Dawn of a New Life


Good morning or is it nearly afternoon here in Hastings.

I just want to say a big thank you for all your messages of support last week.  I really do appreciate all the kind words.

An update on what is happening.  Ex-hubby has taken my Mac computer as hostage. I got all my other property removed from our marital home but he has stolen the computer with all my photos on it and is hiding it at his work place and is holding it to ransom.  In other words I will get it back if I do not ask for a divorce settlement.  He is furious with me as I am entitled to half of all our marital property including his precious classic cars.  At the moment he is busy removing my name from everything to try and claim that it was all his.  Methinks a big battle is on my hands.

I do not want to stoop to his level but I have gone to the police to document the fact that he injured the arm that was broken a couple of months ago.  I got significant bruising around it again so am just about back to square one in regards to the pain. If the worse comes to the worse I can always make this complaint official but I am hoping he will see reason.

The silly thing is that I managed to password lock it up and have the mouse.  He is not computer literate so will not be able to mange using it anyway.  He doesn’t want a computer at all but is just throwing his toys out of the cot and wants to control me this way.  Ain’t going to work.

On the positive side my son and daughter haven’t stopped smiling since we have moved.  We are all sleeping better as well as we were worried about his frame of mind.  Even before the night he kicked me out we were having major problems with his mental health issues – he suffers from Depression.  But that is no excuse to treat me or my children this way.

Soooo, my photo today was taken yesterday morning at dawn from just across the road from our new home.  I like to think of it as a completely new start to our lives.

On the negative side I am stuck with an ancient laptop with no hard drive space and no favourite editing programmes.  I will have to make do with Pic Monkey and Picasa 3 for the moment until my computer is released from it’s prison.

Thank you once again for all your support and hopefully things will return to normal with my blog.

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IPhoneography Challenge: Nature


Good morning from a dark Hastings morning, the sun hasn’t come up yet but it should be a nice day, the camera battery is charging, the bread for the ducks is prepared, so that is where I will be heading after Hubby goes to work.

So welcome back Sally with her challenge.


Being the first Monday in the month it is all about Nature.

I have been having fun with some new apps on my phone and have started an Instagram page – Decocraftsnz. I must say I have been really impressed with the quality of the camera on the IPhone 5S,  It zooms in well and is sharp as well.  I can use it just as much as I would my Fujifilm.

These first photos were edited with Distressed FX which adds textures and some saturation to photos.







It also adds some glow as well as saturation.



Then Amanda from Unique So Chic kindly told me about this app 100 Cameras for this photo taken on Sunday on the way to Meanee for the car show.


Finally I haven’t forgotten the Waterlogue app either.


It is so much fun playing around with the apps and unleashing the inner artist in me.

Here are some other great posts in this challenge:







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Meanee Show and Shine (Car Show)


Good evening from a cool evening here in Hastings.

This is actually our sunrise this morning.  I noticed this just as I was trying to write my blog – very distracting.

Anyway Hubby and I went to this car show at Meanee Speedway, which is halfway between Napier and Hastings. It was rather cool when we arrived and the light was very sepia toned.


Then by 9 AM it had started to warm up and the light improved.


As you can see with this reflection of myself and Hubby.

Hubby wanted photos of cars but we found this very original sewing machine instead



It sold within minutes for $20 – not bad for a very old machine and worn out cabinet – treadle operated so long before the coming of electricity.

Then we found this delightful 1954 caravan.



Along with this rather large tricycle


I was more interested in reflections.



And old jeeps before we found some cars.



And trucks.


Finally I obviously wasn’t the only ones going around with a camera.


I  found some great photos for Cee’s Oddball  and Which Way  challenge for the next few weeks, along with A lingering Look at Windows.

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ViewBug Award


Good morning from a very wind and rain battered Hastings.

A Happy Easter to everyone out there in the blogisphere.

New Zealand has been battered by the tail of Tropical Cyclone Ita, which has already hit Queensland and the Solomon Islands.  It has been a hard 24 hours so far and now the South Island are hit.  I have never seen anything like it.  I have seen torrential rain in Austria but never combined with the winds we had yesterday.  Last night we had another power cut for about an hour so out came the candles.  It was disconcerting to be enjoying a soak in the bath and find yourself in complete darkness – I will leave the rest to your imagination.  Actually it was really dark all day.

So this morning a ray of sunshine for me at least.  I have received an award for this photo at ViewBug.com.  It was taken last July on a freezing cold morning at Cornwall Park.

Check out the website here


Now the sun is trying to shine but there are still strong winds.  I will try and get some photos at some point – I hope.

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge Week 8


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


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A Word in your Ear: Contrast


This weeks challenge by Sue at A Word in Your Ear is contrast.

This was our sunrise yesterday morning.  It didn’t last long so I have to run around for these.  It was incredible.





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A Word a Week: Frame


This weeks word of the week by Sue at A Word in Your Ear is frame.

These photos were taken just about 20 minutes ago when I noticed a golden glow just coming through the fog.  So of course I rushed out to take photos.  The fog meant that I could see the sun coming up.  Once it started to peep through it actually came up rather quickly.

Here are a couple of other photos for this challenge.


Cornwall Park.

Secret Garden

A secret garden through the fence.

I love the way that nature provides the perfect frames.

Here is Sue’s post for info


And some other great posts.




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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Alive


When you wake up in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

Ese’s Voice



Ese’s Shoot and Quote Challenge: Alive

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Sunday -Stills- Challenge: Bridges

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Good morning from a muggy Hastings.  I have just been reading about the big freeze in the States.  Wow.  Too cold for even a polar bear at the Chicago Zoo, or even an escaped convict who handed himself in just to keep warm.  So take care and keep warm.  I am thinking of you.

This weeks challenge for


So bridges.  We have bridges here in Hastings but they are boring compared to some of the blogs I have seen.  But then I remembered that I had taken some photos at Pakowhai Park very early one morning in the frost.  This first photo is one of the small bridges that cross a small stream.  I loved the misty look from the steam rising from the water in the cold.  The photos I got that morning were just amazing.

Here are other photos of bridges from that day.

Bridge 1

Bridge 3

Bridge 2

Here are some other great photos for this challenge.






Sunday Stills: The Next Challenge: Bridges

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Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Week 19


Good morning from another cooler sunny Hastings morning.

This is the last  -Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 19 for 2013 hosted by Travel with Intent.  As I was going for a walk this morning I wondered what to use.  I wanted a Christmas theme but we have no city Christmas tree.  In fact due to financial constraints and worn out decorations our lovely city is rather deplete of decorations at all.  Scrooges here methinks.  Anyway I got up early enough to catch the last of the sunrise so I thought about the miracle of each day.  A time to put yesterday to rest and start anew.


And we have only 4 more sleeps to Christmas.


So I have included an image of the moon this morning.

I  have only done looking up images today as how can I look down after this sunrise.

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