Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 29, 2012 … painful consequences

I took a gamble yesterday. I deferred taking my picture for the day until the camera club field trip to Pauatahanui in the evening. I nearly blew it on two counts. A serious road smash in Upper Hutt backed traffic … Continue reading

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February 28, 2012 … accessible wilderness

Public parks with genuine wilderness within their boundaries are wonderful. Twelve km to the North of Upper Hutt, is Kaitoke Regional Park. This park can be viewed as a pleasant set of tree-lined picnic areas connected by a good set … Continue reading

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February 27, 2012 … it may not be moral but it’s definitely the high ground

Hills are wonderful. Though there are many flat parts of the world I would like to visit, I feel privileged to live on a hill, and within clear sight of other hills. As long as there are no sudden drops … Continue reading

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February 26, 2012 … walking with memories

Sometimes I just don’t read things with enough care. Yesterday, for example, I drove into the city to participate in an event that is actually scheduled for next Saturday. When I found the venue deserted, I thought rude things about … Continue reading

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February 25, 2012 … not how it was in my day

Mary and I are blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, three boys, three girls. Two of them, Maggie and Cooper,  live quite near us in Lower Hutt. This allows us to participate in various events with them. Yesterday seven year old … Continue reading

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February 24, 2012 … if we could predict weather accurately, we wouldn’t need to make forecasts

Summer ought to be characterised by sunlight and warmth, barbecues, flowers, fruit and beaches. Ours has not been. An incautious meteorologist, who perhaps ought to have known better, promised us in October that we were in for the fabled and … Continue reading

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February 23, 2012 … comings and goings in the rain

She came in the morning before I was fully awake. She came quietly, all 90,900 Gross Registered Tonnes of her.  I had intended to be ready to catch her as she came through the heads into the harbour. Alas, what … Continue reading

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February 22, 2012 … oh I do like to be beside the seaside

A very English phrase came to mind yesterday. It was “going to the seaside”. As a very small boy, living in England in the early 1950s, “going to the seaside” was a really big event. It was an expedition scarcely … Continue reading

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February 21, 2012 … keeping a low profile

Photographers are funny people. They just don’t care. Well, up to a point, that’s true. I am normally risk averse, preferring not to draw attention to myself. In the company of strangers, I am somewhat introverted, almost shy. Put a … Continue reading

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February 20, 2012 … a mystery to me

I have never understood malls. Maybe it’s a guy thing, or perhaps it’s just me. Maybe it’s that there are rarely any shops of interest to me in a mall. In my view, that’s why you see so many men … Continue reading

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