Heart circle

Heart circle

I journeyed to Waiheke today, to check out a venue for my summer retreat. There’s something about crossing water that invites reflection, and carries me into another zone. On Waiheke I felt I’d left all cares behind and was on holiday — except for one...
Beach Play

Beach Play

This afternoon at the local beach I played with what I found on the sand. It’s so long since I did this, and I enjoyed warming up to what could be a season of beach play. I worked quite unconsciously, not sure what I was doing, yet feeling it was about...
Bach fragrances

Bach fragrances

One of the pleasures of going out to the bach, is noticing what is happening in nature after a week’s or fortnight’s absence. This time, I’m aware of fragrance. On my walk I notice that the flax (harakeke) is in flower, both red and yellow varieties,...
Sensuous season

Sensuous season

Summer is approaching, and the air is full of fragrance. The lemon grove below my balcony is in full flower, and as I sit at the outdoor table, the fragrance wafts up and around me, wrapping around like a silky chiffon shawl. And here’s the food: sweet papaya,...
The possibility of summer

The possibility of summer

 The cool breeze sent us back home eventually, but not before my granddaughter Mira (two and a half) and I had enjoyed exploring the beach for the first time since winter sent us scurrying inside. The approach of summer is like the gradual opening of doors....
Spring in the bush

Spring in the bush

Out at the bach, I love wandering along the bush paths and observing what is springing into life.The hen and chicken ferns are waving soft new tendrils, their stems stretching back like dancers paying homage to the morning sun. Then there are the renga rengas, perking...
Sanctuary

Sanctuary

I wandered around winding rocky pathways in Eden Garden today with a friend. The garden was hewn out of an old quarry and has been developed over the years by faithful gardeners and volunteers. Dotted amongst the trees are plaques and benches commemorating those who...
The good earth

The good earth

Here at the bach I’ve been planting my summer garden. What a pleasure it is to smell the good earth and feel the crumbly texture as my space turns the sods! I’ve chopped up the seaweed I brought home from the beach last time and have thrown organic sheep...
Quiet flowering

Quiet flowering

I enjoy watching the native trees and bushes flowering in their own quiet way. Many of our native flowers are pollinated by moths, and so their colour is white.This is the whau plant (pronounced ‘foe’), with leaves so lush that they look wet with...