Travel Theme: Autumn

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Good morning from a beautiful sunny Hastings day.  The winds are predicted  to pick up and bring some warm weather to us – up to 26 degrees celsius.  My irises are really coming out now and the birds are out in full force serenading me.

So it seems strange to have to trawl through my archives to find yet more autumn photos.  I have seen some amazing photos.  In particular Marilyn at Serendipity.  Both Marilyn and her husband took a road trip recently through Maine and the photos are just mind blowing.

So here is my contribution to the Travel Theme this week.  Taken last May with my iPhone 5S.

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As usual I couldn’t resist some reflections.

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I also love the light showing through the red leaves.

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Travel theme: Autumn

Travel Theme: Autumn

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Sunday Stills Challenge:Fall Foliage

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Ed has paid homage to the fall colours in the Northern hemisphere with his challenge this week.

I have already post a lot of autumn photos so it was a challenge to come up with something new.

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Actually we don’t call it fall here.  It is autumn.  But we use fall in this little rhyme:

We leap forward into spring,

We fall back into autumn.

A little poem to remind us which way to change the clock – one hour forward into spring and one hour backwards into autumn.

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Travel Theme: Twist

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Good morning  from a mild Hastings. The wind has died down but it is supposed to be really cold today. Will see.

This week the challenge from  Ailsa is to show ‘twist’.  I had to think about this one and spent some time searching through my photos to find this one.  I took it last winter at Pakowhai Park.  I love the twisted textures of this leaf, along with the colours.  It is only just hanging in there.

Thanks for visiting and here are some other great posts to check out.

Travel theme: Twist

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The Daily Post: Between

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Good morning from another cold and frosty Hastings.

This morning the prompt from The Daily Post is between.

Between. Capture something in the middle of two things. It can be a person or object, or simply the space in between. It can also be a feeling or relationship — a bond that connects people, or a space that separates. This word might also reflect a choice you need to make — the challenge of choosing one thing over another — or any kind of transition, from childhood to adulthood, single life to married life, day to night.

I had to think hard about this one.  At the moment I am between lives – a married life and a single life.  I can’t move on really  until my settlement is sorted out and I am really divorced.  Plus you can’t get divorced for 2 years in New Zealand.  I can’t get the song by Helen Readdy out of my head – “I can do anything, I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman”.

 I couldn’t find any photos to really represent that.  But I did find these ones.

When I am out walking I am fascinated by the way the strong light here in New Zealand shines between branches and leaves and highlights some leaves, but not others.  With the autumn colours it is amazing.

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I guess these photos show that even when it seems bleak some light will always manage to squeeze between the dark times to give us hope.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between


Weekly Photo Challenge : In Between in Cape May, N.J.

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A Photo a Week: Shy

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Good morning from another very cold Hastings.

I have finally managed to use my IPad to do some posts so I did my Floral Friday post with that so please excuse me if I make some spelling mistakes.

Anyway this week Nancy’s prompt for A Photo a Week is shy.  There have been some great posts so far so here is mine.

These sheep took one look at me and took off running fast.  They were obviously too shy to stay and pose for me.

Here is Nancy’s post for more information.

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A Word a Week: Orange – Autumn Colours

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Good morning from a wet and grey Hastings.

I had this post all planned last night and then this morning I read my emails and found that this weeks Word a Week challenge is orange.  So now I can use these photos in this challenge.

Sue showed the most amazing sunrise.

Today here in New Zealand it is the official start of winter.  So yesterday I made the most of the sunny and warm weather and headed out to take some photos of the autumn colours.  So I think all the shades of orange have come out.

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The first place I went to was Oak Avenue.  This is a short avenue lined with oak trees that were planted in 1874.  I found it hard driving up this road as it was breathtaking.

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Then on both sides of the avenue there are orchards which are just glorious at the moment.  I had to go when the sun was up at a certain angle to really get the depth of colour.  The farmers have sent their sheep in to keep the grass down among the trees.  This group took off as soon as I started to head towards them.

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Then it was off to Pakowhai Park.  The colours were breathtaking.  There was no wind and the stream was like a mirror.

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Here is another great post for this challenge by Nowathome.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees


Good morning from a dark Hastings.  It is now 5.52 AM.  In case you are wondering why I am up at the computer at this ungodly hour, my son has to get up this early for his bible class so I get up to make sure he gets up.  But it is also a great time to sit down with no interruptions to do my blog.  Then the day is mine.

Anyway this weeks challenge, the second in her Mother Earth series is Leaves.  As we are now in autumn the leaves are just such a glorious show at the moment and it is easy to get carried away just taking photos of them.  Hence I do have a lot of photos today.







A couple of New Zealand ferns



Then I just looked up around me as I loved the canopy above me.


If you look hard enough you can just make out a fantail among the leaves.  These birds are really hard to photograph as they are like butterflies and just flitter around.  They have even flitted right around my head, within inches in fact. Just to tease me.





Another fantail.  I love the silhouettes of the leaves against each other when I zoomed up on them.


Here is Cee’s blog to check out about this challenge.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

And a couple of other posts I loved as well.

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge 2014#9 Welcome to my World

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Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

Today I thought I might introduce everyone to my little corner of the world.  Each Wednesday I showcase Cornwall Park in my Wordless Wednesday post.  I love it there as it is an oasis in the middle of our city, plus it is an easy walk for me.  I enter this gate and it is like entering into another world. As you can see it is now autumn and the colours are amazing.  There is always a great photo to take with the ponds.  On this day the water was a mirror and I got some great photos but they are for another post.

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Accessible via Tomoana Rd, Cornwall Rd and Roberts St in Hastings, Cornwall Park features the serene Osmanthus Chinese Garden  and spreads over eight hectares in an English village green environment.

It has a variety of colourful gardens and trees and is a favourite picnic spot. Collections of azaleas, camellias and roses have been added to the mature trees, which date back to the 1920’s when the park was established.

This traditional Chinese garden was established at Cornwall Park to commemorate Hastings’ 15th anniversary of the sister city relationship with Guilin in 1996.

The garden was designed along lines traditional to Southern China by Guilin landscape designer Mr Zhao Jian.

At the main entrance, visitors to the garden pass through a moongate, which is a traditional symbol of unity, family and the nation. The circle of the moongate frames a large rock, which originated from Taihu Lake near Shanghai.

The garden takes its name from the Osmanthus family of plants, including highly scented shrubs and ground covers, which have been extensively planted throughout, along with group plantings of pine trees and bamboo.

At the heart of the garden is a large pond and pavilions at its edge. It is spanned by the curved Friendship Bridge across one end and by the Crooked Bridge across the other. The garden is a skilful combination of Chinese and New Zealand elements and plants. As such it could be seen as a perfect symbol of the Hastings-Guilin link.

Chinese gardens are rich in evocative symbolism. This is a dimension and a purpose more often found in ancient gardens, strange and unfamiliar to those of us used to modern western gardens that are dominated by function and the display of plant varieties. This garden is a giant Chinese puzzle designed to involve the viewer’s imagination.

Further around there are great paths going into the native bush where the birds like to tease me.

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There is a large playground with a splash area which is always popular in the summer.

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I hope you have enjoyed our little tour around my small part of the world.

Check out Cee’s Challenge here.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #9

I must also apologise to those who have been having problems uploading my photos.  I hope it is just a temporary glitch and things get back to normal.


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