MHAW Photo-a-day Challenge – Oct. 7 – Bush walk

A looong day today…a busy day with the ambulance followed by a night at Schnapps, getting into a new role…

…I’ve had to dive into the archives again and still will barely post with time to spare before it’s time to start thinking about tomorrow’s challenge…

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The Ridge Walk, Whakapapa Village

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Tupapakurua Falls, National Park Village

The Challenge

Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand is 9-15 October this year. Each year, the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand runs and sponsors a number of awareness activities.

The MHAW Photo Challenge runs from 1-15 October  Each day participants post an image that is their take on that day’s theme:

Oct. 1 – My view
Oct. 2 – Gratitude
Oct. 3 – Light
Oct. 4 – Water
Oct. 5 – Small treasures
Oct. 6 – Nature indoors
Oct. 7 – Bush walk
Oct. 8 – Art
Oct. 9 – Pop of colour
Oct. 10 – MHAW Lockout
Oct. 11 – Papatūānuku (Mother Earth)
Oct. 12 – Creature
Oct. 13 – Spring
Oct. 14 – Love my backyard
Oct. 15 – Nature is key to…

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Time | The Daily Post

This week, think about time and portray it photographically. Perhaps you have a fascination with clocks. Or maybe contemplating time takes you somewhere else completely.

Source: Time | The Daily Post

My first thought on reading the title was “…time is fleeting…madness takes control…” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s all-time classic track, Time Warp…yes, I know the second phrase is “…madness takes its toll…” but I like my version better…

My second was the temporal irony of the Star Wars saga…the second time I saw Star Wars (the first I was just too blown away for any coherent thought) I just wanted it to go on and on and never end…the first (and ever subsequent) time I saw The Phantom Menace, I just wanted the pain to stop, for it to be over now, now, now…

I can talk about time, I can write about time, but photo time…? Hmmm…

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Bed time

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Time for a cold one…

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Play time…

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Breakfast time

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The passage of time…

 

Treat | The Daily Post

Source: Treat | The Daily Post

This week’s photo challenge theme is “Treat,” an intentionally open-ended prompt. This week, share with us a photo of something that you consider a marvellous treat.

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Doing dinner with my youngest daughter and her partner….

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Any and all time with the twin terrors….

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Kiwi sign outside the office…

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About once a year…someone else gets a treat too…

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Geeking out with my oldest daughter each once month when her Nerd Block fix arrives…

 

 

The expedition…

When the girls arrived on Thursday afternoon, they announced that ‘we’ needed to visit the pond aka the stream at the bottom of our hill…I managed to fend this off til yesterday and as soon as Elisabeth was awake and dressed, she was ready to go…although consented to wait til after breakfast…

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Honey ‘toast’ not cooked…

Then we were committed to our expedition…with Elisabeth as lead scout…

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This way(?)

..and through the ‘jungle’ we went…

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…and saw some of those curly plants on the way…

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…finally…the stream…

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…then…

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..”Hey! Is that a duck?“…

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Rare New Zealand blue duck aka whio…

…”Sure is“…

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You dogs leave the duck alone!

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…stopped to climb a tree on the way home…

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Hey, that was fun, Poppa, let’s do a diff’rent ‘venture tomorrow…”

It’s Art…yes, really…

This is one of those casual posts that just start when I get an angle on a particular image…it started with this:

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Two six-year-olds watching cartoons

Kirk and Lily watching cartoons, very old cartoons that, according to the date in credits, were made in 1946…both the girls love them (we have three DVDs worth of them, including a very un-PC take on Superman) and Kirk is pretty keen too…I’m not sure what the attraction is – it’s not that the girls don’t like contemporary cartoons: we put this on at their request because the morning cartoons on TV had degenerated into the daily infomercials, but they’d been happily following those; it’s also not because this is all there is to choose from on the cartoon front in our house: we have a good selection of animated movies. There is just something timeless about Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the crew that still appeals…it might not be modern art but it is definitely art…

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Needless to say…this was very much edible art…now you see it…

We had quite an artie weekend that weekend – the girls had a choice of sponge or chocolate cake for the mandatory ‘helping in the kitchen’ session (like that’s actually a choice!!) and helped Nana create this chocoholic’s dream, although they insisted on the right to do their own decorating…this is Elisabeth applying her finishing touches…

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…by Lily, aged 6…

Lily’s our creative girl and she left us this great little self-portrait with Elisabeth, Nana and Poppa…

I bet this is the last time that anyone gets between Terri and the last slice of lemon meringue pie

Does anyone really wonder why we call her ‘Scerri’ sometimes…?

Meanwhile, their youngest aunty was busy dealing to the zombie apocalypse in Rotovegas…a messy job but someone’s gotta do it…and it looks like she’s getting some real job satisfaction from it…