Saturday, 20 December 2014

Whistle for the Choir

I went and sat in the aviary the other day and managed to get some photos of the canaries as they went about their day's.

This little baby was basking in the sunshine. I loved his Eisenstein appearance with the tuffs of baby fluff. After posing for a while he flew away to a higher location.

The birds seems rather curious about the strange person sitting on the floor. Many a fly by occurred, with some so close you could feel the air move by you.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Kiwiana Christmas

The Pōhutukawa is often referred to as the Kiwi Christmas tree. 
They usually begin to bloom in late November and by Christmas time they are covered in these beautiful flowers, which vary in intensity between plants. 
A lot of the birds seem to love them including many of our natives like the tui.


Monday, 24 November 2014

The Milkman's View

A couple of weekends ago I went for an adventure around Wellington and discovered this old cowshed on top of Mt Crawford. 

It was quite the surprising discovery as Crawford is one of the major hills/mountains surrounding the city and its hard to imagine cattle having grazed in the area or workers being able to focus with that view.

Having seen similar buildings on our farm I would guess that are from around the mid 1900's though there doesn't seem to be any information about the farm. When I was up there it appeared that it was now used to graze a horse.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Don't Ruffle My Feathers

This is my mother's rooster Dan. We originally believed that he was a chicken but that opinion was quickly changed. Luckily he is very placid and not bothered by us going in his paddock.

He loves to crown, especially at inopportune times, like the wee hours of the morning or late at night.

Otherwise, his main focus is making sure all his girls are protected and safe. He lets us know when one has escaped onto the lawn and within the dogs sights.

Saturday, 15 November 2014


A few years ago when the cat was little he decided to try his hand at my maths homework, this was my proof that the cat really did try to eat it.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Take Me To Church

This the country church near our house. Its been around since 1892 when land was first set aside for a church acre.
The bell of the church was salvaged from the wreck of the Devon in Wellington harbour and added in 1913.

The hall was added to this site in 2001, though originally built in 1862 as a Presbyterian church. It is listed as a catergory 1 historic place. It was prepared as a safe haven during intertribal disputes, complete with musket ports on each side, though never used for this purpose.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Where Have My Nuts Gone?

When walking around Stanley Park a while ago I found these little critters. Not something we have at home and definitely full of attitude.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Like Thunder They Came

On Tuesday the State Opening for the New Zealand Parliament occurred. To mark the occasion and the fact in coincides with the anniversary of the beginning of World War One a fly over occurred.

Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopters led 3 WW1 SE5a airplanes in a fly by of the buildings before the Governor-General. The antique planes are owned by Sir Peter Jackson and were a sight to see.