Serendipitous Photo Story: What is a doofer

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Marilyn from SERENDIPITY has started up a weekly challenge of writing little stories to our photos.  I am starting to write a little more for some of my posts.  And this photo just begs for a story.


plural noun: doofers
  1. an object or device of unspecified name or nature.

On Monday we had a public holiday.  So I went over to my parents place to sort out their curtains, which had been destroyed by Socks their cat.  That was explained in my post yesterday about how naughty he was.

When we go over to my parents we try not to eat there.  They have a lunch time concert when they put on a video of Andre Rieu.  I’m sorry Mum and Dad, I do like him, just not while I am eating. Also we don’t like to impose ourselves too much.

So we left Napier feeling very hungry.  My son owed me some takeaways so he decided we should eat Burgerfuel – here you can find out about the history of this New Zealand burger chain:

Anyway, to cut a long story short we went there and ordered our burgers.  I embarrassed my son terribly by getting out my camera to take photos.  They had some great stools and lighting fixtures.  What made matters worse was that he had gone to school with our server.  Oops.  We did have a discussion as to whether to eat there or to go home.  We decided to go home to eat them.  Our home is only a matter of minutes away anyway.

Just as well.  The burgers are not like the generic Burger King or MacDonalds.  They are massive.  The meat patty was huge, there was a lot of lettuce,tomatoes and beetroot.  Not to mention lashings of sauce.  Very yummy sauce I might add.  So it was very messy.  So just as well we didn’t eat at Burgerfuel.  We would have been even more embarrassed by our messy eating.

After we had finished I looked into the bag and discovered these cardboard doofers.  What are these for we asked ourselves?  I then googled doofers and found out that they are used to hold the burgers together  and keep your hands clean.

Since I didn’t take any photos due to my very slippery hands here is the explanation of what they actually do.

So the moral of this story is: Check what is in your bag before eating, you never know what you will find.

That was definitely our doh moment.


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Cee’s Fun Fotos: Car Mascots

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My entry for this week’s challenge by Cee.

Below is a gallery of all the mascots I found at the Art Deco weekend last February.  I think it is a shame that they don’t have them anymore.

I found that the colours were too distracting so I have done them in monochrome.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cars – New, Vintage, Toys, etc.

Toy Cars

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cars Today and Yesterday


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One Word Photo Challenge: The Sun

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Good morning from a cold, wet and miserable Hastings day.  A day to sit inside and do my photos.  I am doing well but still am not allowed to eat solid foods for a while.  So ice cream and yogurt is the order of the day for a little while longer.  It isn’t too bad, the pain relief is working – I haven’t needed the codeine that I was given – I don’t like that anyway.  Brufen is doing the trick.

 I tried to do some real painting yesterday but it seems to take forever to get to what I envision.  For those who don’t know I have joined an acrylic art class.  I loved it when I was at school so I thought it might be nice to get back to my roots.  There are a couple of things I have learnt – 1. you need some good brushes as the really cheap ones I brought starting to fall apart as soon as they touched the paint. 2. Make sure you keep your coffee well apart from the water jar – which for me was a broken cup.  3. It takes forever. 4.  Acrylic paint is forgiving – you can do a lot of painting over it.

Anyway it was soon back to my camera.  This week Jennifer at Jennifer Nichole Wells has a new series of words.  This time all weather related.  So for this week it was the sun.  I took the above photo in Napier.  I loved the way the surroundings was reflected but also the sun.

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Then I took this shot last weekend at Cornwall Park and discovered this UFO in the foreground of this image.


One Word Photo Challenge: Sun

One Word Photo Challenge: Sun

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Weekly Pet Share: Naughty Socks

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.

Well, I survived my dental surgery yesterday.  The hardest part was getting the local anaesthetic and that wearing off.  I just lay there with my headphones plugged in to focus on that instead of the sound affects.  I am not too bad this morning.  As long as I take the pain relief regularly I should be okay.  Yesterday I just lived on ice cream.  I wasn’t allowed to  have anything warm or hot so I had stocked up on ice cream and yogurt the day before.  I am not really an ice cream eater.  It has to be really hot for me to eat it.  But I found a really yummy thick and creamy one – Peaches and Cream.  I could find myself eating more.  But then again I would always associate it with this surgery.  It is weird that you get hungry but you can’t eat something solid.

On Monday, our public holiday my son and I visited my parents.  This naughty cat had ripped some of their net curtains.  So I (or my son) had to take a curtain from the ranch slider and replace the torn curtain with it.  I had brought it home to shorten it and then washed it.  Even when I took the torn curtain down Socks was determined to have a last play with it.

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Believe me he is in there somewhere.

He is very cheeky but does entertain my mother which is really important.  My mother had tried to sew some other curtains but didn’t know what to do with the sewing machine.  Both her and Dad had tried to measure them up, which I had then sewn but they were about 2 inches too long.  So Martin and I then measured them up, after locking Socks up and I sewed them.

This is my entry for Michelle’s challenge at Hope* the happy hugger


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Sunday Stills Challenge: From this to that: Cycle of the Oak Tree


Ed from Sunday Stills has come up with something rather different this week.  To show photos of then and now.

So here are some acorns that are starting to break open to start to germinate.

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After a about a century you get some mature oak trees such as these trees that were planted over a century ago in Oak Avenue.

I have a dental appointment today to get a tooth implant so might not be able to do much in the way of blogging. So wish me luck.  I am rather nervous as it is not like what you see on TV.  It takes several months from beginning to end.  I have been given 3 different pain killers – ouch – that tells me this is going to be painful.


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Phoneography: Challenger’s Choice – A Cat Showdown

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Good morning from a warm soggy Hastings day.  Our country got a bit battered last night – lots of wind and rain for us.  We got the same storm that hit Sydney on Sunday.  We were okay here in Hastings but Wellington and Auckland got hard hit.  So thinking of you today.

Last week, after coming home from the park I was uploading my photos and recharging my camera when I noticed this cat just sitting watching my house.  This is weird as I am constantly finding cats either sitting or lying around in just this particular area.  I don’t know why, it is just that one spot.  I adore cats, one is either a cat person or a dog person.  I am most definitely a cat person and seem to attract stray cats.  They seem to sense a cat lover a mile off.

Anyway I grabbed my cell phone and took these photos.

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As I was watching from inside another cat came creeping past.  Very carefully.  Very carefully.

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The grey cat was literally tip toeing past the ginger cat.  The ginger cat didn’t even budge.

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The grey cat then walked off.

It was fascinating watching this stand off.

This is for Sally’s challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

I absolutely love what Meg does using her phone.  Her work is amazing so check her photos out at:


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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

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