Winter is upon us.

June started with downpours, strong winds and drop in temperature. Today was a holiday to celebrate the Queens birthday. It was a glorious morning, a bit chilly at first but later it turned out warm and sunny.

Sheep in the paddock

I also had a visit from the family on Sunday.

Bea and I played with some of my jewelry. The photos are not that good but it shows how Bea enjoyed picking up ever piece and move it from one place to another.


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.


The office block at sunset.


Opposite classrooms.


Romantic silhouette of the flagpole and sky.


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
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It’s Write Easy – quick writing – DESCRIBE a garden.

During my It’s Write Easy session on Friday we had the following topic to write a “quick writing” paragraph.

DESCRIBE a garden

The following picture came to mind.

The garden at sunrise
The garden at sunrise

The vegy beds are empty and still grey. How dull!

Remember it is still cold and very wintry. Spring is just peeking around the corner I suppose.

The sun rises and some rays shine on the side of a tree painting it in gold.

Looking at the  spring flowerbeds the daffodils are swaying in the breeze, their yellow heads held high to catch the sun beams. The yellow faces all in unison up to the light. The soft breeze also fills the air with a waft of sweet aroma.

So clean, and oh so delightful.

Daffodils swaying in the wind
Daffodils swaying in the wind

What do you think? Can you imagine the picture in your mind?

Snow on the hill tops.

I have been looking after a friend’s dogs for 10 days now.

Her husband had a stroke and is still in the stroke ward.

Today my friend got the good news and her husband was moved to rehab ward.

She may now take the dogs with her and visit her husband.

I took the following photos in town from my friend’s front pavement.

We had a good dust of snow last night and during the day too.

This was just after 3 pm when the sun shone on the hills.


Sorry for all the power lines!

Five Photos, five stories : day 2 New Zealand First adventures.

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.

I would like to invite you or anyone to join the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.


Totara Park stay

The first 9 months I had the opportunity to live with my son and partner. During the winter months it was really cold because I was used to 10- 15 C in winter and here it was -0 and less up to maybe 10 C. I also saw real snow on the hills here for the first time.  When I sat on my bed I could see this snowy sight.


This photo is of the hills with snow and from my bedroom window 2009.

We do not get much snow in winter.  The tops of the Rimutaka Hills, which are higher than the surrounding hills, are usually covered with snow during winter.


In the back ground is the same hills I could see from my bedroom. This was taken from the back garden.

200 Posts

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Photography 101: Landscape

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.


cold and windy!

The full landscape
The full landscape