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We have been on this road before… (photos)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Right behind the suburb where we live is Point View Reserve. I took this picture to the houses so you can’t really see the valleys and all the trees in the photo. I just wanted to show you how close it is. In this photo you can see how dry it is here in Auckland. Usually all the brown grass is a wonderful green.

It is impossible to show you all the stairs but here are some photos of the 762 stairs going one way and then of course should one turn around it is another 762 stairs. It is a really good workout for the hart and the calf muscles.

In the bush it is lovely. There are also the Silver Fern and the Nikau Palms and many other species of plants. I love the coolness of the bush. The streams are now very dry.

Here is a photo of the underside of the Silver Fern and it is easy to understand why Maori in the old days used the fern upside down so that the moonlight will reflect on the silver underside so that they could find their way in the dark.

We have been walking this track many, many times. There is another track that we have been walking many times before. It is now the 4th time in 8 years that Mr. Roelf lost his job due to restructuring. So, on this road we have also been many times. We prefer to use the wisdom gained and to trust that every thing will work out. Like the silver leaf at night we will be guided by our inner will and strenth to survive and thrive.

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
Albert Camus


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MATHGURL 8/5/2013 7:45PM

    What beautiful countryside. I'd love to see it one day.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/31/2013 2:41PM

    Beautiful! Always thought New Zealand was one of the most pretty places on the planet!! I wish I could take stairs like that-my darn knees!! You are a strong lady to be able to do those!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/24/2013 11:32AM

    How beautiful. I wish my legs were stronger (I have MS) so I could take such lovely hikes. emoticon

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THEMRSH 4/7/2013 9:57PM

  Beautiful walk Maggie. Wow that is a lot of stairs. I would be so nervous of falling.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/29/2013 9:34AM

    Lovely blog, in so many ways. We live and learn, and how we go forward is determined by our attitude. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/27/2013 6:28PM

    so so beautiful. I can see why hubby wants us to retire there.

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PALMTREEGIRL1 3/27/2013 7:43AM

    Your country is so lovely! I cannot wait to see it with my own eyes! I'm speaking it into being! Brian and I will be there some day!

Excellent Blog, Maggster!

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LUCYLU22 3/26/2013 4:41PM

    WOW on all those steps! Oh my on how very beautiful it is there! I LOVE the quote, and so true in life! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventures!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/26/2013 3:15PM

    Just breath-taking!

I love the ending of the blog. So true.

Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 3/26/2013 10:38AM

    Beautiful area. Love the pictures. Thanks for taking the time to post. Love it!
Have a terrific day.

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STEVIEBEE569 3/26/2013 8:43AM

    Very pretty place! Thanks for sharing!

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SHERIO5 3/26/2013 8:20AM

    Such a beautiful place you live! Do you tire of the the beauty?!

So sorry about having to once again be in the position of looking for work. Hoping this tiime of unemployment will be a short one, and the new position a long and happy one! emoticon

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DEE797 3/26/2013 8:15AM

    What a beautiful photo blog. Love your quote at the end. Do hope all works out for you and Mr. Roelf.... emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 3/26/2013 6:19AM

    Another great photo blog. Loved all the stairs!

I also really like the quote at the end. So much truth in that.

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CAROLIAN 3/26/2013 4:47AM

    I can feel the ache walking those steps once over i could have done them but i struggle with the house stairs to bed i come down on a morning and dont go up ahain toll bedtime,You have some spectacular scenery around you and are so lucky to live next to it Have a good week emoticon Carol xxx

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PHOENIX1949 3/26/2013 12:28AM

    Awesome photos. Brown turf, and no turf, all too familiar here in Central Texas as we have been in drought conditions for about 8 years.

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FITAT50 3/25/2013 11:43PM

    Breathtaking and I'm not even there! If any couple has the strength to get through the rough times it's you and Mr. Roelf. Sending emoticon to the both of you.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/25/2013 11:09PM

    Beautiful, I would love to see these up close and personal.

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MEADSBAY 3/25/2013 10:23PM

    Amazingly beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
I'm so sorry your dear man is out of work again.

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CRYSTALJEM 3/25/2013 9:00PM

    Love the pics and the quote at the end. I'm holding tight to my invincible summer.

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GINNABOOTS 3/25/2013 8:25PM

    Beautiful pictures! I also loved the ones of your hike in Auckland. It was so nice to see the flowers. Can't wait for spring here in Michigan. We still have snow. It is taking it's time melting.

Thank you for taking the time to post your blog. Wishing you all the best for you and Mr. Roelf.

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KASHMIR 3/25/2013 8:16PM

    How Beautiful!!! And yes...I am sure everything will work out just the way it is meant to be for you and Mr Roelf! But many hugs to you my friend...May the stress be low, and may you both enjoy the coming days together!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/25/2013 8:15PM

    Beautiful than you are calling on inner strength in this uneasy time. Hoping DH will find a job soon. Hugs

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SMARTOAK 3/25/2013 8:03PM

    Beautiful! Courage and good luck to Mr Roelf!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 3/25/2013 7:29PM

    What lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing them. Sorry about Mr Roelf. Will keep you both in my thoughts & prayers!

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GCHUNG 3/25/2013 7:29PM

    Wow 762 steps..... great job.

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