Friday, July 29, 2011

Snow Rescue

It's been a funny ol' week, but the snow has been magical. I know - it's cold and wet when it melts...and there are piles of very dirty brown/black snow all over the place as the snow melts and mixes in with the quake silt...however, you find beauty in all sorts of places if you look for it.

I may have mentioned before about the park next door and how there is a tree which houses hundreds of Monarch butterflies...the other day when I was strolling through the park with my Whovian Teen making snow angels beside me, I found about 3 Monarchs with their sticky wee feet stuck to snow. They looked so helpless, flapping feebly and trying to move.

I 'saved' three of them....

and put them on a nearby camelia bush to dry out in the watery winter sun.

Sadly, the weight of the snow had broken a large branch of the tree and I found about 8 dead Monarch's nearby, including these two lying together which brought tears to my eyes (yes, even a hardened old hag like me can be brought to tears over some things :-)

If you enlarge the photo you can see that they appear to be holding each other. Nature, I can't figure her out!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Magical Monday

Our road this morning.

The TARDIS looking very grand, don't you think?

The Park next door...somehow came out in sepia even tho' I haven't touched the settings or anything. Just magical!
I do have a few heart stopping moments when the snow that has pooled on the top of the roof slides down and thumps onto the bottom story of our house...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Freakin' Fridays, Batman!

"Good morning", said Mother Nature rudely and wantonly. I tried to roll over and go back to sleep, but she kept on at me for a good 30 seconds - first this way, then that. Honestly, she is insatiable. Unlike my nerves. They're like that extremely old undie elastic and have been worn through.

"Cantabrians can expect a few high 4s in the next few days" chirps the early morning Radio Chick. 

By now, I'm so cheered up I could just spit.

But wait, there's more. "The weather this weekend..." (I'm yawning now, disastered out? )

Have a great weekend folks, wherever you are. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I am having trouble getting out of bed these days, not because everything is in the too hard basket and not even because I'm not really even in my own's just too darn cold!

However, driving to work yesterday morning the sun was doing it's best to warm us all up...certainly warmed my wee heart to see it like this through the trees and I am truly thankful to be here to see it.

It was one of the many mysteries of the universe that struck me yesterday...the biggest one being this and our Prime Minister's lack of response to quite logical questioning about it. "I'm not telling as it isn't in the nations interests" - say what?? Um, you are an elected representative buddy, you are sure getting paid the big bucks to be answerable to us all. I wonder if my boss would allow me to answer any of his questions like that....yeah, right. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Silent Sunday

As the sun sets on one thing.....

it rises beautifully and magically on another.....

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Tuesday Tipple

Oh I've just noticed that this is my 502nd post. Hoorah, doesn't time fly when you're having fun (well according to my Granny that's true...). 

Pour yourselves whatever you fancy, today is an open bar! I'm having a bottle of champagne while we contemplate our future - not your future and mine, just mine! We had a visit from our insurance assessor's today and it's looks very much like the house will be pulled down and rebuilt (rebuilt when, we have no idea). 

So. Here's to all of you who, you have all made my life just that much brighter by being in it. Thanks. Sincerely.

Here's a photo I took on the way to work yesterday morning - such a foggy day, with it's cheeky -2 degrees to ice up our car windows!

Can you spot that hunk of beef? (Simon, not sure if you still visit but take that grin off your wee face - that's NOT what I meant!! :-)

I do love a good fog, something about the silence and the to add to your Tuesday treat, what do you think of this spot of Kiwi music?