Trey Ratcliff – Life In New Zealand
I was asked to share something a bit personal for this piece, so I suppose that the newest chapter in my life would be pertinent. I’ve recently moved to New Zealand with my family and moved into a house in the middle of a valley that looks at mountains in every direction. I have taken over the 2-bedroom cottage next to the main house as my “fortress of solitude.” I knew I would enjoy having my studio and my personal space out there, but one thing I did not expect is the short morning walk.
It’s the middle of winter down here, so the mornings are cool and crisp. The sun is usually coming up after I get my morning coffee and walk over to the cottage. The morning sun is always coming up behind the cabin, so I walk right into it. There are stone steps and a little garden with many kinds of plants that I pass through in the way. The light comes through them a little different every morning. Some mornings there are low clouds. Some mornings there is a bit of dew on the red stalks. Some mornings there is a veil of frost shining pink on top of matted grasses. I walk slowly over to the cabin, and it puts me in a nice mood for the day.