One Four Challenge : September week 4

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The last of the Challenge.

Which one do you love most?

For more information on the challenge visit Robyn at

Strange Fungi

These fungi I found in the vegetable garden.

Do you know this one?


Mushroom or toadstool?

There is no clear distinction between mushrooms and toadstools. Toadstool is a common but vague term for some kinds of mushroom, usually a poisonous or inedible one. Toads were once thought to be very poisonous, but ‘toadstool’ is said to come from the German tod-stuhl, meaning death-chair – referring to the the fatal effects of mushroom poisoning, and to the shape of the fruiting body.

Fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants – for example, they are mainly composed of chitin, which forms the exoskeleton (covering) of insects and other arthropods. However, they are now considered distinct enough to warrant their own major grouping – the fungi kingdom.

Frosty morning!

Wow, and was it cold and so

beautiful this morning!

Yesterday we had the first snow on the hills.

The cold snap and

an icy Southerly brought  hard frost to us.

When I took Trompie out last night at about 10 pm frost was already on the grass and cars!

This morning I had to take photos to show how it looked.

Under the rainbow : Sunday Photo Fiction

Every Sunday a new photo is added as a prompt to see what kind of a story the image inspires in you. You should make your story / poem etc around 200 words, but don’t worry, you won’t be sent to clean Glastonbury or dunked in ice cold water if you go over the count. The main thing is to enjoy what you write and write what you enjoy.

104 05 May 10th 2015

Grandpa Sam was standing outside watching the rain passing by. A full rainbow appeared in the dark sky. He was blown away by the beauty of it.

“Sammy and Vicky! Come and have a look!” Sam summoned the two children.

Excited they joined him.

“Wow, look at that colourful rainbow,” they shrieked.

“ We have to get into the car and see if we can find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” Grams said.

“Really grandpa! Gold for real?” the children yelled.

“Yes, and did you know that if you pass under the rainbow, boys turn to girls and girls turn to boys?”

“No, that is not true! Are you sure Gramps?”

“Yes for sure, let’s jump in the car, pick up the gold and turn you two around!”

“No, never. I don’t want to be a boy.” Vicky’s lip started trembling.

Forces of nature : The Daily Post : Photo Challenge

Forces of Nature

This week, share a force of nature from your corner of the world.

I took the following photos  2004

my corner of the world

Force of Nature

Victoria Waterfall


Mist from the Falls
Mist from the Falls
Mist of Vic Falls sunrise
Mist of Vic Falls sunrise


I visited the falls again with my sister.

There was lots of water.

The Falls were covered in mist and

every now and again the mist lifted and

we could see parts of the falls.

My sister took the following photos.

Mighty Forces of nature.

Five Photos, Five Stories Day five : Last of New Zealand – Wellington

Last day of my second Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge

Rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo (It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph) and then nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.

Everybody is welcome  to join the fun and take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.



My first experience of Wellington was WOW.

Such beauty,

I could not stop looking at the scenes.

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay and Carter Fountain
Oriental Bay and Carter Fountain

I have taken this photo in winter 2009.

In the back ground are the ranges covered in snow.

Oriental Bay is a suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

Oriental Bay is situated against the northern slope of Mount Victoria, 1.5 kilometres southeast of the city centre, at the start of a coastal route which continues past Hataitai around Evans Bay. The suburb was named after one of the first ships to bring settlers to Wellington.

In the summer months, Oriental Bay becomes a hive of activity. The beach is consumed with swimmers, party goers and families. The Carter Fountain is a distinctive feature in the Bay, as is the wooden barge which is often covered in swimmers.

Lyall Bay  on the way to Island Bay


Lyall Bay is a bay and a suburb on the south side of the Rongotai isthmus in Wellington, New Zealand.

The bay is a popular surf beach, featuring a breakwater at the eastern end. It has also been the site of surf lifesavingchampionships, and is home to two surf lifesaving clubs. Lyall Bay is a very popular and safe swimming beach.[

Island Bay


Island Bay is a coastal suburb of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, situated 5 km south of the city centre.

Island Bay lies on the bay which shares its name, one of numerous small bays west of Lyall Bay. 500m offshore in Island Bay lies Tapu Te Ranga Island, which forms a natural breakwater and provides a sheltered anchorage for local fishing boats.

Tapu te Ranga Island is said to be Patawa, a point from which the legendary Maori chief Kupe sighted the giant octopus Te Wheke-a-Muturangi, which he pursued across Cook Strait.[3] In pre-European times, Island Bay was home to several pa, including Te Mupunga Kainga, today represented with a pou in Shorland Park.[4] A succession of iwi occupied Island Bay, including Ngai Tara, Ngati Ira and Ngati Mutunga. During a battle in which Ngati Mutunga drove Ngati Ira from Wellington in 1827, Tamairangi, the wife of the Ngati Ira chief, is said to have sought refuge on Tapu te Ranga Island with her children, fleeing by canoe when Tapu te Ranga Island was besieged.[5] In Treaty of Waitangi settlements, both Te Atiawa and Ngati Toa have claimed tangata whenua status over Tapu te Ranga Island.[6],_New_Zealand

(All photos are taken by me. No coping without permission please)