Monday, 27 April 2015

Birdling's Flat

3,218 people are now known to have died in a massive 7.8 earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday. It is an absolutely horrific situation. Thousands have slept outside and the devastation is enormous. Our thoughts are with Nepal.  If you can... give.

We spend the Sunday at  at Birdling's Flat, a settlement  close to lake Ellesmere. Birdling's Flat also refers to the pebble beach that is part of Kaitorete Spit. William and a young friend went fishing (the hunters) and I collected stones (the gatherer)

Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” 
― Richard BachJonathan Livingston Seagull

We visited some friends there and had a lovely lunch and a magnificient view

It was a pleasure to do the dishes seeing this

"It's always teatime" - mad hatter  - Alice in wonderland

Let’s not travel to tick things off lists, or collect half-hearted semi-treasures to be placed in dusty drawers in empty rooms. Rather, we’ll travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks, where we’ll sit and dismiss the passing time, spun in the city’s web, ‘til we’ve surrendered, content to be spent and consumed. I need to feel a place while I’m in it.
Victoria Erickson

A big ball of wibbley, wobbley, timey, wimey stuff - Dr Who

Happy Kingsday to my family and all Dutch friends. Have a great day!


  1. It was heartbreaking news to hear about the massive earthquake in Nepal. Mother nature can be so cruel.
    Then I see your beautiful photos taken on your Sunday outing and delight in how beautiful Mother nature can be!
    That Richard Bach quote speaks volumes......I must read his book again.
    Keep shining dear friend.
    Peggy xxxxxx

  2. Your second shot up there is awesome.

  3. Dear Marja, yes our thoughts and prayers are with all in Nepal.. its a terrible tragedy..

    You photos are spectacular, what a beautiful place your friends live.. and to stand at the kitchen window and watch that view.. No amount of dishes would be a chore.. :-)

    Have a special week my friend.. Love and Hugs Sue xxx

  4. Rather, we’ll travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks, where we’ll sit and dismiss the passing time...

    That's exactly what I like to do. I love finding out of the way places and just sit and think.

  5. I do enjoy your quotes and poems, all so true. What a fabulous spot for lunch!!

  6. It is such a striking contrast … the serene beauty in our world and the chaotic disasters. I like that you included the link to give. I gave a little through the Canadian Red Cross believing that every little prayer and bit of money counts for Nepal.

  7. Your photos are beautiful, dear Marja. It is sad what is happening in Nepal.

  8. The Nepal horror just gets worse. How awful for those poor people.
    Love the shot of the white birds against that super coloured background of green sea and grey sky. Great quotes too.

  9. Such beauty and freedom in the scenery, and such tragedy in Nepal.

  10. Your two pictures of birds flying are truly outstanding. The beauty of these birds flying in the peaceful sky – then we remember how nature can be also so cruel. The devastation and pain in Nepal is terrible and they will need us for a long time to help them recover.

  11. Beautiful images.

  12. Thank you for sharing Marja. Sorry not to have been by but have been quite ill for some months now but am now recovering. Hope you are well.

  13. Great post and beautiful images,dear Marja! Thank you for sharing! Sorry that I have not comment so long but i think very very often to you! Big hugs,Steffi


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