Local Heart, Global Soul

July 31, 2012

Shooting the Wildlife….

Filed under: Miscellaneous,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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It’s not often I get to attempt taking wildlife photos… the city birds who settle on our balcony are wary of the tiniest movement and I don’t have a particularly long lens on my camera to get good shot of them in the nearby trees.

Sitting at the end table of the  Fat Pigeon Café in Piopio, New Zealand  and with Little Mr. busy digging in the sand-pit close by (and therefore not being available to be waving his arms around in excitement  or wiggling on the seat in such a fashion to scare off our little visitors) …  I stood half a chance at one of my first attempts.  Ok it’s far from perfect, but it’s a “try”at least, and not having a tripod to hand it was a challenge too.

The birds came for the bread bits that Little Mr. hadn’t wanted so once they dared to get in close enough to grab something they didn’t waste any time chatting or saying hello to us,  they were just focused on getting away as quickly as possible.

Phase One: they watch us and we watch them… from a safe distance…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Phase Two: tentative steps…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Phase Three: They check that the little noisy one who makes sudden scary movements is not too close:  Good… he’s busy….

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Phase Four: be brave! rush on on, there is treasure here!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 30, 2012

Yes, I know I’m Torturing Your Taste Buds…

In a continuation of yesterdays post, we are having breakfast at Fat Pigeon Café  in the small North Island town of Piopio. An amazing selection awaits us  so let’s take a look  at some seriously good eating…

It’s looking  at photos like these that makes me want to rush into the kitchen and start cooking…

Bacon and egg pies…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Pork and Apple sausage rolls…

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Rhubarb Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Oat cake…

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Courgette (Zuccini)  and bacon slice…

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Asparagus and Feta tart…

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Spinach and Feta stack…

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A sweet slice with white chocolate that I didn’t  get the full name of…

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Sicilian Apple cake.. (gluten and dairy free)… (note for Tilly Bud: look away now, or send in the spelling Marfia:  they spelt “Sicilian”wrong”.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Thick slices of Bacon and Egg Pie… (for the price: The NZ Dollar is roughly half the USA Dollar).

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Choosing something from this kind of fare suited Himself and I just fine, but our pesky fussy  “we-like-it-plain” kids just went for the club sandwiches…

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And since it was breakfast and not lunch I decided on something smaller: one of those beautiful bacon and egg pies…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 29, 2012

You’d be a Very Lucky Fat Pigeon to Land Here…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We set out early yesterday and hadn’t done any grocery shopping so decided that’s we would stop for breakfast somewhere down the road.

Tummies were rumbling by the time we reached the small town of Piopio and when we spied a café called the Fat Pigeon, it seemed like a good choice so we swung into the car park and get ready to investigate further.

It’s already warm so we opt to eat outside and were in luck becuase  the table at the end had a sandpit right next to it, plus some sand-pit toys which Little Mr. pounced on with gusto.

He might have been six years old at the time but he’s not one to ever pass up an opportunity to get mucky with a digger.

Whilst Little Mr. built castles and trenches  in the sand, we took turns are checking out the inside of the place and choosing breakfast.

The café is situated on the side of a park, the two are separated by a small stream but there’s a connecting bridge for easy access to the park and playground further over in the distance, a fact the didn’t escape the notice of our children later after breakfast, so yes plan on sitting a while longer than you first intended. (Not that that’s any chore at all).

I like the rustic solid tables, the shade is welcome and it’s a very relaxing spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast over. Let’s take a look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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