Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: A stroll around Pakowhai Park

Pakowhai Park Paths-

Good morning from a very wet, windy and cold Hastings day.  As promised the very heavy rain arrived yesterday afternoon.  Not as bad as Auckland though.  They had torrential rain and flooding.  So thinking of you all up there.  We need the rain here so I shouldn’t really complain.

Anyway onto drier days and a stroll down the paths at Pakowhai Park for Cee’s fun photo challenge.

This park just has to be a favourite spot of mine.  I love hearing the native bird song and just the greeness, even in winter as you can see here.

Pakowhai Park Paths 1-

Everytime I walk down this path I am always fascinated how the light shines through, gravitating the wanderer towards that wonderful place in the distance.

Pakowhai Park Paths 2-

And this is the lower path, following the stream.

Pakowhai Park Paths 3-

As you can.  The skies were a deep blue which was reflected in the water.

Pakowhai Park Paths 4-

As you can see the path has been walked on a lot, showing how popular this is.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Paths


Must dash.  Have to teach sewing today.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Cats in the Window


Cats in the Window
Cats in the Window

Good morning from a cold and dark Hastings morning.  We are expecting a lot of rain today which is a relief as we are very dry.  I was just reading that this year so far has been the warmest on record.  Scary reading – I can see us turning into Mad Max territory where we will be fighting over water – not to mention all the wildfires in California. So keep safe everyone.

This week Jennifer is asking us for our cat photos.  Well, I do have a lot of photos of my parents cats Socks and Pusspuss.  But I thought this photo was cuter.  One week, while walking around Hastings we found these cat ornaments in the window. Aren’t they just soooo c


One Word Photo Challenge: Cat

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Animal Friend of the Week: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos

Sulphur crested cockatoo-

In the wild

IUCN: Least concern

Sulphur–crested Cockatoos are native to Australia and New Guinea, but there are several wild populations in New Zealand that likely originated from pet birds that were released illegally.

Cockatoos can live for a very long time – upwards of 70 years. They waterproof their feathers by creating a white powder, instead of oil (like most other birds).

Wellington Zoo

Thanks to Sonya for taking part last week – check out her post:

sonyavdg: Animal Friend of the Week – Meerkats

Her photo is amazing – a lot better than what I managed.

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Hastings by Night

Hastings by night-Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

This week for my mobile photography I am showing these photos taken one night a couple of weeks ago. When I looked at the photos I wasn’t happy with the quality.  So what to do? Play around with them of course.

This time I have used an app on my computer which I had downloaded a couple of weeks ago called Pixlr which can be downloaded for free onto PC or Mac here.  There is also a mobile app as well.  But my eyes aren’t what they used to be so I use it on the computer.

Hastings by night 1-

There are so many cool effects and borders to.  Along with great stickers as well.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Night Photography

Sorry if I can’t get around everywhere today – have art class this morning so must dash shortly.

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: New Zealand Authors

Transformer Books-

Good morning from a cold but still sunny day here in Hastings.  The weather is expected to turn so it is a good day to work on my photos and knitting.

We have a group of wonderful artists here in Hastings.  All the transformer boxes have been painted with appropriate designs such as this one outside our library.  The novels are all well known New Zealand authors, including my cousin Alan Duff who wrote the novel ‘Once Were Warriers’.  Other boxes are painted as packages, complete with stamp outside the Postshop and native birds near a park. It just makes a necessary but boring box into a work of art.

Great for Cee’s oddball challenge.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 26


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