Beach … Picnics … Friends … …

Teenagers + Camera = Photo shoot … …

Gotta love having willing photography objects – cheers guys for that ūüėČ

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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Whaingaroa Youth Movement “Welcome Home”

On Saturday 3rd December 2011, the students from Whaingaroa Youth Movement had their annual dance show. ¬†This year the show was in Wainui Reserve in the gardens. ¬†Once again Patti and her students (all girls this year again) put on a show to be proud of. ¬†From cute little 5 year old ‘pukeko’ to the seniors who were the ‘wahine’. ¬†There was a huge turn out this year of family and friends all sitting on picnic blankets under the trees eating their picnics, sipping wine, chatting and laughing with each other. ¬†Music was floating all around the park as we were all entertained by our tamariki. ¬†There were even a pair of ‘seagulls’ entertaining us from high up in the sky (two very talented circus performers displaying their ribbon climbing skills!)

Thank you Patti and all the members of the Whaingaroa Youth Movement for your dedication and amazing talents to make your entire community proud. ¬†This is a gift that our children will carry on through their lives, to be able to stand tall, move gracefully and dance in tune to life’s beat XXX¬†

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Live … Love … Laugh …

When you see love sometimes you just need to stop, stare and appreciate it all … …












Mick and Jen’s Fabulous Wedding … …

On Saturday two wonderful people made their union official. ¬†With Lily and Matilda watching their Mamma and Pappa they proclaimed their love for each other and promised that they were in for the long haul … …

Here’s to you two … … Rock on guys!!!!

Saturday 1 October 2011

Wainui Reserve

Ngaranui Beach


New Zealand


Raglan Area School Senior Ball – August 2011

So far photos are up on Facebook – but I will be adding some up on here too …

Karioi Classic – 2011

Once again it was an absolutely stunning day in Raglan, Whaingaroa, New Zealand.  A perfect day for the Annual Karioi Classic mountain bike race around Mt Karioi.

Was an awesome turn out with everyone completing the course in under four hours.

Great work Dirk and Lisa – you guys are the best event organisers that I know!

Enjoy … …

(PS:  Thanks to my wonderfully talented daughter Lexi Holmes for being my amazing 2nd camera Рvery cool photos!)

Fashion Parade and Auction … Raising funds for Molly who is fighting something no one should ever have to fight …

Friday 29 July 2011 saw Raglan Sunset Motel turn into a Fashion extravaganza for the evening.  With a great big catwalk going right through the center of the conference room, lights, cameras and beautiful models in absolutely stunning clothing from local stores and designers here in Raglan.

All this was organised by Sophie Von Huben to help raise money for Molly Franke who is right now in Aucklands Starship hospital fighting a rare form of cancer.  Hopefully this reminds you of all the love people have for you Molly and that you have touched so many people in just 17 years Рyou have so many more to go!! 

Kia kaha, stand strong
Kia toa, stand tall
Kia manawanui, be brave.

Aroha nui

Things that are broken – a photography challenge …

Every week I get an email from the Digital Photography School with lots of interesting articles, tips and challenges. ¬†I just couldn’t let this one go past without giving it a go. (and if you know me at all you will know that there is no shortage of broken things at my house)

The dog photo is included in this post – not because she is broken – but because she is really peeved with me, I just gave her a bath and she wouldn’t look at me or acknowledge me for the entire afternoon – I think I might be forgiven now, but I have no way of telling because she is fast asleep in front of the heater (with her back to me oddly enough!?) ¬†Oh well, I am sure I will be the love of her life again tomorrow at breakfast time.

Enjoy the post … can you tell what each photograph is of?


It’s always sad when someone who is loved so much has to leave …

… days like this you tend to look around you through different eyes. ¬†There are people carrying on like nothing has happened. ¬†They still whinge about the same old (unimportant) stuff. ¬†Their husband didn’t put the toilet seat down, their kids are not getting high marks at school (never mind that they are really nice kids who are happy), their bank account is empty (dah – you are driving a really flash car that uses way to much petrol). ¬†they hate their job (hey – just be grateful you have one). ¬†Some people are so unhappy with what they have that their mouth is permanently turned down and when they do try to smile it scares small children …¬†

… Can’t the world see that there are people out there with real hurts, worries, sadness and losses? Can’t we just stop and appreciate what we have?

On Thursday the world lost a beautiful, loving, giving and kind woman, mother, wife, friend and support person.  The hardest part is thinking about who she has had to leave Рit would have broken her heart to have to go so soon.  Life is unfair Рwhy do the good people have to suffer?

Janet – you will always be remembered for your thoughtfulness, willingness to put others before yourself, your baking! (oh yes – those cakes!!!), your cheeky laugh, those unexpected swear words that just popped out when you least expected them, your wicked sense of humor, your calming influence and the fact that any time anything at all went wrong there was only one thing to say …

… … … Here’s to you … … …

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