Dizzy Swallows



July 29th, 2014 No Comments

Feeling a deep sense of gratitude and abundance this morning. I just had the opportunity to interview one of my very favorite yoga teachers, the incomparable Esther Ekhart. I am leaving in a few short hours for the Olympic Peninsula to go camping and hiking with my intrepid mother and sister. And in a few short weeks I am heading down to Costa Rica for a Yoga Teacher Training with the wonderful Silvia Mordini! Here’s a peek from past programs:

Feeling blessed and sending out deep thanks to everyone and everything in my life.

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Honeymoon: Piha (Goodbye NZ)

Honeymoon: Piha (Goodbye NZ)

July 28th, 2014 No Comments

Hold On To This Feeling by Bob Marley & The Wailers on Grooveshark

Leaving Waiheke was tough, but the transition to Auckland city life was made doubly so by the first and only truly awful lodging experience we had: a tiny AirBnB apartment (more like airless) downtown with dirty sheets (shudder). Our flight to Fiji being the following afternoon, we decided to hightail it as early as possible and squeeze in one last New Zealand adventure. We left in the dark wee hours, weaving our way out of the city and across the top of the island to Piha Beach.

One of NZ’s famous surf spots, Piha is a gorgeous black sand beach with reliably vicious break and a rugged but friendly little community (as a metric, this community of 600 supports two official surf clubs). After our brief, disturbed sleep, Piha coffee tasted like black gold and, munching … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Waiheke Island

Honeymoon: Waiheke Island

July 25th, 2014 No Comments

Memory is a strange thing. The past is nothing more than stories we tell ourselves. Often, when trying to recall particulars, I wonder at how the story spins itself from fleeting fragments, and vivid shards, from the delight of the senses, from a depth of feeling. We tell ourselves these stories, and whether we lose pieces along the way, the stories become the past.

My memories of Waiheke Island are steeped in sunshine, the overwhelming, brilliant kind that makes you squint even behind sunglasses and raises the scent of hot, dry grass. They are filled with a freshening ocean breeze, laden with salt and the promise of the sea on your skin.

Our home on the island was an entirely extravagant beach cabin at Connell’s Bay. As you may have guessed, yes, we have been entering the luxury portion of our honeymoon (just wait for Fiji!).

Though our stay began … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Otama Beach

Honeymoon: Otama Beach

July 9th, 2014 No Comments

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post finds us deep into the Coromandel Peninsula, having driven a rather long way from Kamahi. After another saga of winding roads, we arrived at the remote but breathtaking Otama Beach. Our lodging, once again found via the wonders of AirBnB, was a traditional bach (pronounced “batch”). These icons of Kiwi history are typically small but charming cabins now used as vacation rentals.

The bach in question was done up in perfect beach style, complete with chotchkies innumerable and even a rather impressive collection of Princess D memorabilia. Coupled with one hell of a view, the overall effect was lovely, comfortable kitsch.

The near entirety of the oceanside wall was in fact an ingeniously folding glass door which opened onto a sweet little deck, perfect for sipping morning coffee or doing a bit of long-needed yoga.

Our wonderful hosts had truly thought of everything, … Continue reading

These Days

These Days

June 16th, 2014

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Gold Day by Sparklehorse on Grooveshark

Taking a breather from our Honeymoon adventures, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our more recent days. They slip by towards summer with a welcome pull. I can feel the heat shimmering just over the horizon. In the meantime, I cherish these days of blooming flowers, good food, and dear friends.

We bought an immaculate and extensive set of Spode Rosalie china at the most recent Queen Anne Blocksale. Planning to sell shortly. Any takers?

Recent sun allowed me to process last year’s lavender, which been patiently drying. The pillowcase and rolling pin method answered admirably.

Our first BBQ of the season was one for the books, with three dozen Totem oysters. Mmmm.

I have watched with bated breath as my brugmansia sent out its first blooms. Amazingly, they opened white before transforming to pink overnight.

A new favorite: … Continue reading