Rosalind James

Things I love about New Zealand, Maori culture, rugby, and the All Blacks--and just things I love in general!
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Wellington, NZ's capital, in late October (spring). Taken from the Botanic Garden. It's such a beautiful city, built around Wellington Harbour, but famously windy--the reason the rugby team is called the Hurricanes. Rugby Team, All Blacks, Wellington, Harbour, Botanical Gardens, New Zealand, Dolores Park, October, James
Wellington, NZ's capital, in late October (spring). Taken from the Botanic Garden. It's such a beautiful city, built around Wellington Harbour, but famously windy--the reason the rugby team is called the Hurricanes.
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The little train you take from Auckland to Wellington (if you have 12 hours and want to see some beautiful countryside). You stand on that little platform while the train goes 60 mph, and watch the sheep running away as the train goes by. (Fun to see all the babies during lambing season.) Auckland, Running Away, Travel Dreams, Countryside, Sheep, Paradise
The little train you take from Auckland to Wellington (if you have 12 hours and want to see some beautiful countryside). You stand on that little platform while the train goes 60 mph, and watch the sheep running away as the train goes by. (Fun to see all the babies during lambing season.)
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Rosalind James
Wellington Botanic Garden. I love this picture (taken by my husband). Travel, Trees, Plants, Garden, Tree Trunk, Tree, Vacation
Wellington Botanic Garden. I love this picture (taken by my husband).
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Rosalind James
Waitemata Harbour. I love this New Zealand sky. Culture, Sky, Maori
Waitemata Harbour. I love this New Zealand sky.
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Rosalind James
The first pattern I ever created. Made this blanket for my younger son. My older son got the first-ever one, which was full of mistakes. He said, "It's a good reminder to try new things. You make mistakes and keep trying until you get it right." Awwww. Pattern, Create, Younger, Making Mistakes, Older, Keep Trying, Mistakes, Reminder
The first pattern I ever created. Made this blanket for my younger son. My older son got the first-ever one, which was full of mistakes. He said, "It's a good reminder to try new things. You make mistakes and keep trying until you get it right." Awwww.
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This was the first actual garment I made. And it fit! I gave it to my mother, though. (Because it fit her too.) To My Mother, Rugby, Give It To Me, Cardigan, Fitness, Sweaters, Food
This was the first actual garment I made. And it fit! I gave it to my mother, though. (Because it fit her too.)
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Rosalind James
My first foster Labrador, in his new home in Canada, healthy, alert, and happy. When I got him, he had been crated 24 hours a day for years, but was still loving and affectionate. It took him a couple months to come fully out of his shell, but what a worthwhile effort it was. Alert, The Fosters, Labrador Retriever, Effort, Shell, Months
My first foster Labrador, in his new home in Canada, healthy, alert, and happy. When I got him, he had been crated 24 hours a day for years, but was still loving and affectionate. It took him a couple months to come fully out of his shell, but what a worthwhile effort it was.
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The afghan I knitted for my mother. This was my first more complex design, and I was pretty proud of it! I tried about 6 things before I settled on the final idea. Afghan, Complex, Knitted, Mother, Blanket, Pretty
The afghan I knitted for my mother. This was my first more complex design, and I was pretty proud of it! I tried about 6 things before I settled on the final idea.
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Rosalind James
One of my bantams, Elizabeth. (Original chickens were all named after the sisters in "Pride and Prejudice." Elizabeth was, obviously, my favorite.) Pride And Prejudice Elizabeth, Chickens, Sisters, Bird, The Originals, Favorite
One of my bantams, Elizabeth. (Original chickens were all named after the sisters in "Pride and Prejudice." Elizabeth was, obviously, my favorite.)
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Rosalind James
Pedestrian bridge on the walkway/cycleway along the coast in New Plymouth. It is like a fish skeleton. You can see the lower slopes of Mt. Taranaki in the background, though most of it is hidden by clouds. Fish Skeleton, New Plymouth, Pedestrian Bridge, Slopes, Walkway, Sydney Opera House, Coast
Pedestrian bridge on the walkway/cycleway along the coast in New Plymouth. It is like a fish skeleton. You can see the lower slopes of Mt. Taranaki in the background, though most of it is hidden by clouds.
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Mt. Taranaki, near New Plymouth, coming out of the clouds, early November (spring). Mount Everest, November, Early, Clouds, Mountains
Mt. Taranaki, near New Plymouth, coming out of the clouds, early November (spring).
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Rosalind James
One Tree Hill is in the middle of Auckland, which has over a million people. But there are still sheep on it! And cows! One Tree Hill, Cows, Hills, Middle
One Tree Hill is in the middle of Auckland, which has over a million people. But there are still sheep on it! And cows!
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Swimming in the early morning, Mangawhai. Then we went back to the bach and had a huge breakfast. Swimming, Animals, Breakfast, Bach, Morning, Early Morning
Swimming in the early morning, Mangawhai. Then we went back to the bach and had a huge breakfast.
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Rosalind James
Rope swings all over the place. (Because you can't sue!) This is on Mt. Victoria, in Devonport. Rope Swing, Swings, Victoria
Rope swings all over the place. (Because you can't sue!) This is on Mt. Victoria, in Devonport.
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Rosalind James
Greg the takahe just died a month or two ago. This is a giant, flightless parrot-type thing. Think turkey size. Very funny. Highly endangered, but you can see them at Tiritiri Matangi--island sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf, outside Auckland. Flightless Parrot, Turkey Size, Endangered, Make Me Smile, Died, Sanctuary, Fun Stuff, Species
Greg the takahe just died a month or two ago. This is a giant, flightless parrot-type thing. Think turkey size. Very funny. Highly endangered, but you can see them at Tiritiri Matangi--island sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf, outside Auckland.
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Rosalind James
Boys playing cricket on the grounds near where we lived in Devonport. I still don't understand cricket--at ALL, even after 2+ years in Australia and NZ. The only sport I've ever seen where they tell you the score, and you still don't have any idea who is ahead. Oh, and it lasts even longer than baseball! They break for lunch. And tea. Summer, Australia, Cricket, Sports, Baseball, Boys Playing, Grounds
Boys playing cricket on the grounds near where we lived in Devonport. I still don't understand cricket--at ALL, even after 2+ years in Australia and NZ. The only sport I've ever seen where they tell you the score, and you still don't have any idea who is ahead. Oh, and it lasts even longer than baseball! They break for lunch. And tea.
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Rosalind James
This amused me. In NZ, every week is Meat Week. Meat, Vacations, Viajes, Destinations
This amused me. In NZ, every week is Meat Week.
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Rosalind James
Meat pies. A friend was visiting, and asked, "Is there a national cuisine here?" Uhhh . . . meat pies? (Note: they ARE making some very good food in NZ these days. On the other hand, meat pies ARE tasty!) Meat Pies, Muffin, Good Food, Tasty, Bread, Visiting, Note
Meat pies. A friend was visiting, and asked, "Is there a national cuisine here?" Uhhh . . . meat pies? (Note: they ARE making some very good food in NZ these days. On the other hand, meat pies ARE tasty!)
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Rosalind James
A black swan on Lake Rotorua Black Swan
A black swan on Lake Rotorua
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Rosalind James
The view from our original apartment in Auckland, on the waterfront--looking across to Devonport. That is a ferry coming in. Only 10 minutes on the ferry from Devonport to Auckland. My husband's commute: ride his bike along King Edward Parade to the Devonport Ferry, then across to Auckland and walk 2 blocks to the office. The express bus from Berkeley to downtown San Francisco can't quite compare... Express Bus, Berkeley, The Office, Ferry, Edward, Compare
The view from our original apartment in Auckland, on the waterfront--looking across to Devonport. That is a ferry coming in. Only 10 minutes on the ferry from Devonport to Auckland. My husband's commute: ride his bike along King Edward Parade to the Devonport Ferry, then across to Auckland and walk 2 blocks to the office. The express bus from Berkeley to downtown San Francisco can't quite compare...
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Rosalind James
View from my first apartment, next to the Ferry Building in Auckland. Cruise ship coming in. A friend had an apartment that he didn't realize was on the cruise ship wharf. He woke up one morning and opened the curtain to find an elderly couple sitting on their balcony a few meters away, staring back at him. Surprise! Exotic Travel Destinations, Elderly Couples, World Traveler, Ferry Building, Realize, Balcony, Cruise
View from my first apartment, next to the Ferry Building in Auckland. Cruise ship coming in. A friend had an apartment that he didn't realize was on the cruise ship wharf. He woke up one morning and opened the curtain to find an elderly couple sitting on their balcony a few meters away, staring back at him. Surprise!
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Rosalind James
Cheltenham Beach from North Head, Devonport. This was "my" beach while I lived in Devonport, half a block from my house. Sigh....  The tree in forefront with red flowers is Pohutukawa, New Zealand Christmas Tree. Blooms right around Christmas, bright red. Beautiful. Cheltenham, Bright Red, Red Flowers, Bucket List, Bloom, Half
Cheltenham Beach from North Head, Devonport. This was "my" beach while I lived in Devonport, half a block from my house. Sigh.... The tree in forefront with red flowers is Pohutukawa, New Zealand Christmas Tree. Blooms right around Christmas, bright red. Beautiful.
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Rosalind James
Beach near Piha (west of Auckland). Went for a hike and it was hot. Decided I wanted to get in the water so I did (naked but there was nobody there except my husband and a good friend). So what happened when we got to about this point? Met one of my husband's colleagues, his wife, their two kids, and their dog. Moral of the story: NZ is a SMALL country. Don't take off your clothes unless you are willing to show your naked self to your husband's workmate! (Luckily I was dressed by then--phew!) Colleagues, Goes, Naked, Wheels, Best Friends, Hiking
Beach near Piha (west of Auckland). Went for a hike and it was hot. Decided I wanted to get in the water so I did (naked but there was nobody there except my husband and a good friend). So what happened when we got to about this point? Met one of my husband's colleagues, his wife, their two kids, and their dog. Moral of the story: NZ is a SMALL country. Don't take off your clothes unless you are willing to show your naked self to your husband's workmate! (Luckily I was dressed by then--phew!)
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Rosalind James
My husband Rick and me, after we'd spent an hour getting lost in Waipu Caves. We got turned around in the dark! It was a bit scary for a few minutes, but Rick figured it out. Notice how much cleaner he stayed than I did. Wedding Spending, Figure It Out, Caves, Authors, Rick, The Darkest, Scary, Hour
My husband Rick and me, after we'd spent an hour getting lost in Waipu Caves. We got turned around in the dark! It was a bit scary for a few minutes, but Rick figured it out. Notice how much cleaner he stayed than I did.
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Rosalind James
The Sea Scout Hall in Devonport--site of my Yoga by the Sea power yoga classes. Yoga with the waves lapping against the piers (or the rain and wind beating on the roof)--very cool! Yoga Classes, Power Yoga, Pier, Scout, Roof, Outdoor Structures
The Sea Scout Hall in Devonport--site of my Yoga by the Sea power yoga classes. Yoga with the waves lapping against the piers (or the rain and wind beating on the roof)--very cool!
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Rosalind James
Devonport, Auckland. Rangitoto in the background. Natural Landmarks, Background, Nature
Devonport, Auckland. Rangitoto in the background.
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Rosalind James
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, Christmas Day. It was crowded as everything closes on Christmas, so all the tourists from all over the world decide, "Let's go to Hot Water Beach!" Every self-dug "hot tub" had a different nationality in it. Fun! You dig your tub out so it fills with the natural hot water, soak, then run into the ocean to cool off. Careful--there's a strong rip on HW Beach. On one day over last Christmas, 7 people had to be rescued. Coromandel, Last Christmas, Sailors, Peninsula, All Over The World, Dig, Boats
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, Christmas Day. It was crowded as everything closes on Christmas, so all the tourists from all over the world decide, "Let's go to Hot Water Beach!" Every self-dug "hot tub" had a different nationality in it. Fun! You dig your tub out so it fills with the natural hot water, soak, then run into the ocean to cool off. Careful--there's a strong rip on HW Beach. On one day over last Christmas, 7 people had to be rescued.
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Rosalind James
My son James on a rope swing high above Hahei Beach, Christmas Eve. Another example of the fact that you can't sue for liability in New Zealand! Rope swings everywhere. Beach Christmas, Christmas Eve, Travelling, Golf Courses
My son James on a rope swing high above Hahei Beach, Christmas Eve. Another example of the fact that you can't sue for liability in New Zealand! Rope swings everywhere.
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Rosalind James
The Botanic Gardens in Wellington. Always beautiful, no matter what the season. (This was end of October--spring.) Gardens, Spring
The Botanic Gardens in Wellington. Always beautiful, no matter what the season. (This was end of October--spring.)
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Rosalind James
The Big Wave Cafe in New Plymouth. The guy customized the trailer himself (so clever!), and made all the tables out of old surfboards. Big Waves, Surfboards, Recreational Vehicles, Clever, Guy, Tables
The Big Wave Cafe in New Plymouth. The guy customized the trailer himself (so clever!), and made all the tables out of old surfboards.
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Rosalind James