Summer Orchid Show

Now that we’re more settled here in our new home, I now have more time to do the things that bring me joy – not that cleaning the house and tidying up makes me burst into tears ok? I enjoy doing those too, but not as much as appreciating flowers and taking photos of those lovely creations of God. So this morning, after doing a load of washing, I got in my trusty little car and drove off towards Highland Intermediate School to visit the Taranaki Orchid Society’s Summer Orchid Show. I wanted to go to the Spring Show (held in September 2018) but I was busy making our house into a home that the show weekend just slipped by without me even noticing it.

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Vroom vroom …

Definitely toys for the big boys. ūüôā

A&P, the couple whose wedding photos I took about a year ago, were in Windy Wellington for a flying visit this weekend (7-9 April). They arrived on Thursday night to a typical Wellington Welcome (the usual .. wobbly plane due to strong winds), did their thing on Friday, and then on Saturday … we went to the Southward Car Museum¬†near Otaihanga. I’ve heard of this place, but I haven’t been so I was pretty excited about going.

We drove on SH1 for about an hour and turned off towards Otaihanga and then made a hard left to enter the museum compound and I was quite surprised at the size of the compound. The parking lot was quite huge and the building itself looked quite imposing. We parked the car, rocked up and paid the $17.00 admission fee (price per adult as at 2016, may change without prior notice) and proceeded to the main galleries to admire this world class collection of cars, not just from New Zealand but from all over the world.

Here are a few of the vehicles that caught my eye:

But it’s not all cars … there were planes, a couple of boats, a section that showed a lot of miniature toy cars, motorbikes, push bikes, and even a little room devoted to sewing machines and other household appliances.

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Sewing Machine and TV Room

It’s really worth the trip (and the admission fee) so if you’re in Wellington include the Southward Car Museum in the list of places you must visit.

 

Churches @ Ilocos

Come and see the beautiful centuries-old churches at Ilocos

The following photos (and a bit of text) are about the various churches we were able to visit while we were at Ilocos. These churches, all built during the time the country was still under Spanish rule, were built in the Earthquake Baroque style. 

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Ilocos : Vigan

This is the first of a series of posts about Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, provinces in the Philippines I visited about a decade ago. Since we (my dad, sister and I) covered a lot of ground in the 3, maybe 4 days we were there, I thought it would be best to split the stories up into bite-sized portions. ūüôā

Sometime in 2005, the Philippine Department of Tourism produced several¬†music videos which encouraged¬†Filipinos to travel within the country. The video below (it’s in Filipino, but I’ll translate the words in a separate post) was the first of several, and I admit that it did make me want to travel.

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Mmmmm …. Chocolates ….

A week and two years ago (September 2013), the photography club I’m a member of was asked to cover a 3-day Chocolate Festival¬†at the Hotel Intercontinental in Wellington – and my goodness, it was such a delectable event! I don’t know how I managed to get through that weekend without stuffing my face silly with chocolates!

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My Two Previous Weddings

The lovely wedding I attended in early August was not actually the 1st wedding I “covered”. In 2012, a good friend of mine asked if I could be the official unofficial photographer on her special day and, after reminding her that I haven’t done this before and asking her to swear that she won’t kill me if the photos weren’t amazing, I said yes. Mum (she was my 2nd photographer)¬†and I drove up and documented the lovely beach wedding somewhere up at Northland. Here are some of the photos I took during the day.

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