Unusual: The Daily Post, photo challenge


Guest host Lignum Draco asks us to experiment with something unusual.

For extra information click the following link:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/unusual-ld/

UNUSUAL

Two months ago I held a very unusual object in my hand. I also had the opportunity to hang it around my neck to feel how it feels.

Mary Fisher our own Upper Hutt, New Zealand world champion Paralympic swimmer 2016, was the guest speaker at our monthly Soroptimist meeting.

https://www.facebook.com/MaryFisherNZ/

She told us about the excitement of winning a gold medal at Rio Paralympic games.

The medal has small balls in it. The gold one has the most in it. It is for the blind to hear the sound of it and recognise which one it is!

Mary’s gold medal

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Two more medals.

We could all touch and hold it!

Unusual indeed.

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I am just behind Mary Fisher in the purple coat with the gold medal around my neck!

School Stories: Last sunset term two


It was such a lovely sunset on Friday, July 7, 2017.

Last day term two!

I work from three to five at Plateau School.

The room we use in the afternoons.

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The office block at sunset.

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Opposite classrooms.

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Romantic silhouette of the flagpole and sky.

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To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can’t see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.

Nancy Reagan
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/n/nancy_reagan.html

Bridges: The Daily Post; Photo Challenge


Bridge

Think about the things, places, or people that connect us. What’s your take?

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/bridge/

 

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Footbridge over railway, Lower Hutt

 

 

If you’re gonna let me down, let me down gently
Don’t pretend that you don’t want me
Our love ain’t water under the bridge
If you’re gonna let me down, let me down gently
Don’t pretend that you don’t want me
Our love ain’t water under the bridge
Say that our love ain’t water under the bridge

Water Under the Bridge

Cooking Spree


The staff of the school had a wonderful evening out on Saturday.

We went to an Azian cooking school.

Everything was ready for the cooking!

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The session started 6:30 pm.

The instructor/tutor/chef demonstrated

what we had to do to make a perfect meal.

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We first made spring rolls.

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Then the main meal:

pork, lemon grass and chilli(which I did not use).

On the plate was a cup of rice and fresh lettuce.

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It was very tasteful and delicious to eat.

 

Making stars against violence


May 13 we, as Soroptimists, came together to make stars.

In the two hours, we made 40 stars.

A view ladies took ribbon home to fold some more.

At that stage, we had 110 stars folded.

Up to date, we are at 200 and there are still in the making.

Danger: The Daily Post Photo Challenge


DANGER

There are dangers in  New Zealand we can’t predict.

Nature works on its own.

Sea, wind, rain, storms, earthquakes, cyclones…

Today I went shopping in one of our supermarkets.

The entrance looked like this!

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This looks dangerous!

Here the walls of the shop are strengthened to protect it against strong earthquakes.

Look out! This week’s challenge is about the unexpected thrill of danger: says Michelle W

at

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/danger/

Earth: The Daily Post, Photo Challenge


Earth Day is near! This week, let’s celebrate this planet on which we live.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/earth-2017/

NEW ZEALAND

On the way from Wellington to Nelson.

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Nelson

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Flying back to Wellington.

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Windmills on the hills.

Mother earth has so much to give.

Do we really appreciate?

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/earth-day/upper-hutt

Autumn is showing it’s face!


 

 

Autumn is upon us here in New Zealand.

Leaves are changing colour.

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With the warm days and lots of rain,

toadstools came out

showing off their colourful heads.

Trompie had his last haircut before the cold is upon us!

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This morning everything is foggy.

From my doorstep.

We are expecting

Cyclone Cook.

It is already battering the Northern part of the North Island

and is slowly moving down south to us.

We are warned to stay inside,

have our emergency bags ready.

The next 48 hours is going to be tricky to everyone.

Winds of up to 160km p hour are expected and Lots of rain.

South Island visit and Soroptimist Conference of NZ Clubs


I had been looking forward to the Conference and to visit Nelson in the South Island of NZ since last year. The week before I had to go, I became ill with bronchitis. I still wasn’t well on the Friday of our departure. It was cloudy and the weather report expected rain during the weekend.

I had a wonderful weekend. My good friend and I stayed in a motel about ten minutes walk from the Conference centre. We walked the Friday evening to register and a get -together to meet other members.

From the motel doorstep.

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I did not attend the Saturday morning session because it was raining and I did not want to get wet.

The conference goers were taken into Nelson city by double decker bus. Nelson is known for its Saturday market.

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My friend and I had a good lunch before the afternoon session.

The afternoon session was interesting.

We had a formal dinner Saturday evening.

 

Sunday was time for proposed remits and round off of Conference.

Sad to say that our return home did not go as we had planned. We missed our flight! Lucky for us we got two seats on a charter flight.

Goodbye Nelson

 

Hello Wellington!

We were glad to be back that afternoon.

Dense: The Daily Post: Photo Challenge


This week, share your take on “dense” — you could focus on a natural landscape like I did, or take the theme in a different direction, from a sweaty crowd at a rock concert or a busy avenue during rush hour to a fresh loaf of bread, waiting for someone to take the first bite.

Says Ben Huberman at-

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/dense/

 

Last weekend I had the opportunity to fly from Wellington, NZ North Island to Nelson NZ, South Island. It was very cloudy when we left Wellington.

DENSE clouds.

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