We came across this mailbox on our latest outing in the country.

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Where I live

These photos were all taken in or from my yard/garden in the last month.
I am still in shock that I have so many flowers blooming in the middle of winter, but I 
am certainly enjoying their color.
Granted, it doesn't get as cold as Kansas, but it's still winter ;)


castlecliff beach, whanganui

We drove down to Whanganui on Sunday and visited Castlecliff Beach. It was a bit nippy and
very few people were around but the scenery was mysterious and magical.

It amazing to think that all this driftwood had been washed down the Whanganui River
and then washed up on the beach. This uprooted tree was about 90 feet long!


roses from Hubby

Hubby surprises me with flowers now and then and
he brought me roses a while back.


Mt Taranaki

Even after ten years,  I still find Mt Taranaki's moods quite stunning, Some of these were taken from my house and others are from drives around the mountain to look for different compositions.

The mountain's volcanic hills called the Pouakai Ranges.


Wednesday around the World

From the Mangamingi Saddle (a local word for 'pass'), this is part of the town of Mangamingi.
I cannot, for the life of me, find any kind of information about this place!

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archived goodies

I caught this pigeon watching us as we walked up the Hawera water tower.

You don't usually see keruru (NZ pigeon) in the open very often but this one was 
checking out the view.

I have no idea what this fella/gal is but it seemed happy where it was.

I like the light on this rimu branch among the other forest vetetation. 
They grow over 61 meters high and live over 800 years.

This field of miniature forget-me-nots made me smile.

Sand grass



We drive by this building now and then and, each time, it make me smile.
It's not because it's a registered historic place--because it's not.
I smile because the owner had enough pride in the former Pihama Post Office to paint it and
keep it looking classy beside the road.



This archived shot is the view of the top of Mt. Taranaki from Wilkies Pools.

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nobody's home

In his wanderings while working, Hubby found these abandoned houses.

All the gates were tied shut so I took these from the walkway.