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  • sandra,

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    Had a walk round Mauao yesterday - birds washing in a bit of a rocky stream (tui and yellowhammers mostly); rabbits twitching their ears in the sunlight; a Danish-flagged log ship passing by on its way to goodness knows where, so close we thought we could touch it - and later the yellow Pilot Boat doing a U-turn beside it (with Mayor Island as a backdrop) and heading back in; pohutukawa coming out and such a deep red they took our breath away; Nippers on the beach doing their training; and these clouds. Thanks to my son, HF, for the pic.

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

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    View from the deck: Yoda vs Santa. Yoda wins!

    [Photos may be out of sequence for dramatic effect. Also, we have cool neighbours.]

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott,

    Photos may be out of sequence for dramatic effect.

    Well played! totally got my morning off to a smiling start- now about to finish my porridge, and head of to a chilly university oval with our daughter to watch some cricket.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott,

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    Dunedin weather always gives a sense of place- climate can become do much a part of who we are. Two photos here showing how it can be in Otepoti within minutes. The first I had sent to my brother in the uk (and then deleted to save space, hence now a screenshot). His response was looked like a beautiful day. The second was ten minutes later

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Shaun Scott,

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    Watching test cricket in Dunedin . . .

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2008 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • sandra,

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    Home is where the honey is … we’re renting a beehive and the beekeeper turned up yesterday to harvest our first crop. Husband was hands on and I was the photographer (and Alan is the one directing operations and who actually knows what he’s doing).

    The photo of the jars shows most of the end product (there are a few random glass jars filled now too) – we ended up with 10kg of spring on our bench!

    I've blogged about it here: https://sandrasgardenblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/82bee/

    tauranga • Since Dec 2011 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Hi everyone. Thanks for the entries to our photo contest.

    I've compiled a shortlist of finalists so far, but will accept late entries from any newcomers.

    You can look at the top 10 thus far on this little Storify Page.

    Will let it run until tomorrow (Sunday 20th) lunch time, then use a randomizer to pick the winders, so I can post them out on Monday.

    Wishing you all a merry festive season, and don't go too hard, or you'll have to go home.

    Arohanui.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Judi Lapsley Miller,

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    They may fly, but they keep me grounded...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Judi Lapsley Miller,

    keep me grounded

    I have expanded the shortlist to include this stunner, Judi. Beauty.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Judi Lapsley Miller,

    They may fly, but they keep me grounded…

    Stunning.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    I’ve been looking for this for a while: Greg up on top of the Port Hills in midsummer 2008, picking his way down the treacherous rocky hillside in Victoria Park.

    This is home: the place where my people have stood, the place where my Great-Uncle Huia Gilpin and his mates in the Summit Road Society started replanting the gold-grass hills with natives after the War.

    At Uncle Huia’’s funeral, packed with people respecting his decades as director of park and reserves, one of his friends stood up: “Not many people know,” he said solemnly, “that Huia was the honorary president of the Victoria Park chapter of Black Power.”

    Hundreds of well-bred jaws hit the chapel floor, before he explained that Huia Gilpin via his Christchurch City Council post pioneered employing gangs in the PEP work schemes promoted by PM Robert Muldoon in the late 1970s. The gang employees gave Uncle Huia the presidential title out of respect.

    So I’m proud of that, and the Hills are always my lodestar. I see Sugarloaf when I near the city, and I know I am home.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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  • Jonathan Ganley,

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    I grew up on Auckland's North Shore, but the big city over the bridge was where I wanted to be.

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Righto, with great fanfare, here is the randomized top ten, with the winners of the two books being:

    1st Prize - Judi Lapsley Miller

    2nd Prize - Hebe

    If you could both drop me a note by replying to blog or clicking email above this post, I'll arrange to send you the goodies.

    Thanks everyone for joining in.

    Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, and keep snapping.

    Cheers

    Jackson and the Capture massive.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Thank you so much Jackson. I loved the 2105 Tell You What and this year's looks great.

    And thank YOU for the Capture , and the advice on how to make the wotsits work.

    Meri Kirihimete to you and your family, and to everyone who posts their photographic marvels. I often look, but this year not so often post.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Judi Lapsley Miller, in reply to JacksonP,

    Wow! I'm stunned! thank you!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Judi Lapsley Miller,

    Well deserved. Beautiful.

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

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    I got a nice xmas present this week. My outdoor bath. It works well and is pure bliss. Ahhh.

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

  • JacksonP,

    Nice Sofie. Looks champion.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    My outdoor bath.

    Primo! I'd never get out of it.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3894 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I got a nice xmas present this week. My outdoor bath. It works well and is pure bliss. Ahhh.

    Nice! And surprisingly sleek against the bush. Wonderful pressie.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Congratulations prize winners : )

    Paul Dibble does Christmas, santa's helper in Wellesley St.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

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    YODA vs SANTA: The Sequel.
    Santa is back! This time he's brought reinforcements!

    [Our neighbours. Still cool!]

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Soon Lee,

    This time he’s brought reinforcements

    Always two there are.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee, in reply to David Hood,

    Mustn't forget to mention their minions, the Knights of Ren-deer.

    I'll see myself out...

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 145 posts Report Reply

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