Monday, December 31, 2012
Summer is the season of spontaneity. We are all playing truant, even when there's work to be done. The water washed away my frustrations with computers, and for the whole hot summer's day I felt refreshed on the inside.
There's a phrase 'bush telegraph', which describes the way messages are conveyed when we are away from technology. From Roger to our new neighbour, to me, then my friends, the message travelled. When the tide is high and the water warm, the whole neighbourhood needs to know. Because tomorrow it may well be blowing and raining again (it was).
Saturday, December 29, 2012
New Zealand is full of so many cultures, and all the rules about Christmas dinner (which go with a winter Christmas anyway) have been tossed out the window. We all join in together, with whoever is around, and have a good time. And the children, who met when they were very small, in the cooperative atmosphere of Play Centre, loved every minute.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
A cave looks like a safe place to be,
until you are half way in, and suddenly it's time to go
and look for treasure.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Here at the bach, life is simple. No shops, no piped water, no through roads; and so gifts must be conjured up out of whatever nature provides.
For solstice, I have made you a basket. Because it's summer solstice today in New Zealand, little suns dance around the rim.
Solstice blessings to you all!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The stream runs quietly down to the sea from the bush clad hills of the Centennial Memorial Park.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I am enveloped in sweet solitude as I recover from a life with too many details in it. Soft focus is perfect.
Other birds twitter or sound just one or two shrill notes. Their music strikes through the misty surroundings like a ray of light.
I am relaxing, and letting go. It's warm and humid here today. I've been sitting and lying a lot, and letting the bird song sink into me. Delicious.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
It must take a lot of coordination for everyone to light up their houses like this, and they give so much pleasure to young and old. It's a fun place to sing, and a good way to bring a year of hard vocal work to a happy conclusion.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
This year we have been able to help a couple of schools in the poorer part of South Auckland to buy instruments, and also had enough to give to help families of young people who have cancer. At the end of the concert, we had big smiles on our faces, feeling the joy of song and the joy of giving, coming together.
PS The audience had a good time too!