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December 14, 2018

Study In Tomato…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 5:00 am
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During my “back door’ view into the workings of the “New Farm” in yesterday’s post, I was enticed by the tomatoes in the glass house, and asked if I could take photographs. Permission given, I managed to include some “arty” shots for my art reference files. After all, one never knows when the urge to paint a still life may strike.

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December 13, 2018

A Glimpse Into The Workings On An Unusual Rooftop…

Following our tour of “The New Farm” fish farm, my friends and the rest of the tour party take the stairs upstairs. I have my crutches instead of the wheelchair, but these steps will be beyond me. The staff here have an alternative route for me that is not usually open to the public. This route takes a small lift to the roof  level and is the “back way” through the glass houses and growing areas. This gives me a unique view on how the vegies and herbs are grown here. There is another large glass house behind me, I’m not allowed to enter it but see through the closed wall that it’s full of sweet pepper plants and thousands of peppers. I didn’t get photographs of those because we had to moving foreword with the staff member. I asked about taking photographs, explained about my blog and was told that taking photographs would be fine. The space on the roof is larger than I first thought it was looking up from street level, and it shows just how much can be grown on top of one building, and how much more we could do if more commercial and residential buildings were built with rooftop gardens.

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December 12, 2018

Not Your Average Fish Tank…

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The next part of our “The New Farm” visit is a fish farm!

It’s most unexpected to see this inside a city high rise building but apparently this is perfectly suited as in industry to work alongside fruit and veggies.

All of the guests on the tour don apparel to keep the environment clean and proceed on a tour of the tanks.

The fish we see are larger because the tiny ones in the “nursery” are more delicate and are kept apart from the public.

I can’t climb the ladder to look inside the tanks but I’m tall enough to hold the camera up high and then shoot photographs from all angles until I get some lucky shots.

(I checked photography was allowed, apparently it doesn’t bother the fish at all).

The fish are checked multiple times per day and if any fish is looking like it’s getting too big then it is relocated into a tank for fish it’s size. The absolute genius of this system is that the plants upstairs are farmed hydroponically, the water comes down from upstairs and is cleaned via a set of filters, the drop of the water also oxygenates the water for the fish, the water from the fish contains fish droppings which is in turn pumped upstairs to feed the plants. Both the plants and the fish benefit from this method of farming. The fish are sold to local restaurants and residents. It’s a win-win situation and both types of farming have a low “food miles” footprint. ingenious!

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December 11, 2018

Rising Markets…

Visiting the “New Farm”, an urban garden in the Hague, is an eye opening experience. Urban gardening is an excellent idea, bringing use to former office spaces, growing food literally around the corner or a few kilometres away from the people who eat it. We go three quarters of the way up the building where there is a large balcony that looks over the city. It’s wide enough for a small market, where local artisan food producers can set up a stall and sell their produce. Of course as avid foodies, our friends and I take a look…

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Views from the balcony…

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December 10, 2018

New Farm, When Urban Gardening Reaches New Heights…

There is a new revolution going on around the world, where people are trying to cut down on the “food miles”  generated by the food we eat. By this it is meant the number of miles/kilometres that are between where there food is produced and where it is consumed. This means things cutting down on food transport wherever possible. This has meant the development of Urban gardens, and The Hague is no different. An old office building has been partly converted to become a place where fresh vegetables are grown and the name of this enterprise is “The New Farm.” Amazingly the farm produces not just tomatoes and peppers but also herbs and fish! I went with friends to take a look two summers ago, and also, of course to buy some local vegetables.

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December 9, 2018

Heading Back Towards Reefton…

Filed under: GREYMOUTH,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,West Coast /Westland Province — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Still struggling with files in my New Zealand series of photographs, I keep getting a message that they are “CR2 files that need an image converter” but can’t find anything that will successfully do the job. Clearly I need a computer expert but ours is unavailable due to work constraints at the moment. Therefore I need to break off our New Zealand tour until I can find a solution for the rest of the photographs. I hope I can recover them because I have some very new photos from some very special and unusual trips in these folders. these in the meantime are scenic photographs as we make our way back from Greymouth heading towards Hanmer Springs.

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December 8, 2018

Brunner Mine, This Stop Deserves More…

Filed under: HISTORY,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,West Coast /Westland Province — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I have been having trouble with a group of my computer chips of late, many being fine when I first check them on the computer but refusing to open when I try them again later on I’ve been fighting this problem for weeks now because on occasion some files on a chip will work one day, then not the next, or some files will open and others in the next folder not. After a week of trying I got my photographs for the Brunner mine of yesterday’s reference open…It’s a lovely little historical rest stop that I would have gladly spent more time at had I been well. I love places like these and think that we need to keep history alive at all costs so that heritage is not lost for future generations.

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December 7, 2018

Sometimes You Need To Trust Your Gut…

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The next morning we prepared to leave Greymouth.

It’s an early start partly because we want be to able  to take our time, especially through the really winding stretches of road.

It’s also an early start because no one slept well. I have been without everything except my strongest pain medication for several days now and my asthma in particular has been bad at night, with me  blocked up and emitting either a loud wheeze or snore at turns.

It’s been so bad that I kept up every other family member in our small, shared room. Even though they said I kept them awake “all night” and I know I was guilty of this, I was also kept awake by himself snoring as well for at least part of the night so no-one woke rested.

I take a low dose antibiotic daily in order to keep my lungs clear of fluid,  it also helps to replace large doses of Prednison which of course have made my bones thin. Without the lower doses Prednison and the antibiotic I still take, I find it hard to get comfortable at night, so the wheezing and snoring were always a problem were suddenly back with a vengeance.

I knew my chest felt tight and that I woke over again but didn’t realise how bad things were for Kiwi Daughter, Little Mr and Himself because of it. The next morning I felt decidedly off colour but chalked it up to two bad night’s sleep and a desperate need to get back to the asthma and foot medications we had accidently left back in Hanmer Springs.

Breakfast found us finishing off bits and bobs from what we had bought in recent days.

Little Mr could not finish the rest of the bottle of chocolate milk and not wanting to see it go to waste I poured it onto cornflakes to eat and use it up.

Breakfast is not usually something I eat until I have been up for quite some hours and definitely not when I’m due a long road trip or boat trip. On this occasion though I was tired, out of sorts and just wanted to get back to Hanmer.

Even though it was early morning the temperature was already rising steadily and it was promising to nudge thirty degrees again. We hit the road directly after breakfast and we were not many kilometres into the journey when I found myself feeling as green as grass.

Again, we chalked it up to a bad night, but we were not too far out of Greymouth when a layby with a historic monument came into view and I got Himself to pull over, telling him I REALLY needed some fresh air. The historic place is the Brunner mine and I stagger out with the camera hoping for some distraction from the horrible feeling in my stomach. Photographs taken, I go to go back to the car but suddenly green becomes even greener and  I had just enough time to duck behind the little memorial building where I promptly lost breakfast in unceremonious fashion. Luckily I’d taken my water bottle with me and could clean up before heading back to the car.

I should have trusted instinct and a lifetime of travels with motion sickness but it seem that in the absence of sleep, common sense  and trusting your instincts goes out of the window. Even back in the car, although I felt better, the green nagging feeling persisted so the kilometres rolled by in less than enjoyable fashion and it seemed that I needed one rest stop after another with ever increasing regularity. It might “only” have been 213 km’s but it’s a three hour journey that started to feel like it was going to become a ten hour one. It’s by far the worst car journey I’ve had since I was a kid. (Ok, there was one Portugal trip where Kiwi Daughter and I threw up in ditches on opposite sides of the road but that was more than ten years back).  One thing is sure about learning lessons from the past, I should never let those lessons get crowded out by something as stupid as not wanting to waste two cups of chocolate milk. Sometimes you are better to trust your gut.

(Grrr i’m having troubles with my photos *again*  they repeatedly refuse to load) I will keep trying, as I have been for the past week. Apologies again. – kiwi.

December 6, 2018

Bravo Mother Nature As She Wishes Us Good Night…

Filed under: Accomodation,NATURE,PHOTOGRAPHY,Sunrise & Sunets — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In January 2018 Family Kiwidutch made a detour from their stay in Hanmer Springs to travel to the West Coast and see the Franz Josef glacier.

The drive was too far for one day so we stayed in Greymouth at a hostel called ‘South of the Barber” on the way there and on the way back.

Arriving back after our day trip south, and a look around Greymouth where we found some beautiful buildings and some amazing murals, we were just in time to be treated to wonderful sunset.

Our vantage point on the hill gave us a wonderful view out towards the sea in each direction along the coast.

A large tree blocked the southern aspect a bit, but on the other hand had the advantage of filtering the light and different colours through the gaps in the branches.

As a complete novice (actually not even that, I’d say ‘ zero wisdom”) photographer when it comes to low light setting photography, I found out by accident that zooming in decreased the light and made the sky look darker than it was, but had the advantage of detail, so whilst the photographs are in the sequence in which I took them, the level of light in them does not necessarily reflect this.

I was pleased enough that even though the colours we saw were far brighter, that the camera captured at least a good impression of those colours.

I did have delete may photos, some of them with better cloud effects, simply because people on the balcony kept pointing all the time and I kept getting random blurred pieces of arms, hands or fingers in the pictures. Never mind.  Some half dozen guests came out onto the balcony area at the top of the stairs to enjoy the cloud formations and sunset scene, among them Kiwi Daughter, who had called me out there just in time for Mother Nature’s sunset show. Understandably it was over all too soon but it was enjoyed whilst it lasted. Bravo Mother Nature as she wishes us good night.

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December 5, 2018

The Painterly Effect Still Came Out Photographically…

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Himself and I arrived back at our “South of The Barber” accommodation in Greymouth just as the sun was getting low in the sky.

Being too tired to attempt the stairs to our room, I decided to take a seat in the living room at the front of the hostel.

I walked in and was taken aback at how the light coming into the room made it look more like a painting than a real room.

I instantly grabbed my camera and tried hard to capture the effect before it disappeared.

In my opinion I completely failed but some of the original features of the room like the built-in glass-fronted library cupboards and the light switches were also beautiful objects to be admired.

Artworks of course also featured, as I moved around the room trying to capture the light from every angle.

Time flew and the light got darker quicker than I expected.  When I moved close to the window I saw that there were several people on the entrance balcony next door, one of which was my daughter. She saw me and called for me to join them quickly…

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