Christchurch Daily Photo

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My Saturday, Xmas all year, Walking for Darfur, German Cars and More

October 27, 2007

Beg my indulgence if you will, but I couldn’t make up my mind about which photo to publish, so… I thought ‘why not do a photo essay on your Saturday!”. And, so I have. So here we go, my Saturday (well at least the interesting bits!).

I’m on my way to meet my friend to do a charity walk for Darfur, when I realise I need cash. So I pull up outside my nearest ATM and discover a Christmas store. It’s been there for five years and I’d never noticed it before! This was definitely worth 5 minutes for a look, and I was not disappointed. I got talking to the owner who confirmed they were open all year round and had people from all over New Zealand and the world come in and buy their Christmas ornaments. So the first shot is appropriately the Santas!

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The store is called Christmas Jones and you can visit their website at http://www.christmas-jones.com

I arrived at the CWS walk early, and noticed that nearby there was a ‘bring your German car’ to the park day. I happen to be rather fond of German cars (even though I drive a Toyota for now), so I had to check out what was on show.

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There were quite a few Volkswagen’s there – but I rather liked this one right by the sign!

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Three Porsche’s in a row (various vintages). My dream car!

Back now to the reason I came to the park – to participate in the CWS walk for Darfur. This could be run (8km) or walked (4km). My friend and I just walked it. The weather made it rather a brisk walk! We’ve been getting some very cold winds, and it was particularly bitter today.

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My friend is on the very edge of this shot (she will avoid my camera at all times) – and the very sensibly dressed woman with the hat and green jacket is someone my friend has met recently through work.

After the walk, my friend and I discussed going to a Psychic fair (as I thought it might be fun and I could get some good shots), but we both decided we didn’t really want to know our futures! So we walked three blocks into town to a second hand store – to do some bargain hunting.

On the way we went down New Regent Street – which has to be the cutest street in Christchurch.

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Just outside of the second hand store I came across this chalk hopscotch outline with a message on each side. Yes, I do remember hopscotch, but even as I child I didn’t like it very much.

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Next, we made our way back to the park through the central city – via the square. A group of private school boys were walking past, and they looked so neat in their uniforms – and also quite funny with the lollipop! Our future leaders eh!

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I don’t know for sure, but I suspect they may have been heading to the cathedral – perhaps they are the choir boys?

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Here’s a building just in the corner of Cathedral Square and Worcester street.

Next we walked down Worcester street and both of us decided we needed refreshments and warming up.

We thought about having a hot chocolate and cake at the Art Gallery cafe (art gallery seen below), but I thought about the Banoffi Pie at the Coffee House on Montreal street and suggested it might be better (and yes, the pie was great).

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The Christchurch art gallery. It’s hard to photograph (at least I’ve found it hard) mainly because I don’t have a wide angle lens!

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Last shot of the day, a water sculpture near the ‘archery lawn’ in Hagley Park.

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Monarch Butterfly

October 26, 2007

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It was quite an effort to get close enough to the Monarch! Several times I would have the shot all framed up and it would flutter away, leaving me mumbling under my breath and tip toeing after it!

Monarch’s are quite common in Christchurch from Spring through to early Autumn and many people specifically add swan plants (milkweed) to their gardens to attract the butterflies – in fact it can be quite hard to get swan plants in the late summer!

I had quite a few plants myself a few years ago and got hours of entertainment watching the caterpillars grow and then trying to get a photo of them coming out of their chrysalis.

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Hagley Park Lunchtime Joggers

October 25, 2007

Technically, a walker, a jogger and a cyclist! I was actually trying to photograph the wild flowers that grow in this part of the park, but looked up and liked this shot better.

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“Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s and is today by far our most significant central city park. It is renowned for it’s extensive acreage (161 hectares), its wide-open spaces and mature woodlands. Hagley Park is also a major sporting and cultural focal point. It offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational opportunites within close proximity to the city centre.” Source: CCC Website

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Taylor’s Mistake Beach

October 24, 2007

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These are the ‘baches’ at Taylor’s Mistake.

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I’m being adopted by a cat

October 23, 2007

About a year ago this cat turned up on my doorstep crying and pleading for food. Now I know feeding someone else’s cat is just asking for trouble, but the cries were so pitiful and then I looked about 20 feet down the driveway and saw another tabby watching on. I suspect one of my neighbours went on holiday and left them to be fed by someone else – who did a pretty poor job at it. So I gave in, hoping that once the neighbours returned the cats would soon forget all about me. And they did. But then …

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the neighbours took possession of a very cute puppy, who is now a very large dog.. and my wee furline friend is trying very hard to adopt me, and maybe also the folks in unit 2…. (yes I know you’ve been sharing the love Ms KittyKat).

So, is the dog eating the food? Or has the cat cottoned on, and realised I’m a big softie? Either way,what’s a can of tuna now and then between friends, and look at the shot I got as thanks! It only took 30 blurred shots of this cat’s behind, tail and back of the head, but it was worth it – proving that patience is everything in photography.

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