Driftwood constructions and a mantra for 2014

photo 1photo 2Driftwood sculptures along the coastline heading towards Farewell Spit

Rachel has photographed these amazing driftwood constructions whilst freedom camping along the north-eastern coastline of the South Island.

And I am finally finding the time to sit down at my computer and think about our blog after a wonderfully frenetic summer break spent traveling and entertaining.

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Inspired and challenged by a famous quote I re-read at the start of one of my favourite Isabel Allende books, ASICS PAS CHER FR I feel compelled to share it with you.

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