Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Home again...

I've had an incredible ten weeks. 
It's going to take some time to readjust to the real world, but I guess it has to be done.

I've had the plaster cast taken off my left hand (don't ask!), and I'm on antibiotics for the nasty cough I picked up during the 30 hours it takes to fly from Glasgow to Auckland. 
Things will return to normal.

I've got thousands of photos, but I'll start off gently with one I took from the back of my camel. This was in southern Morocco, at the northern edge of the Sahara.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Here I Go!





This afternoon I take off from Auckland airport to begin my retirement present to myself - 
10 weeks in Morocco and Europe. 

I won't be on here for a while - I hope you all keep well and enjoy whatever season you are having.




Sunday, April 12, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Please be seated - Thematic Photographic 331

This week Carmi is extending an invitation to us to take a chair. See other people's ideas here.

I found this rare bird sitting comfortably at the Auckland Botanical Gardens.
















Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.


~ Zenrin Kushu

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bodies of Water - TP 329

Serendipitous Thematic Photographic!

On Sunday and Monday the eastern coasts of New Zealand were visited by the remnants of tropical cyclone Pam, which earlier caused huge damage and a number of deaths in Vanuatu and nearby islands. (See here)

Where I live we had a lot of rain but luckily, not the damaging winds we had been promised.

This morning I got up and drove out to the beach before dawn, to see if I could get some shots of the sunrise, and of the big surf which is always a legacy of easterly storms. The surf doesn't look very big in these - the scale is deceptive.

Here are some of the photos I took:
 

 




















See some other bodies of water at Written.Inc


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hit the Road: TP 328

I love a road trip, but I haven't taken many recently - sadly! Just one short one, 
which I've already posted a road pic from. 
Taken from the top of the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, it is evidence of our ongoing drought:






Here are some favourite road shots from the archives:

 On the road to Whanganui. It'll be at least another month before the leaves are this colour -


 




South Island road trip in 2013 -






This is the road I drive when I head west out of our town -





You won't get far on this road!





See how others are hitting the road over here, at Written.Inc


Hopeless Wanderer....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How about a drink?

The theme for TP 327 - Drink - has me looking at some of what I've had to drink so far today.


At morning tea time, I had instant coffee; I only allow myself two cups of coffee a day:





At lunchtime, plunger coffee, the next best thing to Espresso:





And many times during the day, the best drink of all - 
pure fresh cold water, straight out of the tap:




Cheers, sláinte, prost, bottoms up!

See what others are drinking here