Driftwood 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.
Inspired and challenged by a famous quote I re-read at the start of one of my favourite Isabel Allende books, I feel compelled to share it with you.
The final question in a poem written by American Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mary Oliver asks, ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’.
It seems to me that this question would form a powerful and deeply thought-provoking mantra to recall regularly during 2014 ….
Sunrise at Sumner Beach
The sunrise at Sumner Beach this morning was quite something. I had one of those lovely reflective moments with my daughter whilst out walking our dog.
Reminiscing about my childhood in England, I recalled how as a young girl I would pick a few precious flowers from my garden before school, soak their stems in wet cotton wool, scrunch them up in tin foil, and take them in for my teacher.
As much as I sometimes now struggle to cut flowers that I have lovingly tended in my garden, I think it is a shame that this rather charming childhood tradition no longer seems commonplace. To this day, I can picture myself turning up at school with a soggy bundle of flowers and handing them over ….
Governor’s Bay Jetty – photographer Rebecca Bijl
The sun seems to take forever to rise during these colder months, this morning being no exception. Sneaking the first daylight sitting on my verandah cup of tea in hand I am reminded how good (and slightly smug) I feel experiencing this undisturbed quite spiritual time of day. Not sure whether there is a physiological explanation for this but for me it works every time. Something to do with seizing the day rather than it seizing you! Watching the sun come up knowing it is disappearing on the opposite side of the world makes me feel small and insignificant but somehow part of the larger picture, if that makes sense!
A dear friend of mine is currently researching and writing about positive psychology and she tells me that enjoyment of nature and being outside is one of the key contributing factors to mental well being. So there we go, that’s why gathering feels so good and seems to feed the soul! Set your alarm a little earlier tomorrow perhaps!
Sunrise at Diamond Harbour
Photographer Sabin Holloway
If it’s not a hat, it’s a headscarf. Rachel and I are crazy about head wear. So much so that Rachel has been scouring op shops and ruthlessly going through drawers of loved, but outworn clothes in search of interesting fabrics to turn into hats.
If you’d like to make the hat you see gorgeous Nina wearing (above) check out Rachel’s Step by Step Hat Project which follows.
Gathering muehlenbeckia at Diamond Harbour – photographer Rebecca Bijl