Monday, 31 May 2021

king tide, blood moon

We have had a combination of large swells from a storm offshore with king tides and the blood moon. The beach has been thrashed by the sea. A reminder of the power of the ocean and the forces of nature. 

Full moon rising through cloud 26th May





The total eclipse. This is not my photo - a media shot. But we had a great view from the deck! I will get the tripod for the next eclipse in November. 
Sea at the top of the stairway! 

Battered beach. 

That's the trees roots sticking out - that's how much the dunes were eroded. 
My beach stairway almost washed away. 



 

Monday, 5 April 2021

home

 The house did get finished, I did move in, I'm still unpacking and it is feeling like home. 

Yes, the grass has been photoshopped in these photos (they were taken by the building company) but real grass is growing as I write!








Saturday, 2 January 2021

hello 2021

 It is the second day of the new year. Hello 2021 - and remember - #bekind. 



Last moon of 2020, here comes the sun...






Sunday, 8 November 2020

the election experience

 Yesterday the final results from the NZ Election were announced. Yes, there were postal votes, etc to count - it's what happens in a democracy when everyone's vote is respected. Some years our elections have been so close even to the point that the party with the most votes did not become the government! We have MMP in NZ - there are other forms of democracy other than the 250 years old unfit for purpose version the world now watches in horror unfolding in America. NZ citiznes accepted the final results and responded appropriately - even those who lost thier seats at the last hurdle. 

I recorded my thoughts about what we are witnessing in America but felt uncomfortable publishing them. So I have here a link to an article - one of many opinion pieces now being published - by an American explaining the shame and the relief. I think it says mostly all? - but maybe not the underlying issue of American christianity and it’s impact on culture and politics. Maybe I’ll find something incisive to share on that topic one day also. 

Now the world can let out a collective sigh of relief and move forward. 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/07/catastrophe-has-been-averted-let-us-all-breathe-a-big-long-sigh-of-relief?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other




Sunday, 1 November 2020

the neighbourhood



When you turn the corner and the house is all painted!


 

paint, tiles, kitchens and decks

Lots of finishing work happening. 



 








doors, windows and walls

 Doors, windows and walls - starting to look like a real house.