Sunday, 12 October 2014

Wellington

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We went to Wellington on my daughters birthday. We spend a great time together. Me, my husband, my daughter and her boy friend went to an Italien restaurant eating antipasto and lasagna. Walking through the city we enjoyed the endless shops and restaurants in lively Wellington. A sharp contrast to the Christchurch city center.
Wellington or Wellywood in the South of the North Island starred in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. It is the city where Te papa is and "The world of wearable arts" which was on this weekend. So much to see and to do in the capital of NZ .




On Saturday morning William and I had a walk along the wharf and visited a museum. 



                                             Jump                                     Love letters to Wellington in the
                                                                                        museum of  Wellington City and sea
   

We listened to the Maori legend "how Maui brought fire to the world" told and played
by some holograms which was really cool




We walked further and on this spot next to the fountain, we had the best gelato ever


In the afternoon we went for a walk on the beach at Island Bay


....................with the high lights of  our trip Two wonderful beautiful young people



Afterwards I had a coffee with my daughter. Then the two of us went  to the
city gallery to experience "the refusal of time".  In a dark room chairs were chattered

all over the place and the above was shown on screens all around us and there was
a great variety of sounds. An amazing experience of the elusive nature of time



So what did we think of the middle of Middle earth.............precious

Monday, 6 October 2014

C1 Expresso

On Sunday we walked through the still empty (empty as in empty spaces) city and went to a favourite cafe in High Street; C1 Expresso.  Except from serving great coffee and food  it has many quirky and cool things.


 It is now in one of the very few old buildings left; a former post office build in 1930


Opposite the cafe you see the "Woods from the trees" a sculpture by Regan Gentry. It is build with
waste wood from earthquake damaged homes.


Inside you can get a glass of water from a sewing machine


or like my friend get sparkling water from a dentist well


Want to go to the toilet than go to the book shelves and...Open Sesame.....

but the coolest thing is to receive a mini burger in a slider which is send through the cafe by pneumatic tube. There is a whole tube system attached to the ceiling with tubes going down to the tables. When you hear a ring you can pick up your dinner. These tubes were used by banks in the past to put money in and here some information about its history.


In this video the tube system was in its beginning state. Now the tubes go to many tables.


Something else we loved was herbie,who was parked around the corner

Friday, 3 October 2014

Spring

Spring is really starting to shout. That means decorating the garden. My husband gets all the credit and I just add some finishing touches. Furthermore a time of flowers, sunshine, trips to the park and a recycled poem.



Spring arrives as the earth
awakens from a winter sleep
her  skin sparkling gleefully
the sun warps  kisses on her cheek

A blanket of soft green
stretches all around
covering our mother earth
seeds sprouting from the ground

A fragrance of passion
surrounds the new born land
cherry trees are showing
 off
their sweet pink on demand

The wind whispers secrets
about a baby robin bird
The song from her mother
the finest ever heard

Marja


Hagley park is a feast at the moment


I found this cute rack on grabone and did something I always wanted to do; To put flowers
on a plate for decoration. The big flower was left from a bouquet I received at work.


Pretty Would love to do this with some roses this summer

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Dressing up your place on a budget


 I went on my weekly walk with my friend. This time we walked from Lyttelton to Cash bay.


Lyttelton is a pretty port town close to Christchurch. As the earthquakes epicentre was in Lyttelton every second building was severely damaged. The people in this town are very resilient and soon all sorts of improvised coffee shops appeared. Lyttelton always had a bohemian feeling to it which makes it so attractive. A pleasure I indulge in is drinking coffee at a cafe with atmosphere.

After our walk we had a stroll over the farmers market where I discovered some gorgeous coffee tables. Someone covered old tables with vintage postcards and I had to have one.


Top right is the little table I bought. It has a crib underneath for magazines. It is in the first little room we fixed up. We still have two rooms to go. Another great find recently was a cheap wooden crate. My husband had the idea of using it as a shelving unit on the wall in our kitchen. We also painted our sixty year old kitchen unit. My mum send me the half curtains as you can't buy these ones in NZ.
Furthermore after the earthquake my husband fixed up the bathroom, took out the bath and put a new shower in.

Now I know how much is involved in doing up your house, although my husband does most of the work. I have an enormous respect for my brother Pieter. He worked 10 years on an old house and changed it into a palace. In the last years he changed his garden into a wonderland.



 Here is a little glimpse in my brothers garden. In every corner you find some treasures. These photo's are a couple of years old so I can't wait to see it next year again.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Quotes with a sea breeze

Last Sunday instead of only walking along the beach we walked uphill in Sumner in Christchurch to enjoy the amazing views.

Imagine a light breeze in your hair, the sun warming your skin, hear the waves crushing into the shore, take in the view and contemplate the quotes.


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore.



Don't let the waves of others frown out your own ocean song. Hold your heart as though it was a seashell. And listen to it. Listen to its music. To the whispers of your ocean within. And than swim. Swim to your own ocean music. S.C. Lourie



If you run after things, nothing will come to you
Let things run after you
The sea never sends an invitation to the rivers.
That's why they run to the sea.
The sea is content.
It doesn't want anything.
That's the secret in life.
Swami Satchidananda


As the sea swallowed the sun once more, A tear fell from her eyes and dissolved in the sand beneath us "What is it, why the tears," I asked And with a smile that nearly leaped across the cheeks she answered:" Here comes the moon." I knew within that moment that it is, The most simple things that plant the most phenomenal truths inside us. Christopher Poindexter.



You can never cross the ocean unless you
have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Christopher Columbus
I crave the ones who've seen confusion and know struggle ,who have pulled themselves up from the shackles of heartache and strife ,disappointment and darkness ,exhaustion and drain and have risen with a heart as open and unwaveringly wide as the ocean itself. Give me those people. The brave ,the vulnerable, the wise, the ones who cares for a world and how to better it along with themselves. To know their ability in making waves in shifting patterns with tides and in creating change. Let us become that open ocean....And make it rise . Victoria Erickson

Friday, 12 September 2014

The power of beauty

I believe in the power of beauty and then I don't talk about handsome people although there was a time that I fell for that magic as well, no the power of beauty of art like dancing, music, painting and poetry and of course nature. 
The last one and a half year I have been dealing with challenge after challenge. You could argue that   it is part of normal live but the hardest thing is when you don't have any clue as how to deal with some things. In some cases you have to choose options that are the least worst instead of good.
Talking about it helps but the main thing w
hat gets me through is a high dose of trees, flowers, poetry and music. They are miracle workers to me. Today I give myself the following potion of incredible beauty. I am very great full for these treasures.


The Quiet Power

I walked backwards, against time
and that’s where I caught the moon,
singing at me.

I steeped downwards, into my seat
and that’s where I caught freedom,
waiting for me, like a lilac.

I ended thought, and I ended story.

I stopped designing, and arguing, and
sculpting a happy life.

I didn’t die. I didn’t turn to dust.

Instead I chopped vegetables,
and made a calm lake in me
where the water was clear and sourced and still.

And when the ones I loved came to it,
I had something to give them, and
it offered them a soft road out of pain.

I became beloved.

And I came to know that this was it.
The quiet power.
I could give something mighty, lasting,
that stopped the wheel of chaos,

by tending to the river inside,
keeping the water rich and deep,
keeping a bench for you to visit.

Tara Sophia More

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Stewart Island

We are busy, busy, busy so not much time to blog
Therefore I show you some old photos from last summer when we went to Stewart Island with my brother.
The Maori name of Stewart Island is Raikiura, which means place of the glowing skies. It is an unspoiled Island in the South of the South Island. There are only 400 people living on the third largest island of NZ. We only saw a little bit of it as there are not many roads.
The kiwi is abundant on Stewart Island. Because it is a nocturnal bird you won't see him walking around. We did see the kaka though, a member of the parrot family.

 We stayed in the South Sea Hotel in the Middle of half moon Bay in the main settlement of Oban.
  That's were we started 2014 and it was a great beginning (didn't last though but that's live)
   This is the view from the restaurant and on the left is the place where the ferry arrives.

 We did a lot of walking and walked around the Bay, which was beautiful

 In the evening one of the islanders released her horses and dogs on the beach for a run
 Another great walk on the horseshoe point track
 In front of the houses we saw some kaka's. They go there as in the evening some islanders feed them nuts.
 A stone house built by Lewis Acker in 1835 at Harrold Bay. The person inside is slightly younger but not a native. Has blended in with the kiwis though.
View from the lookout in Oban on Golden Bay where we walked the.....Golden bay track
We hope to come back one day sigh