Thursday, December 31, 2009

Summer Delight . . .

I love this photo, to me it epitamises what summer is all about in this water loving country of mine, no where are you ever far from the ocean, rivers or lakes.
Elliott Thomas, my delightful grandson with the look of sheer delight on his beautiful face, is falling about in the waves with his Grandad Paul , who was out from the UK with Nana Jane on their first trip to NZ - guess who didn`t want to go home to the cold and snow ??
Elliott has absolutely no fear of the water, or anything for that matter, you cannot take your eyes off him for a second, but when those 2 dear little arms wrap around your neck and `I love you Nana Marcie` is whispered in your ear, you can forgive him anything . . .


The Pohutukawa blossom symbolises Christmas and summer to New Zealanders. Bees love this nectar producing flower, the honey being pale and some say, tastes slightly salty - although I think this might be wishful thinking as the tree also grows inland, miles from the sea. It has strong leathery leaves that have a white furry underside, all the better for putting up with salty wind and sea spray. The tree grows knarly and strong, often called, along with its` close cousin the Rata, NZ`s iron wood trees. Long air roots often hang from branches like a beard and these ancient trees that have grown along our North Island beaches for centuries, will always hold a special place in my heart - I can never resist photographing them or simply just sitting in their shade .





3 comments:

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

Beautiful flower, and lovely photos of your grandson in the sea. It always seems so odd to me that while we are sitting in 16 inches of snow, you are enjoying a lovely summer on the other side of the world. Happy New Year to you!

Lynn said...

Aren't we blessed to have such wonderful grandchildren. While Elliot frolics in the surf, Savanna has been playing in the snow. We had 2 more inches last night.

Looking forward to an update on the new swarm. The flora in NZ is, indeed, lovely. The bees must be very happy. Happy New Year!

Cliff W said...

A beautiful photo of the flower blossom. Wishing all our antipodean friends the best for 2010. P.S. temperatures forecast this week to fall to around 10 degrees below freezing!