Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:02:20 AM
New Zealand has been in a major drought this summer. Wellington is not normally know for being too dry. But this summer lack of rain actually forced the council to declare an outdoor watering ban. Even use of watering can was banned, unless you collected kitchen rinsing or otherwise wasted water such as the cold water from hot water tap you would normally let run down the drain.
Luckily the substantial rain in mid March helped the gardeners and farmers, although the water ban continued until last week.
Somehow, about the same time as the actual drought, I have been having a drought of my own. I have not been around my opera lately or done much of blogging or photo-sharing. I was very busy until end of March and that certainly reduced my free time. I am less busy right now. But somehow (two somehows in one paragraph!
) I am not quite sure if I can resume the level of blogging and photo-sharing I used to do.
I think I will just keep things low key for a bit longer, perhaps a couple of months, maybe longer. I'll log on & check subscriptions maybe once a week, rather than twice a day. I'll try publishing a blog post once a month, rather than three or four a month. I'll try photo-sharing perhaps once or twice a month, rather than taking photo every day. Just keeping things easy, and see how I go.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:54:21 PM
Another 22nd February is with us here in New Zealand. Hard to believe it has already been two years, since Christchurch, and, New Zealand were changed forever.
I read back the blog post
I wrote to describe my experience on that day, and realise I still cannot help becoming tearful half way through.
I have not had a chance to visit Christchurch, although I do intend to some day, maybe when all the good people of Christchurch had their homes rebuild and local shops open. I'm not sure when it would be. I've heard some people are still sleeping in there cars because there is a serious shortage of rental properties. So until then, I remember Christchurch as I captured 20+ years ago
in my film cameras.
The City Fallen will some day rise again. But it will never be the same. Nothing will stay the same. So remember what you can and cherish what you have now.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:07:53 AM
We are having a magnificent run of great weather. Clear blue sky every day for a week. Good but not too hot climate with temperature in mid to late 20s (Celsius) And this is set to continue.
And my eggplants and peppers are finally bearing fruits!
Meanwhile my main laptop has been sulking for quite some time. It suffers a lockup without any warning. The cursor or pointer just freezes. No hard drive activity. No changes in noise level. Nothing whatsoever. I have to force shut down and restart again.
I have tried a few work-arounds and it has been better for a couple of weeks. But the beast is still misbehaving.
Naturally this issue has impacted my online action level. It has also discouraged me from reviewing and editing photos for upload. Not sure when I can catch up on that front.
Still, the sky is blue and air is clear & fresh. So I'll finish off this quick update post and sit on the porch with Arwen to watch the setting sun and enjoy YANBWOGD (yet another nobody beats Wellington on a good day) kind of glorious evening.
TTFN for today
Friday, January 18, 2013 5:15:42 AM
Not everyday your power company gives you a reason to laugh out loud.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:45:36 AM
I dreamed a dream in time gone by ...'
I turned my head towards the TV I had on but wasn't really watching. Several scenes flashed, colourful historic costumes, grand sets, familiar faces of famous actors and actresses, dramatic scene segments. I asked myself, what's this? Can it really be ... ?
Then more voices in a quiet unison with a resolve
'Do you hear the people sing ...'
It really is!! That was something I could not resisit. Before I knew it, I was singing along.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:15:38 AM
When it is me that cooked it.
Before I explain the odd title question, I would like you to take a look at the menu (click!)
After you viewed the menu, read on the see the result.
Friday, December 21, 2012 2:15:31 AM
I do have work to do. But I'm having a serious translator's block right now, and, decided some therapeutic gardening and blogging is in order. Unfortunately the weather today is not great, and, is expected to stay that way for a while
. Still there are some things I can do out in the garden, such as admiring this view.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:03:16 PM
Several months after the Annular Solar Eclipse in May, a
total partial lunar eclipse
& the Transit of Venus in June, we are about to be treated with another cosmic event. This time it is another solar eclipse. Those lucky people in northern Australia will experience the total solar eclipse (Apocalypto!
). While us in the North Island of New Zealand will still be ale to eyewitness a partial solar eclipse, if prepared well.
I'm not really prepared. No solar observation glass. I will still try a pinhole method for safe observation & maybe photo-recording. If you have another idea of safe eclipse observation & photo taking, please post a quick comment for me. It will be much appreciated.
The eclipse will start in less than under hour and half, and max at 10.34 NZDST, which is in 2.5 hours. A quiet excitement has started to build up.
I'll keep you posted. Watch the space.
Related information: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7945162/Fine-weather-for-partial-eclipse