Travel Theme: Energy

Good evening from a hot and muggy Hastings.

As we had our Art Deco weekend  here are some photos which are rather apt for Ailsa’s challenge.

As for my energy levels – after a massive beading week for my dress and then visiting the festivities in Napier I am drained.  My feet are covered in blisters – I had to park miles away – I arrived too late.  But it was a lot of fun.  I was happy with my new camera, but I found that I had only taken 334 photos for both yesterday and today.  I think it was because the lens was a lot faster than my old camera and so my success rate was a lot better.

I will do a separate post for my dress.  It took a lot longer than expected and I don’t want to see another bead for a while – or thread another very fine needle.  But I will leave all that for another day.

Today is the 4th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, killing 185 people in one of the nation’s deadliest peacetime disasters.

The magnitude 6.3 (ML) earthquake[1] struck the Canterbury Region in New Zealand’s South Island at 12:51 pm on Tuesday,22 February 2011 local time (23:51 21 February UTC).[1][9] The earthquake was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the port town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-most populous city.[1] It followed nearly six months after the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010, which caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region, but no direct fatalities.

The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The shallow earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island. While the initial quake only lasted around 10 seconds, the vicinity and depth of its location to Christchurch in addition to the previous quakes were the reason for so much destruction.

In total, 185 people were killed in the earthquake,[6][7] making it the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand, with nationals from more than 20 countries among the victims.[10] Over half of the deaths occurred in the six-storey Canterbury Television (CTV) Building, which collapsed and caught fire in the quake. The government declared a state of national emergency, which stayed in force until 30 April 2011.[11]

The total cost to insurers of rebuilding was originally estimated at NZ$15 billion.[12][13] At that point it was already predicted to be by far New Zealand’s costliest natural disaster, and the third-costliest earthquake (nominally) worldwide.[14] But by April 2013, the total estimated cost had ballooned to $40 billion.[15] Some economists have estimated it will take the New Zealand economy 50 to 100 years to completely recover.[16] The earthquake was the most damaging in a year-long earthquake swarm affecting the Christchurch area. It was followed by a large aftershock on 13 June (which caused considerable additional damage) and a series of large shocks on 23 December 2011.

(courtesy of Wikipedia).

It is rather appropriate that today Napier celebrates Art Deco – rising up out of the ashes of the 1931 earthquake that devastated both Napier and Hastings.  My heart goes out to those affected and the fact that there are still hold ups with insurance and other issues.  So hopefully, in the future Christchurch can look back and see a new city rising from their tragedy.

The Art Deco weekend is not all about dressing up and having a jolly good time.  The armed forces are honoured for their assistance following the earthquake.  The HMS Veronica had just berthed in Port Ahuriri when the earthquake stroke and gave valuable assistance.

Travel theme: Energy

Travel theme: Energy

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Phoneography Challenge: Challengers Choice: Art Deco Memories

Art Deco 5

Good morning from another sunny Hastings day. Yesterday we reached 27 degrees celsius so we are now well into summer, even though it doesn’t officially start until 1st December.  The birds are really focal this morning, enjoying the sun.

Take care all those affected by the winter storms in the north.  It is strange when we are so warm here you are so cold.

This week I have gone for a nostalgic look at the Art Deco weekend a couple of years ago.  So I went to Photoshop Express for the memory filter and then used an antique frame to give them a really old look about the photos to give the impression that they are genuine photos from the 1930’s.

Art Deco 7

Art Deco 6

Art Deco 4

Art Deco 3

Art deco 2

Art Deco 1

The only thing that gives these photos away are some of the clothing and new buildings.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Navy

Painted in Waterlogue

Jennifer has given us the challenge to find photos with navy.  So I found some of these Waterlogue photos from the vintage car parade last February as part of the Art Deco weekend.

The grids are part of the image.  This is a great app – I believe they are trying to bring this out for iMacs.  But it is a fun one to play around with in the evenings. You can see the lines coming out as if you are painting it yourself.

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

One Word Photo Challenge: Navy

One Word Photo Challenge – Navy

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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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Sundays Stills Challenge: Things we take for granted,


Good evening from Hastings.

This is quite a thoughtful challenge by Ed at  Sunday Stills .  I asked my husband about what he takes for granted.  Well the list was long.  In the end I settled for petrol.  We take it for granted that it will always be around for us.  But for our great grandchildren or even earlier if we are not careful it could be in short supply.

I chose this as my husband has a gas guzzler –


This 2972 Pontiac Firebird. His pride and joy.  But boy it is thirsty.  Not to mention hard on batteries as well with it’s V8 engine.


Even these cars were thirsty.

Even coal is getting to be somewhat limited as many coal mines have closed down.  That means that even steam engines would have a hard time in the future.


This steam engine was used to clear rubble after the 1931 earthquake which I had posted today.


If we are not careful we will end up using this form of transport again.

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