Waiheke Island, New Zealand. The best thing about living on a beach is probably the sound of the surf. On a good morning, it almost drowns out the 7 am hammering at the homesite right behind us.
But another bonus is the endless collection of shells and sea creatures the rising tide deposits on the shore twice a day. We´ve seen giant jellyfish and starfish. Hermit crabs and clams. Jackpots of sand dollars. Here are a few pieces that we´ve collected. Of course, we´ll return them to the sea (per NZ law) when we leave this lovely place.