WPC: On a Quest for Birdlife


Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings morning.  I am up very early today as I want to get used to being up really early as tonight we change our clocks for summer time, or as we call it daylight saving.  So as I would normally be getting up at 5 AM on a Sunday to go to Otane, I will be getting up at 4 AM which will be a challenge tomorrow.  We change over very early here in New Zealand.  I don’t mind as it means I can get more done before the light goes.

So this week  is sending us all on quests.  Whenever I go out to take photos it becomes a quest.  Or more like a challenge to improve my skills.  Such as taking photos of birds in trees. At the moment tui are very active, and very hungry. Which makes them a little easier to get good shots of them.


Sparrows are very busy too, as well as being very vocal.


It was a quest in itself to stalk this magpie and get half decent photos of it.


And it is not just bird life, or blooms that I look for. But interesting photos such as this large palm tree which is home to dozens of pigeons.

The Daily Post: Quest




Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Two Different Things


Good morning from a cool, but sunny Hastings morning.

Just a quick post today – have a busy day ahead of me.  So sorry if I don’t get to other blogs today.

Anyway Cee has asked us for photos showing either two different things or the number 2.  So I searched my archives and found these two photos from Wellington. First up is this tree and a lamp post – man versus nature.  Both are leaning towards each other…..


Two different shapes for this sculpture.


I have been wanting to use this last photo for a while.  These feet hanging from the car mirror.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: The Number Two

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shades of Purple


Good morning from a cold, but drier Hastings day.

This week Cee has asked us for shades of purple.  My favourite colour.  an-english-country-garden-78201x

So I experimented with different coloured vignettes.  Just to emphasise the purples.


As usual I have purple blooms.  I wanted the blooms to stand out against a contrasting colour.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Colour Purple


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One Word Photo Challenge: My Knitting Machine


Good morning from a very wet and miserable Hastings day.

Last December I joined the market down in Otane.  Lately it has just taken off for me.  I am getting a reputation for fine knitting. And that is because I use a 2 ply knitting machine.  That means I can knit very fine garments such as this one I knitted up yesterday.


I then crochet the band to add my own signature to it.  As you can see the wool is very fine and the baby jacket is so light.  I think that 2 ply is also called fingerling in the US.

These sell for $20 each.  I have started to go through my mother’s wool and using that.  All throughout my childhood my mother would knit with her knitting machine.  She also worked for a shop.  Every Thursday night we would eat takeaways as she had to sew everything up, ready for Friday.

I come from a very crafty family.

My entry for Jennifer’s challenge this week which is crafts.

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