Hi, everybody I am still here
working as scrapydo but
my space is getting less and less.
I am going to use the rest of my space on
Trompie is going to be there to tell of his experiences till there is no space left.
I started a new blog a while ago just to test it.
At the moment I am participating in
Photography 101 for this month.
After this I will go on with challenges or what ever comes up in my mind.
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Hope to see all my good friends joining me there too.
Upper Hutt Scottish Highland Gathering kicked off with loud bagpipe music coming from the other side of the hills at Harcourt Park.
Male highland dress includes kilt (or trews), sporran, sgian dubh and ghillies. Ghillies, or ghillie brogues, are traditional thick soled shoes with no tongues and long laces.
The sporran (//; Scottish Gaelic for “purse“), a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress, is a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt. Made of leather or fur, the ornamentation of the sporran is chosen to complement the formality of dress worn with it. The sporran is worn on a leather strap or chain, conventionally positioned in front of the groin of the wearer.
Female highland dress includes women’s shoes, also called ghillies, that are tied in the same way but have thin soles for indoor wear and dancing. Traditionally, women and girls do not wear kilts but may wear ankle-length tartan skirts. A tartan sash or shawl may also be worn. Women may also wear dress tartans which are modified versions which include white in place of a more prominent colour.
Guess the Challenge?
Photo taken on the road outside Weta Caves.
Young men starting their ride.
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Wow, I had the opportunity to visit
Weta World Studios.
We did not do the tour into the real studio.
The shop and small exhibition area has enough to see and photograph.
Outside the building next to the entrance were
What do you see?
Inside the studio/shop…
Who are these characters?
Hope you enjoyed visiting Weta World!
Spring Festival in our Main Street.
It was heavy clouded early morning.
No rain fell and it was warm and humid.
Some flower arrangements in the church.
Today was my International student’s birthday.
We went for to Stonestead Tea-garden.
Sconce and tea
What are you looking at…
Taking a nap…
It was a lovely day.
Kāpiti Island is a small but conspicuous island about 5 km (3 mi) off the west coast of the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) long, running southwest/northeast, and roughly 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide, being more or less rectangular in shape, and has an area of 19.65 km2 (7.59 sq mi).
The conservation potential of the island was seen as early as 1870. It was reserved as a bird sanctuary in 1897 but it was not until 1987 that the Department of Conservation (DOC) took over the administration of the island. In the 1980s and 1990s efforts were made to return the island to a natural state; first sheep and possums were removed. In an action few thought possible for an island of its size, rats were eradicated in 1998.
Somersal B&B/Wedding venue
We had a wonderful time at Somersal B&B
John and Jenny treated us as princesses.
It was wonderful to be there for 3 nights.
They were also willing to accommodate Bertus, my son, on Friday night.
Somersal B&B / Wedding Venue
Somersal is an idyllic Bed and Breakfast Accommodation / Wedding Venue near the famous Waitomo Caves. Perched on the banks of the Waipa River in Pirongia, Waikato. It’s just 30 minutes north from the Waitomo Caves, 20 minutes from Hamilton and only 10 minutes drive from Te Awamutu. Stay in farm style comfort under a sky rich with stars, then wake to an especially prepared breakfast and the song of native birds in the garden.
I took some lovely photos.
My room entrance. Right hand the kitchen and dining area.
More garden photos!
My good friend Virginia, Alpha my International student and I started our journey at 7 am on Thursday 31 July.
We traveled from Upper Hutt to Pirongia a small rural town near Hamilton. It is about an eight to ten hours journey. The weather was overcast all the way.
Interesting old building
Lovely painting on a wall
My student on a “bicycle”
Waikato River .Had our lunch here
Snow covered Mt Ruapehu
Petone beach, New Zealand.
Icy cold and windy.
The next day we got snow on the hills in Upper Hutt!
Boy, stick, bird
Bird gone, brothers walk on!
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