Category Archives: Hawkes Bay

January 10, 2018 … Happy New Year

Thank you for staying with me. Some of you have been Internet friends since about 1994, and I value your continued company on this ever-changing journey. My presence on the Internet, and then on the Web, has evolved over the … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Architecture, Birds, Clive, Family, harbour, Hawkes Bay, Kelburn, Landscapes, Light, Lower Hutt, Napier, night, Pekapeka, Tararuas, Trees, Wellington | 3 Comments

February 13, 2017 … our missing summer

The wind outside my window has averaged somewhere over 100 km/h today according to a report I heard on the radio. It has carried rain with it for much of the day, and no hint of summer. There are reports … Continue reading

Posted in adversity, Animals, Birds, Botanic gardens, flowers, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, Landscapes, Weather, Wellington | 2 Comments

April 3, 2016 … road trip

Mary and I set out for a week in Napier,  We chose to take a back road because I had seen an image taken by a fellow club member of the Waihi waterfalls. I had never previously heard of these … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Birds, Cars, Clive, Family, Hawkes Bay, Lakes, Landscapes, mountains, Napier, Te Mata Peak | 4 Comments

December 1, 2015 … on the downhill run

The drive home from Clive to Lower Hutt was a pleasant one. Warm and sunny weather make a drive more enjoyable. I was less pleased, however, with what I found at the Pekapeka wetland reserve just South of Hastings. I … Continue reading

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November 30, 2015 … from Clive towards the Kaweka Ranges

Yesterday was the day of wedding. It dawned fine and clear, and the bottlebrush tree outside the motel window was almost electric in its colouration.  Bees were humming around, and all was well with the world. We weren’t needed for … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Bees, Family, Landscapes, Napier | 1 Comment

November 29, 2015 … to Hawkes Bay in the rain

Our niece is getting married today. As a consequence, we drove  to Clive, near Napier, yesterday. Unkind weather made the trip less pleasant than it usually is,but on the other hand offered some opportunities for mood shots. Most photographers at … Continue reading

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June 22, 2014 … homeward bound into darkening weather

Napier was grey, and a little damp. After a coffee in Taradale with our younger daughter Helen, and a brief visit with other family members staying in the area, we hit the road. I could see, as I drove South, … Continue reading

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June 21, 2014 … solstice sunshine

Yesterday morning, my windscreen was misted up on the outside, so naturally I turned my wipers on. Instead of wet clear glass, I got that mocking dry rasp of rubber blades bouncing on ice. The clear blue sky in Taradale … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Family, Napier, Taradale, Weather | 4 Comments

June 20, 2014 … a journey in soft focus

The day was busy, in preparation for today’s funeral. Mary and I drove from Lower Hutt to Napier, pausing at Mt Bruce for a coffee break instead of our usual stop at Dannevirke. The coffee was less than stellar, but … Continue reading

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May 19, 2014 … from perfect morning to grey overcast

Yesterday was the day we came home. Before we left Napier, Mary spent some time with her mother and I was turned loose once again. It was a magically magnificent morning, clear blue sky, no wind, and a hint of … Continue reading

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