Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Photo a day - 26-30

June photo a day

I have to cheat again as today is the last day ... a lot of pics to post

Day 26 - Empty

Here is one of my little trinket boxes that I collect.

Day 27 - Into the sun. Not quite sure what this prompt means but here is my interpretation of it

picture taken from my front door

Day 28 - Red - Post box at Cuba Mall. Wellington

Day 29 - In my bag. My kleenex tissues travel with me everywhere. And more often than not so does my iPad.

Day 30 - Handwriting. 


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June Photo a day - June 25 - Sharp

June Photo a day challenge

Today's prompt is "Sharp"

So here is a boomerang - used as a hunting instrument by Australian aborigines. I bought this one a long time ago on my first visit to Aus.


Monday, June 24, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 24 - Negative Space

June Photo a day challenge

Negative space is where you leave a lot of blank space in a photograph to show off the subject in your picture.

So here's mine

a little bird perched on my camellia plant


Sunday, June 23, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 23 - Last

June photo a day challenge

I really struggled with this one as I simply could not think of anything.

But I guess we can interpret this any way we want.

So here is the last of my 3 current blogs - Reflections of my soul, where I share my poems.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Enjoy life

Enjoying life even in "dark" times

Thursday evening at around 6.00pm the storm hit Wellington - gale force southerlies (from Antarctica) bringing torrential rain, freezing temperatures and scary gusts that shook the house.

Apparently the wind reached 200 kmph which is 3x gale force as defined by the NZ Metservice and was the worst storm to hit Welly in 45 years. No wonder it was scary.

The bus stop is 2 minutes from my house but by the time I got into my house that evening I was soaking wet. Even my thick New York winter jacket didn't help to keep me dry or warm.

And then at around 1.00am the power went out and we had 18 hours of no power in freezing temperatures.

I had to go into work just to charge up my phone in case we were stuck without power for sometime. There was carnage everywhere. Huge trees had toppled blocking roads, roofs ripped off houses - unbelievable I was stunned to see them strewn around and the wind was just horrendous but at least the rain had eased up a bit. The temperature however was still freezing.

Then my house alarm decided it wanted to join in the drama so went on the blink and started screaming. I had to rush home and call an electrician to re-set it.

Yesterday (June 21)  was the shortest day of the year so it got dark so early. By about 5.00pm we were in darkness.

So there we sat in our lounge with our trusty little lamp giving us a little light and the gas heater (thank goodness for that) giving us some heat.

And then I started to laugh - after all the drama and whinging, I suddenly  saw the funny side of it all and embraced the moment. Humour saved the day, we laughed at how the 3 of us sat there silent, listening to the sound of the wind, wrapped up in blankets and resting peacefully while we waited for the lights to come on.

 It gave us all a chance to look at life differently and it certainly taught us the art of patience. "Make hay while the sun shines" took on a whole new meaning.

So rather than complain, we just soaked in the darkness and the sound of the wind and enjoyed the  time given to us for a little bit of rest.

And strangely, these are the moments I do want to remember - they remind me that we do survive and adapt even in uncomfortable and unexpected situations. Friends just rally around and provide comfort even if it's through a text or two. Thank goodness for mobile phones and 3G coverage that kept us connected.

18 hours after the power went out, we got it back again. Oh the joy! And just so relieved and grateful that there was no damage to my house or in fact to any in my street. Thank You Lord.

And here is my little lamp that gave us a little bit of light and comfort. Helped us enjoy life in those dark moments. (June photo a day prompt for day 22 - enjoying life)

And here are some stormy pictures
(taken from the TV One and TV Three News Videos)

waves rose 15meters at Days Bay

car park

Katherine Mansfield's beach home - KM was a NZ writer born in 1888.

Supermarket sign crashed to the ground - one of my neighbouring suburbs

Petone railway tracks

 Linking to: 
 This Moment - Soule Mama
A single photo capturing a moment 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment 
A moment I want to pause, savour and remember

Unknown Mami


Friday, June 21, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 20,21 - Cute and Lunch

June photo a day challenge

I was so tired yesterday I went to bed early. Little did I know what drama awaited around 1.00am

But before I get to that ..

Day 10 - Cute

I really didn't know what to post for cute - my kids were the cutest ever when they were young but I'm banned from posting their pics.

So instead will have to go with one of my favourite little teddy bears - the 2011 rugby bears.

As for day 21 - today - Lunch

I actually skipped lunch and then hurriedly had a banana. The electricity went out just after 1.00 am last night and the wind was gusting at gale force. I actually went in to work just to charge up my phone. 
There were trees and I mean massive trees toppled along the road, land slides, the weather was wild. 
I was so afraid the roof might blow off. So hurriedly finished whatever I could do at work and left to come home at 2.00pm. Completely forgot about lunch. Thank goodness the lights came on about an hour ago after 18 hours. We were freezing. But it's still blowing a gale. I hope the weather settles soon.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 18 , 19 - Street, Currently reading

June Photo a day challenge

I cheat a little as I missed yesterday - just too many things to do.

So here is day 18 - Street

It's supposed to snow the next few days so thought I would share a snowy street - taken in 2011 when it snowed in Welly.

Day 19 - Currently reading

I am not currently reading anything, but have just finished reading:

A truly great read. I absolutely loved this book. Paulo Coelho is an awesome author. 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

June photo a day - Day 16 - Family

Today is Father's Day in most parts of the world. Not in NZ though - we celebrate in September.

But as the prompt today for the June photo a day challenge is "Family", I thought it would be nice to celebrate online anyway.

My dad was kind and generous and one of the most loving human beings I have ever come across. He had a great sense of humour, loved puzzles (especially crosswords and sudoku), chocolate. cricket and photography.

I miss the early morning breakfast of tea and toast that I shared with him and that he made for me without fail each morning.

I think of him first thing each morning and the last thing before I go to sleep.

So Happy Father's Day dad.  Be at peace and be happy wherever you are.

This blog is dedicated to you and I know that when it brings joy to others, it would've brought you joy.

Here are some pictures that I love.

Dad taking pictures of my brother and me , a picture of my dad in his younger days and playing chess with my son.


Dad you truly were the best
Generous, loving and kind
Three years ago you were laid to rest
Like you there are none to find

Be at peace wherever you are
Enjoy the wonders of heaven
You live in my heart though you are far
I miss that tea and toast at seven


Saturday, June 15, 2013

June photo a day - Day 15 - From Above

Unexpected trip to the airport today

Each Saturday morning my friend and I visit the fruit and vege market. Usually we leave at about 9.30am but today my friend's son was flying in from Auckland so we went early.

It was so cold. Winter has truly set in now. Our hands were frozen and we were chilled. So we went over to her place to have some nice hot tea and some yummy home made bread.

She was going to drop me home on her way to the airport to pick up her son, but we got chatting and lost track of the time. So instead we made a dash to the airport.

And that ties in very nicely for day 15 of the June Photo a day challenge - From Above

So here's a picture of the Wellington Airport taken from above from the balcony of another friend's  house in Roseneath.

Linking to:

Unknown Mami


Friday, June 14, 2013

June photo a day - day 14 - Textures

Day 14 of the June Photo a day challenge - Textures

It is Winter here in NZ so the woollies are out. I love my warm woolly pashmina scarves so my choice today for textures is my favourite pashmina.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 13 - Kitchen.

Day 13 of the June Photo a day challenge - Kitchen

A nice hot pot of Indian chai sitting on my stove waiting to be consumed. Photo taken this morning after I made that nice chai.

my kitchen window


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 12 - 11 o'clock

Day 12 of the June Photo a day challenge - 11 o'clock

This morning at 11 o'clock I was in a meeting at work and I write a lot of notes in meetings!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June Photo a day - Day 11 - Something Funny

Day 11 of the June Photo a day challenge - Something Funny

Lucille Ball is one of the funniest actresses I've seen. Her I Love Lucy series with Desi Arnaz is a laugh a minute.

My favourite is the "Mama you caro" song in the "Be a pal" episode.

Check it out here:

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