October photo a day Challenge: Day 13:Landscape

Photos taken by Scrapydo.                        LANDSCAPE

13. Landscape: Take a photo of the skyline, a landscape you see.

Snow on the Rimutakas. Took the photo while driving.(In motion)

The Rimutaka Range (often referred to as the Rimutakas) is one of several mountain ranges in the North Island of New Zealand which form a ridge running parallel with the east coast of the island between East Cape and Wellington.The ridge is at its most pronounced in the southern part of the island, where it consists of the RuahineTararua, and Rimutaka Ranges.

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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimutaka_Range

Landscape as seen from my front door!

Landscape as seen down the road from my place!

Oriental Bay Fountain, Wellington



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2. Carter Fountain

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Artist Unknown
Year 1973
Location 150 meters out in the harbour, Oriental Bay
Tour directions From where you’re standing, look out to the harbour.

Beached as bro

The 22,000 tonnes of champagne-coloured sand in Oriental Bay were barged in from Takaka in the South Island at a cost of $7.5 million dollars

 Sculpture background

The Carter Fountain was installed in 1973 and was originally to be named the “Oriental Bay Fountain” until the untimely death of its benefactor.

At a cost of $75,000, the fountain was a gift to the city from local resident Hugh Carter. Carter was inspired by a fountain he saw in Geneva in the early 1960s. Carter initially dedicated the fountain to his parents George and Ella Carter – who paid for the Oriental Parade flower garden

Tragedy struck just days after the fountain was officially opened. Carter was about to sail to Nelson on his launch when he slipped and drowned. The fountain was named the Carter Fountain as a mark of respect.

The fountain operating

The fountain is controlled by a wind sensor so will not activate when the wind is at 10 knots or higher. In calm weather the fountain can shoot water up to 16 metres into the air.

Its hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7.30am – 9am, Midday – 2pm, 4.30pm – 6pm, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
  • Friday: 7.30am – 9am, Midday – 2pm, 4.30pm – 6pm, 7.30pm – 11pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8.30am – 4.30pm, 7pm – 11pm

Colline asked ma about the water spout.  Above is the information.



Sunday Post: From a distance


I stood on the shore looking out over the bay in Wellington to the

Snow covered ranges in the distance.

Wellington (play /ˈwɛlɪŋtən/) is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand after Auckland. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is home to 393,400 residents.

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Travel theme: SUNSET




Now I know there have been previous photo challenges on sunsets, but I also believe it is a universal truth that we cannot resist reaching for our cameras as the sun puts on its goodnight performance. You’ve probably got a myriad of dazzling sunset shots just waiting to be put online, so if you would like to join in this week’s travel theme, create your own post titled Travel theme: Sunset and don’t forget to put a link to this page in your post to make it easy for others to find it. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.

xxx Ailsa

My SUNSET  photos were taken at the end of the shortest day 2012.

June 22, 2012

Near Wellington, New Zealand

First 4 photos taken from my front steps. Taken away from sunset.

Last two photos taken from the back of my unit. Taken towards the sunset


Today is the shortest day of the year with the solstice at 11:09 am.  Auckland will have just 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight today.  Wellington will 9 hours and 11 minutes of daylight.  Christchurch will have 8 hours and 56 minutes.  Invercargill will have just 8 hours 35 minutes.

Of course this also means that the days start getting longer again as of tomorrow.


Remember South Africa 2010 (no 1 First week in Potchefstroom)

As some of you already know I am from South Africa and am now living in New Zealand. I am here since 2009.

On arriving here I immediately applied for permanent residency because I know it takes up to a year to be finalized.

After a year of trying, my application wasn’t finalized before my time was up. I had to go back to SA and wait till everything was ok. I could not buy a return ticket and was ready to be back in SA for at least 6 months or a year.

I am going to give you  back flash of my good time back in South Africa. I had the time to really say my good byes to everybody and enjoyed every moment of it.

First up up and away in the air on my way back!

Good bye Wellington!

Hello Sydney!

And on my way to South Africa!

The first week of my return I stayed with a very good scrap booking friend.

We only saw each other once a year on a scrap book retreat.

We shared the same room for six years.

She invited me to be with her for a week in Potchefstroom.

She and her husband picked me up at the airport.

This is how my room looked when visiting my friend.

Old house

With this beautiful high ceiling.

She welcomed me with this small posy of roses

Next to my bed

Next time I’ll  show some more.

Her cute  dogs

and some wonderful carpenter work

It’s write easy

Today our tutor was not there to listen to our writing. We only read our stories to each other and had some nice discussions.

March 11, 2012

Words to use : wishing, not wanted, family, event, first job

I took the word EVENT


Meaning of event: Occurrence of a thing; thing whose occurrence is noteworthy

One of the best events in my life was when I had the opportunity to come and visit my son in 2006.

My son moved to New Zealand in 2005 and a year later I came to visit him and see how he was living here. It was such a great event that I will never forget it.

After an eighteen hour flight up to Sydney,  an 5 hour wait to get the connection to Wellington which also took some time to get here, I landed in Wellington at midnight.

I really enjoyed every moment of the visit.  We even went up to Cambridge for a few days. We also had a good time in and around Wellington  too. I am so thankful that I could first come over and have a look how it is here before deciding on what to do.

Then the big decision to come to New Zealand was made in 2009.

This is an event I shall always remember.


Remember New Zealand 2006 (no 5)

On the way back to Wellington we stopped at a Restaurant/cafe.

This elegant creature was terrorizing all the birds on the lawn

A real beauty!

We also stopped at the HUKA Waterfal

The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo in New Zealand.

A few hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from approximately 100 metres across into a narrow canyon only 15 metres across. The canyon is carved into lake floor sediments laid down before Taupo’s Oruanui eruption 26,500 years ago.[1]

The volume of water flowing through often approaches 220,000 litres per second.[2]


Next stop is back in Wellington. I’ll have some interesting photos from in and around Wellington in the following Remember New Zealand 2006.

See you next time!