The healing of communities

The healing of communities

I visited the eco-community of Earthsong last weekend for a book launch. Here’s the title of the book by Vivian Hutchinson. It’s full of stories about social entrepreneurs, and the difference they have made in their New Zealand communities. Earthsong...
In memoriam: Christchurch

In memoriam: Christchurch

For all those affected by the devastating Canterbury earthquake of February 22, 2011. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Here is the quote I posted last year, when I made a symbol on the beach after the earthquake: By not wanting, there is calm And the world will...
Neptune’s necklace/Aphrodite’s pearls

Neptune’s necklace/Aphrodite’s pearls

Every tide brings a different treasure. This is what I’m discovering as I do my Tai Chi by the sea each morning. The tide is right out now, and the air smells tangy. One of my favourite seaweeds sprawls out across the rocks. It leaves a greeny-gold trail....
Tai Chi on the beach

Tai Chi on the beach

Every day is different, as I do my Tai Chi by the sea. The tides change, the weather changes, and the company changes. Today the tide was way out, and so I was able to scramble round to the little beach near the jetty and stand in the mottled shade as I did the...
The garden that grew by itself

The garden that grew by itself

 It’s a dream come true. I sometimes think I should give up on my bach garden, at least over summer, because if I’m away too long the soil dries out and the plants die. But this year, with rain every week of the summer, my dear little plants have...
Sociable species

Sociable species

The morning Tai Chi by the sea begins, with a lone seagull on the roof, and a lone shag on the boat ramp.  It’s a long boat ramp, with plenty of room. But where does the second shag land? Why, right beside the other one.  Then she decides she would...
First swim!

First swim!

I blush. It took till the 7th of February, when the day was bright and warm and it felt that yes, summer really has arrived, before I took my first swim. I lay on the beach at the end of the day with two friends. Two more, on the water, showed us how it’s done...
Morning light

Morning light

 The mornings are cooler now, down at the jetty. I’m noticing the diminishing light now that we’ve reached the half-way point between summer solstice and autumn equinox. But the quality of the light has become magical, bringing new beauty to this...
Spreading one’s wings

Spreading one’s wings

 Mother shag is there again as I practise the Tai Chi movement ‘Spreading one’s wings’. She joins me.  Then she rises up on her feet, just as I am doing,  and sinks down again, with her wings still outstretched.  Then suddenly,...
City sky

City sky

 I was sad to leave the bach and its magical skies. But look at this: here in the city, the scudding clouds that keep the sun away by day, create patterns of light in the evening. The wonder of nature is...
First Fruits Reflections

First Fruits Reflections

Today, February 2, is our First Fruits Festival.It is exactly half-way between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.While there is still plenty of light, the darkness is increasing.This is the time (in the Southern Hemisphere) of the Celtic Festival of Lugnasad, held in...