2014 reflections – Happy New Year

 

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

With 2015 dawning – grey and overcast for me – I felt I should really make a effort and try and revive this blog. It’s been far to long since I posted anything – though not for lack of trying or subjects to write about. In fact I did start a few posts but for whatever reason did never finish them.

Arthurs Pass Highway
Arthurs Pass Highway

The past year was a rather changeable one for me – we have had happy and joyous times with my parents visiting for a holiday that took us around the South Island and to some amazing spots in this little country of ours.

my little hole:-)
my little hole:-)

Of course my almost “annual” trip to Europe was a big highlight as well again with the Dig at Leiston Abbey and some quality time spent with my family and in particular my sister in Germany.

Kriebstein Castle - Saxony
Kriebstein Castle – Saxony

A recent trip to Sydney to visit my best friend brought everything back into perspective as well and helped me to re-charge the batteries – just a few short days is all that’s needed sometimes if those are spent in the company of someone who is truly there for you and the other way around.

Sydney
Sydney

I can see a theme going through here – travel seems to be the one thing that stands out for me and makes me happy – experiencing new (or in my case old and historic) places, meeting old friends, family and making new ones, great food and stunning landscapes. Those are the things that inspire me and make me happy. So what is happiness we ask ourselves?

Morning Mist at Long Beach
Morning Mist at Long Beach

How do we know when we are happy, or what makes us happy? The one thing we usually do know is – when we are unhappy with something or someone. I’ll just put it out to you at this – the first day of the new year – think about what makes you happy and try to do more of it and less of the things that don’t. Life is to short to be unhappy to often!

Naturally it is the flow of things that with happiness – or good times there are always also the not so good moments – the drag of a job perhaps or the passing of a dear friend or family member, or indeed the loss of a job just before Christmas – all these things drag one down and make life seem so much harder at times.

Koutu Boulders - Hokianga
Koutu Boulders – Hokianga

Listen more to your family and friends when they try to warn you of something is another sad revelation we’ve had these past months – and most importantly – if something sounds to be too good to be true – it most likely is – even if it’s a dream job in a dream location:-)

We’ve experienced all of these emotions as well this past year – but could see the silver lining – “if it does not kill you – it makes you stronger” and better have a
“end with horrors than never ending horrors”.

So it is with renewed vigour that we approach this new year – and what a year it will hopefully be. New Zealand will co-host the Cricket World Cup, the UK will host the Rugby World Cup – and there are so many corners of this little country of ours that are still to be explored and photos taken off:-)

Pohutukawa
Pohutukawa

I will try to write more often about my travels and movements and my photography that’s slowly but surely getting better too. I will create a new flickr account soon for you to have a look at those photos as I had to tightly secure the old one and it is now only accessible by invitation – so if you can’t see my photos any longer – flick me a e-mail and I’ll get you access by invitation.

I’ll leave you with some of the shots that best reflect my last 365 days:-) Happy New Year

 

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