The Sunshine Award


A sunny good morning .  After only 4 months of blogging I have received this award by Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist).  I am totally blown away by this. Thank you Irene. Here is a bit more about this award: are rules for this award:

Directions for you to accept the Sunshine Award

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about you

Well 10 interesting things about me.

1. I love photography with a passion

2. I love to use my hands – knitting, sewing, crocheting, beading.

3. I live in Hastings, NZ with my second husband and two teenage children

4. I spent 15 years abroad in England and Austria.

5. My first husband was Austrian and is the father of my two children.

6. I am always forgetting where I put things so am constantly on the search for scissors, pens, needles ….

7. I love looking at other people’s works of art.  They inspire me.

8. I am proud of my two children doing so well in their high school exams.

9. I have discovered that I love blogging and consider those who follow my blog my friends.  Now I can say that I have so many international friends.

10.  I originally trained as a nurse, specialising in orthopaedics in Auckland, NZ.

Here are my nominees:


I hope these nominees don’t mind.  It is one way I have to thank you bloggers for all your support as I learn my way through the blogging sphere. I have only just learnt how to do ping backs.  I am also humbled by all those liking my blog.  So thank you everyone.

Here are some of the banners you can use.





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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


Good morning from a cooler Hastings.  The storm I predicted yesterday didn’t eventuate but it has cooled down and rained a little last night.  I do feel for those melting in Australia.  Keep cool. What a time of contrasts- the big freeze in the Northern Hemisphere and the heat wave in the south.

Anyway the theme for this weeks The Daily Post is family.  I only have the usual boring poses of my family.  They are very wary of me with my camera around them so freeze up and try to spoil any pictures.  You now the sort, the photos that come out at 21sts and other anniversaries.  They wouldn’t appreciate me putting them on my blog so the next best thing are these ducks.

The mother duck is very protective of her offspring.  She is constantly quacking in a low tone to her children to keep them around her.  She is constantly alert and ready to chase off any interlopers.  We can learn a little from her I think.


She doesn’t mind the odd sparrow visiting.





And as with any family there are the squabbles among the siblings.

Thanks for visiting and here are some other great blogs too.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Family

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Floral Friday: Hollyhocks





The holly hocks are out in full force at the moment.

For more information visit:

Here is a lovely blog to check out.: 

and for visiting.

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A lingering Look at Windows: week 3


A couple of weeks ago while out walking I noticed how the light shades from this Carl’s Jr fast-food store really stood out through the windows.

I loved the  post by The Day After which you can see here;

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Touch




One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

William Shakespeare

Here are a  couple of other great blogs to look at:

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Touch

Ese’s Shoot and Quote Challenge: Touch

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