17 June 2013

The beach in winter

Although it's winter here we aren't locked into icy weather for months on end like we were in the UK. In fact, the weather today was very pleasant - 18 degrees and sunny. We had similar weather last week Saturday and decided to go to Karioitahi beach. We chose that beach as we can take the car onto the sand, find a pretty much deserted spot and Noah can "drive" (Grant does the peddles and Noah steers). He LOVES this!

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I took a walk down the beach while they were doing that, and climbed up onto some rocks. I sat there in the sunshine for a while, hurting something fierce as I desperately missed special people left behind in England. Although it's been almost two years sometimes the pain is so sharp and fresh it feels like it hasn't dulled with time at all.

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It was pretty sheltered where I sat but just offshore there was a stiff breeze pushing spray off the tops of each wave.

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After a while Grant wandered along to find me.

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We went back to the car together, where the boys stripped off and changed into swimsuits and played at the edge of the water. This is winter, remember!

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After a little more driving we headed home, buying pies and chips as a treat on the way home. We ate them on the trampoline, soaking up the last of the sunshine.

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Although I still get homesick and still grieve for the people I've lost to distance, I feel so blessed to live here. I just wish the ache of missing elements of my old life would fade.


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14 comments:

  1. Oh that beach brings back happy cherished memories. I'm so sorry you are feeling sad, I miss you so much. Really wishing we were back there with you now xxx

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  2. LOVE our west coast black sand beaches - weird I know but I just do.
    I'm sorry you are feeling such sadness for England ;'(
    xxx

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    1. Me too - pale beaches seem weird to me now.

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  3. Great pictures. Sorry you're feeling homesick, I'm the other way than you, a Kiwi (from west Auckland) now in England (still in the west!). Mind you, I've been here 15 years so I'm used to it now. It did take me about 4 or 5 years to really settle. So glad you're loving NZ though, and your weather there in winter is better than our flippen summer so far! It is grim here I tell you lol!

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    1. It's funny, everyone says "It takes 2 years to settle" but you really can't put a date on it. 4-5 years sounds more like it. I don't envy you the weather there, it sucks!

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  4. It looks like a very special outing! I feel you're pain - I've been here for 14 years and still don't really feel like I belong and miss home, family and the good stuff terribly. I hope in time your pain eases x

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    1. I felt like that in England - like I didn't really belong. Thankfully I don't have that particular feeling here, just the missing people and homesickness. It's exhausting to be happy and sad at the same time (I know you'll understand!)

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  5. Hi Jen, I can relate to how you are feeling. The wandering hearts always leave special people behind. I am missing my Aussie friends this week. And of course settling in somewhere new takes time.
    x

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    1. I hope you get to see your friends as they aren't too far away! But yes, when you miss them you miss them, no matter how many miles between.

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  6. I hear you. As time passes, things do get better, but those special people really do leave a big hole in our hearts. :/

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    1. I count myself lucky for having had them in my life, but yeah, they leave a hole behind.

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  7. :-( I'm sure you'll start feeling better eventually, but hope it's sooner rather than later. I've only moved around the UK so can't imagine how you are feeling right now. On a bright note, it looks like a beautiful country that you have chosen to settle down in and your boys look so happy with their new adventures (big and little boys.... lol) ((hugs)) Jude.x

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    1. With any loss time heals, hopefully it will lessen as the years go by. We are definitely happier here overall.

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