Return to wonder

Return to wonder

Does this picture make you smile?   Well I certainly smiled when I came across this scene on the small beach near my home. Someone had been playing with shells and stones, finding different ways to place them all over the pohutukawa tree that sprawled down to the...
Be refreshed (2)

Be refreshed (2)

  Do you find that summer draws you closer to water?  For many of you it will be the sea, but it could also be a stream, waterfall or lake. Being close to water brings about a special kind of renewal.   The waters of childhood   As a child I spent my...
Time for Trees (2)

Time for Trees (2)

    Have you ever sat in silence in a forest?     If so, you may have noticed how full of change it is. The moment to come is different from the moment just passed. Wind stirs the air and shakes the leaves, creating sounds that shift and change....
Bright patches

Bright patches

  At last the weather looked fair enough for a weekend at the bach.     As I wandered down the aisles of the Fruit Barn, selecting lettuces, carrots, avocados and capsicum for a salad, the weather man’s voice chattered out from the speakers....
Season of surprise

Season of surprise

  Which season is most full of surprise for you?     For me, spring wins every time. Last week, as I walked along the leafy streets, suddenly I was engulfed in sweet fragrance. It felt as if a shimmering diaphanous stole had been flung over my head and...
Wild Retreat

Wild Retreat

  Have you ever given yourself a retreat — time out from obligations, time to be nurtured and to reconnect with yourself?   If so, you may imagine or hope that the retreat will be peaceful, with no disruptions. But this may not be the case.   I began...