Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Sunday Stills Circles

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Good morning from a cool and cloudy Hastings day.  We are now officially in winter.  In just 3 weeks we will have the winter solstice and the frosts will only be getting stronger.  So one day, or several days I must drag myself out for some sunrises in the frosts.  At least they are later in the morning.  The downside is the freezing cold, and keeping the camera battery warm.

My photo for both Ed at Sunday Stills and Cee at Cee’s Photography‘s challenges was taken last Friday with my social snappers group.  We were walking around and generally enjoying ourselves when I came across these circles in the ground.  As these were under a tree I figured that they weren’t made by little alien spaceships.  Not like the corn field circles around the world.

The cause was actually more mundane than aliens.  Everyday there is a group of men doing tai chi under this tree.  Out of respect for them I didn’t take a photo of them doing their exercises.  But walking under the tree after they had gone I had noticed these circles that they left while shuffling their feet.




Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week 22

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Sunday Stills: Last of the Summer Wine

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Yesterday it snowed here in Napier, which is very unusual.  Normally we have a very temperate climate.  Snow on the distant ranges is generally  all we see.

So when I was down at the stables visiting the ponies I noticed how low the snow really was.  So I went for a drive around our countryside to see what i could find.  Actually it was more wine country around the southwest of Hastings.  Row upon row of grape vines in various states of autumn colours.

So I thought, ah, the Last of the summer wine – for Eds challenge at Sunday Stills, which this week is the letter L.

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Sunday Stills Challenge:Danger

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Ed from Sunday Stills has asked us for our photos of danger.

I found this photo I took about 30 years ago at Auckland Zoo.  I think the lion looks so sad, locked up in a cage.  He is dangerous but this is not how he should be treated.

Excuse the quality of the image – it is a photo of a photo.



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Sunday Stills Challenge: From this to that: Cycle of the Oak Tree


Ed from Sunday Stills has come up with something rather different this week.  To show photos of then and now.

So here are some acorns that are starting to break open to start to germinate.

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After a about a century you get some mature oak trees such as these trees that were planted over a century ago in Oak Avenue.

I have a dental appointment today to get a tooth implant so might not be able to do much in the way of blogging. So wish me luck.  I am rather nervous as it is not like what you see on TV.  It takes several months from beginning to end.  I have been given 3 different pain killers – ouch – that tells me this is going to be painful.


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Sunday Stills: A Morning Cuppa

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Here is my morning cuppa for Ed at Sunday Stills challenge this week, which is cups.

The first thing I do in the morning is turn on the computer (it takes ages to boot up) and then go and make myself a cup of coffee.  My daily luxury of a cappuccino. So I just grabbed a photo of my cuppa. I love the design on this cup which I found somewhere random and decided to re-home it.



Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Cups

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Sunday Stills: Over 100 years

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This week Ed has asked for photos showing something older than 100 years.  So I decided to show the oldest building in Hastings – Stoneycroft.  It is an impressive building than is just on the edge of Hastings.  So here is some information about this old homestead.

Built around 1875, Stoneycroft – a Victorian-styled colonial house at 901 Omahu Road, was the town house of Taihape Road farmer, W J Birch. The original property was 49 acres, but land sold by the various owners since the 1870s, meant the property now has only 2.4 hectares of land.

It is fitting perhaps that Hastings’s oldest house, Stoneycroft, is now the site of the Knowledge Bank, which will assist in preserving the past for the future, by means of computerising pictures, film, biographies and oral histories of Hawke’s Bay.



Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: 100 years +


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Sunday Stills: Rivers and Creeks

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This week Ed from Sunday Stills has asked us for our photos of creeks and rivers.

Last week after Cyclone Pam’s heavy rain I headed down to Ngaruroro River which starts in the Ruahine Forest Park and Kaweka  ranges to the west of us. (I hope I got that right)

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I was hoping to see some high waters as when we have a lot of rain but by the time I got down there the waters had receded quite a lot.

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This runs down to the sea along the East coast just south of Napier.

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Sunday Stills Challenge: The Letter U – Up and Under

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Under the chair.

My entry for Ed at Sunday Stills challenge for this week.


Sunday Stills The Next Challenge: The letter U (Ukes and underground)

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