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Pier, Wharf, Quay, or Jetty

It's simple as: Parallel to shore, built on Piles: WHARF Parallel to shore, built on Fill: QUAY Extending out from shore, built of Piles: PIER Extending out from shore, built on Fill: JETTY

I'm All For Innovation

Whilst innovation in all things is usually for the better I also understand that not all released ideas are ones that will last. I suspect this 'innovation' is no more.

Breaker Bay, Pretty Much Buggered

It's a weird suburb is Breaker Bay. It's a stack of houses, some very very big and expensive, dotted along a road that winds it's way around the foreshore with a view for everyone. To their backs is a large hill but I wouldn't say they 'cling on to the hillside' as they're all down at the bottom, mere metres away from the road and then foreshore. It's predominantly, but not exclusively, wealthy, white, and (fairly) elderly. It has a massive independent community spirit which I absolutely loved during my short tenancy. If other places could be a tenth as community focussed as they are we'd all live in a much healthier planet. It's buggered though. Climate change and the raising of the sea levels are gonna slowly chip away the foreshore creeping ever closer to the road. The times of flooding will become more and more prevalent. Actually, it's the probable slips that are a major worry for the 'authorities'. The overriding reaction to all


Branches of a tree, bit gothic perhaps?

Dr Who Visited Here

An other worldly beach scene.

Starting Counselling Is Hard

In my experience there is a common set of steps that people go through when pondering counselling. Before I start let me state very clearly that counselling is NOT the be all and end all, it is NOT a one size fits all issues, and it's certainly NOT for everyone. BUT ... when you find that life gets you down, and things seem hard or tough, perhaps people are stupid, obnoxious or daft, and you feel that you've had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough, then perhaps counselling could help. So, those steps I have seen and experienced: I don't need counselling I wouldn't even know how to start I tried it once, it's was ok I s'pose I think I might give it another go I'm still not sure about this I'm getting something out of it Some people go through all six steps in one session. These are the, probably, the lucky ones. I wouldn't presume to discuss step 1 with you, this is between you, your pets, your gods, and whatever else happens within your head. Step 2 is a logisti



Derek Alan Boyle, My Dad

Always in my mind, my soul, and in an ever increasing amount of my behaviour.

Atat├╝rk Memorial

Memorial to Mustafa Kemal Atat├╝rk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey. It is located on a ridge above Tarakena Bay on the south coast of Wellington. The memorial looks out over Cook Strait and the site was chosen for its remarkable likeness to the landscape of the Gallipoli peninsula. [source: NZ History ] The Memorial features a message of reconciliation that has been widely attributed to Atat├╝rk, although its exact origin is disputed. The text is as follows: Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives, you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosoms and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they become our sons as well. [source: Ministry for Culture & Heritage ]

Red & Green

Layers of leaf colours.


Growths on rocks, fences, and even well trodden paths fascinate me in the way life thrives in every corner of this planet. Xanthoria parietina is a foliose lichen in the family Teloschistaceae. It has wide distribution, and many common names such as common orange lichen, yellow scale, maritime sunburst lichen and shore lichen. It can be found near the shore on rocks or walls (hence the epithet parietina meaning "on walls"), and also on inland rocks, walls, or tree bark. It was chosen as a model organism for genomic sequencing (planned in 2006) by the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI). [source: Wikipedia ]

Gladys, My Cat

She's a cutey eh.

Rain On Windscreen

Can be quite calming just watching the rain fall on the windscreen and hearing the wind outside.

A Truly Red Letter Day

Level 3, April 27th, 2020 . We were now allowed a little more freedom, in essence takeaways. I can't remember why but I didn't take advantage of this until Saturday 2nd May. I suspect I was doing just fine and didn't need to get out amongst it. Also Gladys, our new cat, had done another runner and been gone for a few days, le sigh. Early evening and I went to the Miramar New World for some groceries. OMG, the Roxy coffee cart was there serving actual real coffee. I had the last of their shift and they gave it to me for free. I had a little cry in the car as I sipped on the good stuff. A very short drive to pick up our Indian takeaway and I didn't give a hoot that it took nearly an hour, OMG, just the smell in the car was good enough for me. Whilst waiting my daughter text me to say that Gladys was back, YAY! And finally, a delivery of local beer arrived just as I parked the car in the garage. The first coffee, a delicious curry, gorgeous beer, a returned cat, and a happ

Cat Flap: Level Complete

Gladys giving a cat flap her first go.

Sunset South Island

Come on, you gotta admit Aotearoa New Zealand puts on amazing coastal sunsets, and this of the South Island as seen from the Wellington south coast is a prime example.

Slowly The Toilet Seat Closes

No idea why this fascinates me, it's just a damn toilet seat closing. But I can watch this for hours, LOL

Honey Sunrise

The honey coloured rays drip over the Breaker Bay rocks as the sun eases it's way into the day.


They never really fought, well, a little bit when Rav got a guitar. They still look after each other, very proud of them.

Lockdown Mike

April 17th, 2020 and still 10 days to go before we were allowed out of our houses in very limited ways ("L3 = L4 with takeaways"). Can't say I look too stressed yet, but 2020 had a full 7 months of the most difficult times I've ever had to experience up it's sleeves.

Quiz: What Flag Is This?

Leave a comment with your answer What does this flag represent?

Breaker Bay storm April 2020 kasploosh

A small slow motion of a wave crashing up onto the Breaker Bay roadside during the April 2020 storm.

Bluebridge Ferry leaves in a massive swell

I've never seen the bottom of a ship before, I have now following this April 2020 sailing adventure seen from the shores of Breaker Bay (Wellington). Quite topical as at time of posting the Cook Strait is having another massive swell and ferries are being cancelled.

My First Astrophotographical Adventure

I finally had a phone that could take photos of the universe and, on a still night, I popped it onto a made-up tripod and took my first snaps* * I know, privilege drips off that sentence


Part of a series of gulls taking off and in flight, I snapped and snapped and snapped with my little phone camera as the birds flew all around me.


I stood for ages on the roadside watching this bee clamber over these little white flowers collecting all the nectar it could. I hope it's type is around in years to come .

Even In The Darkness

All it takes is one light to reflect the beauty.

Moa Point Rock Waves [slow motion]

Slow motion of waves coming over Moa Point rocks. It's very restful to watch, even with the sound on.

22° Halo

No, it's not a moonbow as I originally thought but a moon ring otherwise known as a 22° halo: A 22° halo is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a halo with an apparent radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon. When visible around the Moon, it is also known as a moon ring or winter halo. It forms as sunlight or moonlight is refracted by millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Its radius is roughly the length of an outstretched hand at arm's length. Cheers Wikipedia

Before, During, and After

Another in the Kasplooosh series.