I shot this video on our fascinating trip to the Northland, on 90 Mile Beach - one of the most amazing beaches I have ever been to.
I was particularly focusing on a little detail here.
This beach is extremely wide, beautiful, with colourful shells lying around, waiting for the waves to come by... This is their special perspective... A perspective I really and truly love!
You step into the woods. The trees ask you to dance. You are in a completely different world. You smell the fresh air, the leaves, the earth. Your lungs fill up with Oxygen.
You step out of the car. The engine goes to rest, and your ears begin to tune on to a different rhythm. The sway of the branches right above your head. The mysterious wood knocking of the birds. The gentle cracking sounds under your toes. You walk on the soft ground, on a pillow-like cover of fallen leaves. A little dim light finds its way through the green layers.
Today I got inspired by haircuts. It was just one of those girly moments, like:
"OK, I seriously need a haircut!"
Thanks God hairbands exist. I bet every woman can relate. I bet every new Mom can relate even more. When you wake up in the morning, and just nothing seems so right. Then comes the hairband and solves all your problems. Well almost, temporarily. Hmm, the colour is so no colour. Hmm, those curls just don't curl the right way. Hmmm, I don't want those curls cos they look so bad once I comb them. But if I don't comb, it looks like I seriously need to wash my hair. Seriously? But I have no time right now... And then comes your best friend, the hairband, and gives you a "hair lift" :
We spent the last weekend in Awhi Farm - a centre for sustainable practice. The name in Maori means "to take care of", "to nurture". It is a little paradise in the middle of nature. Isolated from the "modern, hight tech world". No electricity, maybe just some solar panels. No heating, just your sleeping bag. No light at night, just the moon and the shining stars above you, and in the morning, waking you up, the first ray of light. Compost toilet or the bush. Shower only at the Squash Club nearby, or at the natural hot pools. No charger for your phones, but real birds chirping around. No supermarket on the corner, yet a fascinating food forest and hens that nourish you. Just pure nature.
You loose connectivity, yet reconnect. With the people around you. With yourself.
Simplicity, at its best.
I love long weekends. The first long weekend that came up since our arrival was Labour Day weekend. New Zealand celebrates it on the 4th Monday of October. It is very similar to the May 1 celebrations in Europe. It marks the beginning of the official BBQ season. Gardening stores fill up their spring flower stocks and go on huge sales with a myriad of colours in blossom. They also start heating the pools, slowly paving the way for summer days. :) A perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and escape into pure nature.
Labour Day couldn't have happened in a better moment. This year. For us. This long weekend was a special one. We celebrated. A first birthday. Parenthood. Ourselves. :)
So we picked a special place to visit. We went to discover the most Northern part of the North Island, the Far North, the tip of New Zealand, aka the Northland region. Where the road ends. Where the seas meet.
For many many years I had this drive in me. Or let's just call it a compulsion to conform. I always wanted to be someone. Not just anyone. Someone. When I got to be that someone, there was another someone to be again. I thought it is important to want to be someone. I always thought I had to be someone. I always thought I am someone.
To prove myself and the world that I can do it. To feel important and to feel better. Better than others. Better than myself? To get acknowledged for all my efforts. To get reassured that I am doing the right thing. To be happy?!
King Protea. The national symbol of South Africa. It was actually already in New Zealand, not so long time ago, that I got to learn about these amazing flowers from a South African friend. I didn't even know such a beauty existed... Last weekend, we spent some days on a Protea farm. Each and every single one of them left me speechless... Do you want to know why?
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