Slippery Slope

When it’s the middle of winter and there’s been a lot of rain, and the claggy clay is threatening to overwhelm everything … naturally putting a heavy digger on the slope is going to fix everything! (I feel a bit sorry for this property owner.)

And naturally I took the opportunity to flash in front of it. Which involved standing on the guttering at the edge of the road, barely avoiding the mess. I was rather delighted though!

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Bridge Walk

I felt like playing with animations today, and there was a set of photos Tethys took during my visit last November that I thought would work well.

(This is from the same daytrip to Kinglake as in this post – just a little further up the trail, in fact!)

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Delightful Dam

When Demeter and I went away last weekend I had no idea what to expect. We were going to a part of the country I’d never been to before, and I was looking forward to seeing what there was to see as a happy passenger.

But as she and I randomly drove around Waihi Beach on the Saturday, neither of us were expecting to find a stunning man-made lake; a dam and spillway, in fact.



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Chilly Waters

It was a chilly winter’s day in the Bay of Plenty when Demeter and I found this stunning deserted spot – holidays are great for finding beauty in unexpected places, and this one was no exception.

But it’s winter! Cold! Who cares about the cold when there’s an opportunity to be naked? When we stumbled across this spot it wasn’t long before I stripped off my merino top, bra, cardigan, thick socks, jeans and sneakers (with Demeter chortling all the while), and proceeded to check out the water’s edge.

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Emergent

After emerging from the ocean, this mermaid needs to rest and ensure their legs are stable.

Photographed by Tethys last November in Victoria, Australia (the same day as these images).

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Waiting to Play

If you are a person who plays some sort of sport on some sort of field in New Zealand, this is where you wait if you’re not in play:

It’s not exactly a dugout – that may be an American thing – but it’s not where the spectators sit. So what else would it be for, especially just outside the club rooms?



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On the KissCast

At the very end of last year, I opened my email and was absolutely delighted to see a message from Molly (of Molly’s Daily Kiss) asking if she could interview me for her new podcast, the KissCast. Of course I said yes – how awesome was that?

So in early January we got together on Skype and talked enthusiastically about many things, the end result of which is this, the fourth episode of the KissCast. (I recommend the others as well – they’re great listening!) Molly was a wonderful host who asked great questions about all sorts of things. Between the laughter there may even have been some answers!

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Fiery Sunset

I have been trying to get this Scavenger Hunt location for so long! At various times over the last few years I’ve eyed up three different spots around Auckland: in the central city, out in Albany, and on the Shore near Hylas’ place. Then finally, a few weeks ago, Hylas and I spotted that the Waitemata Fire Area Headquarters in Takapuna had been abandoned/mothballed (a new place has been set up one suburb over). Unfortunately it’s on rather a busy street – midday Saturday was not the time to get photos there.

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Scrummaging

Do you know what scrummaging is? If you’re in a society that’s heavily invested in rugby culture then you likely do – and for the rest of you, well, it’s a part of a rugby game, and looks very grunty.

It also means that on a sports field there’s a fair chance of finding a scrum machine, which is used for practice. They’re also good for leaning on!



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Score!

Unlike the majority of New Zealanders, I’m not a big fan of sports. I’m particularly not a big fan of rugby – I went to some games with family when younger, but if pressed I must admit to preferring cricket a bit more (the other big Kiwi sport). And I prefer roller derby most of all, probably because I know some players!

But despite not being a rugby fan, there are sports grounds everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. Handily, where there’s a sports ground, there’s a scoreboard:

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