Sunday, September 28, 2008

Orbiter bus

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This is the Orbiter bus, which "orbits" around town! This one is passing through a roundabout in quite a hurry.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sport fields

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Rugby is very popular in New Zealand, but it has been a difficult season to play the game. The continuous rain has made the fields virtually unplayable.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Protea

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Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. It is the national emblem of South Africa. This photo is of a protea bush in my garden here in New Zealand!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The egg of magic

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I discovered this egg in my garden. It's an unusual colour, so maybe it's a magical egg?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hamilton sky & sun

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After the incessant rain, the open blue skies and piercing sun are very welcome!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It looks like spring!

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We've had two lovely sunny days in succession. Even the plants in my garden are appreciating the sun!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Symmetr(ee)

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I think the post title and the photo speak for themselves ...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Spot the bird!!

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Can you spot the little bird?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Car spotting

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I love to stand on the foot bridge and watch the speeding cars below.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Action!

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This reporter and camera person were covering the kayaking event that I showed in yesterday's photo. She appeared very animated and enthusiastic whilst reporting about the event, although you wouldn't say so judging by this photo!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Kayaking

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These youngsters were participating in some sort of outdoor pursuit programme which required them to do some kayaking! They didn't appear to be enjoying themselves very much, but perhaps they were just determined to get the job done without losing their balance. The boy standing up was easily overtaken by the boys in yellow. It seems that standing up is not the best way of kayaking!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Of planes and cows

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I love the fact that in New Zealand, cows and planes can co-exist in such close proximity to each other. This is a photo taken at Hamilton Airport.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hamilton Peace Wall (2)

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This is a photo showing where the Wall is located in Garden Place, Victoria Street.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hamilton's Peace Wall

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This is a shot of some of the individual squares making up Hamilton's wall of peace. It was erected and opened in 1986 in commemoration of the International Year of Peace.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Swollen river

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Because of the rain, the Waikato river had risen to near record levels a while back. The situation is much better now, but this photo shows that the river is still swollen!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sudoku at the airport

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This is a snapshot of me waiting for my plane back to Hamilton. On the desk is a copy of my newest Sudoku acquisition. I am crazy about it and complete a large number of grids every day!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Is spring in the air?

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Although it's still raining, it would appear that spring has sprung! This plant is blooming in my garden. The yellow and white colours contrast beautifully.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Reading the paper

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This young lad seems very interested in what's in the newspaper. Maybe he's the editor of the paper ...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

What, no horses allowed?

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I find it hilarious that it is necessary for a sign to stipulate that horses and motorcycles are not allowed on a foot bridge that leads over a motorway! Are there really people who would actually attempt to cross a foot bridge on horseback?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Charles the younger

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This young kitten's name is Charles. He belongs to one of my colleagues, who has a whole menangerie of animals, including ducks, cats & dogs. She sometimes brings one or more of them to work on her way to or from the vet. Here is Charles on her desk.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Walkway

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The sun peeking through the bare branches of these trees is a beautiful sight. It is one of my favourite walkways in Hamilton.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Queen's hive

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I am in Wellington at the moment, and thought it appropriate to post a photograph of the seat of government, the Beehive. Hello Helen!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Social commentary or vandalism?

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This was written on the side of a study cubicle: "God gives and forgives; man gets and forgets". Social commentary or vandalism?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fetch!

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This Rottweiler was having the time of his life playing fetch with a tree branch. He was just loving it!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hamilton vista

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Today was a beautiful rain free day in Hamilton.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A pastoral scene

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Sometimes, when one needs a pick-me-up, a pastoral scene like this one is just the ticket.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Souvenir spoon

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I love my morning espresso, especially if it's served with a cute souvenir spoon!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pizza!

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Sometimes, one is not in the mood to cook, and then one has ... PIZZA!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A lovely brook

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There is a lovely little brook close to my house. When I go for my daily walk, I always try and go past there. I find the sound of the water very relaxing and soothing.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Winter sky

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The sky and the bare branches of this tree tell the cold and wet tale of winter.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Coffee a la Che

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I bet his coffee has a "special" edge to it ...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I want to go on holiday!

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I feel like a holiday, but there's no chance of that happening any time soon, so I'm posting one of my favourite photos of Hong Kong, which is one of my favourite holiday destinations!

Friday, August 22, 2008

The beautiful Waikato sky

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The sky over Waikato is always so fresh and blue, except when it rains! The colours are amazing.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Only in New Zealand

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Honestly, only in New Zealand does a stuffed lamb feature next to a car advertisement in a shop window. I love this place!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Elevator footprints

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The footprints on the floor of the elevator made me wonder about the people who had been in the elevator before me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Horse and rider

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I went for long walk and discovered that there are horse stables just down the road from me! Here, one of the horses is put through its paces.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hole in one!

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A young golfer completes his follow through at the golf course just across the river from my house.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Colours of autumn

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The colours of autumn was very vibrant, as evidenced by this tree in Hamilton's Centre Place - essentially the town square.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pimp my ride!

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I wonder whether the flamed rims make the car go faster?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Which way?

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Which way to go? For someone not familiar with the area, these signs could potentially be quite confusing!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Misty river

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A view of the Waikato River upstream towards the Claudelands bridge.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dirty Harry!

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I spotted this sign on one of my walks. I didn't see the dog, but I certainly heard him! I intend to never make his day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bridge jam

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One of the greatest problems of a town that is bisected by a river is that it can take ages to get across to the other side. There are only five bridges that link the western side of town with the eastern side. This is the roundabout just before the Fairfield bridge.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Moving house

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I moved house this week. It was a bit crazy, but I'm all settled into the new place now. Broadband was installed yesterday. Goodness, what did we ever do before the internet?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cigar Room

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I had lunch at an interesting buffet restaurant the other day. I was intrigued by the sign that read "Cigar Room" and walked closer to inspect. Great was my surprise upon discovering that the cigar room was in fact the alley way! (Note the EXIT sign below the Cigar Room sign.) I couldn't help but chuckle.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Perfect Mess

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It is the title of one of the books I am reading, and also the state of my house at present. I am moving house and chaos reigns. I have another day to get everything sorted out before the removal truck comes. Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Entrance hall

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My walking stick has pride of place in my entrance hall. I don't use it as a walking aide, but I enjoy swinging it about when I walk, especially late at night. The cat head is part of an ornament that doubles as a seat - provided you don't weight more than a pixie fairy!

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Theme Day: Metal

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This atom ball is located outside the entrance to one of the buildings on the Waikato University campus. It is a permanent fixture. The photo below gives a better indication of its real size. I love the reflection. On sunny days, the rays of sun bouncing off it make a magnificent spectacle.

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