The long-predicted rain has arrived and is expected to remain across the country for a few days, so I’m glad the Big T and I spent last evening at Muriwai Beach.
It wasn’t the most spectacular sunset we’ve ever seen, but we both felt refreshed by the combination of sea air and nature’s light show (and the gannet colony — but that’s another post).
With about 15,000 km of coastline (for a landmass of 268,021 km²), New Zealand does beaches pretty well. But even by our standards, Karakare Beach on Auckland’s west coast is quite spectacular.
For those of you who have seen Jane Campion‘s 1993 film, The Piano, Karekare is the beach where Ada and her daughter are abandoned with the piano. That scene is often remembered because of the music from Michael Nyman‘s beautiful soundtrack — ‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First.’
Close your eyes and listen. In your mind, you will be transported to Karekare.
And then back to earth …