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  • sandra,

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    Oddly enough, another one of my favourite places to be - near my childhood home and where my great-great grandparents rest.

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott,

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    sometimes home is where the lawn is . . .

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott,

    That is a lovely shot, Sandra.
    Cemeteries are, I find, very grounding and contemplative. Just the sense of history and humanity, and wonder of the lives of those beneath the headstones.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    sometimes home is where the lawn is . . .

    Like!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    There are so many layers to my “home” emotions and connections, and Christchurch being what it is they are constantly stirred. This is another home – taken the Festival of Light night at the Botanic Gardens in winter. It was a heart-singing evening.

    Jackson, Photos is just what I need. It suits me fine. Found a whole lot more tools like sharpening last night. New to track down the "how to resize" so I can post on the likes of Facebook.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Shaun Scott,

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    Our new house, since June, has a lawn. Similarly needs a mow. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Hebe,

    “how to resize”

    Great Hebe. If you use the File/Export function, I usually choose quality 'High', Size: Custom, with max dimension 1000 - 1200. Seems to work well for all online mediums. Good luck. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Blog Update: You're all doing so well, I added a second prize. Check the main post for info.

    Tell You What, you won't be disappointed. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott, in reply to JacksonP,

    managed to beat the rain and get it done yesterday, but felt the Courtney Barnett lawn mowing anguish . . . although mine was more like bursting a daisy cloud than cutting grass.
    "I stare at the lawn, it's Wednesday morning
    It needs a cut but I leave it growing
    All different sizes and all shades of green
    Slashing it down just seems kind of mean"

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott, in reply to Hebe,

    I love this photo, Hebe- and hits just like this whole theme is meant to do. It has reminded me of being a kid in christchurch, and loving seeing the colourful lights playing on fountains around the town- and always being puzzled why the ones outside the town hall were only white (cool as they were). has made me quite wistful for that time (40 years ago!). Thanks!

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    why the ones outside the town hall were only white

    politics?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Shaun Scott,

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    It has reminded me of being a kid in christchurch, and loving seeing the colourful lights

    The festivals with lights – especially in the winter – have cheered many of us. We need that mood-enhancing magic. Vicki Buck says there will be more use of the Botanic Gardens at night, which will be very cool.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hebe,

    ...why the ones outside the town hall were only white

    Dandelion seed heads!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    they were beautiful (and even more so in my memory now)- just to the 8 year old eye, a dandelion seed-head was not as appealing as a gyrating, colourful and noisy display of others. :-)
    Great that Chch has the festival with lights. We were lucky enough to have coincidentally timed an overnight stop-off in New Plymouth some years back and really enjoyed their festival of light at the gardens.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Dandelion seed heads!

    Yes!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • sandra, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    Thanks, Shaun. Whew! I thought I was the only one who enjoyed visiting cemeteries - I specially like old, country places.

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • sandra,

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    What I haven’t yet shared with you is just a little further away from home – Katikati is 30 minutes drive to the north and the site of the Haiku Pathway, the largest collection of engraved boulders outside Japan and, until very recently, the only one outside Japan. Read more http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/279, and yes I’m on the committee! Anyway, here are some shots.

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    My transition from Auckland to Far North has been rather easy this year as I’ve been working on it a while now. For me I’m home now. Stella the dog came home to the street she was born in so I feel her resting place is secure for a long time yet. My friend has found his place to stay and his creative streak has given me a place to call home. That’s not to show disregard for my inheriting part of the Family home in Auckland but I feel I left it a long time back.

    The Doubtless Bay area has the beaches I can call home and I’m surrounded by native bush and all it’s treasures, along with the reminder of livestock that frequent the fields behind us. The ever changing sunsets that are there every night,just some more spectacular than others
    So here are my pictures ( hat tip 7 Days)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    The land where I stand.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    So here are my pictures

    Aaaah, ooooh, yum!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to sandra,

    Great pictures evoking home.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Here’s another aspect of home for me. Home has come to mean a place of safety and refuge that also has woven into it the opposite: the breaking of much I knew. Some days in the last five years, my mental landscape is as disarranged as if the Port Hills had up and walked off.

    That’s okay; I’m coming to terms with that loss of innocence.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Ross McA.,

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    A favourite place of mine is Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay. Beautiful in the soft summer evening light.

    Since Mar 2010 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • sandra, in reply to Hebe,

    The after-effects of the Canterbury quakes are going to be felt for a long time. The fact that a great many people have stayed and endured says a great deal, not only about those people but also about the place.

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • sandra,

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    And since it's almost Christmas - here's the angel from the top of my family's tree (not my one here in Tauranga you understand, but the tree on the farm). The poor thing is a bit battered but she's not looking bad for her age, which is almost the same as mine. Every year she comes out of her box which informs us that her life was intended to be as a cake decoration but somehow she ended up on top of a Christmas tree ... something like 58 years so far! If my Mum, now gone, knew we were coming for Christmas the tree decorating waited for us. I so enjoy opening the box and picking up this silly little plastic thing with her stained skirt and handing her to someone taller than me to fix to the top of the tree. Tears in my eyes as I write. Both my parents gone now so I don't know whether she'll see the light of day this year as we're up here for Christmas and my brother's on his own and may not even have a tree. I'll be thinking of her though.

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

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