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Blown By The Wind

We certainly were blasted by the Westerly flow overnight, as high winds slammed into the house up here on the hill, strong enough to shake the house and wake me at 6am. Thankfully, our only breakages were a couple of tea light holders out on the balcony off our bedroom,, but these prayer flags also took a battering. I hung them out yesterday (they were a present from our neighbours’ trip to Nepal a few months back) and the power of the wind caused them to fray. I guess they’ve now got an authentic look, with Little Mount Peel […]

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Seat with a View

Just before the light left us up here on the hill, I went outside for a bit of very fresh air. Mrs H was stacking some blue gum we had delivered today, so I wandered along to the top of the driveway with my erstwhile companion Jack. I was tempted to have a seat, but I had a sneaking suspicion that I may not have got up again! Naturally Jack bought a ball along, just in case he couldn’t find a stick to his liking…

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MonoMonday 131: Link

I had to go into Timaru today to get a image printed for a client and on my way back home (via the back roads) passed under these powerlines. These pylons link together across the countryside, the powerlines seen here heading out towards the hills behind Fairlie. You’ll see a different view towards the same hills in the extras. Thanks to [url=http://blipfoto.com/skeena]Skeena[/url] for hosting this month and for setting another great challenge.

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Polly and Frida

I decided to head up the gorge this afternoon to take some photos, but before I set off I went into the studio to pack my bag. Polly was in the chair next to my hard case in which I store my gear. She supervised while I loaded the cameras and lenses, all the time under the watchful eye of Frida Carlo on the cushion that sits in ‘her chair.’ Polly has settled in really well since we moved in. She is pretty much in the studio much of the time; she has her own cat-flap and in there […]

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Sunset over the Mountains

Another day in the city and I’ve been busy crossing off stuff on lists. As Mrs H was working, I’ve been running errands, getting supplies (from all the essential stores like Photo and Video International, Whisky Galore, Mitre 10, Mediterranean Food Warehouse – see where I’m going here?) and generally being an all-round legend, even if I do say so myself. This morning I also got to catch up with a former colleague who is expecting her first child in the next couple of weeks. It was so good to see her and chit-chat over coffee. On our way […]

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The Sunday Flock

Another quiet day on the couch, but I thought I’d go for a quick drive ‘around the block’ this afternoon to see what I could capture. The weather was starting to close in, so I was keen not to be out too long, giving me just enough time to capture the attention of this flock with Mount Peel in the background.

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Friday Night Dinner

I had to nip out to Hinds this afternoon, so on my way back home decided to take the back roads around Arundel to make the most of the mountain views. As I got closer to the forest I spied these sheep tucking into this baleage in the low raking sun, with the fresh snow glinting on the Taylor and Winterslow Range. It’s been a busy day. I got to see the doctor and have some more potent antibiotics for my cellulitis on my leg. Here’s hoping it kicks it to touch. The doctor has ordered some rest, so […]

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Fast and Furious

It’s been a batten down the hatches day today as a Nor’West gale has slammed into us here on the side of the mountain, causing the house to shake and the animals to hunker down. Further down the road towards Tekapo a bus was blown off the road and there’s travel advisories about driving conditions between South Canterbury and Christchurch.  Being stuck inside (because high winds and hobbling on crutches are not the easiest of bedfellows) I took this shot of the eucalypts down below the house getting pummelled by the huge gusts.

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