Spring, in the land of the long white cloud.

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Spring, in the land of the long white cloud.

There was a smidge of blue sky peeking from behind the clouds so, Alex and I headed to my favourite North Shore Beach, Castor Bay. Though we weren’t as brave as these kids who were in the water, boogie boards and all, we had a great time sitting on our towels, listening to the waves. Kids really don’t care when it comes to getting in the water do they? Rain, hail, shine or even slightly cloudy it seems. ☺

Under the Bridge

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Under Bridge Artwork

Walking around the waterfront the other day, I took a slightly different route and discovered this huge photo where the harbour bridge meets the shore. There’s no plaque explaining what the people are up to but it seems they’re building the bridge’s first platform. As soon as I saw it I started thinking about what I was walking on and appreciating the effort previous generations had gone to. I so rarely think about how hard those who’ve come before us have worked to give us the life we now enjoy. I also appreciate that someone thought to put the picture there to remind us. It’s so nice when you see that care has been taken when it’s not really necessary. The council could have left the base of the bridge exposed but instead have chosen to remind us of those who built the structure we’re now getting the benefit of. Just a couple of the many things to think about when you’re out for a walk in Auckland.

Rock ‘n’ Running

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Rock 'n' Running

I went to see Foals over the weekend and they were fantastic. So many cool songs mixing guitars with electro. I’ve just pre-ordered the deluxe edition of their latest album that’s packed with new remixes (out 25 October). I can’t wait to put it on my shuffle and take it running with me. Only 16 more sleeps.

Sculpture at Wynyard Quarter

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Sculpture at Wynyard Quarter

5km Tuesday lunchtime run. This is my favourite sculpture that I encounter on my way through Wynyard Quarter. It’s called “Silt Line” and is a set of cast concrete tidal steps by Rachel Shearer & Hillery Taylor Architecture. I love looking at the steps disappear into the water and also the different shapes and heights of the steps themselves.

Meet Thomas

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Meet Thomas

Even though I grew up riding, it’s been a long time since I was in the saddle. Eight years to be exact. I’ve been wanting to get back in to it but never knew where to go until a friend told me about the Helensville Riding School. I had my first lesson and absolutely loved it. Thomas was so placid and well behaved it was easy to concentrate on what I was learning without having to worry about his temperament. In my first lesson I learnt to correct my posture during trotting, better hand control, to move sideways by squeezing Thomas with one leg and to pivot 180° with his front hooves staying in the same spot. I had the best time and have booked another lesson for next week. I can’t wait to update what I’ve learnt each time and I seem to be getting a great leg workout to boot.

The BEST Hand Cream Ever

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The BEST Handcream Ever

I wouldn’t have coped without this while we were at the snow. The chalet we stayed at had the most beautiful crystal clear water straight from the mountain, however, it really dried out your skin. I would have bathed in this if I could. Instead I had to settle for applying it 4 times a day. Not only is it non-greasy, the scent of the cream is gorgeous. Whenever I have given this as a gift people are instantly converted and find they can no longer use any other cream. It works best when you apply just before getting into bed.

Incidentally, the little butterfly is another Zuni Fetish. She represents beauty, transformation and rebirth.

What I’m Reading

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What I'm Reading

After “Valley of the Dolls” I thought I’d hang around the same subject matter with my next read. I’m sure David Mamet will provide a slightly different view of what happens behind the scenes in Hollywood. But, there’s only one way to find out…. I’ll get started tonight. There’s a lot of storms and rain forecast for the next week which should help get me though it.