15/09/2013 by Sarah Ritchie
As I was out on my morning walk a familiar sound stopped me in my tracks. In a neighbouring garden there was a large kowhai tree, standing resplendent in its cloak of “dripping gold” flowers.
There, in the midst of the yellow mass was a speck of black. Sure enough, it was a native New Zealand tui bird, devouring the nectar of the kowhai. I heard its delightful morning chorus long before I saw it. The distinctive call of the tui has been ingrained in my soul since I was a child.
I began to think of other sights and sounds that affect me in a similar, profound, way – triggering a level of delight unlike any other. Here is the list I came up with. What would your list look like?
- SIGHT: the first glimpse of countryside after leaving the city.
- SMELL: sweet cut grass on a summer’s day.
- SOUND: the song of the tui.
- TOUCH: the softness of cat fur.
- TASTE: a draft of aged port.