Growth. Ideal conditions are sought and appreciated in order to fully enjoy the beautiful, colourful blooms and the healthy, ripe fruits. When the time comes. The right time. In the meantime, there is the process. The amazing process when things develop. When things are in the making. The seeds are sown. And we enjoy to watch them grow...
...She has been spending the past few weeks discovering her new garden. She arrived in the best moment. Spring. And a new beginning. And a secret garden, full of little gems and treasures. All waiting to be noticed, revealed, studied, understood, one by one, day by day, sunshine after rain. A secret garden, with plenty of more space to be used, just waiting for her to indulge in a new pastime. To plant. To dig. To create. To care for. To love. To watch things grow. Grow through life. In a timeless everness. Taking with her a secret message every time she closed the door behind. A secret message of nature. A lesson for life.
Looking for the best place for an unforgettable picnic? A day out that you will remember for the rest of your life? Search no more! We found it! It's called Wenderholm, and it's one of the most beautiful and actually the very first Auckland regional parks that was opened to the public in 1965! And only half an hour's drive North of Auckland. A real hidden treasure, definitely not overcrowded by tourists.
Breathtaking pohutukawas, a wide variety of beautiful trees, lush coastal forests, the smell of the sea, the sound of the waves, a colourful variety of chirping birds, tranquility and happy giggles, a fascinating estuary, a lot of green space to relax and unwind, barbecues, walking tracks, a campground and even a historic house awaits. So so worth, an absolute must see and a "must feel" if you have some time to discover the region. :) Here are my favourite moments, and who knows, they might inspire you to pay a visit one day...
Change. What a beautiful word. It is a verb and a noun at once. It is full of motion. Full of action. Full of tension. Full of potential.
Change is powerful. Scary. Forward looking. Motivating.
Change. You are not used to it. Change. You get used to it.
Where ideas grow. This is the message that greets you upon your arrival. Literally. Not only a fantastic introduction to the South Pacific region, a wide variety of flora and ever changing landscape, but a truly inspirational place. To wonder around (the world, too). To learn. To play. To relax. To reflect.
I'm an absolute flower person. And a plant person. And a tree person. No wonder I have been so looking forward to our visit to the Auckland Botanic Gardens. A beautifully and well designed huge space that welcomes every visitor right from the start! And where culture meets nature. For free!
Sempervivum - the rose of the rock garden. Its name comes from two Latin words, semper and vivus - "always and forever alive". Beautiful, meaningful, inspiring. Just like the plant, defined by its qualities and character. Determined to survive in harsh conditions. Resistant. Seems tough from the outside but really juicy inside. The less is more type. With a little pink twist on the sides. Simple. Pure. Nothing fancy, just natural. Yet stunningly decorative when in full bloom.
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
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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.
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.
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?
I always had something about peninsulas. They just look so fascinating on the map. Almost like an island. They are attached to the land yet still out there on their own. I can get so excited to walk along the shore, discover the parts that are next to the water, to see how the landscape curves and where it will lead me. Have you ever had this feeling?
As we were planning our weekend, we realised that the place to pick up the piece of furniture we were still missing from our flat is just located in a beautiful area. Well, it is not really hard in New Zealand not to be located in a beautiful place anyway... So we decided to combine the pick up with the discovery of the Mahurangi Peninsula, just about an hour's drive north from Auckland.
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