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Sunday, 25 March 2007

Just Basking

* Basking in the sunshine of early autumn. This is a view over the golf course ABM just about lives at! A long weekend for Otago as it's our Anniversary Day.

* Some matchsticks against flax at the bottom of our driveway - celebrating the colour orange.
And on Friday, local musicians celebrated too - Heritage Day - with some Dunedin punk-rock bands from the '80s getting back together for a retrospective concert. Son M went along. Among other bands, The Clean, The Chills and Sneaky Feelings played. He was disappointed The Verlaines weren't part of it. Maybe next year. And if the response to this inaugural concert is anything to go by, there will be a next time.

* Another reason for M to smile was the launch of a cd by Dunedin group 'The Dry'. M did the art work for it. Very cool. Go to this site to have a look.

* Found out I have received a Highly Commended for a short story I sent into a competition. Confirmation that the novel I am working on is on the right track, as the short story was an excerpt from it.

* All the more reason why I should be at my desk writing ...

and not out taking photos of blue tractors on Tomahawk Beach.

*The little dark spot against the sea to the left, is Jedi participating in her favourite sport of chasing seagulls.

Early autumn colours from zinnias at our front door - all the more reason to bask a little longer in the sun before winter in its dark-grey overcoat comes knocking.


Kake said...

No fair! Your autumn is waaaaay nicer than our spring.
The blue tractor is funny.

Lee said...

As usual, beautiful photos, and I'm glad to hear that about your short story (and novel).

mcdinzie said...

woo hoo....your getting some good piccies...takes a good eye :)

Hasn't it just been the best weekend weather wise!!!

We went out and walked the camera's as well :)

dinzie said...

Nice pictures....Again ...... :O)

I liked the window shot ... It's easy to forget good subjects are close by as well :O)

chiefbiscuit said...

kake - All good things come to those who wait. You will get your spring. It's inevitable. (And I look forward to some photos then!)

lee - Thanks Lee. I am really enjoying this gift of a camera.

mcdinzie - I have looked at your piccies - fantastic. What a great place. I heard fantails today - in the silver birches up our drive, but never got one in my sights. I'm glad you did.

dinzie - Your pictures are awesome - from the same place as McD I see. Funny that! ;)

Catherine said...

Congratulations on the short story. I love the blue tractor - it goes perfectly with the sea and the sky.

Remiman said...

I'm liking this camera of yours! Getting to see an expanded characterization of CB, and I think that's a good thing.
Congrats on your short story. I'm looking forward to a good read.

Avus said...

"Basking in the sun in Otago" Oh Boy!
I think I liked the Otago region the best of all your beautiful country. (Although it is very hard to choose)

Kamsin said...

Am liking the pics! I especially like the pencil pot. There's not been enough sun here in the UK to tempt me outside with my camera in the past week or so:(. Anyway, your pics make me wish NZ wasn't so very far away, but at least I get to "virtually" visit!

Sabine said...

I am currently enjoying reading your poems, so I am sure the novel will be excellent too!


Tammy said...

I love the new camera and congrats on your short story. Lovely pictures CB :)

chiefbiscuit said...

catherine - The tractor's quite a cutie I thought.

rel - Nothing wrong with wider characterization - thanks rel!

avus - Of course! But then I'm biased ...

kamsin - Thanks. I'm sure the good days are comin'! The pencil pot's a gift from artist son M.

sabine - So kind. I am glad you are enjoying the poems.

tammy - Thanks so much Tammy.

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

please stop talking about the impending grey blanket of doom! i'll be in dunedin in may and would much rather the weather was cheerful and sunny so that my toes don't freeze like last time i was there!!!

64 Baker Street said...

Congratulations on the Highly Commended!!!

I just planted some very old Zinnia seeds and to my surprise they have sprouted. I have never grown them before, but now I know what to look forward to :)

Carole said...

Wow! Poetry, a commended short story, a novel and photos too! Is there anything you can't do?

Jan said...

Yes, Hmm, hmm, GOLF.
We live on a golf course so I know all about men and their addiction to golf. I really CANNOT understand it. R is keen but not addicted although he hasn't retired yet so watch this space ( or should that be hole, bunker or fairway...)
Do write, CB. You do great stuff on this blog which says so much about your talent.

chiefbiscuit said...

Baker Street - yes the ones at our door were from a seed packet given to me as a gift. I was thrilled they grew so well and hearty. i definitely will be repeating the exercise next year ... meanwhile I look forward greatly to seeing photos of yours when they bloom.

carol - Oh don't you believe it - I can't cook, interior decorate, add up, budget, entertain in a bright and sparkly and accomplished manner - heaps of things I can't do! Heaps.

jan - Thanks Jan. I am having fun taking photos - and my writing has been motivated from the photography as well, in a funny sort of way ... It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Time is always the biggest enemy.

chiefbiscuit said...

rebecca the wrecker - You will be in Dunedin in May?! You must look me up! I'm sure Dunedin will turn on the good weather for you - you just have to ask nicely!

pepektheassassin said...

Oh my gosh, it looks like a storybook setting! I truly love this post.

Also, congrats on your story! I'm sure your book will be as successful!

Shameless said...

Nice, CB. Congrats on the Highly Recommended! .I'm looking forward to seeing the novel now! :)

Kimberley McGill said...

I have to stop by an say congratulations on the commendation! And I have enjoyed these walk about pictorial posts (including the one after this one) - I need a change of scenery!

chiefbiscuit said...

pepek - Thanks so much. You are very encouraging.

shameless - Hopefully it won't be too long away - but it's not imminent, all the same. Are you the patient sort?

kimberly - Thanks for that. :) Glad to be of service.


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