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Sunday, 9 July 2017

"We Heart Emirates Team New Zealand - Congratulations Boys!"

These are some of the photos I took of Team New Zealand after they won the Americas Cup in Bermuda recently.  These photos are taken at their home coming parade which was held in Auckland city and then on the water around the Viaduct.  There was around 100,000 people there to welcome our boys home with the cup.  I would get lost in that crowd, so I have a "secret" spot I head to where I have THE perfect, closeup view of whats happening on the water!  It's a spot I discovered some time ago, and I have always gone here to photograph any marine events because I know it will not be crowded and I will get great photos.  I was not let down this time either!

This is a shot of the ominous looking clouds that were heading my way!  Not what I wanted to see!  
The day started out fine and sunny...if only it had stayed that way!   I loved these little boats they were so colourful!
These photos were all taken about three hours before the parade started.  The harbour was so calm and flat and peaceful. 
Mr. Seagull posed for me, until he realised I had no food for him, then he was gone!
Here is one of the tug boats spraying water to keep the ever increasing crowds  entertained! 
By now the sky was turning from blue to grey to thunderous black and the rain was coming! 
You can see how dark the sky was in the background of the photo above - a warning of what was to come! 
 I was glad to see this little dog (above) had a life jacket on!

There were hundreds of these awesome New Zealand flags flying, it seemed like everyone had one!

 Above is the late Sir Peter Blakes' boat, now called The Tara.  Sadly Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed by pirates 16 years ago while filming a documentary while he was on board this boat.  This was the first time his boat had been back in Auckland since the tragedy. You can see how heavy the rain was, I had no idea of how clear my photos would be until I came home and edited them.
And here (above, on the yellow boat) is the first glimpse we got of the boys with the Americas Cup!  
And here they are in the pouring rain holding up the Americas Cup!  The rain was so heavy at times, it was really hard to even see the boys.
Another couple of photos of the cup and some of the boys from Emirates Team New Zealand. 
The boys looked happy in spite of the heavy rain, hail and thunder we had!  
That huge cup is heavy, and they had been carrying it for at least three hours by the time I took these photos. 
Oh to have that cup sitting on my dinning room table!  And to drink champagne from it!
This sign says it all:-)  Yeah, Kiwis CAN fly!! This little boat was one of 100's out on the water to greet the boys and get a glimpse of the cup.

Here's my last shot I took of Emirates Team New Zealand.   This was at the end of the parade.  You can see how misty the sky is behind the crowd.  Normally you can see the wharf behind and other boats and way out into the ocean.  The weather was sunny when I first arrived at 10 am.  By 2 pm I had been rained on many times with several really heavy downpours, hailed on for a good ten minutes, and finally the heavens opened and BOOM! a fifteen minute thunder/lightening storm...and then it was sunny again!  I came home absolutely drenched in spite of having several winter layers on, a woolly hat AND a raincoat!!  I have never been so drenched in all my life!  By the time I got home at 5 pm my clothes were just one big  soggy lump!

And here I am, waiting for the boys, at my "secret" spot - can you see the crowds??!! This was taken by "Ocean Photography" who do all the marine event photography. (I am now on their gallery!) My sign says, "We Heart Emirates Team New Zealand."  I still have the sign, event though it got soaking wet and ripped in half!  I have since dried it out and mended it and have kept it as a souvenir.
I was SO SO proud to be a Kiwi that day, and SO SO proud of ETNZ for bringing home the Americas Cup..again!  Thank you ETNZ, we {heart} you!!
Thanks for dropping in, no cards to post today!  {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Floating Tea Cup

Above is my first Floating Tea-cup I made!  It was so much fun to make, although it was messy! I used a cup and saucer from the Op Shop.  Under the blue flowers are some sinkers.  I used these because the cup can be a bit top heavy and tip the saucer up.   The flowers are fro the $2 Shop and I already had those left over from another project.  I will be making more of these and will sell some for pocket money!  
Below is yet another car crash I came across recently.  Not exactly sure what happened, but no-one was injured.
The car below only has a small dent just below the indicator light.  It seems like this car (below) was in the right, from what I know.

Here (below) is how "Bella-Rosa" sleeps...curled up nicely in her little bed! 
And below is how "Romeo-Valentino" sleeps...hanging half off the bed!  He seemed comfortable enough and stayed there for sometime!  Oh to be a cat?!
 And here he is in my shopping trolley!  

These are a sequence of photos showing "Romeo-Valentino" spying on "Bella-Rosa".  He is hiding in between the fridge and the wall.  "Bella" is through the curtains, sitting by the back door.
 Here he is trying to sneak up on "Bella."  
Below you can see him peeking through the side of the curtain looking for "Bella". He is very naughty and jumps on her when she comes through the curtain.  However, "Bella" knows what he is up to and she will go back through the laundry and bathroom, up the hall and come back out through the lounge, which totally confuses "Romeo"!  You can see the back of "Bella" in between the curtains.  This is a daily ritual and is very entertaining to watch!
 Thanks for dropping by, enjoy your weekend!
{HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Lots'a Cats!

I made the above card using a "Mama Elephant" stamp set.  It was so much fun to stamp and colour!  You can see the entire stamp set (19 stamps) below.  If you look closely at the card, you can see I have added 'eyes' to some of the cats.  I used some clear Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I don't put the NCD's straight onto the card.  I dot them onto a  non stick sheet and let them dry.  When they are dry (a couple of hours at the most) I carefully take them off the non stick sheet and keep them in a small plastic container.  (I have them pre-made in lots of colours, ready to use.) This way I can place them on a card and if I don't like the colour or they are not in the right place I just remove them and start again. This way I haven't ruined the card and been forced to place an "embellishment" I really don't want on the card to cover up the mark.   
Above and below are closeups of the stamp set.  There is one big stamp of all the cats, and then 4 separate cat stamps, plus balloons, hats, mice, fish  and some words that you can add to your card, or use separately.  As I said, so much fun!
Below is a photo I too of one of my "Tree Dahlia" plants that is in flower.  I don't think it should be flowering right now, but it seems to have a mind of it's own!
Below are a couple of photo's from the Brazilian Day Festival I went to.  It was a gorjuss hot sunny day, and we had so much fun:-) Once I get my new hip in a few months, I too will be dancing like this!!!   (Photos to come..!)

These are some of my tomatoes I grew last summer.  I forgot to post these then and have just come across them.  The tomatoes were huge and tasted sooooo sweet and yummy! This year I have a Choko plant growing.  It is still small and in a pot right now, but after winter I will plant it in the garden.  I have a frame that it will grow over. Chokos are one of my all time fave veges to eat:-)
And here is "Romeo-Valentino" sunning himself in a cardboard box.  I think it had some of my scrapbook papers in it!  He was very careful and didn't damage any of them! He knows the rules!
Thank you for dropping by, enjoy your week:-)   {HUGS} from me to YOU:-) 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Spider Web, Chickens, and My New Ramp!

 While sitting in the sun one day, I spotted this spider web shining in the sun.  No idea where the spider was, and that's ok by me!
Above and below are before and after shots of my front steps.  I can no longer get up and down steps, so this ramp makes it so much easier and less painful now.  There is also a small ramp from on the step right at the front door.   
I see the Orthopaedic surgeon tomorrow to see about a hip replacement.  It's only three steps at my front door, but it had become too painful and unsafe for me to get up and down. The ramp makes it SO much easier and less painful. "Bella-Rosa" likes the new ramp too!  
This photo of the hen and chickens was taken awhile ago when I was at Titirangi Village. For as long as I can remember there have been chickens and roosters roaming around.  They cross the road - which is a busy road - and wander through the bush.  You will often see them either int he bush or wandering up   
the footpath.  No-one seems to own them (or admits to owning them) and they have been there for many years.  I took this photo with my mobile phone.  Some of the roosters are quite tame and I have been able to hand feed some on them.  I hold my breath when I see them crossing the (very busy) road! 
I saw this "Green Chilly" plant for sale while I was out one day...someone can't spell!  And no, it wasn't a "chilly" day, it was hot and sunny that day!  Thanks for dropping by, {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Bubble Image and Other Stuff!

Here's a photo I took of a bubble which had landed on the ground.  I could see it had the reflection on the lady who had been making the bubbles.  I thought it looked great!  
These are some photos I took of Westhaven Marina, which is right next to downtown Auckland City. 
Above is the walkway I had walked along to take these photo's.  To get to the top of the walkway I used the elevator...too many stairs form me an my painful hip! 
Another view of the Marina.  Such a gojuss sunny day that day...unlike today's cold, windy and wet weather! 
And here is Mr (or Mrs?!) Seagull enjoying a swim in the pond!  He made a bit of a splash as I was taking the photo!
I like the circles of water around him (her?!) in this photo.  There was this big pond which was only a few inches deep, as well as Seagulls swimming in it some small (supervised) children were having a great time in it too!  Oh for those long hot days of summer..!
And here is my gorjuss "Bella-Rosa" in her little pink fluffy bed!  Just to the left of her, and out of the picture, is "Romeo-Valentino's" mocha coloured bed, the same as hers.  He was not in his bed when I took this photo so that's why I cropped it out of the photo. "Miss BR" has her bed on my bed at night and sleeps there all night! 
Thanks for dropping by, enjoy your day!
{HUGS} from me to YOU:-)