Monthly Archives: March 2013

A waiting time

Tuesday was one of those surreal days when the usual routines are put on hold and breathing needs to be remembered. A family member required some surgery on a limb after a sports injury.

Tight time keeping was the focus of the day’s beginnings to ensure all instructions were followed and check-in was completed.

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Time then ballooned out into waiting, waiting, waiting. The clock was watched and minds wondered about the call to the operating theatre and when that would come.

That point of hugs, whispered words and a long ride away down a long corridor came. For the support crew time again slowed as calculations were made and fears were encouraged to quieten.

A walk in the hospital grounds had some appeal to help reduce the feeling of simply hanging around,
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to search out some light and colour,
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and to try sitting patiently in nature.
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Shadows threatened to seep in again
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but here were reminders of just how many hands were reaching out to help
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and fingers skilled at repairing and healing were working for the best.
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Relief flooded us all with the patient’s return and with a positive report.
Perspectives cleared with focus returning to a more outward view.
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At last!

I have been on the hunt to capture a photo of two of our delightful, but oh so fast moving, pretty fantails or Piwakawaka.
I do not have the perfect shot but here are some “almost got you”.
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And two shots that I am much happier with given the ceaseless activity of these New Zealand natives.
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How about this for a tail at full fan…..?
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Rocks in the pool that is life

And then there is the day when the dry and the dying are present to you despite the blue sky, the beauty and the soothing sounds of water and birds.

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A day when you recall that the path ahead is often hard, bleached of colour and curves away unseen.
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When the rocks in life appear large in a depleted pool
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and when a foundation rock of your own life has gone into another form.
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Rosehip goodness

Here are some of the rosehips that I photographed at the Pauatahanui Burial Ground last Friday.

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Something has been enjoying the goodness of this bunch of hips.

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The macro on the camera has focused on the path but you can see the intense deep purple colour of these beauties.

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But wait this last one is a foreigner from the northern hemisphere. The Holly hedge has its berries on display on the edge of the ground.

Skyscapes on Friday

When the neighbour’s dog had barked non-stop for 50 minutes today I picked up my camera and headed to Pauatahanui for some peace and quiet and some fresh air.

Our long fine summer continues and the sky was intensely blue and cloudless.
My eye was caught by these skyscapes.
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The church is St Albans, an Anglican church which dates back to the time of the early European settlement in the area. It is special to my family as two of my children have been married in this church.

I also took some more photos of the rosehips on show in the nearby Burial Ground but I will save those for another post.
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