Kaikoura Ranges, South Island View from Wellington
The view of the Kaikoura Ranges is crystal clear from my front window today. Unfortunately my camera struggled to even begin to capture the beauty of the light as it falls on this mountain range in the South Island. Still, this is a very rare sight from somewhere as far away as Wellington; a moment in time until the sun moves to a new position.
Today's photo is a short video clip, taken on my mobile phone. I saw this pipe pouring out water on the way to my osteopath appointment this morning. It looked to be some kind of temporary overflow pipe. After my 30 minute appointment finished, it was still flowing. I met a friend for lunch, and as I passed it again on the way back to my car, it was still overflowing; that's about two hours from when I first noticed it, and I'm not sure how much longer it was flowing for during the day.
I looked around the building entrance for someone who could fix it, or even someone I could call and report it to, but drew a blank. I ended up feeling completely helpless about the dreadful waste of this precious resource.
Fish and chips with style A classier take on a kiwi classic: fish and chips wrapped in newspaper
This was my Secret Santa gift at Saturday's mid-winter Christmas party. Actually, it was the third of my gifts but, being a Yankee swap, I had two gifts ungraciously stolen from right in front of my nose! The first was a gorgeous toy sheep, which baaed when you squeezed it. This was ultimately 'stolen' three times and the third 'thief' reigned supreme as the winner. My second gift was a reusable fold-up shopping bag (which I never imagined would be stolen, but Mr Practical decided it was perfect for him). Finally, I went in search of something which had caught my eye earlier: this cute porcelain French fries cup with matching sauce bowl.
Such an innocent looking piece of furniture, this osteopath's bed is the scene of my weekly 'treatment'. And, to think, that I pay good money to endure this kind of pain! ;-) (Actually, it's not too bad. Apparently my back is slowly improving. Slowly.)
This is where Zed chose to spend much of last night. And the night before. And the night before that. When he's had enough (or has been pushed off), he simply jumps onto my sweetie, then back onto me - kind of a night time pussy cat version of "tag". Lucky us.
The Petone Winter Carnival is on today. A feature of the programme is the creation of five E Tu fire sculptures. Created and sculpted right on beach in just eight hours, they are set alight during the evening. Here are two we saw today, nearing completion. The others were less ready when we wandered past and will be worked on during the afternoon.
Carlucci Land is a sculpture park in Happy Valley, Wellington, just up from the Southern Landfill. Carl Gifford is an artist who creates large sculptures out of scrap metal gathered from local dumps and quarries. The giant spider is across the road from the entrance, along with a couple of cute hippos. There are plans to develop Carlucci Land into a larger scale theme park; however, it would seem that the Wellington City Council are less than enthusiastic about his current business plan.
This sculpture was made out of natural beach materials by the family of one of my former students. I had taught their son online by distance for six of his primary school years and we were both moving on. Although we never met in person, they considered me to be part of their family and I certainly feel that I 'know' them, too. This gift was their way of thanking me for this time; however, the pleasure was all mine. Every year or so, I refresh the scent with sandalwood or jasmine drops.
I did a double-take when I saw this sign outside the City Gallery in Wellington. I wondered what clos-ed was; a new exhibition? A visiting artist? Photography? And then I looked to the right-hand side of the building, saw this sign, and I understood. Doh!
Here is my own personal Project 365: How to take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way. I am excited to see where the project will find me at the end of one year. I may not always take a photo each day, and will probably upload my pictures in batches, so we'll see how that works! This site hosts my daily photos and accompanying captions.