The Daughter is in America today. It was a quarter of a century ago that I met her for the first time, and tonight I will raise a glass to her across the sea.
I will whisper to her that…
you are a new delight each time I have the sight of you,
and in the darkness you comfort me in the knowing
of your existence,
there is not enough laughter
that your voice can’t bring more,
there are not enough tears
that your absence doesn’t
wash over me in a flood,
there is not enough music
to carry the soft lilt of your tones
to my ears,
travel well through life
knowing your first steps
left little footprints
on my heart
No mother has ever burst with pride the way I have with you. You are my laughter, my tears, my joy, my fears…you are a precious gift that lightens my soul.
If life ever takes it toll…remember beautiful girl…let the world hear you ROAR !!!!
Waihi is a small town about 20 minutes drive north of where I live. In March every year the main street comes alive with the people of Waihi and surrounding areas, as well as a few from afar. It is the eclectic mix that always fascinates me.
- Wordless Wednesday
- Art for arts sake…
- 500 posts and to celebrate…a look at Waihi Cemetery
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Big
- My Thursday’s Windows
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple
- Stone #21
- Sunday Post: Vehicle
- Wordless Wednesday
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination
- Just because…
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life
A song from my wayward youth…by Deep Purple…goodness how this brings back memories. Ones I am in no way sharing with you lot !!!!
I admit it…I have added a couple of older images here…but they are soooooo PURPLE !!!!
And who among you remember this song? I used to pray that one day I would meet such a fearsome creature in my travels. I mean the purple people eater used to rock from the horn in his head and sing ‘bam boom’, that is pretty cool ! I figured I was safe as I wasn’t purple.
To celebrate International Happiness Day I tried something. No matter what…I smiled. All day long, at everyone. I focused on finding something to be HAPPY about in every situation.
I smiled at the man who told me that: “No. You are not covered under warranty for the key that popped off you laptop.” I focused on being happy they could repair it then and there, and I smiled.
When a young man tooted angrily at me because I didn’t move my car quick enough for him. I smiled and waved and focused on feeling happy that at 55 I am no longer that impatient.
When the woman cut me off in traffic I smiled and waved and felt happy that she had not actually hit my car. My baby means a lot to me after 20 years together. We are both a little dented, but worth keeping I like to think, so that made me happy.
I smiled at the young man who looked lost on the beach and he smiled back, then laughed when I pointed my camera at him.
When I got home and Jackie left me bleeding from at least three places I focused on being happy that eventually I got her to take her worm tablet. I smiled when I thought about the fact that later she would forgive me and cuddle up on my feet.
I have a friend who talks often about embracing happiness. I try to emulate her behaviour. She is possibly [no...she is definitely] the happiest person I know. She seems to draw happiness to her. This happens because she sends it out, every hour of every day, with not one thought of what it will do for her.
I hope you will read her post: Begin Your Happy
I have been trying to make the effort to smile at strangers [just friends I haven't met yet], the angry, the sad, the people who don’t love themselves for the magical gift they are, for a while now.
And what I have found is that one day it was not an effort to be happy. I didn’t have to work at it. My happy is a gift that in giving to others I get back tenfold. And so my happy just keeps growing. It flows over and I get to swim in it every day.
Oh and…graffiti like this…it makes me so happy I have to share !!!!
And a completely unrelated kind of thing…but it will make your body very happy…Hungry For Change. You may have to give your e-mail address to click through to watch this video, but it really is worth it !!!
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I have a Japanese student staying with me. He is sweet and polite, but speaks very little English, which leads to some funny conversations. Yusuke is here until Tuesday 11th of March. Not a long time, but hopefully an enjoyable one.
I hope to learn from Yusuke a thing or two. One skill he has tried very patiently to impart is origami. And here is my first attempt.
I just love Marianne’s new challenge idea.
Making the effort to explore somewhere new every month. Big, little, the size of the trip doesn’t matter. Just opening yourself to a new place is the challenge. Well this month I went to a festival that happens every year in Katikati. I have often thought about going but never made it.
2014 was the year I finally made it.
So here are some images from the 2014 Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival.
My beautiful friend Celia treated me to a wonderful outing. While she tried the venison…
I had a delicious maple syrup crepe.
We both enjoyed a glass of wine…my choice…the Pinot Gris. Very easily downed.
There was music…
Paul and Penny entertained the crowd with Celtic music.
The Reevers had some of the crowd up dancing.
It was a great chance to catch up with my old doctor who sadly has moved on to a new practise.
Luckily the new doctor is pretty cool as well, and for the first time in decades she’s a she !!
Some of our younger generation also provided what was amazing entertainment. Lorde would have loved their rendition of Royals.
Katikati turned on a beautiful day and the crowds came out for loads of fun, the odd catchup with old friends, and the chance to make some new ones.
Not bad for a small rural town with a population of around 4,000 I’d say.
Sonel’s challenge this week is family. This family really grabbed my attention.
This weeks Travel Theme is benches. Here are a few from around New Zealand.
I have been thinking about lately. Yes I do think occasionally. About how we take it for granted we will have time to do the things we want…later. Too often we let it slide past us without making each second count.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon with two gorgeous ladies at an event in Tauranga to celebrate not only life but TIME as well.
Watching the afternoon unfold made me remember an important truth. No length of time seems long enough to accomplish all we want to. But if we make the most of it, live in every second as it happens…it is an eloquent sufficiency we leave behind in the memory of others !!
The Relay for Life happened in cities all over New Zealand.
- It raises money for Cancer.
- It is a day of rejoicing for those who have fought and won the battle for more time.
- It is a day to remember those whose time has come to an end.
Both of my friends are cancer survivors. They are beautiful, bright, feisty women who have made my TIME on this Earth better for their presence in my life. As they walked the SURVIVORS HONOUR LAP I had to run to keep ahead of them.
That doesn’t happen often with these ladies…me keeping ahead that is. But as I sure have fun trying, for now I will just keep hanging around them !!
Related Posts: Travel Theme: Time
I feel that I have been neglectful lately…life has gotten rather busy. But I did promise a post about the adventures of Marianne, her hubby and Moi
…so here goes.
On Sunday they arrived around lunchtime and we picked up right where we left off. What a wonderful couple they are. Watching them [after so many years of marriage] is like walking in to Aladdin’s Cave in the dark of night. Truly illuminating. This is how I have always imagined real love would look.
We spent the day at the A&P Show.
Checking out Katikati‘s murals and the Haiku Path.
Dinner was snapper [caught with my own two hands] for the main and Berry Ice Cream [homemade], with a lovely bottle of local wine to finish off the day.
Chevvy, Jackie, Charlie and Crash did their best to make our visitors feel welcome. I have a sneaking suspicion they wormed their little furry and feathered selves in to a heart or two by the time they left.
After our Friday outing…I had no qualms about how easy it would be to have them stay, but I did have one amusing reaction to announcing their forthcoming visit. It proceeded along these lines.
Me: “I have visitors arriving from Spain on Sunday, I am taking them to the A&P Show before they head off Monday.”
Friend: “How do you know them?”
Me: “I met her through blogging.”
Friend, who suddenly had eyebrows that resembled Pricilla Presley’s: “You’ve never met? And they’re staying at your house!”
Friend: “Bloody hell. Have you got a lock on your bedroom door?”
At this point I resembled Chevvy rolling around on the ground…only laughing.
But seriously…that conversation showed me something. Something important. I still look for the good in things, not the bad. I still have hope that life is a treasure chest of bounty and I have many gifts yet to receive. One of those gifts came last week…the gift of new friendships.
So many types of love…that’s what makes it so interesting. Here is my version of love…Kiwi style.
There is the love that exists between an animal and a human…one I understand completely. They love you without reservation and with no expectations.
Young love always makes me smile [and yes my smiles always reach my toes], because it is so fresh, so full of promise.
This is Rob McGregor. Rob is a terrific New Zealand artist, and each year he runs an art retreat where he passes on his knowledge. His wonderful wife Joanne you might remember from my post FOREIGN. Joanne is a filmmaker among other things. Do click on Rob’s name and check out some of his wonderful work.
Just to finish off with one of my favourite dead people…here is a quote that says what love is just perfectly. I’ve made it my personal motto. Maybe I should hang it on the door. What do you think ?
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
And a totally unrelated post where you can see all my images updated daily for the 365 day photo challenge.
You can also see them daily on my facebook page.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water made me very happy when I saw it as I get to show off one of my most favourite places in the world.
The surf was up – they ended up closing the beach. I ended up in hospital that night with suspected sunburn to my eyes. Possibly from taking photos without sunglasses. The eyes are all better now and at least I got these shots out of it all.
That gorgeous eye you are looking at is sore and yukky at the moment. I took him to the vet on Christmas Eve where they got a bucket load of debris/dirt out of it…he has antibiotic cream put in it every 3-4 hours, and is very patient with me doing that. Keep your fingers crossed it keeps improving and is ALL better soon. Oh and Charlie has made a friend. I found the two of them sitting on my deck the other morning. He has been trying to be friends with the other cats around here for so long…with little success. So this [if it progresses nicely] is great news. Charlie is a very social pussy cat.