Tuesday, 12 August 2014

We lost an incredible man

Normally I don't keep up with the celebrities but one stands out for me and I was very shocked today to hear that Robin WIlliams has passed away. He starred in two of my favourite movies "Good will hunting" and "Dead poets society" He was incredibly funny and talented but remained a genuine caring human being. I light my candle on my sidebar in remembrance of him and hope he has found peace. My heart goes out to his wife and children.
Robin loved New Zealand and had friends here. He said "New Zealand was the closest thing to Heaven on Earth" and he also donated the money from a show to the red Cross after the first Christchurch earthquake. We lost an incredible man. Underneath he is in an interview in NZ 5 years ago.

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world"

"You're only given a little spark of madness You mustn't loose it"

Robin Williams

Friday, 8 August 2014

Old friends


I am on Facebook but don't spend much time on it. I use it most to check out what my family is up to and chat to them if I can catch them there. Another cool thing is to get in touch again with old friends.
Through another old friend I recently found back the one on the right in the picture above. We caught up on many, many years by email and found out that we had something in common we didn't know. We both have a blog and we both write poetry. I will ask permission to translate a poem of her as I love her work.

The above photo was made in 1980 on the yearly fair in September in my home town. I was 19 years old. There is a fair in every town in Holland and usually there is also a huge tent with a band. As you see above we did a lot of dancing. We were party animals. We had so much fun on a weekly base and have many stories to tell. We hang out in groups and went with mopeds to pubs in surrounding towns or with the train to the city to go to a disco. No cell phones, no computers just talking and dancing.
My friend is the one biking in the ditch in this story I don't regret any of it. It was part of being young and it is nice to look back on another time and another me. Nice too to catch up on memories
Yeeh I am that old. Next year I am going back to Holland for a visit and look forward meeting up again my family and with past friends. It is also interesting to look back on that time and be able to discuss how you experienced it and see if this matches with your friends experience from the past. Could be quite a surprise. Also good to hear how the rest of their lives went and to see if they changed much. Are you in touch with people from your youth?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Diverse seductiveness

Prompt: sacred threads and marigolds

Diverse seductiveness

Some love marigolds
some radiant roses with velvet folds
and then there is weed
It creeps on its knees
swallowing beauty
But is it true?
Didn't we decide
"we name you weed"
like man declared 'unwanted'
for being different
Aren't there sacred threads
between him and entire existence
all bathing in beauty
which sometimes nestles
beyond the surface
exposed by loving eyes
Don't feed your mind
with fear for undiscovered land
In your heart rekindle a flame
of eternal longing to love
no matter the name
Only diversity can create
an enchanting bouquet
Let your warmth nourish
each flower to unfold
its seductiveness.

Photo made on  Ellerslie international flower Show Christchurch 2013

Thursday, 24 July 2014

80 odd years of happy

How is the older generation in Christchurch doing? uh The pensioners of the Diana of the Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch have been busy being in a flash mob in April and recently 60 pensioners and staff have been dancing and they are 80-odd years of happy They are now officially the coolest ones out here   :)

Update: IThe video is becoming an absolute Youtube hit.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Maori language week: arohanui

It is Maori language week. Maori is a Polynesian language and close to the language of the Cook islands and Tahitian. it is an official language spoken in New Zealand and 4 to 9 % of the people speak it fluently.
My contribution to Maori language week is the word Arohanui and aroha.

Aroha means love and Arohanui literally means big love or much love. It has however several deeper meanings like: 
enfolding love
love that binds a community together
love which creates a bond of mutual trust and loyalty
love which builds and carries forwards culture and civilisation

and a beautiful Maori song about love: Tai Aroha

Ko te aroha anō he wai
E pupū ake ana
He awa e māpuna mai ana
I roto i te whatū-manawa (x2)

Ko tona matapuna he hōhonu
Ā ina ia ka rere anō (x2)

He tai timu
He tai pari
He tai ope
He tai rora
He tai nui

Love is like water
continually bubbling up
a river that will keep flowing
from within the very seat of the emotions.

From a very deep source
it will keep on rising

an ebb tide
an incoming tide
a forceful tide
a living tide
a full tide.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

An important visit

Things are good because I had my daughter home

We watched however full of horror how an airplane was shot down in the Ukraine and so may people lost their lives. Among them 192 Dutch people. One couple was visiting their daughter in New Zealand but never reached her and their grand children. My heart goes out to all the families.

We were busy this weekend as our daughter visited us from Wellington
We went to the botanic gardens to do some tree study with her for an art project.

Even though we are in the middle of winter there were some
beautiful ones like this one with branches curling and swirling

We also looked together to the mini series, TV docudrama Hope and Wire about the Christchurch earthquake. Many people thought it was too early for that and that it was not realistic enough and the characters were too stereotypical. Maybe true but I liked the series anyway. The first time was a bit of a shock as it hit home while I expected I would be cool about it. I do think that a lot of things did came through in the drama somehow although it missed some things as well as the great strength and brotherhood in Christchurch during that time. But overall good storyline.

A real surprise was to see Simo as an actor in Hope and Wire. I used to work nearly next door to Mosaic, his Morocan restaurant. He and his wife are very nice helpful people and the food is absolutely delicious. He lost his restaurant a few times in the earthquakes and is a great example of resilience.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

A sunny winter afternoon

We have been lucky so far. The winter is better than autumn, as the latter had a lot of dark rainy days. Now it is freezing at night but that gives clear sunny day skies. Great for a walk on the beach. 
Walking AND flying on the beach

A human butterfly

I love the winter light.

A view on shag pile, the new name for shag rock since the earth quake. It is actually a volcanic outcrop. On the left you see South Brighton beach. As it is low tide you can nearly walk from Sumner beach to Brighton beach

Bathing in sun light