Summer Solstice, Aotearoa

“pōhutukawas in fading crimson,
the sand below wreathed in its cottony tangles
balls of red hair blown here
by yesterday’s wind….”
……from a poem by Lauris Edmond

(We found this quote in Juliet Batten’s lovely book Dancing wth the Seasons – inspiration and resilience through times of change)

We hope that each of you can find some time over these summer months for quiet reflection, fun with whānau and friends and enjoyment of the natural world.

And for those of you in the northern hemisphere, we hope that you have a safe and cosy winter.

Ngā mihi nui i te tau hou pākehā ki a koutou katoa!


  1. One of the things I miss most about NZ is the sight of pohutukawa in full bloom around Christmas time. I wish you both all the best for the coming holiday season, and Tanya – special thoughts for you and hopes for Garth’s recovery. Stay safe and all my love, Chris Ann

  2. Adrienne Tunnicliffe says

    My Solstice Blessing…… returning to you:

    Imagine if …
    at this time of year,
    for every person who is speeding up,
    and behaving erratically …

    there is someone who is
    slowing down, connecting deeply
    to the still centre
    and taking special care.

    Imagine what the lead up to summer solstice/winter solstice/xmas
    would then be like.
    just imagine

    Could that someone be you?

    Tanya Cumberland

    Love you both, thinking of you both in your little cottage by the sea,
    Adie xxx

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