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  • Nora Leggs,

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    A gum blur.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Northern gateway tunnel looking brilliant - who knew something so utilitarian could looks so good?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    the brill new(ish) bridge on this new(ish) stretch of m'way.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    And back on trees, the pohutukawa creeping over the motorway sound barrier.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    A gum blur.

    knows when to hold 'em...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5071 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    One nil for the pohutukawa then?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Another case of tree vs. fence - and tree winning.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Our oak was glowing at the end of the (faint) rainbow this evening.

    And number two, looking west.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Hebe,

    Love that top one Hebe, I twist round a little in front of the screen and can just catch the rainbow : ) Love the depth of colour and the shift from red to Gold.

    Like the bottom one too looks English-grandad's-shed-and-garden-equipment-like.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Hebe,

    Our oak was glowing

    I love that top one Hebe, I twist slightly sideways in front of the screen and can see the rainbow.

    The bottom one looks so English-granddad's-garden with the shed and wot-not.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    the bottom one too looks English-grandad's-shed

    It's just the stuff that's accumulated out of the way of the trampoline and soccer pitch surrounding the chook shed (which is looking a little wonky these days ). Bluebell the rhode island red layabout is peering from the door of the coop (on the ground). We had planned to use the Balfour method of chicken keeping, but the girls loathe staying in their generous pen; they like to get out and scare a cat or two in the daytime.

    We are still harvesting the odd tomato -- covering the plants and its stake with a coffee sack overnight and in bad weather, I aim to keep them going until the winter solstice if I can.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Hebe,

    That's a pretty hardy tomato! Nice chook too - enlarging the pic as big as it will go gives a nice grainy, washy chook image : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Shoot, it's the 13th of June. A year! Hard to believe it's been that long.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Today in South City people are enjoying a quiet cuppa.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Harris Cafe.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Winter solstice: the tomatoes hung on to make it through to the shortest day. The plant really is on its last gasp as the splotchy stems are losing their green. Time to plant some seeds for next season!

    The hollyhock below has survived frost and two snow dumps, and it flowers on.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Looks like a gum dance to me!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Hebe,

    Well done you and your garden Hebe!

    BTW I tracked down that native planting guide I was telling you about. It divides greater Chch into soil-type zones and native ecosystems. The navigation is a little odd, but you can click the main map for more detailed maps (which each have a magnifier when you mouseover), and if you click on any ecosystem it takes you to a list of plants that belong there. My ex and I planted our garden based on this guide.

    Edit: I also found this pdf from the council on Chch landforms and history. Fascinating for some of us. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Lilith __,

    Great fountain of knowledge, thank you Lilith. Good to know what is lurking beneath us..

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    Thank you for the links Lilith. Those vegetation plans are good -- I was trying to find my hard-copies a couple of days ago for the plant-up, so they are timely. That history pdf is great. The CCC website is a goldmine -- if you can find your way around it!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    We are temporary, lingerers on the land, thinking stability- is a given
    our islands twist-dive-are riven and reject
    constantcy
    not that many thousand years ago
    Central Otago
    was a sea-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Islander,

    )( )( )( )(
    (Trying to represent applause - clapping of hands -- for the poem)
    lIngerers on the land mmmm good.

    Are you here, or are you still there?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Islander,

    Beautifully said. And more fuel for my theory that poetry is prophecy - not that facile predicting the future nonsense, but true prophecy - speaking eternal truths to people who so quickly, or are so quick to forget.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    A Kaumatua inside the new super market on Edgeware Road blessed the space and all who will occupy it.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Adrian has served customers over 40 years and appears to be happy as ever.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

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