Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Bucket list

bike on Make A Gif

My first animated GIF. I actually had no suitable pictures but was too lazy to make some. These were the only pictures in a range. 
Is this GIF funny Noop, It actually can drive you nuts. Is it relevant?  It is sort of relevant because these beautiful bikes are in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and that's were I am going next year to visit my family and friends. Yeeh

I had another first time this year as I have snorkeled when we were in Vanuatu. Something I always wanted to do so I had it on my bucket list. It was an absolute paradise under water. I ticked off some more things from my bucket list:

I had coffee with my daughter in Wellington not long ago

I learned to meditate.

I learned some SLR camera skills Still some work to do here as I tend to put the camera on automatic . My husband gave me the camera a few years ago. He knows I love photography and said that he didn't want to waste money on jewellery, that a camera was far more useful. You know what I think he is right. I love my camera.

The good thing about making a bucket list is that things actually start to happen and I can nearly tick off even more:

My lovely friend Peggy, who I got to know through blogging, invited me to ride on a Segway with her. This is going to happen next week.

I am also going to swim with the dolphins This was actually a present for my daughter but she isn't able to come home before Christmas to use the voucher so I am going to swim myself :) I will tell you all about it.

I am going to add something else to my bucket list: volunteering abroad. I am inspired by one of my best friends who is going in December to Delhi to volunteer for a month in an orphanage. I am so proud of her. I already found a great organisation were I could pass on my computer skills and asked my friend to visit Saalam Baalak, if she has time:

 

 
Do you have a bucket list or something you still wish to do?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

My neighbours garden

Our lovely neighbours allowed me to take lots of pictures in their magical garden. It is like my brothers garden with lots of quirky things and beautiful flowers. These are just a few of my photos





Angels watching over the earth, holding it, cradling it, molding it into a place of worth


When the sun sleeps a lantern shines on natures finest art


What a feast, as the mind drifts into a thousand and one nights with this touch of the east


A frog caught in a web of long lazy afternoons



Come relax with me, and drink coffee under the peony tree


Surrounded by wild flowers  I sit and be 


A wheel standing quietly in harmony with beauty


A symbol of freedom as his wings lift him into the air,
as he sings, his music is heard everywhere

Monday, 17 November 2014

When death comes by Mary Oliver

 

Some beauty from our garden and from one of my favourite poets:
Mary Oliver 
 
When Death Comes
 
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps his purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering;
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
 

Friday, 7 November 2014

My christchurch rap

 My Christchurch rap

Christchurch has its heart ripped out, we shout; It’s a pity, this city, now full of cones and stones, and cars, where once were shops and bars, and people had no hurry, no worry. Then houses were old, now they are sold or rented out for gold, and people get cold, live now on the street because of greed. But houses are coming one day, with some delay, we may all have an EQ proof, roof again and a city full of huzzle and buzzle, in a jacket of glass and steel, with a modern feel and what a blast of the past, when we see an old building pop up, next to a new shop, and our hearts go out, we shout; what a delight, we might, think of the old days, before the earth quake, we shake it off, as we always do, walk out of the blue and get back into the huzzle and the buzzle of a city that lives and makes us belong, This is a great, dream made, end, my friend of my Christchurch rap song.
 
 
Source: https://www.facebook.com/CHCH.EQ.Photos Taken 21 October 2014
 
The empty heart of Christchurch. It is 4 years ago that we were in the middle of continues earthquakes and this is how Christchurch looks now. No parking problems as we have one big
parking place on empty space. I have seen one new building and the foundation of many others
It will all take at least 10 years before we are completely back on track. Just before our retirement. Good timing.
The coloured spots down under, in the middle is the restart mall where the container shops are. 



I walked with the meetup photo group through the city centre in the evening and we made some pictures of the buildings left. The meetup groups here are growing like mushrooms. Do you have them in your country as well? It's quite fun. You join online and rsvp if you want to go on a trip with like minded people.


The light was good when I took this one. A freshly demolished building. Still many to go.


You see containers everywhere holding the façade of buildings to try to safe them


Often there is only the front façade left as you can see here.

 
 I never knew there was a theatre in this building, alongside Manchester Street. Now you look straight onto the fallen seats. Let's hope I can show you some new buildings soon! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Wellington

........

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