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.

http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/parks

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

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/which-way-challenge-14-wk-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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Cee’s Which Way Challenge Week 8

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When I got up yesterday morning at 5.30 it was raining hard.  By 6.45 the rain had stopped and Hubby told me the sky was red so I grabbed the camera and raced outside.  Yes we had a red sunrise but we also had the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen.  It was so big I couldn’t even get it all on a wide open lens.  I was supposed to pick my son up but as soon as he saw the rainbow he knew that I wouldn’t be picking him up – it wasn’t raining so he walked home.  He also took photos with his cell phone.

A great way to start the day.

Here is Cee’s post to check out her wonderful challenge.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #8

I love WoollyMuses photos for this challenge

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/which-way-challenge-14-wk-8/

Thanks for visiting.

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Hastings by night.

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Good morning from a warm muggy Hastings.  I hope the weather is improving for those up north.

Time for Cee’s challenge at Cee’s Photography.

Last night we had yet another amazing sunset.  It lasted forever.  I was out taking photos when my daughter arrived home after work.  She wanted to visit her friends for one last get together before they all left to go separate ways to different universities.  I just didn’t want to stop taking photos.  She took a couple too with her cellphone so it wasn’t a complete waste of time waiting for me.  In the end I reluctantly got the car out to take her.  I made her use my camera to try and take photos while I was driving.  By this stage she was getting very annoyed with me and was texting her friends telling them how annoying I was.  After yet another stop at Frimely Park to take more photos she got out of the car in a huff to walk the rest of the way to her friend’s house.  By this stage it was starting to get dark and there were some boys around so that she got a bit frightened and ran back to the car.  So reluctantly I drove her to her friends.  Ah the life of a photographer.  

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This is the photo she took.

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I stopped on the way home to take this photo looking south down Pakowhai Road.  The sunset had faded a lot by then.

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It was so hard to chose which photo to use but I chose this one of looking south down our street.

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Thanks for visiting and here you can find out more about this challenge at Cee’s post here

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #4

and here is another great post for this challenge.

SO MANY WAYS, SO LITTLE TIME

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Hastings

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Another challenge by Cee’s Photography. Which Way?

This is right bang smack in the middle of the CBD of Hastings. A railway line which is still in use.  Either side of the tracks is a large pond with small water fountains which weren’t working on this day.  Next to it is the clock tower that was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake using the original chimes from the 1905 clock tower which was destroyed.  

Here is the railway line going north.

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The two directions are completely different.  This looks like it was in the country instead of being in a CBD.

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Here are a couple of other great blogs.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #3

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/which-way-challenge-14-wk-3/

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/velvet-verbosity-love-train/

Thanks for visiting.

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge 2014 #2

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Good morning from a sunny but windy Hastings.

This is the first time I have participated in this challenge by Cee’s Photography.  I don’t normally take these sorts of photos but then a challenge makes life interesting.

These photos were taken on 3 September 2013.  No, strictly speaking, I wasn’t actually driving at the time I took the first two photos.  I had stopped at a stop sign and just whipped out the camera. I had gone down to the new Frimley subdivision to see if I could get some photos of the snow covered ranges behind us.  We had had a good dumping of snow and with the first fine day it looked great.

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Thanks for visiting. Here are a couple of other great posts.

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/which-way-challenge-14-wk-2/

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #2

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