October 21st, 2008

Wanaka tree

Meme


Tagged by[info]nurdhegilwen

 A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) I'm not going to tag anyone because a lot of my friends have done it already, but please go ahead and do it if you want to.

01. What's the last TV show you saw?
Never Mind the Buzzcocks on Dave last night

02. What are you wearing at the moment?
Black chinos, black t-shirt, black shirt - oh....I'm probably Goth!

03. Who is/was your favourite cartoon character?
Jeff da Maori in Bro' Town. Morningside for life!

04. What is your favourite scent?
I'm not into scents and perfumes and stuff, funnily enough, but my favourite scent is that smell you get after rain.

05. What is your favourite drink?
Coffee, Guinness, and a good South Island Pinot Noir.

06. What do you drink the most?
Water and coffee

07. What is your favourite food?
My own veggie chilli or a good arse-rattling veggie curry.

08. (Changed question) Who are your heroes, or at least people who have influenced and inspired you?
Vivian Stanshall - as an eccentric, John Lennon - as a creative genius, Ed Hillary - as an achiever with modesty, Bill Bailey - for inventive comedy,[info]ilmera  - as a true inspiration.

09. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Teacher, but, as I'm not completely grown up yet, I can now confidently say - Travel writer and photographer.

10. What mythological figure are you?
I don't think I am one.

11. What animal do you identify with?
Penguin

12. What 3 people would you invite to dinner?
This is going to be a bit long-winded, I'm sorry. If it's people I know, then it would be[info]ilmera, Rebekka and Babs. If it's LJ friends I would like to meet and have dinner with, then it would be[info]ideoteca,[info]nurdhegilwen and[info]naurwen, and I would sneak Bindy in through the side door! If it's anybody I haven't already mentioned, then it would be Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey and Jennifer Connelly.

13.What is your current desktop?
A picture of the lonely tree at Lake Wanaka.

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Friendly, fun, interesting, caring.

15. What are you afraid of?
Rejection and spiders. So, when spiders reject me I'm devastated.

16. What's your favourite item of clothing?
I don't have one, I don't see clothes as being important or really saying anything about me, but again, if pressed my 'I ♥ Wanaka' t-shirt.

17. What are you into right now?
My new camera, trying to pick out the sounds in Russian words, reading about Saint Petersburg.

18. What did you do today?
work

19. What do you want?
Happiness for my friends and for me to be able to travel the world for ever.

20. What should you be doing right now?
Organising the training of about thirty people so that they can write new web content for me to edit.

21. What's the meaning behind your LJ username/name/nicknames you go by?
My LJ username really links two important times of my life. I used 'Blur' as a chat name when I used to chat online with[info]ilmera and the 'kiwi' bit comes from my love of Aotearoa. Because it was[info]ilmera who suggested I start an LJ account I wanted to maintain the 'Blur' bit while also bringing in another important aspect of my life with 'kiwi'.

Wanaka tree

Stourhead in autumn


Last week Monika posted some photos she took at Stourhead at the end of August. Seeing her pictures reminded me that I wanted to go back there now that autumn is in full swing. Stourhead is just about the most beautiful and best landscape garden in the UK, probably in Europe and possibly the whole world. It's a real bonus for me that it's only about a forty-five minute drive away from where I live. So, I decided that I would visit Stourhead again at the week-end.

Saturday morning was due to be sunny, bright and still on the Somerset- Wiltshire boundary, so I was up bright and early (probably sunny and still as well) and arrived at the gardens just before opening time at nine o'clock. There were a few 'serious' photographers around already, lugging their gear with them wherever they went, spending twenty minutes setting up their shots and cursing every cloud, duck and other visitor who got in the way at the wrong moment. I can't take it that seriously. Of course, I want to take the best photos I can but I don't want to be weighed down by equipment and hang-ups. Life's too short and, not to put too fine a point on it, I can't be arsed.

The light was perfect; that lovely warm early morning glow you get at this time of year. Combined with the autumn colours and the stillness of the lake, it made for a great hour or so. After that, a light breeze came along, gently rippling the lake and doing away with the awesome reflections I'd been lucky enough to find when I first arrived.

Anyway, here are some of the photos. Monika, I hope you like them and can see a difference from when you were there.  


I'm still astonished by just how well my new camera seems to do reflections. 
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