There is a hint of autumn in the air. Auckland’s oppressive humidity has disappeared and I feel invigorated enough for long walks.
The Atiu Creek Regional Park covers over 800 hectares of bush, farm and wetlands north of Auckland with walking, cycling and horse-trekking trails criss crossing the landscape.
The park was gifted to Auckland in 2006 by owners Pierre and Jackie Chatelanat, who wanted to protect it from development and allow people to enjoy its beauty.
Views from atop the parks many hills are panoramic and stunning.
Time is the real currency of life. While money can be earned, spent and earned again, time cannot. It will eventually run out. Life will end.
― unknown source
War does not determine who is right; only who is left.
― Bertrand Russell
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
― Soren Kierkegaard
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
― Oscar Wilde
It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.
― Dr. Seuss
Those who shun the whimsy of things will experience rigor mortis before death.
― Tom Robbins
Bad decisions make good stories.
― unknown source
Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
― Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.
And finally …
Good mothers let you lick the beater when they’re baking; great mothers turn the mixer off first.
― greeting card
I saw this sign round the side of St John’s in the City, in Wellington. I think it’s brilliant; funny and clever and understated and best of all, useful.
I’ve said before that I’m not really a Believer. I’d probably describe myself as a Presbyterian aethiest with catholic tendencies. I like the socialism of christianity and I absolutely love old churches and rituals and choral music. It’s just the notion of a God I have trouble with. That and any kind of humourless religion that thinks it knows best and wants to make everyone in it’s own likeness, preferably with maximum violence.
Life is ridiculous, humans are ridiculous, love and fear and hate are all ridiculous. So why not laugh?