The Barrier

Is there anything as relaxing as the sound of waves crashing when it's time to go to sleep?

We recently returned from an Easter break where the house was so close to the beach you could almost hit the water from the deck. We stayed on Great Barrier Island, a beautifully remote and tranquil place sixty odd miles out to sea. It was bliss...

No phones,
No TV,
No WiFi.
Solar powered with the only water available coming from a rainwater tank in the garden.

The weather was perfect, the family well-behaved and I gobbled up three books, including A Suitable Boy which is as weighty as the Yellow Pages.

I'm feeling revived, renewed and ready for adventure.

How was your Easter?


  1. Wonderful Jus, sounds like a very relaxing time.

    My Easter was cr@p! So wish I was in NZ instead of here.

  2. That is an incredibly beautiful photo. I want to go there right now!
    Apologies for being a 'lurker' on your blog and not commenting before.
    BTW, I'm a Jus too - are you also a Justine?

  3. That sounds just perfect! I've had A Suitable Boy on my bookshelf (the book not an actual boy!)for many years but have been a bit daunted by the size.

  4. Oh that is gorgeous! My dream is to wake up to a view like that every morning.....maybe one day!
    Our Easter was lovely.
    Quite relaxing and quite alot of yummyness!
    I love Easter, never too old for Easter eggs!!
    And again, beautiful image you have given us x

  5. oh sounds like a wonderful break

    we had a cold easter with the flu in the house