Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Friday, 1 November 2013

Did you hear me say “ Another New Modem”???

 

Yes, another new modem, the replacement one worked intermittently, then stopped,  a phone call or two, Harvey Norman have been so helpful, and a replacement one was  arranged  immediately. The new one is not Belkin ( after 2 faulty ones), this time they gave me a Netgear. setting it up was a breeze, and it is  working like a dream!!! Yes, service given so readily, and professionally, deserves to be thanked, not only to the staff members, but in public!! So here it is, a big

“ THANKYOU”, Harvey Norman, and  Vodafone,

for all the phone calls and time spent trying to fix the problem.

Here in New Zealand there is a saying about the Cabbage Tree or ti  kouka,

“ When the Cabbage Tree flowers early, it will be a long hot  summer”.

These trees are on our eastern boundary at the edge of the lawn. Taken today in the late afternoon sun .

cabbage trees  in flower

 cabbage tree flowers close up

Now for a little bit of fun in post-processing. this bearded Iris is stunning all by itself, but  some adjustments to the original  brings out that translucent effect.

Bearded Iris with PP

Quotation of the day by Gerard De Nerval,

“ Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature”

Greetings from Jean

21 comments:

Susan Heather said...

Glad your modem problem seems to be sorted.

Your Cabbage trees are ahead of mine. They are just in bud now.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Glad you got a new modem and had great help in doing so. That's wonderful!

Hope you keep cool in your long hot summer.

Thank you for all of your kind comments and your love, encouragement and support.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Nancy Claeys said...

Beautiful images Nancy! I'm a bit jealous that it's spring there. :)

TexWisGirl said...

the trees and bloom are both beautiful. so glad you got good customer service and a SOLUTION! :)

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh my gosh, Jean that flower is gorgeous. I wished we had those trees here. I love Netgear better than anything I have had before. Hope all is better. Have a great weekend.

Nancy J said...

Thank you all for lovely words. The bearded iris are truly stunning this year, maybe they are blooming so well as they have not been moved for some years .And the cabbage trees, the Tui love the berries, but dry leaves fall, and then get caught in the mower!!! A bonus, rolled into a figure eight, they make great kindling. Another cool morning here, 6 a.m. and 5.6C outside, and will drop till about 7 a.m. And I'm so glad to have a Netgear modem/router, it's going well. Greetings to all, Jean.

Cottage Tails said...

Oh you are having fun and games with modems. The cabbage trees in flower smell divine don;t they.
Love Leanne

Barb said...

Jean, What a bummer to have these continuing problems with your modem. Hope it's now fixed for good. I'd think by the size of those cabbage tree flowers that a long, hot summer is due! Hope Hugh and you are feeling better. It's snowing hard and blowing here in Breckenridge.

Linda said...

What lovely photos, Jean! I am so glad that you are back up and running with a new and working modem!

KB Bear said...

I'm so glad you're back. That iris is glorious... and I'm very jealous that you are heading into summer! Enjoy.

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your photos and with a working modem!
Greetings, RW & SK


Lori Skoog said...

Like everyone else, I love that shot of the bearded iris! I just had to change my modem too.

Karen said...

Oh lovely, the cabbage flowers are so exotic!

sophie...^5 said...

So glad the modem situation is rectified, nothing worse than something not working and relying on others to fix the problem. In this case it worked out perfectly. When we went wireless nothing worked right, so many hair pulling days then all of the sudden it worked ~~~ ever since. Post processing has taken over my days because I'm always looking for something new and fresh . Your iris is a beauty!!Also, I've never seen a Cabbage Tree before ~~~ very unique I would have so much fun with my macro lens on this plant. Thanks for sharing Jean!

Ron

Nancy J said...

Lovely words from you all, thanks so much,... Ron, I'll try and get a flower down for a macro shot for you, although my "macro" is not the 100% real expensive one, 50mm by redemption when I bought my camera . the Netgear modem is going fine, how I did miss all this for those few days!!!A bit like a starvation diet!!!And more Iris are coming into flower, lots of colours this year. I looked at Northern weather on Wunderground, and it looks like cold, rain and snow in some places, Wrap up warm, wherever you are... Greetings to all, Jean.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi!
Great you have got a repaired internet. We have fiber and very fast one too. We are living outdoors but since the big storm we hade couple of years ago we could dig the electricity Cables down and also put the internet Cables with it.
The iris looks great. We have to wait for some 6 months.....

Ashling said...

Congratulations on being back in business. Love the tweaking of your flower...you did such a good job one wouldn't notice that it was tweaked.

camp and cottage living said...

I'm loving your Cabbage tree. I've never seen one before.
It wonderful to see the evidence of Spring!

Jim said...

Don't you just love processing some photos Jean? It just gives that extra punch! Beautiful Iris.
I think I may be IN LOVE with that Cabbage Tree!! Unbelievable. Hmmmmm, I wonder if that would survive here in Nova Scotia? Can always dream, right?

Kathy said...

I love your flowers and love to just go up and down on your blog and read . I think we are suppose to have a rough winter here. thank you for waiting on me to get back blogging. I felt everyone left me when I didn't get back on after Dad died in April. You are a good blogging friend. I've been back in my sewing room and I'm posting some of my makes. Thank you again for not forgetting me.
Can't wait to read all you've posted that I missed.

Here I Am Carrie said...

I love that quote I have it written a my special quotes I like most. I have one of those beared iries that color and it smells like grape candy. I only have one. I only got my first wireless router this summer and it is a netgear. I am so glad it worked the first time we upgraded our internet and now hubby and I can be on the internet at the same time. Well better move on to see more what I have missed.