Saturday, 6 February 2016

Five on Friday



Our summer days just go on and on
February has arrived
and the weather is amazing!



Brooklyn
by the Irish writer

Colm Tóibín

I read this wonderful book years ago and
I've just seen the movie.

I often find the movie adaptation of a book
to be disappointing
but with this one it wasn't, they followed the script so well.

It is set in Ireland and Brooklyn, New York
in the early 1950's.
I love both the book and the movie.




A mixed bowl of cherry tomatoes
so full of flavour at this time of year.




There's always a rose!
This is Comtesse du Cayla
bred by Pierre Guillot in 1902.

In this hot summer weather the petals have faded out

whereas the early blooms have stronger pink tones.




Thank you for popping in to say hello!

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Shane







Thursday, 4 February 2016

Good Fences.....





Fences, walls and gates

I photographed in the

Bourgogne Franche-Comté region

in the heart of France





in the ancient hill town of Vézelay

I was captivated by the soft aged patina 

of the stone and bricks

and the beautiful pattern of the iron work


I hope you will be too.




I'm joining Teresa for Good Fences

take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Shane







Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Messing about in boats









Last Saturday was Auckland Anniversary day
a holiday celebrating my beautiful city on the water.




Each year there is a yachting regatta on the harbour
The first regatta was held in 1842
so this year was the 174th
Anniversary Day Regatta.





Children learn to swim at a very early age in New Zealand
and it's wonderful to see the young ones
join the regatta in their little sailing dinghies.






There's even a fun race for
 the hard working tugboats



A Royal New Zealand Naval frigate
was one of the mark boats for the racing yachts.

The sun was shining 
and there was a reasonable breeze
making for great sailing conditions
just what Ratty and Mole would love!

Take care and
be kind to one another

enjoy whatever you do today

à bientôt



Shane








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