Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rapid passing of time....

"Is 5 minutes a long time?" a young child asked me once

"It depends on what you are waiting for - if you're waiting at the dentist it isn't very long at all but if you're waiting for the post to arrive with your present from Grandma it is ages." I replied

Not sure when it happened but suddenly my little brother has all grown up and now runs his own business...seems like only yesterday I tried to take him to school in my doll's pram for 'show and tell' class time (that school now about to have it's 50th jubilee celebrations later this year). 

Mum stopped me at the gate, I have never been too sure if she horrified at my apparent 'kidnapping' or the fact that the cat used to sleep in the pram that I had plopped my baby brother in. My older brother thought it was cool idea but as I recall he wasn't much help to me once Mum rumbled me.

And now, well we all live in different parts of our country. My older brother way down South but luckily I get that way with my job so get to see him and his family regularly. I also get to see my younger brother and his family by virtue of the same job (which I love by the way, have I mentioned that??) so time is still passing rapidly but in a good way.

What - me nostalgic?







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Turn your clocks back...

 The road home from Hokitika is a wild one...you feel like turning back the clocks...an old barn here....
 an old added-on-to house there (Kumara)....


or an old farmers cottage perhaps?

 or perhaps an old Store at Otira...you might want to buy the whole township of Otira, an old railway settlement long since decimated by time and 'progress'....
idyllic nonetheless. And the boss wonders why it takes me so long to get from A to B.....I am only surprised I get to B at all; there is so much more in between!

I know I have baged on a bit about how much I love my new job, but I really do and it takes me to so many places I get to combine my love of photography (and music on the ipod plugged into the car stereo system...) - what's not to love!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On the road again.....


Days like this I love my job! A work trip to the West Coast and well worth getting up early on a frosty morning to see this view on the way to work!! The Southern Alps - great for skiing, taking photos, snow fights...or just general feeling alive in. 


Along the beach, an anchor (attached to a land-bound ship replica) caught the early morning sun....while further along some creative souls had made a name sign from drift wood.


and further along the road home, a few choices to be made....



I lived a fair bit of my childhood on the rugged West Coast, and I love being able to go back to visit. Did I mention that I am loving my new job? :-)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Dry July?


Nah...just kidding.....




Saint Clair Pinot Gris...sunshine...a bit of nosh....


Anyone care to join me for a bit of early winter cheer, NZ-style?


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Retreat

Sunrise at Kakanui - has to be one of the most beautiful scenes...had a visit to see how the ol' stepfather is getting along. I have had to time it in with my new job (since I don't have much leave owing at the moment). Now that it is wintery, he is feeling the lonelies...longer evenings and colder days. He has a terminal chest condition, we don't know when "it" will get him but we know it will. 

He is happy at Kakanui, it is near the sea and at night you can lye in bed hearing the waves arguing it out with the rocks; and in the mornings the seagulls herald the new day with their enthusiastic bickering and what belongs to who! He has good neighbours, and is quite the social butterfly with dinner invitations and visitors dropping in. It is a relief to us all that he is happy there. When it rains, the neighbours even go to the dairy and collect his mail for him.

A great place to retreat to.....




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Semi Silent Sunday



This is what you find on the back roads round Timaru and why it takes me so long to get from A to B...who couldn't but stop and take photos of these!



All these homes are around a portion of Timaru with references to Phar Lap. Just another great that those Aussies try to claim as their own...like the Pavlova, Russell Crowe and Keith Urban....