Saturday, 6 October 2012

on the road and back again

Time moves on and we have entered New Zealand's spring-- the season of rebirth.

Flowers are blooming.  Grass is thickening.  Leaves are returning on once barren trees.  A distinctive warmth begins to seep into the breezes.  Smiling, in response, warms the heart.

Currently we have had our oldest daughter and her partner here and, once again, went exploring in the the Far North.  Every time we go I find more natural beauty and culture that leaves me awed.

Whananaki South

Whananaki South
our own Ngunguru beach climbing apparatus
blooms were out on our trip to Waitangi

our local alpalca hill with windblown tree
a little neighbourhood ride
three specs on right are the kids riding bikes on 90 mile beach
our beached friend at Ahipara succumbed to his abandonment and exhaustion
he had us at sweet eye contact
we were sad had had to cross over
backyard monkeys with our bananas that have since gone to muffins
Buddy on our local beach walk

a Whanagarei Art Museum MUST SEE exhibit.  Mind. Blowing.

Soon I will report in with some Far North finds.  Most of the time, I am so in awe of 90 mile beach that Ahipara always has my vote, but this time, there was something very special about the Hokianga that tugged at my heart. As we exhale and regroup from our trip to Ahipara, Kaitaia, Cape Reinga, Rawene and Omapare, we prepare to send out family off to their new life in Australia.  

Life moves on.

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