Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gardens Galore (southern hemisphere style)

While everyone else will be posting springtime photos for this week's Thematic Photographic theme, here's the brightest thing in my autumn garden at the moment, the lovely purple flowers of Tibouchina (also sometimes called Lasiandra):

The sun shines through the flowers, lighting them up:

There are still a few flowers on some of the fuchsias

and the camellias have lots of buds. 

While the lemons are beginning to ripen, the grape vines 
are losing their leaves

and those of the dogwood and the young forest pansy are colouring up

Finally, the leucodendrons out near the road can always be relied on to brighten
up the cooler days.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. - Cicero
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Thursday, April 27, 2017


Thematic Photographic 410: Reflections

Carmi's prompt this week is one I can't resist! 

Reflections in the almost-dark:

And reflections at the beach at dawn:

Latin reflectere = to bend back

Saturday, April 8, 2017


In the supermarket this morning:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wheels and Tyres

Puff puff - I'm late for TP again, but I couldn't resist posting this pic:

When we first got Manu, he was so little he could fit on my son's hand!

Here he is, sitting in a neighbour's tractor tyre.

Other Thematic Photographic postings for this theme are here.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Taking a Walk

Thematic Photographic 403

This post is a bit late, but I've been waiting through
three days of heavy rain for a chance to "take" a walk
 - or as we say in this part of the world, to go for a walk.

If I wait any longer I'll miss out on this theme 
completely, so here are some walking photos, 
mostly of family, from my archives. 

For other posts on this theme, go to Carmi's blog here.

First, one of my favourite shots of our son, taken in Bolivia. 
Sadly, I wasn't there to take it!

Here, he was briefly back home in New Zealand:

Our daughter and her husband, walking into their future 
after their beach wedding in Rarotonga. 

Can't believe it was 10 years ago!

Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from 
generation to generation. ~ Lois Wyse

Stepping out:

Maybe Grandad knows the way...

And of course, a walk's never a proper walk 
without Manu along!

I look my best when I'm totally free, on holiday, 
and I'm walking on the beach. ~ Rosamund Pike

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A hat helps...

Thematic Photographic #399 - 'Hat Trick' See more here.

Hats are great (although I can never find one which I feel  
suits me).

Hats can help you concentrate

And sometimes they are absolutely necessary

The Duke of Wellington always wears his pointy hat in Glasgow

And some family history. 

My half-sister was one of the first 'stewardesses' to fly on the TEAL (the ancestor of Air New Zealand) flying boat service between New Zealand and Australia. 

Here, she is second from the back, in a very jaunty hat indeed.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


We are having the worst summer I can remember for a long time. Quite often December isn't great, but usually by now it's lovely and hot, to the extent that everyone complains about the heat and the dry conditions, lots of swimming happens, and I have to walk Manu at 6 am or else it's too hot for us both.

This year the main problem has been cold winds - weeks and weeks of strong blustery winds, sometimes gale force, from the south-west. Very little rain, though.

So to cheer myself up, here's some photos from my last big trip, of a lovely hot place I went to on my last big trip to Europe, 18 months ago.

This is a beach called Nazaré, in Portugal. 
We drove up to the top of a huge bluff to see this amazing view. 
Later, down in the town, we walked along the beachfront 
until we found a good place to have lunch and a cold drink. 

This was the view looking the other way, 
out to the Atlantic ocean.

Even up this high, there are pigeons...

I wouldn't mind being back there now, even though the average daily temperature in January is only about 13°C (55°F).

Hope the weather's good where you are!