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My effort to make Katikati SAFE !!!

I know I am stating the obvious here – but Jo Bryant is an animal lover.

I am a member of a few animal welfare groups – one of them is SAFE. Safe does much in the way of educating both everyday people and [hopefully] our government about the plight of New Zealand’s animals.

Sadly over 3,000,000 animals live and die tortured lives here every year in New Zealand, because of battery farming and animal testing.


Insane I know. Much of this comes about through ignorance. The general public does not understand just how bad the conditions are for these animals. SAFE is committed to exposing these practises and hopefully changing the abysmal legislation we have in New Zealand regarding their welfare.

It also comes about through greed and stupidity. We use so much grain up feeding these animals. It is a fact that factory farming does NOT add to global food production but actually reduces it.

So much land is used to produce grain to feed these poor animals that could be better used to feed us in more productive ways. If you’d like to know more ANIMALS AUSTRALIA has a wonderful FAQs page that will surprise and hopefully make you angry enough to take a stand.

Okay – I am done with the SOAPBOX !!!

Today I took to the streets of Katikati to help with their annual fundraising. Many collectors for SAFE go all out. They walk the streets as crocodiles, pigs, dogs, chickens and a whole lot more ! I was a little more conservative, but I gave it a go.

I do love bees – so…

Safe collector

Although you can’t see them, I even have wings. By the end of my march up and down the main street they were rather soggy wings, but the bucket jangled when shaken.

It was an interesting experience. I met many wonderful caring people…and a few…well let’s not dwell on those ones. I also caught up with a few friends…after chasing them down, calling out “Hoi, stop and get back here with your wallet you !”

I am going back out tomorrow – to waylay a few more unsuspecting people out Christmas shopping. Hopefully their feelings of holiday cheer will extend to helping New Zealand’s animals.

Last night I went out on a Christmas Lights Trail ramble with two lovely friends in Tauranga. We ate fish and chips and scallops by the water, with a lovely glass of wine to add to the ambience.picnic

Watched the sunset over Pilot Bay.

sunset by the water

Then saw sights like this one…

white christmas lights

I was trying out the new Canon camera and some night photography. I played around with different shutter speeds, aperture openings, white balance and ISO settings so that I could better understand what worked, what didn’t and why.

The following image obviously wasn’t a good one. Way too dark.

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But you know me…so I found a GIMP tutorial online that for once was in language I could understand and follow how to fix that problem without blowing out the lighter areas. It still needs tweaking, but I found another tutorial to fix shadows on areas. That is for another time however.

What do you think so far ???


I know – it’s B & W – but I was playing with that too.

Aren’t they just the cutest ???? Oh and they are very, very patient with me. Or maybe it was the wine ????


Sunday Post: Pleasure

Sometimes it is little things that give you the most pleasure.

Watching these guys this morning did it for me.



This is part of Jake’s Sunday Post: Pleasure over at Time After Time


The Colour of My Love

The possibilities that surround the beginning of love always seemed vivid purple to me.


it’s what I remember

skin – touch – love

they’re entangled

how it should be


I need your help.

I’ve entered a photocompetition where I need your votes to get in to the top 5 for consideration.

It is for Justin Timberlake’s new movie – IN TIME. Justin Timberlake is inviting artists to get inspired by his new movie In Time, set in a world where time is literally money. Artists submit a photograph for the chance to have work featured at the Premiere of In Time, and as Justin’s Facebook profile picture.

This is mine…

Voting started October 11th and ends October 17th. I’d be ever so grateful if you would consider voting for me. You do need to be either on Facebook or Twitter to cast a vote on the page – or once voting starts on the 11th you can text it through.

Here is the link to my profile page on the website: talenthouse.

On the right of the page is my photo.

Facebook users click on the blue button under my photo with the F and Vote.

Twitter users click on the light blue button with the T and Vote.

A box will appear for you to leave a comment in. Stay nice people – I need all the the emotional support I can get. Then click submit. It will ask you to allow it to connect to your Facebook/twitter page. A few friends have done this already and other than a post saying on Facebook/twitter that you are a supporter of mine – the only time they post to you is to remind you it is time to vote.

Well I’m saying thanks in advance. Leave me a comment and I’ll reply with bucket loads of appreciation.


This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility

Below are links to more great interpretations of the theme.

Lucid Gypsy

ThirdHandArt’s Weblog


Ramblings with a cantankerous old mule

Angelinem’s Blog

Summerfield84’s English Blog

Inside the Mind of Isadora


This poem is part of the Poets United Poetry Pantry #65 where poets share their works.

The Royal Wedding Shot That Made My Day

Where was the photographer who took this?????

Ummm...Kate ???