So lovely to spend time with family. I was impressed with the way they always managed to walk the dogs, even when their days at work had been long and arduous – although I’m not sure if I enjoyed that first sprint down the hill and up the bank in the dark… And the views were amazing. Far too many to post quickly.
In the beautiful Bay of Plenty
We walked along by the river again today. There were lots of houses, some posh, some not so posh – but this little crumbling cottage caught my eye. Looks like nothing, but there are signs of someone who calls this place home. Potted plants and a towel hanging by one peg on the line…
…no matter how humble there’s no place like home.
and two good friends
Can’t resist sharing a few of my photos from a stroll along the new river path today. A crisp winter day with unbelievably blue skies…
Not sure if the fish were biting, but don’t think anyone was caring.
above the smooth greyness
of the winter river
paddles dip and arc
to the flag of an orange life jacket
An encounter at Putiki Marae this morning.
‘Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me.’
through the changing of the seasons
they wait for Reveille
foreign shores holding our dead
Herewini Whakarua, a Maori Battalion soldier from Waitotara, who fell on the battlefields of Europe, was chosen to represent our WW1 fallen. His statue stands in the Moutoa Gardens (Pākaitore), Whanganui.