Local Heart, Global Soul

March 18, 2018

Landfall And My Mountains…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Pain messes with your sleep. Strong pain medication messes with your sleep in a different way.

Chemical sleep means your dreams all but disappear.

Now, on the rare occasions when I dream, and remember that I dreamed, two topics reoccur over and over again.

The first is that I can run, walk, hike, things I can no longer so. The second is always mountains. Not just any mountains, but my mountains.

I dream of mountains I recognise, grew up with, woke up to, hiked up and loved.

I dream of them covered in winter snow, with snow on the tops on summer’s days and the many shades of deep purples as the sun would shine on the dry, barren tussock grassed slopes and slip away behind the jagged ridges at the headland of the valley.

These were the slopes that had shimmery hazes across them on hot, hot summer days. Now that I live on the flattest country on earth my mountains and the memory of them becomes all the more special.

With this trip finally materializing after four and a half years, the dreams increased (or at least seemed like they did, maybe I just remembered them better, rather than forgetting as soon as I woke up) have been solely about my mountains. Clearly I am missing home.

On our flight from Singapore to New Zealand I had been trying to negotiate the fine line between following the flight moment by moment all the way (boring and it makes the flight seem unnecessarily long) and being ready to catch the moment when we make landfall and the my mountains come into view.

It’s summer and I’ve heard the temperatures have been in the high 20’s c (80’s F) in recent weeks so of course there are very few traces of snow. That doesn’t matter, snowcapped or not they are still my mountains.

The Southern Alps come into view and my heart goes faster, I get emotional and need to fight back the odd tear. I see the rugged peaks and valleys of my youth. This is the view that reminds me that I am truly coming home.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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4 Comments »

  1. I must say, I’m envious (not of the flight time), but very happy for you in that you have the priviledge to see beautiful places as this! What a fabulous planet we inhabit!

    Comment by Dawn Renee — March 19, 2018 @ 11:31 am | Reply

    • Dawn Renee,
      Our family all love to travel so we home cook, stick to a strict monthly budget for food, petrol etc, I buy clothes in Sales and wear them forever, we are not a very materialist family at all, all the spare pennies we save, save, save.

      We have a separate bank account for travel fund that gets a monthly instalment, and we add to it if Himself has a good month (He’s self employed).Our car is third-hand, we live simply.

      I work with colleagues who have far bigger houses and lots of nice “stuff”, we don’t, but we travel every chance we get. It’s the priority we chose.

      Of course having a good job so that you have the pennies to save in the first place IS a luxury, and one I never forget. We are very lucky indeed. I came into my line of work via two things: (a) Luck, I was in the right place at the right time, temping to help out, and (b) I studied hard to pass exams to work my way out of the temping position and into a permanent one.

      I appreciate very, very much that so many people do not have the chances in life that I have been given, and that I should never squander them or bemoan that they are not enough.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 20, 2018 @ 7:29 am | Reply

      • I’ve told my children, “If you keep buying stuff, you’ll never have anything.” Quite the paradox, but when one is on their death bed they’re not going to wish they had more stuff, instead, lovely experiences and/or more time well spent. So, that is fabulous for you & family – $ going to improve the quality of lives!

        Comment by Dawn Renee — March 21, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

      • Dawn Renee,
        Tell your kids to make up a “wish-list” for their life: things to do, places to see etc. Tell them that simple things: not getting breakfasts / Snacks / drinks at places outside of supermarkets costs a LOT more money, Home cook, shop for groceries at markets where it is cheaper if you can, don’t smoke, limit alcohol, keep a list of EVERYTHING you spend in a month, it’s usually the little things that add up to serious totals but because they appear to be small amounts we tend to ignore them!!!

        Put in some hard graft to shop around and get the best deals for your phone / water / electricity / insurance etc bills these can save hundreds, It takes effort but you could pay for one entire holiday a year just by sorting this out!

        Then make a strict budget, the lower your income the more serious this needs to be. Put part of your wage away via automatic payment so that you don’t have *to get around to it”. Learn to be happy with less stuff. Get rid of what you don’t need. Remind yourself of your goals. Stick to the budget like glue and before you know it you will be checking off items on your travel wish list.

        I did this whilst working a minimum wage job and managed to travel to Europe after several years. I walked the last zone of my bus route so I didn’t have to pay three stops into a new zone. I severely limited “treats” (you can have your treats when you are travelling), I shopped Sales like a pro. I home cooked zealously, I cooked cheap seasonal stuff in bulk and froze or bottled it. I scrimped and saved, had zero credit card debt and no overdraft. My travel addition began after that. Yes it takes effort, YES, Yes, Yes, it is worth it!

        Comment by kiwidutch — March 22, 2018 @ 7:40 am


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