dear monday 26.10.15

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One of my most favourite beaches … where the shore reflections go on forever and ever…
Papamoa Beach, New Zealand.
March 2014.

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

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dear monday 19.10.15

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The doors of Cusco filled my blue loving heart.
Cusco, Peru. September 2015.

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

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photographic diary of hawaii


















Ok if you got this far, well done you! I really just wanted to share some photos of Hawaii with you, I know I wrote you back here, but I have so many photos (shocking yes?) of the incredible natural beauty on Oahu that I just couldn’t leave it at a single postcard.

One day my sis, her hubby and my hubby all went on a Photography tour (the first 10 photos are from this day). The pick up was early in order to catch the sunrise, and as it was only our second day there we were deliriously tired, but boy was it a great way to see some of the Island.

Sunrise over Sandy Beach was pretty special. Our guide made sure to mention it was the number 1 beach for accidents in Hawaii with lots of fractured necks etc due to the extreme shore break and rogue waves. So I was the girl just about walking up on the grassy embankment for fear a freak wave would come and drag me in, never mind the fact of 30 odd surfers out there playing in the water! #callmechickenshit. I got a little braver after we’d been there a while but you wouldn’t find me doing this for the ultimate shot! I got sweaty palms just watching the girl fishing off the rocks further around the island, as the sheer drop right in front of her was pretty damn big. And rough. And the force at which those waves broke against the rocks was powerful. And it was so windy that day, a decent gust could blow you off balance. That said, there was a massive squall travelling parallel to us for most of the day. We crossed paths a few times but mostly it made for dramatic skies and a double rainbow. And getting rained on at exactly the minute our guide informed us we would. He’d say, ‘see that grey bit just there, that’ll be hitting us in about 6 minutes” … and sure enough, 6 minutes later we’d be getting dumped on. It passed as quickly as it arrived but it wasn’t cold, so it didn’t matter too much. We just ducked for cover a few times.

Back home (in Waikiki) we enjoyed a sunrise and sunset walk around the marina. I was impressed with the sheer number of surfers hitting the waves so early and again at dusk. The sky was probably one of my favourite things of Hawaii. Everchanging, colourful, dark, eerie, gloomy, clear, bright, sunny, muted, pretty, sparkly… it was constantly changing and always stunning. And the colour of the water, I understand why they call it Blue Hawaii now! So vivid like a royal blue at times, then towards a teal and aqua in other places… but mostly a rich deep beautiful blue. And how could I not love a place surrounded by my favourite colour?

Mahalo Oahu, till we meet again.

Wishing you sparkly skies full of your favourite colours x

dear monday 12.10.15

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Sacred Matakana Island. Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand.
March 2014.
 

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

See? You can see other dear mondays here

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dear monday 5.10.15

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The official end of Route 66 on Santa Monica Pier, California September 2014.

 

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

See? You can see other dear mondays here

more about how this all came about here

postcards from hawaii … waikiki

Aloha! I’m just back from Hawaii so this is one of those postcards you receive after the holiday maker has returned home. It was just a week in Waikiki and it included some work and play… there were swims in the famous Waikiki beach with water so warm it could have been a bath… decadent meals including one at Iron Chef’s restaurant, Morimotos … fruit smoothies and berries… a cocktail (or 3) called Ginger Kiss (think lemon meringue pie with a ginger hit)… a cocktail called Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (dessert in a glass)… lots of sweat running down your back walks… frizzy hair thanks to the humidity…. wind so strong it unbalances you and blows your hair right out of its plaits… sunshine, squalls, rain and rainbows… shopping including the best top ever from Johnny Was… early mornings and late nights with a couple of nananaps thrown in… million dollar homes that look like shacks but have views to die for… a photography tour that took us half way around the island and back… mad keen sunrise surfers… pineapple plantations as far as the eye could see… turtles bobbing about in the shallows… knock your socks off sunsets… Aloha and Mahalo 50 times a day… walks along Waikiki Marina where a friendship was struck with a friendly possibly stray black cat that kept rolling over for a belly rub… a rekindled love affair with Wholefoods (why can’t we have Wholefoods in Australia?!)…Godiva chocolate – in blocks and drizzled over fruit sticks… volcanic mountains and lush green forests. I’m so grateful for the blessings of travel, yet each trip makes me fall in love with home a little bit more. Take care, will write again soon.

May you catch a sweet sunrise or sunset today x