Monday, October 17, 2011

Spoilt for a time

It was a sad day indeed when news reached us that the ship called the Rena.... shown above had run aground on a reef out from our beautiful beach at the mount.........great big globs of oil where spilling onto our beach, killing our wildlife and our sealife........hard to believe that it could happen here......we have watched with sadness each day seeing it spread further without anyone rushing to do anything or so it seemed to all of us who watched anxiously and who though willing to go the beaches ourselves to help were told we were not allowed.......but come they did from near and far wanting to help because that is what we nzers do.......this beautiful beach line could not be tainted by this oil, too many of us have so many wonderful memories of times spent here....and with our summer around the corner we wanted to be able to again enjoy this very beach.....the clean up has started, the oil starting to be pumped from the helpless ship which has large cracks in the side......yes some containers have slipped into the water and ended up on the beach again spilling its mess......we are all holding our breath hoping that this will soon end..

Sunday, May 22, 2011

flowers for now and other random things

Do you ever get cravings for things? i am not talking food here but things that were around that you actually miss now and wish you still for me i often get cravings for flowers, the house just doesn't look or feel the same unless there are some fresh flowers somewhere......

What i have been missing lately is the hand written know the slow kind that ends up in your may have taken several days or even a week or more to get here but when you pick it up out of that box and recognize the handwriting there is a kinda thrill that goes through you!! now don't get me wrong i love the internet and how you can write something to someone you care about and instantly there is a reply i really like that but sometimes i still do crave that hand written letter..... i wonder how many of you even still possess one today that was handwritten......when i see the beautiful script of very old letters i can't help but feel something special inside......i wish i had some of those......and i love writing and even i must admit i hardly ever hand write a letter today ..... in fact years ago when i was in primary school i won the handwriting cup.....i was sad that, that particular year they decided as well as getting the big cup with your name engraved on it they had decided to stop giving the little cup that was yours alone to keep.....i still think of that to this day and wish i had that little cup to cherish.....
I think i must have some of my grandfather in me as my mum tells me he used to be a script writer and had beautiful handwriting and was called upon many a time to write a letter for someone who could not read or would be amazing to have a piece of his writing now but sadly i don't think anyone in the family has.....probably because it wasn't important to do that in those days.....

I didn't end up buying some flowers as with all this warm weather we are having my iceberg roses decided to start flowering again just so i could get a huge bunch to have to admire.......and on mothers day my two daughters brought me some beautiful flowers from my favourite another life i would have loved to be a florist imagine being surrounded by beauty every day......

Now if you spied those two little clocks in the back ground you might be surprised to know that the one in the back is actually an old x-ray timer.......thats what it is ....i have had it for years tucked away and decided to bring it out to keep my Little Ben clock don't ask me how that x-ray timer was actually used it sure does make you wonder thought doesn't it......if anyone knows anything about them please be sure to let me know.....

Lastly i want to give credit to all you bloggers out there that post each and every day with beautifully written words and pictures i don't know how you do it and live your life as well......for me time just seems to be speeding up more each day and i wonder how i actually get anything done!!!

I meant to do my work today but a brown bird sang in the apple tree and a butterfly flitted across the field and all the leaves were calling me and the wind went sighing over the land tossing the grasses to and fro and a rainbow held out its shinning hand so what could i do but laugh and go......
Richard Le Gallienne

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Looking at these photos you would think they are some mistake that two pictures have overlapped but in actual fact these where taken as reflections into glass in my lounge room.....i loved how you got alot of images within the one frame if you looked closely enough and life is a bit like that don't you think much of our everyday life is about repetition that we forget to take the time to look beyond it, to us we only take in what is around us but there is beauty out there for us all, not hidden just waiting for us to lift our eyes and see......

The value of life does not depend on the place we occupy, it depends upon the way we occupy the place.

Sometimes we expect beauty and wonder to be larger than life and easy to find, we look out and we look up but the real mysteries of nature and beauty that leave us in awe are the tiny treasures when we look down..

Above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it......

Many people speak of dreams as fanciful things like fairies and charmed rings and lands of enchantment, others only believe in faraway dreams such as stars or sea castles with elf like inhabitants.
There are day dreamers and night dreamers who dream up make believe places. They use much imagination and in that are dream gifted.
But the serious dreamers are those who catch dreams and bring them to life, to show that when they were dreaming they meant it.......

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A New Year


and what do i want for you in the New Year
peace of mind
the joy of living and seeing

the medicine of laughter
the key to lock out fear
and to walk through the days of life
never alone.....

Life is a pretty precious and wonderful thing, you can't sit down and let it lap around you. You have to plunge into it, you have to dive through it and you can't save it, you can't store it up, you can't horde it in a vault. You have to taste it, you have to use it. The more you use the more you have, that is the miracle of it.
(Kylie Samuel Crichton)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

christmas table

We had spent christmas the week before with our daughters because this year they were going to be spending their christmas with their partners families so we had a very small gathering at our table on christmas day.........just four of us and it felt strange not having the rest of the family there......

I want to thank each and every one of you who take the time to keep a blog because i know what goes into it and all those bloggers who have inspired me to look at life differently and to see the beauty in everything......i have always been a detail person and I have loved how you have all created such wonderful visions for all of us who visit to admire and we learn and grow from those beautiful images and words......

When my girls were very little i always decorated the whole of my house having been inspired by the stories i had read of Tasha Tudor who used to float birthday cakes down the stream to the banks where her children were celebrating their birthdays and how she had such a thing as a small post box where her children could post fairy notes and she used to be the person in secret who answered it....she created small catalogues of clothes that the children could order from for their favourite toy and at night when they were asleep she would make the clothes and post them in their boxes.....i thought what wonderful childhood memories her children would have and wanted to created some kind of magic for my at christmas i always decorated the whole house and each daughter had a special tree in their room along with ornaments that were theirs......tables were always set with detail and interesting year we set the tables up outside under our huge oak tree complete with hanging ornaments, fairy lights and even a real christmas tree with presents underneath and of course christmas music........memories are made and last a lifetime and this is what christmas to me is all about creating a bit of magic!!!