Zoom photos: A word a week : Zoom

Time to break out the zoom lens or turn on the digital one as this weeks A Word A Week Challenge is Zoom.    Once a week I dip into the dictionary and pick a word that the page falls open at.   If you would like to take part please add a link to your post back to this one so others can follow the trail and join in or check out entries of other bloggers.   Don’t forget to add a tag ‘A Word A Week Challenge’ so I can find you easily as I like to reblog some of the entries each week to share the love and highlight new bloggers on the grid.   If you would like an automatic alert for this challenge each week just hit the follow button on my page.


Here are some of my attempts at using a zoom.


A few weeks ago I had to use the zoom action while taking photos for my photography course. Trompie gave me lots of time to photograph him . He is always very hot and tired after our afternoon walks. He loves to just stretch out on the clover patch at home before going inside.

Bridge near me. Travel theme: Bridges

Totara Park bridge

Upper Hutt


Are you ready to cross the bridge when you come to it? If you would like to join in the travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Bridges
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Looking forward to your post – remember, a bridge too far might just be worth the effort.





Meaningful look: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday – February 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Wordless Wednesday, dear friends! It’s time to share your favorite family-friendly photos – with or without words – at the friendliest party in town!

To participate, please link directly to your Wordless Wednesday post – leave a comment – then visit your fellow photography buffs! You’ll make some wonderful friends and see some fabulous photographers along the way!

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Award received from Wiley to Trompie


Here are the rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees;

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Wiley at Wiley’s Wisdom nominated me for this wonderful award. Thank you Wiley I really appreciate it very much.

My mum isn’t a big writer so I’ll help her to answer the questions you are asking! Please visit my friend Wiley’s blog he is an amazing doggy. http://wileyschmidt.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/it-only-takes-a-seed/

If anybody is interested in the award and has less than 200 followers please feel free to take the badge and answer the questions.

Answer the following questions:

1) If money weren’t involved, what would you choose as a forever career?

To be with my human mother and just play and play, and hand out all my love

2) What causes do you support, why, and how can we get involved?

This is my mum: She belongs to Time Bank. This is work you do for others without payment. You pay with your time and you can ask time bank people to do things for you using their time. She also cooks meals for toddlers whose moms are not capable to feed them well. The mothers are school going  girls who still need to go to school.

3) What is the first item on your bucket list?

No bucket list

4) What is your personal life philosophy?

Live and let live. Don’t hurt living things.

5) If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

Have more time with my late husband. Getting to know him better.

6) What is the most important life lesson you have for your child/children? If you don’t have children, what is the most important life lesson you’ve learned and who did you learn it from?

Don’t waste time on gossip. If you do something do it the best you can and then let go.

7) What is your favorite quote?

Philippians 4 : 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.

8) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Would love to go to Israel, Egypt and maybe China

9) If you could bring anyone back from the dead, who would you choose? Why?

Maybe my grandparents because I never knew them

10) Tell me about your favorite pet.

My pet in real life is Trompie and he for sure is my best pal, friend and buddy. I can’t believe that I could love a pet that much as I do Trompie. I think it must be because I am retired and have more time to be with him.

11) In what do you find the simplest of joys?

Just looking at Trompie , how he tells me what he wants me to do when he plays or barks.

Thanks again dear Wiley for giving me the award.  Love you lots.


Hikitia- Wellington’s Steam Powered Floating Crane

After our trip on the Tug Boat we also visited the Hikitia a floating crane.

Delivery Journey

Following trials, Hikitia left Glasgow on 29 September 1926 under Captain J Fullerton for Ponta Delgado in the Azores, a distance of 1445 miles, where she arrived on 9 October.  After bunkering, she left for Colon and the Panama Canal, passing through the canal on 2 November.  Out in the Pacific,Hikitia encountered strong head winds and rough seas, which caused the vessel to pitch heavily.  The next 48 hours were anxious and stressful for the crew with the superstructure straining and some deck plates beginning to crack but then conditions improved and repairs were made.  The ship reached Papeete harbour on 1 December and took on stores and coal, sailing next morning for New Zealand.  The final part of the voyage was not without incident, as on 13 December Hikitia ran into a submerged object and several days were spent battling rough seas and strong winds.  At 7.5 knots (approx 15kph) the ship was hardly a flier!

The log of the Hikitia’s delivery voyage is preserved in the archives of the Museum of Wellington, City & Sea on Queen’s Wharf.

Hikitia arrived in Wellington harbour on 21 December 1926 after a voyage of 82 days.  It has been generally accepted that Hikitia’s delivery voyage represents a record distance sailed by a vessel of this type with its jib up.

Heritage ‘Ark’

Hikitia is a special part of Wellington’s maritime heritage and has earned respect for her years of service to the port and the uniqueness of her construction and machinery.  She continues to provide a specialist waterborne lifting facility.

Additionally, she has become an ‘ark of knowledge’ for ship working skills that otherwise would be lost or forgotten.

Hikitia’s presence at her berth near the center of town uplifts the ambience and interest level of the Wellington waterfront making her a popular weekend visitor site.

Hikitia remains available for hire to carry out lifts or as an events venue. Weekend work party volunteers are always made welcome!


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Sight seeing in Wellington while walking to the tug boats free ride.

The day was pleasant and warm.

There were some interesting things to see on our way to the docks.

Queen Elizabeth cruise liner in Wellington harbour



QUEEN ELIZABETH is our newest luxury ocean liner, named in October 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen. Recalling the rich heritage of the first Cunarder to bear the name, her elegance echoes that legendary age and enhances her modern allure. Discover more about Queen Elizabeth including her unique facilities, welcoming crew and explore her decks through the links below.http://www.cunardline.com.au/cruise-ships/queen-elizabeth/


On Saturday the tug boat took us to have a very close look at the

QUEEN ELIZABETH cruise liner



CentrePort Open day. Wonderful tug boat ride.

CentrePort Opens the Gates
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

CentrePort Wellington, New Zealand’s third largest port, is ‘opening the gates’ to Wellingtonians on Saturday 23 February 2013 for the ‘CentrePort Open Day’.

The day’s activities will be based at the Interisland Wharf (opposite the Wellington Railway Station and next to the Bluebridge Terminal) and will run from 10am – 4pm.

Coach tours and tug boat rides will be available for a gold coin donation.  All donations on the day will go to Wellington Free Ambulance.  CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe says “Wellingtonians will get a unique opportunity to see the diverse range of activities that go into making CentrePort a key part of Wellington’s dynamic Harbour and water front.”

Coach tours, which will depart from the Interisland Wharf, will travel through the port security area and will highlight an exciting growth story across many trades within CentrePort.  As with the tug rides these coach tours offer a unique opportunity that is not to be missed.   “Those who go out into the Harbour on the tug boat rides will also be treated to a spectacular up close view of the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner who will be in port on the day,” says Mr. O’Keeffe.

Based at the Interisland Wharf will be a number of other activities of a nautical theme to see and discover.  The Navy vessel ‘Taupo’ will be berthed at the wharf along with a number of other interesting Wellington based vessels, some of which will be open to climb aboard and look over.

For further information on the port’s open day please go to www.centreport.co.nz or call CentrePort on 04-495-3800.


Saturday February 23, 2013 was a very “cool” day

we visited Wellington harbour and had a wonderful time on one of the two