august break 2014

DAY ELEVEN – HANDWRITING

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When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice. Only in this moment can we discover that which is timeless. Only here can we find the love that we seek. Love in the past is simply memory, and love in the future is fantasy. Only in the reality of the present can we love, can we awaken, can we find peace and understanding and connection with ourselves and the world.
– Jack Kornfield

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playing catch up here

DAY SEVEN – TODAY IS…

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…the wizened-old-man-looking face & sweet, soft scent of a milk-drunk, sleeping babe.

DAY EIGHT – SELFIE

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Sometimes I dream that I can breathe underwater without apparatus. It’s why I learned to dive. Selfies in the water are a way that I can feel like that, and believe it, even if just for one tiny moment.

DAY NINE – IN MY BAG

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We live in a tiny house, so I pack my bag depending on where I’m going and what I’m doing. Then I empty it out again at the end of every expedition and put everything (including my bag) away. On Saturday we hopped on a ferry and took a day trip to Coromandel. This is what was in my bag that day:

  1. Film camera
  2. Spare roll of film
  3. Polaroid SX-70
  4. Spare box of film
  5. MindFood magazine + 2 new books purchased there at a book sale – one to read and one to make into a journal
  6. Bookhou pouch containing iPhone cable and zoom bar
  7. Spare pair of contact lenses (not pictured)
  8. Two new sake/espresso cups made by a local potter
  9. Tube of Lucas’ pawpaw ointment
  10. Nic’s headphones
  11. Bottle of water
  12. Small pill container.

DAY TEN – DRINK

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Every morning my husband Nic wakes me with an espresso made just how I like it. It’s made from beans roasted here on Waiheke Island at Island Coffee. Every week when I go in to buy a bag of organic coffee beans, I get myself an espresso to drink (& it’s finally got to the point where they know what I want to order, which makes me feel like a local). I sit for a while listening to, and sometimes participating in, conversations that range from taxidermy to travel, music to house maintenance. It’s a small place, but one I love – they care about their coffee and their customers.

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DAY SIX – REFLECTION

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Foggy mornings on the island make for some great reflections in the water down at the Ostend Boat Club.

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DAY FIVE – THREE

20140807-101321-36801075.jpgI am up early to catch the first ferry off the island with Nic and we share a taxi to the airport. He leaves for wellington and i fly to napier soon after. I am there to visit my girlfriend Carol and go see the six photos I am currently exhibiting at the Photographers Gallery.

Entitled Distant Echoes, these are three of the six pieces I have chosen for this exhibition. The photos are a mixture of medium format and polaroid monochrome prints, all of them a collection of myth and artefact from our time living in the UK.

I am surprised and delighted to see my work hanging in the same space as NZ photography legend Craig Potton. Whilst I know my work is good, and true, and a product of my heart, my ego gets a little boost by this discovery.

I am grateful for the moments of my life that have led me to this magic.

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DAY FOUR – ORANGE

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The recipe by Nigel Slater “A warm pumpkin scone for a winter’s afternoon” does three things:

  1. Makes something tasty
  2. Uses up the pumpkin in the fridge
  3. Means I have some orange colour to play with for today’s prompt.
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DAY THREE – WINDOW

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pretty much every window in our house has a tree view; this is what we see when we sit at the dining table. i love that i can’t see the end of the garden because the trees are so thick (& it’s quite a long way)!

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August Break 2014 day 2 - Patterns in the water at Palm Beach, Waiheke Island. (c) Leonie Wise (www.leoniewise.com)

DAY TWO – PATTERN

Golden sunlight and calm clear waters make for pretty patterns at Palm Beach.

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DAY ONE – LUNCH

August Break 2014 day 1 - Dinner at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant, Waiheke Island. (c) Leonie Wise (www.leoniewise.com)
Today’s prompt was lunch but mine wasn’t anything fancy so I’ll tell you about our lovely dinner at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant.

Gorgeously light but creamy chowder with generous chunks of fish + line-caught snapper for me; leek tart with perfectly light & crisp pastry + beef bourgegnon for Nic. Top notch Te Whau & other NZ wines to match.

Sadly both too full for pudding so we will have to go back some other time!

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