Central Plateau, North Island

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

Friday 31 May 2013

Scenes from the North and South Island


Some photos from the family album, after their trip to the South Island in 2011.

This is how it began, rough  water in the Cook Straight.

Cook Straight Ferry Crossing

Lake Wanaka, a beautiful area. This appears to be propped up, in fact you can rotate it , by a hand worked crank

Wanaka Leaning Tower 

Punakaiki Pancake  Rocks and Blowholes , on the West Coast, Spectacular on a high tide when there is a westerly swell coming in.

Punakaiki Rocks

The Kea ,  in the South Island, is  well known to be social, inquisitive, and will try to take your belongings if they are left out.

Kea, South Island 

I am not sure which lake this is, but popular for Ice Skating when totally solid ice.

Frozen Lake

Finally  two  of my own photos,  the first taken in July 2004, Mt Ngauruhoe, an active  stratovolcano or composite cone.It is  2291 metres high ( 7156 feet), and has had activity  45 times in the 20th Century. It is around 2,500 years old, the youngest  of the three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park.

Mt Ngauruhoe, July 2004

This is the view from Waihohonu Hut, we did a one day tramp there in January, 2012

Window's view from Waihohonu Hut

Quotation of the day from John Muir

“ Climb the mountains and get their good tidings”

Greetings from Jean

Thursday 30 May 2013

HELP !!!!!



I changed my blog design, title font, layout, didn’t like it so altered it again,  and guess what…

My reader list has gone, everything else has gone , gone , gone!!! I have looked at Weebly, is that better??

I still have my list, but only a few are there, where did they go? Is this the new  Blogger reader removal starting early, or did I do something totally wrong? Any help will be so appreciated.

I don’t like my new layout  either.So that will need to be changed, is there an easy way I can go back to the old layout???

We have frost. – 0.9  Celsius , sunshine shining through the trees.

This was taken in July, 2012, our front lawn.

 Lawn frost, July 2012

Quotation of the day,

“ Beware of the unknown, it will happen unannounced”

Greetings from Jean

Our Place, Sunshine and Snow

Takapari Road, Ruahine  Range , August 2011, This was as far as the quad bike could go.

Takapari Road snow, in 2011

Snow on Takapari Road, 2011

Snow fell at our place on August 15th, 2011, the first time in decades. Like fairy-wonderland, we woke at 5 a.m. to silence, and snowflakes slowly falling. Careful not to walk on the lawn area, leaving the whiteness alone, Hugh  took  photos from the  front driveway. I took the photo of the table at about 5 a.m.

August 15th ,2011 snow on the table 

Hugh walked up the drive to capture this one. The snow did not last long, and after another fall that night, it was almost all gone the next day. However ,the previous  photos were taken in the Ruahine Range, about 1200 metres asl. , where the snow lasted for many days.

Our home, August 15th, 2011

This was taken at almost the same spot, earlier this year.

Our home, 2013

I grew up in South Auckland, in a farming area at TeHihi. I didn’t see snow at all until  I was  27. We drove to Mt Ruapehu, and I marvelled at the wonder , but for all my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, when it lasts for months, so deep, freezing cold every day, it would not be so attractive at all. Pretty when white, not so good when it turns to mush and slush .

Quotation of the day,  from Ralph Waldo Emerson

The years teach much which the days never know”

Greetings from Jean

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Yesterday’s Photos


A  few more from yesterday, out and about.

Photo courtesy of the internet, on the way to work  near  Dunedin,South Island.

On the way to work, Dunedin 28th May 2013

This was taken in August 2010. the one below from almost the same spot, yesterday May 28th 2013.

The Farm, August 2010 Framed 

farm from front 28th May framed

Finally, a Bearded Iris from our garden, a few years ago. A reminder that after winter, these will flower in their beautiful colours again.

Bearded Iris

Quotation of the day, from Rudyard Kipling

“Flowers are not made by singing “ Oh , how beautiful

and sitting in the shade”

Greetings from Jean

Tuesday 28 May 2013

Snowflakes Fell Down South


Real life photos , as it happened on the farm down south today .

irish snowmen on the farm May 2013 framed

snowy hedge framed,May 2013

The Farm, 28th May framed 

fresh frozen veges on the farm May 2013, framed 

Early morning snow, 8 a.m.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Snowmen fall from the sky, unassembled, then they sit  for a while,

till they melt  and fall onto the frozen ground”

Greetings from Jean

Monday 27 May 2013

I stayed Home!!


The two men had a wonderful time at Piropiro this year, some thrills, some spills, lots of mud,slush, and tracks that were  narrow, difficult, and scary!! This is from  Hugh’s  Gopro Video camera, so has wider borders. Edited from a total of over 4 hours of film.

This  morning  the full moon slowly dipped behind the elm tree, signifying planting time. See Leanne’s blog for all the gen on when to plant and more.               Leanne's blog

Morning moon

One of our trees has these small cones, this one shone in the sunlight.

One tiny pine cone

The bridge over the Clutha River at Alexandra, Otago.

Bridge over the Clutha  River at Alexandra 

Weather details from Metservice, courtesy of the Internet.

  • Central Otago region forecast

    Alexandra Temperature

  • Today

    Scattered showers, falling as snow above 300 metres at first, but turning to snow at all levels this evening. Cold gusty southwesterlies.

    Issued: 3:19am 27 May

    5°C  High-5°C  Overnight

  • Tomorrow

    Scattered showers, with snow down to 200 metres at first, clearing in the afternoon. Cold southwesterlies easing.

    Issued: 3:19am 27 May

    3°C  High-3°C  Overnight

  • Wednesday 29

    Fine, with morning frosts. Light winds.

    Issued: 11:53pm 26 May

    8°C  High-4°C  Overnight

  • Will we be stocking up on Merino clothing, warm boots, hats and scarves??? I have  heard it is a “dry cold” and does not feel as cold as the same temperatures up here.

    One of the country roads in Otago, after days of heavy snowfalls. Even the 4WD vehicles were not able to get through the deep drifts, tractors to the rescue.

    Otago Snow framed

    Quotation of the day, author unknown

    Snow falling, silence early in the morning, whiteness everywhere”

    Greetings from Jean

    Sunday 26 May 2013

    Autumn in its Glorious Colours


    Leaves are golden, yellow and brown, falling to the ground with each gust of wind. Soon branches will be bare. Bulbs are showing signs of green leaves, the Camellia,  and the Rhododendron still have flowers blooming. The Horse Chestnut  Tree, ornamental fruit only, is golden in the sunshine. Snow will fall in the far south tonight.

    Rhodo flower

    Horse Chestnut tree  

    winter leaves

    One bulb, unknown, beautiful pale pink blooms.

    Raindrops on flowers

    Sunlight on the grass under the trees,maybe a few years yet until they are cut down for firewood.

    Trees in the Forest

    Camellia Flower, surviving in the wind and rain.

    Camellia Flower

    The Alstroemeria still flowers, the dark red one has finished for the season.

    Alstromeria Flowers

    These bulbs are growing taller each day,  maybe they are Freesias, waiting for a few months till the delicate, scented flowers will show.

    Spring bulb leaves

    Quotation from Helen Keller,

    dedicated to Gary and his beloved Boomer.

    “What we have enjoyed, we can never lose…

    all that we love deeply becomes a part of us”

    Greetings from Jean

    Thursday 23 May 2013

    I am entitled to Brag, Installment #2


    Danielle is our #1 Granddaughter, and here are some pics of her, from some years ago to right now, in 2013.

    Today is “ Teachers’ Day Only” , so I hear you are off with a friend to the Gym, to practise cheerleading! !!! Have a great day, I’m so proud of you and all you can do.

    At our home, in 2005

    Danielle 2005 framed

    At Blue Lake, Rotorua, 2008

    Danielle Blue Lake 2008 framed

    On her horse at Lake Rotorua, 2013,  photo courtesy Annette

    Danielle, and her horse at Lake Rotorua ,framed

    Ditto, another horse, another place, 2013. Another new skill you have achieved with much hard work, practise and days out in all weather.

    Danielle riding framed

    Quotation of the day, by Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “ Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination”

    Greetings from Jean

    Wednesday 22 May 2013

    I am entitled to Brag, Installment #1


    At the weekend our grandson was in the  Cateye Moonride 6 hour race at Rotorua.Their 3 person team, Connor, Lewis and Josh,  came 1st overall  in the 6 hour team race, and 1st in the junior 6 hour. Gold medals. WOW.. The track was very muddy and deteriorated as the day went on . This year it was held at  Waipa Mountain Bike Area, Rotorua. Photos from Annette’s phone/camera.

    Danielle’s photos will be here tomorrow.

    Clean gear at the start of the day

     Josh  riding framed

    Mud and slush added to the excitement

    Cateye Moonride mud framed

    Gold medal time. Winning team in 6 hour event.

    Prize giving medal time framed

    Congratulations, Josh. Last year I was there to watch the race, this year photos tell a great tale.

    Quotation of the day from Rishika Jain

    “ In the race of life don’t  waste your energy and time

    trying to compare with others;

    Sometimes you are ahead, sometimes behind,

    the race is long, and in the end it’s only with yourself.”

    Greetings from Jean

    Tuesday 21 May 2013

    Guess where We Went Today??


    The  day out, some outlet shopping at Otaki, further on to Papaparaumu, then a visit to a special friend on the way home. Where?? You will have to find out with photo clues!!! Hover your mouse over each photo for details.

    Clue#1        Molly


    Clue #2      Geese ready to find their new home

    Geese on the land

    Clue #3  One lovely girl who might have twins this year

    One of the Girls

    Clue #4 The paddock , perfect for the jeep  thrills on the hill

    Trees, enhanced with Picasa

    Clue #5         James’  Gate

    Jame's Gate

    Did you solve the puzzle? Clues also at one of the blogs on my side-bar.

    Yes, we met Leanne  and  Abbey at Mandaburms, James we met earlier this year.

    This was definitely the best part of my whole week.  I hope they will visit us up here soon.

    Quotation of the day ,  from Donna Roberts

    “ A friend knows the song in my heart,

    and sings it to me when my memory fails”

    Greetings from Jean

    Sunday 19 May 2013

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    Clip art courtesy of the internet.


    purple face

    We have had some rain, grey clouds, a little blue sky, and the fires are both going right now. Comfort in the cheery red blaze in the firebox, warmth,and some photos from Hugh’s week away in Pureora Forest Park, staying with Bruce in his bus.

    A foggy morning,  frost on  the ground, no doubt the fire was going to keep them cosy while having breakfast.

    Morning shades Piropiro Flats morning warmth March 2012

    The campsite taken from the top of the hill.I understand that it was called “ bush-bashing” as they made their way through thick scrub, gorse and blackberry to the vantage point.On their quads, naturally, way too hard for “foot-slogging”.

    Piropiro camp from the hilltop

    Bruce, the intrepid, fearless man,  you are guaranteed lots of fun when you go out with him  on  the forest tracks. They rode together, one following the other, thrills and some spills, I have not seen the video or heard the language yet, but understand it will need severe editing!! Lots of bruises, but no broken bones!!I’m glad I stayed home.

    Bruce at the Top of the hill 

    The top of the hill does not look very high, but it is a real hard climb through scrub and bush, not a real track at all. Well done, Bruce and Hugh, I am sure the trail you forged will be well used by many  others, thankful for your hard work.

    framed, hill top at Piropiro Camp

    Quotation of the day, author unknown

    “ The only job where you start at the top is when you dig a hole”

    Greetings from Jean