4 Generations, 4 Strong Women.

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Good morning from a grey late spring day in Hastings.

For the past 24 hours bloggers have been honouring our fallen soldiers in all the various wars to defend our freedom.  But we must also honour the women and men left behind to keep our countries going, providing arms and food for our men at war.

So what does this image have to do with this? Well I painted this to show the four generations of my family.

To the left is my grandmother.  She had to survive World War 1.

 Then to the right of her is my mother  – she was born during the second World War.  She still remembers the difficulty the menfolk had when they returned all broken in body and spirit.

 The largest portrait is me.  I grew up against the background of the Vietnam War and all the protests and the hippy generation – all we wanted was peace.

 To the right is my daughter Ruth.  What legacy have we left for her generation.

I have called this 4 Generations, 4 Strong Women.

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For Marilyn’s challenge at:

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 – 29: VETERANS DAY

And also for Cee’s challenge:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything Painted

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https://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/cees-fun-foto-challenge-anything-painted/

Anything Painted: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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I have edited the photo just to soften the skin tones but it is all my own work.

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Serendipitous Photo Story: Learning about Gifs

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Good morning from a cool and cloudy spring day in Hastings.

I woke up this morning determined to try and work out how to do gifs.  You know all those short animated videos that are now becoming popular. Just looking at this is actually making me dizzy though as I am writing my post.

Anyway when I go out taking photos I tend to take a lot of shots together so that when I go through them fast I could see a short video.  So I got up early this morning and went to Photoscape where I found it was relatively easy.  I managed to save it as well.

 But the problem came when I tried to upload to Facebook. Apparently they hate gifs there – well they can be uploaded everywhere else easily.  I suppose they think that they are a law until themselves.  But, after googling it I managed to work out how to do it. Then it promptly got lost in cyberspace.

It really was just an exercise in learning something new.  I still prefer stills, but when I get something like this I will try again.

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Here is the same duck.  I just loved her reflections.

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I actually am trying to work on my reaction times.  I have a lot of photos of both ends of ducks and lots of water.  They do move so fast.

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As you can see.

All in all a work in progress.

Check out Marilyn’s  prompt over at:

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 – 28: NEARLY NAKED

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: A Sad Cream to Brown Day in Hastings.

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Good morning from a chilly sunny Hastings.  I am late today as I was outside for some time taking photos of a bright red sunrise.

I feel rather guilty over my photos today for Cee’s challenge over at Cee’s Photography which is to showcase our cream to light brown photos.

Yesterday I decided to clean up my craft room.  Next week I have an inspection by my landlord so I have to make sure everything is clean as a whistle.  Not really my favourite job.  Don’t get me wrong – I do like a clean room.  But I have been putting it off over the winter as it is just too cold down that end of the house. This meant it was just a room for going in quickly and dumping something.  So I got rid of a lot of stuff and vacuumed it etc.

Well I need to have a break now and then.  In other words a coffee and peek out the window to see what is happening and have my camera handy.  On one break I found this hedgehog walking down the middle of the road.  Of course I grabbed my camera and headed outside.  It was very wobbly on it’s feet (at least that is what I have been telling myself this morning)

So, feeling very brave I picked it up and brought it over to our lawn.

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There it stayed.  It made a few feeble attempts to move but never got far.  It could barely lift it’s head.  It also lost some of it’s prickles or whatever they are called.  I was starting to get a bit worried.

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Even this sparrow was nosy and wanted to check out what was going on.

So last night I kept checking on it and it hadn’t moved from where I had placed it.

Then this morning I went out and checked it and found it was dead.  So now you know why I feel so guilty.  My son has called me a murderer (joking of course),by shooting it with my camera.  I have been comforting myself by saying it died peacefully, not squashed on the road.  Now we have to give it a funeral.

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This is also for Marilyn’s challenge over at SERENDIPITY.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cream to Light Brown

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/cees-fun-foto-challengecream-brown/

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cream to Light Brown (Mainly Timber)

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #18 — CHAI — 8-12-2015

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

A Serendipitous Winter

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Good morning from a freezing Hastings day.

Marilyn over at SERENDIPITY showed some of her summer photos today.  But here in the southern hemisphere we are still in the depths of winter.  It has been a strange winter.  Our autumn was very colourful and long.

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But the winter frosts did arrive earlier this year than normal – in April. But the days were reasonably warm.

Then we had some warm balmy days but then we had some freezing days with snow low on the hills around us.

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Normally the snow doesn’t fall this low around us.

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Then we have been having some warm balmy days, so that the spring blossoms are starting to make an appearance.

It is hard to believe that in a couple of days we will be in August.  Only a month to go until we are officially into spring.  Then in September we will have our blossom parade.  Then we know that we are really into spring.

I live in a warmish temperate climate.  Yes, it can get cold, but then it normally doesn’t last too long.  This week I haven’t needed to light the fire.  But then this morning I got up and it was freezing again so the fire is going strong.

The weather is such a fickle thing.

Go and check out Marilyn’s Photo Prompt for her amazing summer photos.

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #16 – SMALL TOWN SUMMER

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Turquoise Waters & Serendipitous Trivia

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Good morning from a cool Hastings day.

I know it is Thursday for me, which is why I always say good morning and give some account of the weather, brief or otherwise.  We are the first biggish country to see the new day.  Which I find somewhat confusing at times.  I can’t quite get my head around this date line thingy where one side of it is Thursday, while if you step over it to the other side it is Wednesday.

Why am I talking about the date line?  Well I was watching the excellent programme QI and it was one of the questions that they were discussing.  If you don’t know what QI is about check it up online

This isn’t the episode I was referring to but it is really one programme that I really can laugh out loud.  It would have taken too long to find it.  But the trivia that they come up with appeals to me. I remember trivia before I remember what is important, such as appointments and birthdays.  I remember once playing the game Trivial  Pursuit with my uncle.  He was very knowledgeable about trivia so I met my match. When I worked the nightshift in the spinal rehab unit in Auckland we would play Trivial Pursuit all night to pass the time.  I got banned. I kept winning.  So I had met my match with my uncle.  He was also banned from playing with his family due his very long winning streak.  Well guess who won?  It wasn’t my uncle.  But my uncle then spat the dummy and sulked for the rest of the day. All over trivia.

 So what has it to do with this fun foto challenge by Cee over at Cee’s Photography.  Well these photos were taken at Rainbow Springs at Rotorua so I thought I might add some trivia to go with the photos. I got this information from:

 http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/trout-and-salmon/page-2

Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were first introduced to New Zealand in the early 1880s. They are descended mainly from Californian steelheads – rainbow trout that migrate to sea and spend most of their lives there. However, New Zealand rainbow trout do not migrate to sea.

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Distribution

Rainbow trout are less widespread than brown trout. There has been virtually no natural dispersal.

Ova imported in 1883 by the Auckland Acclimatisation Society survived, and fry were released into local waterways. In 1892 the species was liberated in Lake Rotorua, and in 1897 in Lake Taupō.

Rainbow trout can tolerate higher water temperatures than brown trout: they are found in warmer waters such as the Kai Iwi lakes in Northland. They also occur in a few rivers.

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Features

Rainbow trout may reach 750 millimetres and more than 10 kilograms in New Zealand. Fish of 600 millimetres and 2–3 kilograms are often caught, and fish weighing 4–5 kg are not uncommon.

Most rainbows tend to live for four or five years, although individuals up to 11 years old have been recorded.

Life cycle

  • Several hundred to several thousand eggs are laid in a small hole by the female and fertilised by the male.
  • After 1–3 months the eggs hatch into alevins (fry with yolk sacs attached). These live in the gravel, feeding from their yolk sac.
  • They then emerge as fry, about 25 millimetres long. By late summer they have reached 50–70 millimetres.
  • As juveniles and spawning adults they live in streams, where they are exposed to predators on the banks.
  • Adults usually run upstream from a lake to spawn in late winter and early spring, in headwater streams with gravel beds. Not all rainbow trout survive spawning.

Much of the central North Island winter fishing is centred on rainbow trout running upstream from Lake Taupō to spawn in tributaries such as the famed Tongariro River.

Boring isn’t it really.  Actually these photos were taken on my honeymoon with my soon to be ex-husband.  Now that is more interesting but I won’t kiss and tell.

This is also for Marilyn’s challenge over at SERENDIPITY.

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #15 – SUNLIGHT THROUGH LEAVES

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal or Turquoise

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/really-silly-for-cees-fun-photos/

TURQUOISE – THE SKY STONE

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/turquoise-water/

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

Cee’s Fun Fotos: A Serendipitous Green Story

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Good morning from a warmer Hastings day.

I have had great news.  Both my children have done well in their first semesters at college.  My son Martin has got an A+ average for computer studies while my daughter Ruth got a B average for her Graphics and Design course.  My son even got a letter yesterday from the head of the computer studies department congratulating him on his scores.  Considering a year ago he wanted to drop out of school and go down to Christchurch to help with the rebuild.  What changed?  My husband threw us all out.  Martin was able to study without interruption and focus on getting his university entrance, our entry level exam for college/university.  On top of that he gained a scholarship to this college too.

It is a running joke with Martin that every time I went past his room I noticed he was playing computer games.  I would say something and he would say that he had finished his homework and was just having some down time.  The same thing happened this year.  Now I can’t say anything.  But I never really got annoyed as I trusted him.  He is a really responsible young man who is really focused on his future and wants to do well.  He was so shocked when he got his first assignment result – 100%.  I keep saying to him that he is in the right place if he is doing so well.  He is really enjoying it and does do a lot of research online too.  Not bad for someone who is dyslexic.

I am so proud of both of my children for going to college/university and following their dreams.  When Ruth was little she was constantly drawing.  On the walls too.  I never, ever caught her either.  It drove me nuts.  I was always buying paper for her after we came back to New Zealand and lots of colouring pencils and paints.  I was like that too as a child.  I took art through to our school certificate exams (15 years) where I got good marks for it.  My art teacher really wanted me to go to university to do a fine arts degree.  But it was not a option open to me.  I ended up going nursing.  Not a good choice in hindsight.

So I want to wish Ruth and Martin all the best for the next semester.  Follow your dreams.

I am now following my dream of photography and lately back into my painting.  Which brings me onto Cee’s Fun Foto challenge over at Cee’s Photography, which this week is to showcase our lime green or bright green photos.  Cee hosts three great challenges which really encourage me to work on improving my photos and also to look more around me and really appreciate what is there. So for me, it is a case of better late than never.

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Some bright green leaves last autumn.

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And some photos from a green Rotorua.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime or Bright Green

https://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-green/

GREEN GREEN GREEN – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLANGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime Green/ Bright green

This is also for Marilyn’s Serendipitous Story over at  SERENDIPITY

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #14 – STUPID OLD PEOPLE

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/lime-and-bright-green-for-cees-fun-photos/

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

One Word Photo: A Serendipitous Visit to Auckland

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Good morning from a freezing Hastings day.  There has been quite a lot of snow north of us, closing the main road from Napier to Taupo.  But we generally don’t get it where I live.  But it still means a freezing time for us too.

So onto something a bit warmer.  Jennifer from Jennifer Nichole Wells has asked us for our photos of sandstorm.

Sooo, where do I find photos of sand.  Or storms.  I thought about it all day yesterday.  Our beaches here in Napier tend to be stony and rocky, very little sand.  Plus I wanted to have some different photos.

Sooooo, this morning I did a bit of digging.  I started searching right back in my archives on my hard drive.  At least I still had photos going back to 2006, when I brought my first big digital camera.  It was a great camera with a leica lens.  I had some money from the sale of my house so used it for a new computer and decent camera.  My ex-husband used it a lot for his work, so I had to do a bit of deleting while I was going through them.  My hard drive is fulling up fast so that is not a bad thing.  It was funny seeing my children from back then too.

These photos are from a trip to Auckland in February 2007.  My ex-husband loves classic cars and we would go up to a big car show in Kumeu, north of Auckland.  We did a bit of sightseeing too.  I grew up in Auckland, so I wanted to show my children my home town, so to speak. These photos are taken at Takapuna beach, the first one looking over to Rangitoto Island.  An extinct volcano.

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Someone had some fun driving around on the sand.

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And you can just see some sand right in the foreground while looking over towards the CBD.  This skyline is so different to what I remember from growing up in Auckland. It was fun doing the touristy things that one normally doesn’t do when you actually live in the city.  That meant for me catching the ferry from the CBD to the North Shore and wandering around the beach.

So I hope you enjoyed my little visit to Auckland which is also my photo story prompt for Marilyn’s challenge over at SERENDIPITY.

One Word Photo Challenge: Sandstorm

One Word Photo Challenge: Sand Storm

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #13 – ON OLD CAPE COD

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