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(if it does not download properly, try this link from Pietro Pazzi Photography)
Glowing reds, burning oranges, golden yellows and soft pinks sunsets
Wind through the palms rustling the leaves to sound like rainfall.
The stillness of sundown.
The ever soothing roaring of waves breaking on the reef.
Blue, and blue and turquoise … no doubt this is where blue was invented.
So little light … lights up the Starry sky.
No pollution lets it shine so true.
Sunny, hot, stormy, windy, humid .. but never really cold.
However, having acclimatised I do wear socks and a hoody when the temperature hits 21C … that is the new cold barrier.
Warm people so easy going, friendly and open. A safe place.
Dancing in warm rain.
Monday to Friday in the shop 9am-4pm. Saturdays and Sundays are for surfing, diving or just plain chilling.
Retail I can do, shopkeeper I have learnt is not my cup a tea.
Too many people, continuous motion, too much stimulating.
Trendy and fashionable … cool surf and beach clothing on tap. New wardrobe every delivery.
Back on the water. Frustration at first … I was an expert 25 years ago … not like riding a bicycle!
But oh the joy when I ride and skim over the surface.
Man those corals can get in the way … so got a second ride with low profile fins.
The lagoon, the ocean is crystal clear, pristine… can see for miles under water, okay almost for miles.
Tropical sea life in abundance.
Bathing in the sun on quite white beaches.
Re-discovered “heaven” on earth … Aitutaki … again and again, every time a sense of deep peace and love. Being present, in touch with everything and nothing … such beauty and simplicity.
The Internet, well the connection – when it works it is slow and expensive.
Things are simple. Options are less.
Shopping … when you can find it, and you like it, buy it, buy lots, no guarantee to find it again.
Island time … Island mentality … lets just say we still in the process of calibrate to Island time … Adjustment in progress.
Chilling on the large terrace. Laying on the bench, cool breeze, wind in the chime … reminds a bit of Bavarian cow bells.
Awesome visitors reminding us of life in the EU & Uk.
We made the right choice.
Love our family.
Ah, the quite times together.
Many long candlelight dinners.
MMMWWWWAAAAA my Lovely Peanie.
You take me to such beautiful places in oh so many ways.
Live, Love, Laugh …Hold onto nothing