My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

Brilliant gem of a lake



The natural jewels in our nation’s crown inspire spiritual awe and superlatives. It was one brilliant view after another during our trip round the South Island. Brilliant barely suffices as an adjective.

And the view of views?

Radiant and resplendent, Aoraki Mount Cook mirrored in the World Heritage water of Lake Matheson in the Franz Joseph glacial area on the West Coast of New Zealand.

Aoraki Mount Cook Reflected in Lake Matheson

Iconic view of views. Lake Matheson mirrors snow-clad Aoraki Mount Cook.

During our round-the-lake walk through ancient rainforest, I had to remind myself to put the mobile phone down and look at the here-and-now view before me rather than viewing the scene through the lens of a camera. It was also preferable than walking into other tourists on the track also distracted while taking photos.

In truth, we could not fail to stop.  Proud to be a New Zealander, I am aware of the spiritual significance of the mountain to the Ngai Tahu people. Nature commands deep respect and the links that lead to some stories of Maori relationship to nature are worthy of our attention. And how could we not become mesmerised by the ancient grandeur of the magnificent mirror image of this iconic mountain in the glassy lake water?  It is a place of  peace and tranquility.

Camera in backpack, we moved on having learned that the lake’s

excellent reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water – the result of organic matter leached from the humus of the forest floor.

Brilliant, sparkling like a multi-faceted diamond, shining in the light.

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

3 thoughts on “Brilliant gem of a lake

  1. That’s spectacular!

  2. Hi Gail, I treasured the chance to enjoy that view. Cheers, Jenny

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