Springtime at last?





I have to share something beautiful with you all!

The cherry trees are in full bloom.

This year they are covered in white







Musiek: Wysie uit die Alpe; verwerk: G.G. CILLIÉ

Dis heerlike lente, die winter’s verby;

weer nooi berg’ en klowe vir jou en vir my.

Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o. Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o!
Die bergklim is heerlik, dit hou mens gesond.

Die vroe-, vroeë môre het goud in die mond.

Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o. Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o!



Spring Festival : Upper Hutt , New Zealand

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.

Very special.

Old cars!

Spring is in the air! Thursday special

Thursday’s Special:  Spring is in the air!



I feel tired and down.

I came across Paula’s Thursday Special.

Spring is in the air and

the beauty of  first blossoms.

Sunday Stills : Signs of fall



Red leaves blow in the wind
Leaving home and everything it’s known behind
Barren branches wave goodbye
As the red leaves slowly die
Every flower stares and watches
As the wind takes me away
Before the sun shone upon me
Now the wind takes me away
Red leaves falling
Through the branches
Making their way to the ground
Blowing by the flowers sleeping
No one knows the leaves are leaving
I am in New Zealand and spring is starting to happen at the moment. It was frosty the last week but this morning it was much better.
I have taken some more spring photos on Sunday.
Here are some of them.
The last one is my favourite. Tea bush flowers.
This is the place where you can practice your photography skills by joining us in a weekly challenge every Sunday and again for Macro on Monday’s.


Post 300 : Celebrate Spring!

Spring is here BUT

Yesterday and the day before was real winter again.  A cold south weather blast was upon us yesterday. The Rimutaka Hills had snow and the road was closed for at least 5 hours. Everybody from the other side of the hills had to make use of the train to get to work in Wellington.

Road open, but snow keeps falling

Rimutaka Hill road was closed for six hours this morning as a cold snap hit the Wellington region.

The road was closed at 5.15am but was reopened about 11.20am.

NZTA crews have worked this morning to clear snow from the highway and through to Featherston.

Work would continue through the day, which would mean delays, NZTA Wellington operations manager Mark Owen said.

“Light snow is still falling and safety remains paramount, so we’ll be keeping a very close eye on conditions, and we urge motorists to drive with care and to the conditions.”

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said snow was expected to keep falling on the Rimutaka Hill and hills over 400mm-500m around Wellington until about 7pm.

He said it was a result of ”black and ugly” clouds moving in from the south.

On the Rimutaka Hill Rd it was expected 4cm-8cm of snow would settle.


The Rimutakas run southwest-northeast for 55 kilometres from Turakirae Head at the eastern end of Palliser Bay to the upper reaches of the Hutt Valley where it joins the southern end of the Tararua Range. The highest peak in the Rimutakas is Mount Matthews, at 940 metres.

State Highway 2 (Rimutaka Hill Road) near the top of the range..jpg


Well, that’s enough about the cold! Let’s


Tulip Magnolia



Kowhai tree blossoms

That is it for spring today!