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  • AND it's my birthday, too!

    Happy Birthday!

    federica
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    @Kotishka said:

    @Shoshin1 Did you move there to get away from the Rat Race? I always thought New Zealand was muy expensivo... but 70s Aotearoa sound like hermit's paradise. I hope it didn't turn out like the wild west... Armed hippies with long braids and red eyes...You know, I moved to Berlin to escape "The Rat Race"* in Spain to discover I was living The Rat Race but in a city that basically allowed me to live the decadent lifestyle I wanted and tried to keep in Madrid and at a high price really (but quite low compared to Madrid).

    Not really @Kotishka, I enjoyed living in Australia, the beaches sunshine and wildlife, however I moved to Aotearoa just for a change, a different experience...This was back in mid 1980s... I had visited Aotearoa three times before, prior to the move...

    For the most part wages are lower here than in Australia and some things are a lot dearer too...But the life style here is more relaxed...

    How I ended up living on the island,( at first not by choice) was when some friends invited me over to stay with them when I was going through one of life's many crises, as you do in Samsara (that's what true friendship is about)...I had only planned on staying for a couple of weeks, till I could get my act together...Two weeks stretched to a month then a year and now it's been 20 years...(and I still haven't got my act together ;);) )

    A random announcement

    When I moved to Australia from London, 1969 the population of Australia was around 13 million, which was the same as central & Greater London's population...
    When I moved to Aotearoa from Sydney 1986 the population of Aotearoa was around 4 million, which was the same as the population of Sydney...

    BunksKotishkaWalker
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:

    @Kotishka said:

    @Shoshin1 Did you move there to get away from the Rat Race? I always thought New Zealand was muy expensivo... but 70s Aotearoa sound like hermit's paradise. I hope it didn't turn out like the wild west... Armed hippies with long braids and red eyes...You know, I moved to Berlin to escape "The Rat Race"* in Spain to discover I was living The Rat Race but in a city that basically allowed me to live the decadent lifestyle I wanted and tried to keep in Madrid and at a high price really (but quite low compared to Madrid).

    For the most part wages are lower here than in Australia and some things are a lot dearer too...But the life style here is more relaxed...

    I didn't find the wages too much lower in NZ compared to Australia relatively speaking but the lifestyle is fantastic.

    My office was at one end of Takapuna Beach and I lived at the other end of Takapuna Beach so a stroll on the sand to and from work each day was my reward. Had to ensure I didn't get the suit pants wet though :p

    Shoshin1
  • @federica said:
    I came across this today. As I'm 65 today, it's my present to myself. And my heartfelt wish, and recommendation to you.

    "Barely the day started and
    it's already six in the evening.
    Barely arrived on Monday
    and it's already Friday.
    .. and the month is already over.
    .. and the year is almost over.
    .. and already 40, 50 or 60 years
    of our lives have passed.
    .. and we realize that we lost
    our parents, friends.
    .. and we realize it's too late
    to go back.
    So.. Let's try, despite
    everything, to enjoy
    the remaining time.
    Let's keep looking for
    activities that we like.
    Let's put some color in
    our grey.
    Let's smile at the little
    things in life that put
    balm in our hearts.
    And despite everything,
    we must continue to enjoy
    with serenity this time we
    have left.
    Let's try to eliminate the
    afters..
    I'm doing it after.
    I'll say after.
    I'll think about it after.
    We leave everything for
    later like ′′ after ′′ is ours.
    Because what we don't
    understand is that:
    Afterwards, the coffee
    gets cold.
    afterwards, priorities change.
    Afterwards, the charm is
    broken.
    Afterwards, health passes.
    Afterwards, the kids grow up.
    Afterwards parents get old.
    Afterwards, promises are
    forgotten.
    Afterwards, the day becomes
    the night.
    Afterwards, life ends.
    And then it's often too late.
    So.. Let's leave nothing for
    later.
    Because still waiting to see
    later, we can lose the
    best moments, the best
    experiences, best friends,
    the best family.
    The day is today. The
    moment is now.
    We are no longer at the
    age where we can afford
    to postpone what needs
    to be done right away.
    It Looks Like An Eternity,
    But It's A Short Trip,
    Enjoy Life And Always
    Be Kind."

    Thank you!

    federicaBunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Happy belated Birthday @federica ....

    federica
  • I likes it! Happy Birthday @federica … and we get the present. <3

    federica
  • My green peas have finally sprouted!

    lobsterFleaMarketBunksShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran
    edited April 2022

    It was a beautiful morning so I headed to the beach, up in front was a double decker tourist bus (one of many on the island, owned by the passenger ferry company).. locals have held protests to stop these buses operating on the island's narrow road, but were unsuccessful...because money talks and the company who owns these buses has plenty of cash to splash....

    Walking down the bush track to the beach, easy peasy...

    The water temperature 22 C degrees

    The hard slog back up the track..(the steepest part of the track) wheezy not easy peasy

    BunkslobsterFleaMarketFosdick
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    The moon dancing late yesterday afternoon

    There's no dark side of the moon really, matter of fact...it's all dark...

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Well I've just booked a return flight to Europe for a month, flying out late July coming back beginning of September.. Flying via San Francesco ..
    Along with catching up with family and friends in the UK, I'll be spending time in Spain at my sister's place...The last time I was in Spain was 1972/73...Umm I wonder if it's changed ;)

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Wow @Shoshin1 - so excited for you.....I'll be expecting photo's from your jolks the streets of Spain and England :)

    lobsterShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    Wow @Shoshin1 - so excited for you.....I'll be expecting photo's from your jolks the streets of Spain and England :)

    Be careful what you wish for...have (phone) camera will travel ;);)

    Not sure how much jolking I'll be doing, no doubt a lot of walking around taking in the sights...

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:
    Well I've just booked a return flight to Europe for a month, flying out late July coming back beginning of September.. Flying via San Francesco ..
    Along with catching up with family and friends in the UK, I'll be spending time in Spain at my sister's place...The last time I was in Spain was 1972/73...Umm I wonder if it's changed ;)

    Wonderful! Going to visit the Old Country hey. Less worrying about wasps, but a bit closer to the war in Ukraine.

    Shoshin1
  • @Shoshin1 said:
    Well I've just booked a return flight to Europe for a month, flying out late July coming back beginning of September.. Flying via San Francesco ..
    Along with catching up with family and friends in the UK, I'll be spending time in Spain at my sister's place...The last time I was in Spain was 1972/73...Umm I wonder if it's changed ;)

    ¡Qué bien! Recuerda comer mucho porque la comida en España es creo que es la mejor de toda Europa, tan solamente compitiendo con la italiana o la griega, jajaja!

    Enjoy your trip!

    Safe travels!

    Shoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Thanks @Kotishka ...

    I guess if there are Spanish vegetarian restaurants and cafes, then, no hay problema...

  • @Shoshin1

    Spanish vegetarian options exist. Though it can be hard... I recommend:

    • Gazpacho
    • Tortilla de patatas
    • Arroz con leche
    • Natillas
    • Torrijas
    • Pan con aceite y tomate (national breakfast)
    Shoshin1Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    whereabouts will you be in the UK, @Shoshin1 ? And when, exactly? Barring accidents, who knows? We could plan a get-together!

    BunksShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    @federica said:
    whereabouts will you be in the UK, @Shoshin1 ? And when, exactly? Barring accidents, who knows? We could plan a get-together!

    Sounds good @federica ....
    I arrive on the 31st July I'm planning on spending the first and last week of August in the UK....I'll be staying with my son and his wife in Purley (if the house sale goes through) or where they are now in Norwood, I'll be catching up with rellies in and around South London......I'm also planning on visiting friends in Ipswich and Halifax...

    I'm sure there will be time to meet up, but not sure when at the moment...I should have a better idea closer to the time...

    Bunksfederica
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    That would be cool! Tell me when you're here, we'll text and plan!

    Shoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Lots of day trippers at the beach, the water's still warm, but not as warm as the other day.......

    On the bench at the lookout point...I spied some worker ants collecting lunch for the colony, while the blow fly was rubbing its hand with glee, biding its time, waiting (for the most part patiently) for its turn to have lunch...

    Lunch looked like chocolate (it's Easter) or something which looks like chocolate but doesn't taste or smell as nice ;);)

    Bunks
  • After thinking I might be dying and drinking two camomiles to recover … Went for an early walk looking for cryptoflora. Found the ancient wood anemone which is supposedly no longer growing in this area … Wus dis den!

    And a host of ex-golden dandelions, now the seedheads of tomorrow …

    the hawthorn blossom was fragrant, the mistle thrush sang. Young foxes and jay chased each other.

    … iz Spring here …

    federicaFosdickBunksShoshin1
  • BunksShoshin1lobsterfederica
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    @Kotishka this reminds me of the Metta song

  • Thanks @Kotishka very inspiring even for those of us nearly adults.

    We do learn. We need skilful role models. Who said Buddha? [correct].

    Here is one of mine:

    • Mr Champion [yes really] who when we kids asked where we came from, taught us the 'The Big Bang' theory - you could have heard a pin drop …we were enthralled.
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Last night when I walked into the bedroom ready for bed, I spied this little sweetie on the wall above my pillow...I left it there, however when I was in bed about to go to sleep, I heard a gentle thud, it had dropped off the wall onto my pillow, perhaps wanting to snuggle up, which was not a good idea, I would have crushed it when I rolled over, so I put it on my bedside cabinet...

    This morning I walked into the bedroom to put some washing away and found it sitting on the sheet...

    So I took it outside onto the deck...

    BunkslobsterJeroen
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Walked into the village earlier..

    A relaxing Easter Saturday for some..

    But not for these Asian paper wasps who were on a mating frenzy

    The males trying to strut their stuff with the foundresses before they go into hibernation...

    BunksFosdick
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Kotishka said:

    ...."I'm teaching future humans"... :lol:

    While right now, they are....Little monkeys...?

    Kotishka
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited April 2022

    empty common, no one about at Sunrise. … probably everyone dreaming of easter eggs …

    … anyways, walking under a rail bridge, came across Jesus (I think it was) on the ground, putting on his socks. Brief conversation ensued:

    JESUS: Good morning … [puts on socks] … don't ask … it's a long story
    lobster: Good morning. I won't ask.
    JESUS: … a very a long story …
    lobster: I won't ask.

    I think he wanted me to ask :3 … ah well … Happy Easter, Buddha Bunnies. ;)

    Kotishka
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited April 2022

    And a host of ex-golden dandelions, now the seedheads of tomorrow …

    Oops, I think they are coltsfoot. Which makes perfect sense as they were growing in a former horse paddock …

    Here is 'little blue' butterfly from my garden, on Easter Sunday.

    Shoshin1Fosdick
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I think on a flower of an Alkanet plant. Pernicious and persistent weed. Yes, the bees and butterflies love them, but they are invasive and the devil to control!

    lobster
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Well it would seem that Autumn has finally arrived on the island, overcast windy and drop in temperature...defiantly not a skinny dip beach day..

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    It may definitely not be a day to skinny-dip - but I would defiantly do it anyway! :mrgreen:

    BunksShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    This morning's sunrise( well peeping through the clouds)

    Bunks
  • lobsterShoshin1
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I'm guessing "The Boomerang Effect" works both ways, yes?

    ...So a humanitarian will work tirelessly for the release and rescue of political prisoners, while Nazis will work even harder to eliminate "minority" groups.

  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran
    edited April 2022

    Yes. The main concept here is reactance. The more someone attacks/argue with you and tries to subdue something you believe (National Socialism), the more you will defend it and even intensify your view and conduct.

    Also it applies for more mundane situations... for example (real life)
    Person 1: Fuck, fuck, fuck.. why is it so late?
    Person 2: Mind your language, please.
    Person 1: Fuck * 10,000

    JeroenBunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Hmm boomerang effect

    Kotishka
  • Burning knees. It means......

    And yoga... !

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Awesome trumpet skills…

    how
  • Damn!!!!

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran
    edited April 2022

    We’ve all grown far too wise @federica… so wise that our eyeballs are rolling back in their sockets and we can no longer see the screens, so wise that our leathery-hard brains have soured in their skull-like containers, so wise that our skeletal bodies have meditated themselves into a near-death state behind the keyboard incapable of answering a fresh up-and-coming young aspirant.

    Soon the accumulated wisdom-merit of the newbuddhist forum will come pouring forth, like a flood into adjacent websites, spidering out into sister servers on whatever server farm hosts it. Or maybe not.

    So it’s just as well that all the new applicants are spam-bots.

  • At least you have spam-bots to deal with. I just sit here refreshing the page.

    howfedericaBunks
  • I still miss Omar and his salvation speech...

    federicaBunksShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran


    After the morning jolk, I took the ferry to Auckland. it's another long weekend again (ANZAC) lots of people coming and going from the island...the ferries were full, masked and unmasked travellers ...

    I needed to pick up a couple of boxes of RATs kits which I ordered from the Ministry of Health's website-they are free...After I picked them up I decided to do a bit of shopping, plus call into Specsavers to book an eye test, anyhow, as I was walking up the main street I spied a sign which said Furein Asian supermarket it's downstairs below street level...I was in heaven, all the teas I could ask for, Oolong teas, Ginseng Oolong tea, Ginseng tea, Gunpowder tea...The prices were okay too...

    Overall it's been a satisfying day....glad to be back home...

    KotishkaBunks
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