Five years ago I didn’t have a fancy camera, but I did like taking photos of grass as I still do now.
It’s a little bit magical that our grass has survived the summer so far. Although it’s only a couple of patches that have and the rest is looking a bit sorry. I can’t wait until summer is over!
I wasn’t really sure what to make of today’s theme so it’s a bit random. The husband has been busy fixing, patching and painting the nursery. It was a horrible pink (make that 3 shades of pink) and was terribly flaky. We decided to strip the paint, only to discover that it was a complete mess underneath. Half patched, primer on the patched parts, no primer on most other parts, wallpaper glue… it was just a complete lack of care, which took ages to rectify. It’s patched and painted now, complete with new skirting boards and it looks so much better. Even just having the primer on it looked amazing compared to what was originally there.
So what does that have to do with today’s post? Unfortunately the walls are a bit warped so he had to shave down some of the skirting boards to fit. I really love the way the shavings curls up. Might post some photos of the finished room later.
Here’s another photo I took today that I really liked, but thought the wood shavings were more interesting than yet another flower photo.
Black & White.
I’m usually a person of colour, so I wasn’t really sure what to photograph for today’s theme. When it was actually cool enough after yet another 40+ degree day, I ventured outside and took a few photos, and then converted it to black and white. Luckily our lawn has survived the heatwave so far, enough to even grow some clover. I don’t think I’m a fan, or maybe I don’t have a good eye for it. Some people take amazing black and white photos. I think I need to work on it.
Here’s the colour version, which I much prefer. Such lovely lighting.
Begins with G
Beautiful green grass. Unfortunately the husband mowed the lawn today and the lawn never looks that pretty until a few days after. So I had to get some straggly left over grass growing near this tree stump. I should be thankful that he does stuff around the house though!
We settled on our house today and after a few hiccups earlier in the week with the bank and conveyancer (their stuff ups that we have to frustratingly keep chasing up) it all went through smoothly. We picked up the keys and got a bottle of champagne with a jigsaw puzzle (what the?) of our house from the real estate agent, and visited the new place.
It’s so suburban and look we have grass!
The only thing that really annoyed me was that when we did our final inspection, the previous owners were still in the process of moving and packing. Naively we thought they would be reasonable and decent people, but they left the place in a complete mess. Don’t even get me started on the kitchen. The oven, stovetop, range hood and bin underneath the sink looks like it belongs on an episode of hoarders. And they left the most disgustingly dirty microwave as well. Good thing we packed a lot of cleaning supplies. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but for now I’ll just enjoy the view.
The last few winters have been very mild, so it’s been a while since I’ve seen this much frost around. It’s very refreshing in the morning, and frosty mornings usually mean beautiful sunny days.
Here’s some grass on the way to work.
I love colourful autumn leaves, particularly the red ones.
Autumn is my absolute favourite season. The nights are getting cooler and easier to sleep, but it’s not so cold that I’m freezing my toes off. The mornings are nice and crisp and refreshing so I don’t get that hungover feeling of not being able to sleep because it’s too hot, but it’s not so cold that I just want to hibernate like a bear because the warmth of the bed is too enticing.
Even though spring has all those things as well, there’s a lot of pollen. Autumn is like spring without the hay fever. What I really love are all the beautiful colours of the leaves, and I love that we live in a beautiful tree-lined street (for now). It’s so pretty. However, the local council is being pretty diligent about street sweeping this year, so I’ve got to be quick to get leaf shots! Also my neighbour across the road from us hates leaves and gets rid of them pretty quickly. I’ve never seen anyone hate leaves as much as he does. He’s out there almost everyday blowing all the leaves off his property and a lot of the surrounding properties including ours… I’m not sure he has much of a life and he’s blowing away all my photo opportunities!
I took so many (what I think) are great photos today, it was hard picking just one. At least I have a nice collection of fillers now!
Filler from our drive down the Great Ocean Road. Just some grass along the walkway.
Filler – a lovely little dandelion
Lots of fillers in the last month. A tiny pinecone in the grass.
Filler, this time some grass and clover.
More and more fillers this month. It’s like it never ends. Taken last year at the National Rhododendron Garden.
The poor grass that we tried so hard to grow is dying in the summer heat, and so is my motivation for this project. I’ll just have to keep on trying to recover like the grass.
Most of our grass has died off as it usually does in summer. Only the toughest (and scratchiest) grass survives and stays green through summer. I can’t wait until our grass comes back and I can sit in lovely lush grass without feeling prickly.
The end of the year and the end of Project 365 2012! I finally made it through. It was a huge struggle at times and there have been some amazing shots and some not so amazing photos. I can’t say that I’ll ever really love that moment of panic at the end of the day when I’ve completely forgotten to take a photo and just end up with some junk kind of filler of a photo. However, I am glad that I’ve finally finished a project for once. I know I missed a day, but it’s lucky I have a bonus day up my sleeve, so I’m calling it a success!
I love petals on the ground, and purple is such a striking colour.
Day 15 – Taupo to Auckland
It was another driving day with a lot of time to admire the beautiful scenery. Ever since the husband saw Flight of the Conchords and they mentioned a toothbrush fence he just had to see it. It is exactly as it sounds. People visit the fence and tie their toothbrushes to the fence with wire. It was kind of disgusting but fascinating. Someone had even tied their electric toothbrush to it including the charger.
Auckland was just like any other city, lots of cars, people, and concrete. We stayed a little bit out of the city as it was cheaper, and it was still close to things like a fancy grocery store. We walked down to Cornwell Park, which was an amazing and huge park. I wish we had something like this back at home because it was so pretty. There were just sheep and cows roaming around the place. We tried to short cut up the hill to get to the obelisk at the top, but we were thwarted by the fences, so we took the long way around. The view from the top of the hill was awesome, including the rocks that people had rearranged into penises and other juvenile things. We then decided to be idiots and raced each other down the hill.