Saturday, 25 December 2010


The New Zealand Christmas tree

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Anniversary flowers

Anniversary flowers
Found in the boot of my car this morning!
Happy anniversary (and thank you), sweetie. xxx ooo

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Flower arrangement

Flower arrangement
So simple and pretty

Friday, 3 December 2010


Baby ducklings a few weeks ago

The babies are now teenagers!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Flag at half mast

Flag at half mast
A sign of respect for all those who died at the Pike River mine

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Tulip Sunday

Although Tulip Sunday has officially come and gone, along with a couple of storms in between, the tulips at the Botanic Garden were stunningly beautiful as they danced in the breeze on a sunny day today. The Wellington Spring Festival is still in gloriously full force.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Project 365: One year on

It has been exactly one year since I began my Project 365, aiming to take a photograph a day and see my life in a whole new way. The title gives it away: there are 365 days in a regular year. As you will see from my the number on latest photo, I didn't quite make it, but here I am at the finish line exactly one year later. If there were 274 days in a year, I'd have passed with flying colours.

This project has had its ups and downs. I was hesitant to start as I wasn't sure if I could keep up such an ongoing commitment in addition to my regular blog, Tales from a Café Chick. I'm no more proficient in photography than when I started, and still feel quite reluctant to approach people to be in photos, so my project mostly featured objects, items, and scenery, just as I expected it would.

About four months into the project, the pressure to take a photograph and post it to my photo blog every single day began to get me down. That's when I decided that things would change. I'd not worry about the 'gaps' or missing days and just see what happened. I started taking photos almost every day but uploaded them in batches. This helped me manage things a bit better and feel a little less anxious. I also stopped worrying about how each photo would look to others; this was a personal project of images and scenes that I came across each day, and that helped, too. The result: 274 photos, or 75% success. A milestone of sorts, even if it's not the original goal I was aiming for. And that's just fine with me. :-D

So, where to next, now that I've officially reached the finish line? I'll keep up this photo blog if I see something interesting or photo-worthy. I can promise you that it won't be every day, but we'll see what happens from here on in. Thanks for joining me on my journey. My ClustrMap informs me that I've had 2500 visits this past year. Wow! (Sadly, the map will be archived tomorrow and all my pretty red dots will disappear, but that leaves it ready to populate again during the coming year.)

How's your Project 365 going?

Monday, 31 May 2010

Day 274 - Prize

Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St
The competition junkie strikes again. :-)

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Day 273 - Clever cake

Clever cake
Nothing quite like party guests eating the birthday boy
(baked by a very creative friend)

Friday, 28 May 2010

Day 272 - Motorway gridlock

Motorway gridlock
Everybody going nowhere fast

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Day 271 - Ugly on the outside

Ugly on the outside?
It's what's inside that counts!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Day 270 - Whanau sculpture

Whanau sculpture
A family immortalised

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Day 269 - Fish sculpture

Fish sculpture

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Day 268 - Banoffee pizza

Banoffee pizza
A tasty variation of a classic treat

Friday, 21 May 2010

Day 267 - Banana loaf

Banana loaf
Tempting us with that fresh-baked scent
but not yet ready to devour

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Day 266 - Sandy shore

Sandy shore
A brief respite from the wintry weather

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Day 265 - Stately door

Stately door
Entrance to a grand old manor

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Day 264 - Chandelier print

Chandelier print
Elegant, classy, quaint

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Day 263 - Wood shed

Wood shed
Looks idyllic

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Day 262 - Petone clock tower

Petone clock tower
Keeping shoppers to time

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Day 261 - Makara wind farm

Makara wind farm
Trying to put Wellington's wind to good use

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Day 260 - Finished product

Finished product

We went from slip sliding away, to making some progress, and now we're finally finished. What a relief!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Day 259 - Flower teaset

Flower teaset
Too pretty to use!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Day 258 - Kitchen makeover



The kitchen makeover is complete!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Day 257 - Park swings

Park swings

Monday, 3 May 2010

Day 256 - Petone mosaic

Petone mosaic
Made by local school and community members

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Day 255 - Toi toi

Toi toi
Gently swaying in the breeze

Friday, 30 April 2010

Day 254 - Salute

Petone Foreshore

The inscription on the plaque reads:
"These oars salute those who have arrived and departed these shores, and those who will arrive and depart in the future."

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Day 253 - Spell check required

Spell check required

I couldn't believe this sign in a hospital elevator. Someone had already attacked two of the rogue apostrophes with a Twink pen, but somehow copy's remained. Seriously, how long would it have taken to ask someone to check the spelling and punctuation on this sign before it was produced? *shakes head in disbelief*

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Day 252 - Good advice

Good advice
"Don't use chopsticks while driving"

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Day 251 - Secret admirer

A secret admirer

A single red rose left at the door by an admirer, with an anonymous note constructed from letters cut out of a newspaper. (Its contents, although brief, prevent it from being a poison pen letter.) Unfortunately, the object of his affection had moved house several weeks earlier and never got to admire his handiwork. I guess it pays to always check your facts!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Day 250 - Rose tea set

Rose tea set
Sipping elegance

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Day 249 - Half-baked

Banana loaf on its way

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Day 248 - Piggy bank

Piggy bank

This is my original piggy bank from when I was just a few years old. It has collected change for more than 30 years. A friend of Mum's gave it to me. It has a big cork on the bottom so it can be used over and over. The cork cost 2c - it's written on the bottom, and I've never forgotten it!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Day 247 - Masks

Whispering their secrets

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Day 246 - Seashore


Friday, 16 April 2010

Day 245 - Throw parties, not stones

Throw parties, not stones
Sounds like a good idea to me!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Day 244 - Lady of the night

Lady of the night
Always ready for action

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Day 243 - Days Bay jetty

Days Bay jetty

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Day 242 - Extreme driftwood

Extreme driftwood
At what point does driftwood become a log?

Monday, 12 April 2010

Day 241 - Number 13

Number 13
An ornate welcome

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Day 240 - Afternoon nap

Afternoon nap
Seagulls taking some time out

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Day 239 - Lunch for a bug

Lunch for a bug
Or perhaps a whole bug family?
(Look closely - the holes in this plant's leaves would have taken some work!)