Friday, 6 January 2017

Arthur's Pass

Happy New Year to you all. Let's make it a good one!

Last week we travelled with my brother,  to the North Island which was beautiful. I'll show it to you soon. Today we went up and down Arthur's Pass to walk to the Devil's Punch Waterfall. I didn't take my camera as we have been here lots of times but there was a cold snap last night and the Pass looked spectacular. That's the difference; The North Island is beautiful The South Island spectacular. Anyway I took some pictures with my phone Not as sharp but you have a good idea how it looked like.

 Even the foot hills of the Southern Alps were snow capped but as the temperature rose it was all gone when we returned.

Lake Lyndon

Castle rocks

Lake Pearson

Lake Pearson

Lookout from Bealey Hotel where you can get great coffee and snacks and gorgeous views around at the same time.

Devil's Punchbowl waterfall which is a good climb and about 30 minutes walk from the highest point where you can find several cafes and an the visitor centre.

On the way back we followed a gravel road beside Lake Lyndon and ended up after a long drive at Lake Coleridge

Monday, 12 December 2016

Happy holidays

I wish all my blogging friends and every visitor

A Merry Christmas and a beautiful 2017.

Thanks for visiting my blog in 2016 even though I have been away lots of the time. This is going to happen again as work is busy, my brother is coming soon to NZ, it is holiday time, Christmas time and I already have lots of plans for 2017. I love blogging, taking photos and writing poems so whenever I can I will be there.

What I wish for 2017 is peace. Personal Peace in the first place so I am able to pass it on next year as much as I can and create peace around me. I defenitely hope there will be more Peace in the world.

So my symbol for 2017 is the peace symbol ✌☮

"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal." John Lennon

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Peace begins with a smile."  Mother Theresa

The following add is beautiful and it really happened.

I leave you with a poem by Suzy Kassam, an amazing poet, writer, philosopher and more


I was born the day
I thought:
What is?
What was?
What if?

I was transformed the day
My ego shattered,
And all the superficial, material
Things that mattered
To me before,
Suddenly ceased
To matter.

I really came into being
The day I no longer cared about
What the world thought of me,
Only on my thoughts for
Changing the world.

Suzy Kassem

See you somewhere in 2017
Marja Out for 2016 :)

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christchurch preparing for Christmas

A real cool Kiwi Christmas song, which reminds us that christmas is coming up as in NZ it doesn't look as Christmassy as in Europe. Here most people go on holiday around christmas and spend time on the beach. There is some traditional christmas with Turkey on the table but most Kiwi's just have a BBQ. We will too and my brother is coming over from Holland and join us.

We discovered this Santa in the windows of Ballantynes

Another Father Christmas on the roof of the container startup mall. Have a good look as this is their last Christmas as the containers are going to be replaced by real buildings.

Another part of the new city mall open. On the right is going to be an open cafe and people can sit in the middle to have a drink. For now people can start their Christmas shopping. Christchurch is going to be the coolest city in the Southern Hemisphere

Christchurch has become very multi cultural and thanks to that we enjoy the influence from different countries. Today they held a Korean day on the square in Christchurch.  There was lots of dancing on modern Korean music

There was a lot of traditional Korea is wel, like these ladies in beautiful dresses

and this cutie pie

Saturday, 19 November 2016

A stroll in Christchurch city

Christchurch rebuild is starting to become visible. The first shops are open and new building are taking shape. In about 5 years it will be a proper centre again and by the time we retire, in about ten years I expect the city to be ready. Good timing lol. Anyway it was nice to get some distraction

As you see business as usual in Christchurch. The people in kaikoura will have a hard time for a long time as they have no water and the sewage system is broken. Decease can easily develop. Our hearts are with the them. They have made a route where only the army trucks can go and they bring supplies to the people.
Tourist are getting flown out and some will be be taken out by an army ship.  The big cleanup and the repair of the roads is going to take a very long time. Here is a special feature from the Press: The mountains moved

Hagley park is as beautiful as ever. When we go into the city we always take stroll in the park first.

Since a few years there is a coffee shop in the middle of the park where you can chill and have a drink.
The extending part of the building is the nursery for Hagley park. 

Everything is in bloom in the rose garden and the smell mmmm

This is a part of my favourite building; the art centre which has opened again.
The art centre used to be a university and it's first part was build in 1870.

The great Hall was originally build in 1882 and has been restored and reopened again.

The cafe just opened which is another step forwards. Any further development can be seen on 

New art pieces appear everywhere like this bathing figure sculpture

This shopping centre in Cashel Street is nearly ready and the coming months shops will move in

These  shops opened a few days ago which makes the city come alive.

This is a design on a board as it is still in development. Looking good though

New steps to enjoy the sun. Opposite the Terrace is being build with cafes and restaurants and with a bank next door, where you can get the money to spend it again ;)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

My earthquake rap

My earthquake rap

Not really a poem but more like a rap for Poets united. That's what I felt like. On 14 November 2 minutes after midnight we were shaked out of our bed again.  It lasted for ages. We came free with only fright. Two people died and my heart goes out to all people affected. The epicentre of the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8, was about 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch. Many places were damaged, like Picton and wellington and it was felt nearly throughout NZ. The worst affected was Kaikoura a well loved tourist place on the coast and it is cut of from the world. First a reflection on the Christchurch earthquake.

If your whole world rocks
and all falls apart
one door will still stand strong
the door towards a new start

Part 1 EQ 2010-2011
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 hustle 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 hustle and the buzzle of a city that lives and makes us belong.

the press

Part2  EQ 2016

kaikoura has its lungs ripped out; it can’t breathe, the place is death as the land, got jammed, landslides all over the road, tunnels are blocked, people shocked, cut off from the world. In a minute people lost it all, as their belongings did fall with a smack, their houses a wreck. But out of the rubble came a bubble of hope, as Richie McCaw, came with his heli, you don’t see him daily in Kaikoura flying, I am not lying and a farmer rescued some cows stuck on an island, up on the highland, looking flabbergasted, as they fasted for a day, now they stay, in better grassland, everyone helps out, as people open their heart and share, which is a start to humanity and care. Kia Kaha, we will rise again, every time we will climb up, so mother earth let it stop. oh Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud, I shout, I scream, land covered with the invisibility of a dream, let calmness invade the earth crust, just, let it rest and continue with what you do best, fill endless souls with the bliss of your beauty.