Serendipity Photo Prompt: Weather Woes

Flooding and El Nino-1-2

Good morning from a very windy Hastings spring day.

Thursday for me is time for 

Just as I was deciding to shift we had a really bad week of constant heavy rain. It just never seemed to end.  And it was heavy.

Flooding and El Nino-1

It was a good time to go around looking for a new place to live.  It wasn’t just wet, but very cold as well.  My other house never seemed to warm up, even with the fire going.

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So when I went into this house and it was so warm, I made up my mind straight away and signed up for it.

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This above photo was taken on the Friday, once the rain had stopped and the flooding had eased.

My son took this photo from the bridge on the way to his college.  The water was right up to the bridge.

So that where I had stood to take my photos was under water a couple of days prior.

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By the time the rain had stopped everyone was so over it.  Yet all the meteorologists can talk about is that we are expecting a really severe El Nino summer – that means a long, hot and dry summer.

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So maybe we had all this rain to help prepare us for the dry summer to come.

After the flooding at Napier-8-21

I also went down to the estuary and beach to see what damage had been done and as you can see there was even flooding at the beach.

After the flooding at Napier-8-17

Even whole plants, roots and all were ripped out and ended up drying out on the beach.

Now we are very windy.  Usual weather for this time of the year.


Finally here is a video showing the extent of the flooding.

Thanks for visiting.


Cee’s Fun Fotos: Old Habits and New Habits


Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

This week Cee has started a new series for her fun foto challenge over at Cee’s Photography.  This one is to do with habits and our senses. So what are my habits.

Well, one of my oldest habits is doing crosswords.  When I was a child my mother used to buy the Australasian Post.  Really it was just a junk magazine, but the best thing about it was it’s giant crossword.  So each week my father, twin sister and myself would do the crossword.  It was a way of developing my penchant for trivia.  You know, where you remember all the silly trivia, but not the important things in life, such as where you hid your car keys.

Actually when I applied to do some papers at university, one of them was Latin.  I had never studied Latin at all.  So the lecturer rung me up one day, asking why I wanted to study this obscure language.  My reply was that I wanted to learn it to help me with my crosswords (hehe). Actually the correct answer was to learn the basis of our modern romantic languages.  I did tell him that as well.  I got into the class, taught myself the first introductory course and then got a B- in the intermediate course.  (Now I am showing off).

Now I am trying to develop a new habit.  This one is my painting.  I did art at school, which I loved.  But, the times being what they were, meant I never got to go to university to take it further.

But never late than never.  I got dared to go to acrylic painting classes.  And, to my surprise I am enjoying it.  There are a great group of ladies, who are also doing my Social Snappers group and really, it is a great social morning.  We take turns to bring a morning tea – my turn next week and coffee is provided for.


I use my photos to use for my paintings. This one is of a cat that I came across on one of my travels a couple of years ago.   I am trying out different techniques.   This one is a textured feel to give the impression of fur.  My rose the other day was another technique.  At the moment I am doing some pop art.

So my new habit now, is to do some painting or art form each day.  My camera is always at hand anyway.  But it is nice to use my photos for something that I love to do.

Thanks to Cee for featuring my post from last week for the colour of burgundy or maroon.


I really do appreciate her support for my blog.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Habits

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Habits


This is also my Serendipity Photo Story for Marilyn’s challenge over at SERENDIPITY


Thanks for visiting.

Copyright Raewyn Forbes

A Serendipitous Story:

Autumn Poppies-231

Marilyn at SERENDIPITY has started a new challenge. One of adding some form of words to our photos:

I like telling stories linked to pictures. To help the process along, Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll publish a picture and write something about it. Some days, it may be long, others day, just a couple of sentences. You can use this picture — or one of your own — as the prompt. Link it back to this post (pingback) so other people can find it.

You will have to forgive me if I miss a day here and there, or if Thursday is comes out on Friday.

Feel free to jump in.


Story. Words. Poetry, prose, fact, or fiction. A couple of lines, a fanciful tale.

Pictures. Video if that’s your thing. Scanned pictures from your scrap-book. Weird pictures from the internet. Cartoons. Pictures of your family vacation and how the bear stole your food. Any picture you ever took and would like to talk about


Your trip to Paris. You flight from Irkutsk. You favorite dog, cat, ferret, cockatoo. The weird boyfriend you had in high school. The last book you read, the next book you plan to read, why you don’t read books (but you write them)(don’t write them)(would like to write them).

Television shows, movie stars, classic film, history, language. Fiction, non-fiction. Everything, anything as long as you include a picture and some text.

No, I didn’t write all this, I just cut and pasted it from her post explaining all this today.

When I first started this blog I found it hard to write too much.  And now, with my Monochrome of the Day I don’t add any words.  I let the images and the image title do the talking.

But I usually write about what I was thinking or doing when I take my photos.  And so it is today.

After taking my group of 3 lovely women for my Social Snappers group I headed towards Frimley Park.  The weather was weird.  Some drops of rain alternating with sunshine.  I knew that the poppies would be starting to really pop. And sure enough some were out, along with the bees.  When I see bees, I think, oh oh.  I am allergic to bees.  But thank goodness for zooms.  It means standing back in relative safety and zooming in and focusing on what I came to do.  Take photos.

Actually it is getting rather late for the year for poppies.  There were some very worn looking blooms.  They open up and die within a day or so.  Sad really.  I think that the council had wanted to have some around for ANZAC day.  But we have also had some rather cold nights last week which didn’t help.  Normally we don’t have frosts until well into May.  I think Mother Nature decided that she would prove that global warming was just a myth.

Well, Marilyn.  How is that for my first attempt?


Copyright Raewyn Forbes

P.S.  If you think that there is something odd about the exposures of my photos, please let me know.  This computer’s screen has a very poor quality resolution.  So I am not really too sure about whether something is too vibrant or not.  If you have any sort of advice, please write and tell me.  This is great as I can now use Photoshop without it crashing but then there is this downside.



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