Eden

“Eden is not simply a mythical place, or a metaphor for original innocence, or an outworn and divisive religious symbol. Eden is a state of being, and we are free to return every time we know ourselves again in deep communion with the rest of life” ~ Eleanor O’Hanlon, The book of Whale, The eyes… Continue reading Eden

Reserves of Strength

  Another spectacular summer sunset from Wellington’s south coast, makes you want to stop and just be with it….   “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that… Continue reading Reserves of Strength

Summer’s promise

I love the delicacy of the Rata flowers. They speak to me of the promise of Summer and of hope, which is kind of what we need right now with the climate talks going on in Paris. The belief that we can live ‘with’ the earth, and make the necessary changes to the way we… Continue reading Summer’s promise

One small step…

They’re in! Every single one of the 500 trees supplied by the Wellington City Council are now happily ensconced in their new home, the Buckley Road Reserve. Thanks to all that gave a helping hand. We had some good weather and a great mix of new and familiar faces, young and old, Maranui scones and… Continue reading One small step…

The Hope of Spring

The prunus always gives us the first sign of spring in the garden, and its here now with its delicate blossoms in the cold damp air. The rising energy that the new season brings. It feels warmer and sunnier already! Its the hope of new life… “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds… Continue reading The Hope of Spring

We’re all in this together!

I’m feeling a lot more hopeful for our dear planet in the wake of Pope Francis’ plea for the Earth and a review of rampant capitalism. It’s great to see some moral leadership being taken by him and the Dalai Lama to show the world another way….given that really we have no choice, we’re all… Continue reading We’re all in this together!

Looking after our mother

In a strenuous but joyful gesture of renewal over the Easter break, we got there in the end and planted the 239 trees provided by the ‘Trees for Travel’ scheme.           It is now raining steadily, as requested, to give them the best possible start in their new life! A return trip to San Francisco from… Continue reading Looking after our mother