZ Post Shop, was bundled up in a sturdy International postage bag, and flew off.

Little did he know that this was the adventure of his life.(  this is a mythical  tale, as without track and trace I cannot be sure where he really did go). so in his words, here is the story.  photos courtesy of the internet, unless unmistakably from my camera.


I will have a wee sit in the chair as I wait for airline ticket confirmation.

I flew to Tennessee today, 17th February 2018 Foxy #2

Farewell, Foxy  Number one, enjoy living in NZ. I will miss you.

Foxy #1

The first part, off to Wellington  Airport.. A quick trip down the Kapiti Coast.

Ho Hum, all looking good. A wee wait, so will have a harbour trip to Somes Island.  This is in Wellington Harbour.

This was formerly an alien internment camp and a quarantine station.

Somes Island, Wellington Harbour

I met some wildlife there, a Kaka, a Tuatara, and the bright Kakariki.

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Off through customs,and onto the huge Air New Zealand plane to Los Angeles.( or so I thought)!!! Wellington Airport runways below.

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These are some of the routes from new Zealand. Looks like I will have to go up to Auckland and leave from there.

AirNZ flight paths

I was asleep before we left New Zealand, and was woken a short time later, to say there had been an unexpected stop-over in  Hawaii  . .Wish I had packed some spare clothes!!! Look at that Waikiki Beach, at Honolulu.

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Back on the Boing 777-300

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we set off again for LAX. I hope the pilot knows which runway to use, this looks HUGE.

LAX airport runways

Through customs again , and a domestic flight to Nashville. That should be fun.Oops, this is the International airport.

Nashville International airport

Phew!! New Zealand is 2.5 times as large as Tennessee. The next flight should be so fast.

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Hold on, my ticket said Auckland, and they have bundled me off to Oakland in California.  Guess with a NZ accent, the two places sound the same.!!!

I just arrived, and am now going back the other way. Oakland is the 45th largest city in US. Hope I don’t get lost.

This looks pretty,might spend some time here.No,I need to find an official and get my tickets sorted out properly!!!

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Back to Nashville again, this time hope it is the right place to be.

Is this where I am going? Do not think so.

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try again, another street… Think this might be the place.  I am  exhausted, it has been 6 weeks since I left New Zealand, and am late for a very important date.

This looks like somewhere I should be, let’s try.

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I have arrived, Carol is happy, and I am on the way to meet Emma June, and have fun with her for the rest of my life.

Thanks to all the pilots and air cabin crew who took good care of me, and eventually found where I should be going. the 10 working days estimated travel time, took 6 long weeks. I know that Jean and Carol were worried,  they thought  customs had  opened the parcel, and taken me away? Was I lingering in some long forgotten postal bag? NZ post was doing some investigating, after they received a LOT of details. Phew, thank goodness I arrived safely.

And that is  the  mythical story of my 6 week travel adventure.


The moral of this story from Foxy is, send any parcel Track and Trace, you will know where  the parcel is , and when, all the time.Even with the docket and transaction number, this has been a good lesson in  taking extra care when posting parcels anywhere.

Meantime I made a Blue Bunny, to keep the three bears company over Easter. He is resting in the bright sunshine,  on the new orange batik, which is destined for Bear  Number 4.

Three Amigos with their Easter Bunny Friend

Easter Bunny with the orange batik

Quotation of the day, author unknown

‘’ Fill  your life with adventures, not things.

Have stories to tell ‘’

Greetings from Jean.

I am off to Tennessee, and will fly over the oceans, travel overland, and arrive in Tennessee in an estimated 10 working days.


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A fun post! Life really should be an adventure, and you've made this one look easy and fun! :-)

What a talented lady you are too - I've never been able to make anything, and admire those like you who create beautiful things like Foxy and Blue Bunny that bring the best of memories.

Tanya said...

I,m glad Foxy got to where he was supposed to go! He is beautiful!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a cute story!

Have a great week dear Jean ~ Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Out To Pasture said...

Whew!! What an adventure!! Glad he reached his destination after all that travel time. I'm sure he got a warm welcome and will be cherished by his new young friend.

Julie Fukuda said...

Your bunny reminds me of my own Blueberry Jam-bo bunny that goes with me to Jamborees and other scouting events. He has had lots of travel adventures too and was once even kidnapped.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I'm so glad that Foxy finally made it safe and sound to the proper destination!!

Carol Mattingly said...

Jean, Foxy was a big hit Easter Sunday at my sister's house. Emma June will play with him for years and years to come. Thank you so much. Can't believe he made it to the states and then got sent to Oakland and back. Wow. Gotta watch those airlines. Carol

Jocelyn Thurston said...

What an intriguing story and a shame Foxy can’t tell where he went in the interval. He is so cute!

Nancy J said...

A long time ago I was reading the story my dear friend Walter was writing about his years with HMS in the WW2 navy. I mistook his writing and called it " The Mythical Story" I think it should have been The Manuscript" in short MS. So this is my MS about Foxy and his wonderful tale.Thank you all so much for reading his version of the whole long trip.

Millie said...

When shipping the other way round, use USPS Priority Mail. Gets there much faster.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a fun post. Gorgeous photos and scenery too. I am glad Foxy arrived safely even if it took a long time. Have a happy day!

Allie-oops Designs said...

Golly my head is spinning with all that travel, lol - so glad he finally got there!!!

Sandra Walker said...

Well, horrible and upsetting as was his trip, I had a similar experience with the last three things I posted, one from home in Kingsville Ontario, and the other two in Detroit, Michigan. The one from Kingsville to Ireland took 6 weeks, one from Detroit to Chicago took 3, and the other from Detroit to Oregon, came back to Kingsville, and then got sent on (again) but this second time from Kingsville, and I haven't heard yet if it's arrived.... very scary. Good news is my aunt's blue and yellow quilt arrived safe and sound in the 4 business days it was supposed to. Tracking is very very important I have learned as well. So glad Foxy is finally with Emma June, great or should I say not so great, ha story!

Nancy J said...

Fundy Blue has left a new comment on your post "Foxy’s Flying Adventure":

You're amazing, Jean! I don't know how you do it with all you have going on in your life. I loved Foxy's Flying Adventure, and I'm glad that he finally made it to his new home with Emma Jane. What a gorgeous land NZ is! I keep hoping to get there.

I loved the photo of Waikiki! I have tramped over much of that photo, from the top of Diamond Head to the tip of the breakwater in the lower right, during these past two months. You're making me homesick for that stretch of sand! It extends well beyond the lower right of the photo, and I love every inch of it.

Sending you and Hugh hugs and love!

this is From Fundy Blue, I accidentally deleted her comment when I read it on my smart phone, it was on my laptop, but I couldn't post it from there either.

Dee said...

Dear Jean, I so liked your quote of the day. My ancestry is Irish and I love a good tale--love to hear one; love to speak one! So I do try to fill my life with new adventures.

The adventure that you gave us today of the flight of FoX to Nashville was a delight. Six weeks! Wow! Thanks for the tip about track and trace. I'll always do that from now on.

Your work is so imaginative and charming. Peace.

Jenn Jilks said...

You are so much fun! What a delightful buddy! cheers from the cold! xx

Inger said...

Poor Foxy, what an adventure! So glad he arrived, finally. I know he will have a lot of fun playing with Emma June for the rest of his life.

Our photos said...

That was some adventure, luckily with a happy end !

KB Bear said...

I'm so glad that Foxy finally made it! What a harrowing journey.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

oh my goodness.........although for you I am sure is was very frustrating, I chuckled at your sense of humor with the travels! So glad that it finally found the home it was supposed to be in!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

Lol Jean, your story is so great. Poor Foxy, he might be the fastest to make, but he sure moves slow after that ;). Glad he eventually got to his destination safely. xx

Sharon - IN said...

Foxy and bunny are so cute! You are talented! Glad Foxy made it to TN and hope he likes his new home and family! :-)

Terri said...

Story or not, it sounds just about right for our mail. If I send a bill to a utility co 25 miles away, the po will take it all the way to Shreveport, which is 90 miles away and then back again. What a waste of gas! I'm glad he made it!

Haddock said...

Like all the colours on Foxy.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

This post was so fun to read!! Great looking bear blocks.