Long Goodbyes

I’m that person who reaches her third or fourth close before finally hanging up the phone.


I’m that lady that kisses and cuddles everyone at least a second time before boarding the plane.


I’m the girl who searches endlessly for friends from my childhood on Facebook (where could they be?)


I hate good-byes…so they are rather long when I have to give them. Summer is leaving me and all I want to do is hold on tight and never let go!


I won’t

say good-bye.

See yah soon, summer.

I’ll be waiting.

One Word Photo a Challenge: Mauve

Hope you enjoy!

Good Morning From Bluff


If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,
I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Point out the road I must travel;
I’m all ears, all eyes before you. ~David the Psalmist


The season is quickly changing. Fall’s crisp air is hovering but the sun is still shining brightly, especially this morning.


The ferry is already returning from Stewart Island with tourists, workers and locals returning to the mainland.


Flower petals reach longingly for the last bit of sun as it’s time for them to begin the winter sleep…not long now.


Signs of fall are undeniable.


I sense the spiders have spun all night taking advantage of the empty spaces left by the falling pedals.

It’s morning in Bluff! My day is planned: exercise, window painting and other household chores and watch for the solar eclipse…

then I’ll take some time to receive God’s loving-kindness and spend some lingering moments in the sunshine before it wonders off to heat another part of the world.

Good morning!

could i have more time today, please?

deeclarknz.comtoday was one of those days that i wished i could cram a few more hours into the day. i contemplated my list of things “to do”; laundry, floors, gardens, business emails, and paperwork.deeclarknz.com

however, the sun was shining today. that hasn’t happened very often this summer (and now autumn has begun). i imagined that long walk that i keep putting off because the weather has been crook. i also wanted to visit some of my fellow bloggers and meander through their posts. i was yearning to write as well. although, i am still learning i have found a passion ignited deep inside of me for sitting with my thoughts and then getting them down. i have women that i am sharing some of my life experiences with and so my thoughts and prayers were lingering with them as well. i needed more time today if i had any chance of getting it all accomplished.

deeclarknz.commore time in my day was not available. i decided to grab one more cup of coffee and stroll down the halls of the blogosphere. along the way, i visited miss managing. i find her photographs intriguing since i am a budding photographer (ok, i’m a wanna-be but photography and my camera make me happy). she posted a video entitled 10 reasons you should never get a job by Ralph Smart. although, his approach is so much different than mine, he made a couple of good points about working for yourself…one, when you work for yourself you are not trapped by a time clock and secondly, that you also have the freedom to form your day anyway you like.

deeclarknz.comhe had a point…it was a rather good point at that. i do not have the constraints i once had on my 9 to 5 job (cough, cough…because it was never just 9 to 5). i am blessed to have the flexibility to make this day go in any direction. deeclarknz.comi dusted off my tennis shoes because i was going to actually start that daily 3k walk that i had procrastinated for far too long. while i was at it, the camera might as well be my companion.

deeclarknz.comthe sea air hit my nostrils and it was a perfect time to take a few deep breaths. i could feel anxiety waft away with every exhale. i was ready. the first thing i noticed was the harbour was alive with boats this morning…coming in…and going out.

deeclarknz.comthe oyster boats were coming in with their catches and the ferry was heading to Stewart Island to deliver tourists.

deeclarknz.comthe birds were as happy as i was that the sun was shining…fluttering and singing away…they seemed cheerful which made me smile.

deeclarknz.comthe last of the season’s flowers were beginning to show signs that autumn was appearing but final blooms were bursting forth as if to kiss the sun a few final times.

deeclarknz.comthe horizon was not obstructed by clouds or fog today so even the distant light house was in full view.

deeclarknz.coma varied from my path for a few moments of rock time and watch the water glisten and splash…

deeclarknz.comand focused on the small plants living beneath the clear water.

deeclarknz.comand, yes, i stared at the deep blue water hoping that i might catch a glimpse of a passing whale…but not today…that dream lives on in my heart destined for another time.

deeclarknz.comi reached my turn around point and headed back home. as i walked, Marv and Ann were just arriving at their home. i planned to give a cheerful, “good’ay” (it’s the one kiwi saying i take most pleasure in attempting to copy). he spoke first, “are you a local?” “i am now”, i replied. we chattered away for several minutes and just as i thought we were completing the conversation, Marv asks, “would you like a cup of tea?” this is where i am always jolted back into the reality that i am an american in a differing culture. i always considered my family to be hospitable but when a totals stranger whom i have met only moments before invites me into their home from off the street…i never ceased to feel anything but amazement. i accepted the invitation. we shared an hour sipping a cup of tea while Marv and Ann gave me some history on Bluff (after all, Marv has lived in Bluff for 80 years) and the Mutton Bird Islands. in his younger days, Marv was an oysterman which was fascinating since my husband and i now farm oysters.

deeclarknz.comthe clam shells from Fiji in Ann’s garden sparked more conversation and Ann gave me a tour of her beautiful gardens.


i headed back home with a song in my heart…i did a bit of reading to start my morning, i enjoyed my walk, i met new friends, i snapped a few photographs, sat on a rock listening to the waves crash in, and now i am back home putting a few of my thoughts down…

and it’s still early afternoon…

i might not need added hours in this day…

i think i’m on a pretty good roll!

i certainly hope that you are enjoying your day as well.


Her Majesty’s Ship Wellington visits Bluff

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yesterday was anything but a normal day in Bluff.

normally, the streets are quiet with minor rumblings of tourists as they stroll along.

however, yesterday the town seemed to jump to  life.

there were cars and people every where.

Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Wellington was in port and extended a welcome to the area locals to come aboard for tours.

my grandfather was in the US Navy during WWII so i was interested in seeing what a NZ naval ship would be like.

so, we headed over to the port for a “bit of a nosey” as they say here.

Wellington is one of 12 in Her Majesty’s fleet.

she is one of 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels that conduct patrol and surveillance operations around NZ, the Southern Ocean and the Pacific.

“Our Navy is the guardian of New Zealand’s Maritime Domain. It is our job to ensure safe passage for New Zealand’s shipping, to safeguard our maritime environment, to protect our fisheries and other resources and to go to the aid of our neighbours in times of disaster and other need.

“We are prepared and able to go into harm’s way in combat; it is the high end of what embodies our fighting spirit and an expectation of those for whom we serve, all New Zealanders. “

-Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer 

my grandfather, Benny Hartness, of the US Navy WWII

My grandfather, Benny Hartness, of the US Navy WWII

my afternoon with my camera

i spent the day home alone yesterday (remember i did a happy dance?).

i decided to grab my camera, take a drive and snap…snap…snap…

and i am sharing them with you today.

enjoy the photos…

maybe close your eyes imagine the smell of the sea air.

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it’s a bright, bright, bright sun shiny day

baby oysters/insight from a woman's heart

i’ve spent the last couple of days working on the marine farm with the guys taking care of these little fellas. these are our babies. they require nurturing because they are so little right now. so, i agreed to go out on the water…only because it was sunny and the sea was completely flat.

farming is the life for me/insight from a woman's heart

this is me in my “marine farming attire”. i didn’t get a call from my agent (rather “an” agent cause i don’t actually have one) to star in a movie, and Kate Middleton has the princess role stitched up…so, that leaves me to live my own life and sometimes, i look like this. days like this my high heels, pretty dress, make-up and well styled hair are not practical. it’s an ugly hair day. i am fine with that. i even went into the grocery store yesterday in my overalls…”i thought why not?” (no, it wasn’t Walmart). i like to give my “pride” a reality check every once in a while.

bluff harbour/insight from a woman't heart

i thought i would share some of the beauty that made work a bit more fun. this is Bluff Harbour, NZ.

isle/insight from a woman's heart

walking to the boat ramp…

shore view/insight from a woman's heart

leaving shore

flat sea and sunshine/insight from a woman's heart

calm water and sunshine

sun/insight from a woman's heart

i really wanted to see some critters but the divers prefer i didn’t while they are in the water

good day/insight from a woman's heart

my husband away with his creative thoughts…

sailboat/insight from a woman's heart

i feel pretty lucky to have such beauty in my life.

shark cage/insight from a woman's heart

my sunny day in the middle of the NZ winter…

i hope your day is just a beautiful.