Friday, 29 July 2016

No mud

I determined to find some fences I hadn't photographed before, and take some photos with no mud in them.  I had to put some thought into that mission and decided to turn right up Jobe Road on my way home from town.  I reasoned there would not be so much mud on the hillsides as there is on the flats everywhere.  

Success!  I'm pretty sure that is a new fence, don't think it was here last time I drove up this road.

And although I had to step carefully around the roadside mud to get in position to take this photo, there is definitely can't see any in the shot.  As you can see the day was overcast with scattered showers as the forecaster says.  The hills of home are sitting in low cloud.

Coming back down the hill I stopped and counted at least a dozen fences in the scene below.

Finally, I stopped again at the foot of the hill.  This is the entrance into a trucking company's depot.

Linking to Teresa's Good Fences.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dual purpose

Dual purpose fence post:

The children on the farm are growing up.  Two of them will tell you they are already grown up and I can't really argue with that.  But if you look carefully you will still find reminders of their childhood around the farm.  The old baling twine hanging from a shady tree still holds a remnant from their cubbyhouse. 

Linking to Teresa's Good Fences.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

He's gone!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  Winnie the Pooh

 Nothing beats the midwinter blues like a visit from a little grandson.  Works like magic every time.  Once welcoming hugs from the doting grandmother are out of the way, the little man jumps on the phone to ring his farmer uncle to announce he is here.  

What to do when the uncle has visitors and can't take him farming immediately?  He readies himself for farm duties and finds a spot from which he can see when the visitor leaves.  And doesn't leave that post until he sees the strange car is gone.  

He sure loves being busy and when it's not possible to be out and about with Uncle Danny he's just as happy to be busy inside, under the watchful eye of cousin, Georgia.

He even does the dishes!  No wonder I miss him so much after he's gone.

After a week his farm overalls reflect the fun he's had.  And the grin couldn't be bigger.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Seasonal fence

It's our heavy rain time of year, when the water in the creek swells with rain water carried down from the mountains and creeps across paddocks, sometimes engulfing fences and the road.

Linking to Teresa's Good Fences.

Friday, 8 July 2016

The lost back fence

Last week I posted the brick fences at Arundells, Edward Heath's former home in Salisbury, England.  At the time I couldn't find any shots of his back fence, just the rural scene as I poked my camera through the fence.  Guess what I just stumbled upon, filed in 'Fences', where all good fence shots should be?  Yes, that back fence.

Closer to home there's lots of rain hanging around those mountains and the waterways in the low places are filling up.

 I've got the mid winter sluggish can'tbebothereds.  

But only two more sleeps and the little man who brings light and laughter with him will be here! 

Linking to Teresa's Good Fences.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

New Kiwis

There were more of them than I expected.  If I'd given it some thought I might not have been surprised that the majority were Brits and South Africans.  But scattered amongst them were a Filipino, a Chinese, a Thai, a family from Sri Lanka, a Korean, a Samoan, an Indian, two from Zimbabwe, a Malaysian, an American, a French family, my friend Chris and a couple of other Australians, and the beautiful young lady from Burundi who captured the heart of everyone in the room.  

Full credit to Mayor Sheryl Mai and her Whangarei Council for a dignified ceremony that I felt honoured our new citizens and acknowledged their many different journeys to become tangata tiriti (people of the land by right of the Treaty of Waitangi). 

Congratulations, Chris.  

Chris chatting with another new citizen who lives in her area

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Two of my followers, one in particular (an Australian one) will recognise someone they know in these photos.   

Bev, the question is, what is she up to now?  Who are her new friends?