kate5kiwis: fairy ride


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, March 16, 2007

fairy ride

Well, we do know how to spell *ferry*, but it's so much more fun to say *fairy*..
Today was the last of the summer ferry crossings from one side of our beautiful harbour to the other, and it was *free* all day...
(I can't believe I just wrote "last" and "summer" in the same sentence...)

The lads and I set out for the morning laden with all our stuff for sport and the beach, and parked the car in our little free spot on the waterfront.

Then we scooted to the fountain, turned left to the boat, and shimmied down the gangplank.

The captain was such a nice guy: he let all the kiddos have a turn steering the boat!!!!
J11 steered it under the *harbour bridge* on the way home... bravo, Charlie!!!!

I had a flashback to all the beautiful bridges we travelled under on the Thames River last July (*Kate blows kisses to the luscious Emma*!!!!!)

It was very windy on the way home out there on the water. I had another flashback to Friday afternoons when I was a kid, when we'd pack up all our stuff and row it out to my Uncle's boat,
Banyanda. I'd sit out by the backboard and watch the wake streaming out behind the boat as we cruised to Islington Harbour to spend the night, a gale force of salt wind blowing through my hair, and the feel of the boat chugging through the whitecaps, the smell of diesel in my nostrils.

I am so attached to the sea.
I think I was a mermaid in a previous life.


Blogger BeachMama said...

Oh I feel your pain, with the 'summer' and 'last' in the same sentence. As we are moving in the direction of summer you are moving towards winter. I will try my best and post lots of wonderful summer photos for you this year. As you definately treated us all winter long.

Love the fairy ride.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Marie N. said...

Great photo of your little captain piloting the boat and I see you are enjoying your new beaded necklace! Very nice :-)

1:30 AM  
Blogger Liesl said...

How lucky you are to live in Paradise :)

2:17 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! And such great memories.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

how awesome that the Captain let your kids have a turn at steering
I remember once going on a ferry under the Akl Harbour Bridge what an experience we were on deck and looked up under the bridge it was a real experience
wonderful photos

5:00 PM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Those pictures are so beautiful. You are really making me want to move to New Zealand! Do you have any good fabric stores there? :)

You must, must, must check out the Astronomy Picture of the Day for today! It's sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration here in the U.S. Here's the static pic if you don't get to the other linky before it expires.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Team T.

We do have wonderful family memories - thanks to the Captain !

Swam it once - circa twenty years ago: the Masterswimming years.

"A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered. You are speaking, Hmān, as if the pleasure were one thing and the memory another. It is all one thing . . . . What you call remembering is the last part of the pleasure".
C.S.L. "Out of the Silent Planet".
(and my 'black book')

7:18 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

ah, you know i *love* the sunshine: thanks.. i will definitely look forward to seeing yours !!!

yep, i've worn it every day since i made it lol. i'll probably get sick of it by next week....

yes, "middle earth" is a beautiful place to live. a fish can breathe out here..

mmmmm, i love days like that. getting to the sea makes me feel so alive.

that sounds like fun.. hey, our family used to hang out with a man called freddie ladd. he *flew a plane* under the harbour bridge. true!! it caused quite a stir.
he was a fabulous guy. he had a mantra: *i'm alive. i'm well. i feel great!!* which we all used to chant after watching dad's swimming races lol

oh em gee, that is *exactly* what la tour eiffel looked like the night hubby and i went up it at midnight... it sure is a fairy-image.

wow. you *swam* the tauranga harbour?? now i know where i get my triathlon genes from :o)
thank you for that quote from your book. you know i'm a fan of C.S.L. even more now.
i'm going to copy it into my book.
love you X

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Toni said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog (do come again!)

*Love* the photos. It always amazes me how small our own personal "worlds" are. We all take in just our own glimpse of the "big picture." I can only imagine the view from God's perspective. He gets to see ALL the different views.

And I also see you have a strawberry blonde. My Reece is one as well and we LOVE his hair color.

2:04 AM  

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