Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 40

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Good morning from a grey Hastings day.  Yesterday we got up to 30 degrees celsius and was the hottest in the country.  Both my children had to work and they came home panting and hanging out for ice blocks.  Me, I froze in the air conditioning at church.

Anyway today the temperature should drop about 10 degrees from yesterday.  Crazy weather.

So onto this challenge by Cee.  I love seeing what everyone comes up with for this challenge.  There are some great photos that just don’t fit anywhere but are fun too.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 40

This photo was another one I took last week while I was waiting for a prescription be filled.  I just wandered around with my iPhone 5S seeing what is around.

These robots were the remnants of the blossom parade in September. This float won best in parade and it is nice to see them displayed afterwards, and not destroyed with the rest of the float.

They remind me of the 60’s programme “Lost in Space” – what was the name of their robot – I can’t remember.





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The Daily Post: Humanity

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Good morning from a wet and miserable Hastings.

After a week of warm and sunny weather it has now turned to heavy rain.  Just for the blossom parade.  So I won’t be going as I don’t want to get ill again.  So I searched through  one of my hard drives and found these photos of the blossom parade in 2006 in sunnier times.

I also think it goes well with this weeks theme by the Daily Post – humanity. Usually the town is packed and the atmosphere is just so happy and cheerful and just full of colour.

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And this is my gorgeous daughter aged 10 dressed in an old girl guide uniform as they were celebrating 100 years of the movement.

There are hundreds of hours put in behind the scenes cutting up crepe paper and making the blossoms, and then gluing them on the floats.    The council does award prizes but that is not the point as the prizes don’t cover the money and effort to go into making these floats.  All in the community spirit.



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life



Good morning from a warm and sunny Hastings again.

It is nice to be home.  It took a lot longer than I expected to get my parents back home together.  I spent 10 days on my own house sitting.  I thought it would be a great time to get some knitting and crocheting done without children or husband.  But in fact I ended up breaking my arm in the elbow so it ended up just watching TV.  The hardest part was not being able to use the camera.  I did try to place the camera onto anything I could find but in the beginning I just had to sit and stare at it.  That was really, really frustrating.  Then my mother came up to look after me or so she thought but it was the other way around.  My father stayed in Wellington another 10 days before coming up to the hospital here.  Then that was another 10 days before he came home.  Now they have a lot of care in place so that I could come home to my family.  They missed me a lot which was nice to know.

I did have internet access but with a very restricted data cap so doing too much surfing was out of the question.  I have so missed what everyone has been up to.  I was able to come home every few days just to empty out my inbox so I did manage to see some of your amazing work.  I just didn’t have time to sit down and comment or like them.

It has been great to see what everyone has come up with for this challenge by The Daily Post.  For this I have gone back to our Blossom Parade that is held every September in the CBD.  Hastings is or was known as the Fruit Bowl of New Zealand.  This is because it is a relatively small city surrounded by orchards.  We have a major cannery that provides a lot of jobs here – Watties.  Unfortunately the wine industries have taken over a lot of the orchards.  Hopefully, eventually the orchards will take over again.  This means we have amazing fruits when in season.  The blossom parade dates back to the 1950’s and celebrates the arrival of spring.

Everyone dresses up and decorates cars and other vehicles with paper blossoms following a theme.  In 2011 we had the Rugby World Cup here in New Zealand and we had the French and Canadian teams involved in the parade as well.  The is a competition for the best float in different categories.  My husband loves to take part in it with his children from the early childhood centre he works in.  The atmosphere is just brilliant – great for families.

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