Sand & Shell

20190113_202441‘The beach makes no inquiries,demands no reactions.It fills your head with space and sounds and feelings. The sensations of an empty hot beach are as soulful as you can find this side of the grave. There is no end to this peace.Just as Blake said,to see the world in a grain of sand,to pick up shells and see an infinity in your hand’.

– A.A Gill, ‘Shore Thing’.

At the End Of The Day


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.”

     -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love this quote from the American essayist (borrowed image above).Had it pinned to a wall in an office I worked in. Easier said than done but it has great intent. Tomorrow is another day.

And so I will leave it there for a few days, going somewhere with only sporadic internet connection.

Peace, Andy.

Under The Wharf, Above The Waves (IV)


I have made comment on the earlier Wharf/Waves pics elsewhere in this blog, not a lot to  add  – other than this one and the last one just posted  seem a bit more optimistic or transcendent, or maybe it’s just  because I’m on holiday to the beach tomorrow….they have a couple of decent wharves where I’m going too…

A Longing For The Storm


Richard Thompson, Musician (Aquarium Drunkard Interview , September 2018)

AD:” ‘The Storm Won’t Come’…..storms work a lot of ways in songs, but in this one, you’re actually longing for it. You’re not looking for shelter”.

RT: “Sometimes you want change in your life. I think that  what the song says is if  you try to change  things for yourself, it doesn’t always work. Outside forces have to change them for you”.

An Outreached Paw

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The cat statue in Auckland Domain’s Winter Gardens has appealed to me since childhood. Just what is the feline doing ,reaching for the sky , all alone on a giant ball atop a column? One story about its creation says that he is the King Of Cats, appealing to the  heavens so that the incessant war between cats and birds may end. Not sure that the prayers were answered, as he gets regularly shat upon by birdlife. Anyway, you have to admire a trier, and he is one very regal cat!

Flash Of The Wake


‘The wake of the Sea-Ship after she passes, flashing and  frolicsome under the sun’

– from ‘After the Sea-Ship’, Walt Whitman,1900

God, I love Whitman ,he has a line for  just about every life experience. Read him at  my wedding and my father’s funeral because I needed the reassurance of his insight  to sum up what I couldn’t quite get out of my own mouth…

I think ship wakes are beautiful -amazing symbols of where we have come from and where we are going, at the same time.

Cosmo’s Rocky Bay Retreat


This place sits right on the shore at Rocky Bay on NZ’s beautiful Waiheke Island. No idea whether Cosmo is an actual person but the place is open to anyone just to stop, rest ,take in the view and just be, well, in tune with the cosmos. The word ‘retreat’ is an interesting one in this context – sometimes we have to step back in order to move forward. In any case, if things get rocky, any place that isn’t is a good place to be!


The Guest House

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This being  human is a guest house

every morning is a new arrival


A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor


Welcome and entertain them all!

even if they are  a crown of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture


Still, treat each guest honourably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in


Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond


– Rumi , ‘Say I Am You – Poems Of Rumi’.