Our trip back to NZ has been all about catching up with friends and family, and spending time with those closest to us. We’ve had little time to simply enjoy being here. Nelson city is blessed with easy access to all the things I love about our wild country – mountains, bush, beaches, estuaries and rivers. However, I joined my Mum and sister for a short walk up Brook Stream, through the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. It’s only five minutes drive from town and a few minutes walk until you’re into bush and enjoying the glorious music of the birds. A few spots give access to the stream and having picked our spot, Mum planted herself on a rock while Julie and I scrambled up and down the stream capturing images. Time flew, of course.