It's been almost a year since I hurt my back and I'm finally getting back to as-normal-as-possible and able to get around pretty well. So, Hubby suggested a walk to Nowell's Lakes (well, one of them) and we were pleasantly surprised by several black swans and this bevy of cygnets.
raindrops on roses
This is a favorite from the archives.
Mt Taranaki and...
the Pouakai ranges formed by its eruption
Labels: abc wednesday, rurality, zoom in-zoom out
Cold weather has driven me into my archives. This is a pohutukawa tree--called the New Zealand Christmas tree since it usually blooms about that time of year.
Labels: blue monday, i heart macro, macro monday 2
This is a marae (pronounced ma-rye), a Maori meeting house used for many different things, including religious meetings. For more information on maraes, click here.
This little beauty was enjoying the thistle blooms in the paddock next door and moving sooo fast!
Labels: nature notes, WATW, wild bird wednesday
Douglas boarding house
Built in 1906, this is now a heritage site with an interesting past. Click here for some history.
church on the hill - wanganui river
Labels: church, inspired sunday, wanganui, weekly top shot
up close and personal
I found this one taking a rest on my strawberry plant a while back. I love all the details on him/her.
riverboats on the Whanganui River
The boat on the right is the Waimarie (pronounced why-mar-ee-a) and is the only working paddle steamer on the Whanganui River. I have it on good authority that the other paddle steamer is the Wairua. Click here for the Waimarie story. Click here for info on the Wairua.
doves in the park, tararua
We came across this little park in the Tararua area and were greeted by doves outside and inside the tent. I have no idea what it was all about, but the doves were gorgeous.
the love boat
The boat itself is an old sea rescue boat from Britain. Along with the tour or celebration, you get some history and a few sailor yarns thrown in--and maybe a fishing line or two! If you're ever in New Plymouth, check him out. Click here for his webpage.
the legend of tutunui
This sculpture represents Tutunui and his legend.
The story of Tutunui the whale comes from the Pacific islands and also links to Patea traditions. The whale Tutunui is the pet of the great chief Tinirau. When a son is born to Tinirau, the tohunga (priest) Kae is called upon to perform the birth ceremonies and is fed a morsel of flesh from the whale. Tinirau allows Tutunui to take Kae home over the sea. Remembering the succulent taste of the whale, Kae manipulates the death of Tutunui, and cooks his flesh in an oven, wrapped in koromiko leaves, which hold in the fat and flavour. Kae is found out by Tinirau and put to death. For a longer version of the story you can click here.
Labels: rurality, WATW, wednesday theme
I imagine that this house held quite a few children as it's a bit bigger than most abandoned houses that I see. I can just imagine the laughter and noise on a summer's day.
Labels: rubbish tuesday, sepia saturday
high tide at patea
I never tire of watching the waves come in. Hubby says I'm easily amused and I guess I am. I told him from the time we met on the internet that I was a cheap date!
Labels: blue monday, monday, nature notes
gladiolus in autumn
Just one of the confused flowers in my garden this fall! I have lilies and dahlias that think it's spring, too!
fence of many colors
This is a walkway at the park in Hawera next to the playground. The colors always make me smile.
Photo Gallery - Happy
Labels: good fences, photo gallery
view from my window
Just a few days ago, there was no snow on the mountaintop, but the weather has finally turned cold enough to cover it over. Alas, winter is definitely on its way.
Labels: mt taranaki, outdoor wednesday, rurality, WATW
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