Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sunday, January 23, 2011
When do you stop hoping that one day soon your beloved pet will return?
At what stage do you put away the food bowls and toys that he once enjoyed?
How long do you wait to see him running along the fence or up the driveway?
What if you locked the cat door and he wanted to come in?
Will he be waiting for you curled up on the couch when you return from shopping, or be under the covers in a suspicious lump on your bed?
Where is he? Has he been taken away? So many questions remain unanswered and yet with all your heart you hope that he will return one day!
All the usual things have been done. The posters in the letterboxes, the many calls to the SPCA, the newspaper ads, the radio bulletins and the searching and calling for him on quiet nights up and down the street.
How long do you wait? One month? Three months? One year?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It is an area from which spring memories of childhood and all those cowboy westerns we watched as we were growing up.
Sedona the town, is now a bustling tourist destination and is filled with galleries, shops and eating places all competing for your $$. We found a lovely one called the Secret Garden Cafe, shady and private, really nice food and long cool drinks!
Sedona has to be one of the wonders of the world, that is until I saw the Grand Canyon.............
Friday, October 03, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I have often wondered how a person feels when they sit with a mac on their lap. Now I know, because I am one of them! Many times I have thought I would make the change to something which is obviously a top of the line machine, in the outer case, hardware and software that “just works”.
Things I like about mac are, the robust and compact notebook style, the shiny white appearance, the glowing backlit apple on the top of the case, two finger scrolling, the really cool magnetic anti-trip power adapter and the equally magnetic close feature on the case.
Software and hardware that is happily married work as a team to produce the ease of functionality and user friendliness that is known to mac users worldwide. The transfer of files is such a simple operation and even importing things such as address book files takes only a few clicks. My favourite neat features include, the dashboard, photo booth and the stackability of the documents and downloads folders. Drag and drop makes life simple, no complicated uninstalls and removals of unwanted applications.
Although I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that security is not such a big issue with mac, I feel tempted to download some sort of antvirus and anti spy/adware programs, that I for so long had to live with. Maybe I will do some further research on this matter. I do have the firewall switched on and this is some consolation in the meantime.
Prestige comes from owning a mac and I feel quite snobby sometimes, until I think back to my early Windows days when I was so proud to even own a computer at all. Ah what fun, all those mistakes and problems! I feel I have earned the right to own this mac as a reward for those trying times.
Macs are cool!
Monday, March 31, 2008
On the 10th April 1968 I was 20 years old and my memories of that day are very clear in my mind. In New Plymouth that morning, sitting around the kitchen table were my father, sister, brother in law, brother and me.
I was due to take the train to
It was the ferry that I was supposed to catch to
I caught the train around 9 am and as we got closer to
It seemed like a long time before I found out from someone that I was able to get accommodation at “The People’s Palace” a hotel in
That night, I and all the other patrons at the hotel cried as we sat around the television and watched the news report of the sinking. So many heroic stories and so many tragic ones emerged from that terrible day in NZ shipping history. One in particular I recall, was told to me on the bus on the way back to New Plymouth the next day. I sat next to an elderly lady who had been washed up on Seatoun beach. She had been helped ashore by a young man, but he went back into the sea before she was even able to get his name.
51 people lost their lives. That is one day in my life I can never forget.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Originally uploaded by Cooky2
Photograph of the interior structure of a rhyolite dome, showing a radial pattern of cracks formed as the lava cooled. (Mason’s Rock on the north shore of Lake Taupo)
The main hazards of dome growth are tephra fall from explosive eruptions and avalanches of hot lava from the sides of the dome.
Volcanic gases and acid rain
Gases are the driving force of explosive eruptions. The main gases are water vapour and carbon dioxide, with small amounts of sulphur, hydrogen and other gases. These gases rarely pose a direct threat as they quickly mix with the air and are diluted as they blow downward. Some of the gases, such as sulphur dioxide and hydrogen fluoride mix with water droplets in the eruption plume to form acids which will attack skin, clothing and metals. Rain falling from an eruption plume may be very acidic and this acid rain will attack foliage and crops over a wide area, perhaps even greater than the fall of tephra. The acid rain may also contaminate water supplies. Acidic water is not a major health hazard, but the acid may leach lead from nailheads and flashing on roots and lead poisoning may result. There is the remote possibility that heavy gases (mostly carbon dioxide) emitted before or after an eruption will collect in low-lying areas or confined valleys and cause suffocation. Generally there is enough wind about the lake area to disperse any gas cloud that may form.