Saturday, 31 January 2009

Magpie at the Vat-t-can, Milburn

Kia ora

I have a new friend. This time, a young magpie who lives at the Vat-t-can in Milburn. She found a piece of black plastic, long and thin, and must have thought this was a worm because she would roll over trying to get this 'thing' into her beak. In the photograph above, she was squawking to me because she was hungry, wanting some mince, she is hand fed although has the run of a garden with lots of vegetables in it, and, I'd guess, a few meaty worms.

I have used a mask by Ginny Hopping of Bunny's Attic, although her site is now hosted by PSPMadeEZ.

I hope you enjoy my new friend.

Friday, 30 January 2009

150 years of Timaru

Kia ora

I have recently returned from a visit to Timaru and the 150th anniversary of the landing of the Strathallan passengers on 17 January 1859 at Caroline Bay. A wonderful day with lots of great events to enjoy. The re-enactment of the landing on the Bay began at 3pm with three boats coming around into the Bay along with their passengers, many of whom were descendants of the first immigrants from the Strathallan.

As a descendant, I was lucky to be invited to join the crew of the HMNZS Canterbury on board for a dinner. The ship was in port for the celebrations and the dinner, catered by a local Timaru caterer, was exceptional.

After the dinner we were all taken down to the soundshell at Caroline Bay to watch a concert by the Lady Killers, a group of some of Aotearoa's leading female singers, who entertained us for two wonderful hours. With an hour to spare before the fireworks it was down to the Bay to check out the rides, the exciting part of any carnival.

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and, although January is almost over, I have been absent from my blog for a long time.

Thank you for popping in.


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