Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30, 2014 … a prickly problem and a storm

Up to date once more! For a very long time, Mary has tried to grow choko, or as it is known elsewhere chayote. In Auckland, it grows like a weed, and is hard to eradicate. In Wellington, it seems to … Continue reading

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April 29, 2014 … an ordinary day

Today is catch-up day and this is the first of two posts. After the excitement of the national convention of the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ), it was back to earth on Monday. I went down to the foreshore … Continue reading

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April 28, 2014 … over the bounding main

Yes, I’m still running a day behind. On Sunday a group of fellow photographers joined me on the homeward trip across the strait, on the Kaitaki. Bizarrely, we ended up sitting at the same table from which my iPad was … Continue reading

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April 27, 2014 … majestic seabirds

Saturday was the day for field trips. The one I chose was the albatross encounter at Kaikoura. We waited outside the convention centre in Blenheim from about 6:30 for a 6:45 departure. The moon and Venus were spectacular in the … Continue reading

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April 26, 2014 … Conference and ANZAC Day

Mornings keep happening to me. At least this one was less extreme than the previous one, though a real breakfast proved elusive. My chosen workshop was led by a visiting Australian expert, and we went to “Old St Mary’s Convent” … Continue reading

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April 25, 2014 … conference day 1

Photographic conventions don’t provide as many opportunities for photographs as you might think. The day is full to overflowing with keynote speakers, workshops, and other sessions. There is also the trade show with many temptations. Yesterday however began at some … Continue reading

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April 24, 2014 … yet another in the string of calamities

Aaaaaghh! I swear I am accident prone. It started well enough. Three of us travelling to the photographic convention in Blenheim were dropped off at the ferry terminal in good time by Anthony. We boarded on time and secured a … Continue reading

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April 23, 2014 … rushing around before departure

This is a very hasty blog issue because I have got behind again.   On Tuesday, I had to rush around to get things ready for the trip to Blenheim on Wednesday. I began at Hikoikoi and at first saw … Continue reading

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April 22, 2014 … from an unaccustomed part of the day

Apparently there is a whole world out there before morning coffee. Who knew? I always thought that my coffee at 10am actually caused the day to begin. My natural inclination, if I wake earlier, is to pull the covers up … Continue reading

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April 21, 2014 … in sombre mood

As I write this, the Radio NZ Concert Programme is playing the 1812 Overture. We have just arrived home after our very hasty trip to Napier. Somehow the mood of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful¬†opening movements matches perfectly with my perception of the … Continue reading

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