Friday, January 31, 2014

FSO: Lines

 I became a copycat sand artist yesterday.  Saw some beautiful art work, and went down to my beach and drew these curve lines to form the Silver Fern, our national emblem.
 These lines on the road, my road is 1 of 5 as a pilot scheme for cyclist.

 Lines along the side of a wooden New Zealand Maori carving.
Here, my students and I were filming the earth's revolution. The blue line is part of the play area.

Jan 31: Leading Lines - follow the lines, straight or curved, Where do they lead?

I am linking my blog post for Heather, whose son was murdered. They are trying to get a bill to pass Cameron's law to make eye witnesses to be responsible.

1080 drop.

In 2010, I did a post on 1080, now the New Zealand Government is thinking of dropping them again.

photo shows an Australian possum.

1080 is the brand name given to the synthetic version of sodium fluoroacetate - a toxic, odourless, white powder compound, which naturally occurs in plants, acting as a powerful defence. However the synthetic version, 1080, is far more potent and kills. New Zealand is the largest buyer of 1080 in the world, using over 80 per cent of the chemical produced.
1080 is distributed in laced bait via ground and aerial application by the Department of Conservation (DoC) and the Animal Health Board (AHB). It is mainly used to kill possums, however other ‘pests', including feral cats, rabbits, rats and stoats, are also targeted.
1080 is banned in several countries, including Brazil, Belize, Cuba, Laos, Slovenia and Thailand, as well as in some states of the United States where aerial distribution and its use on all mammals but coyotes is prohibited.


Opponents of the controversial poison 1080 are furious at a planned bombardment and say the Conservation Minister is misleading the public.

Rat and stoat numbers are expected to skyrocket this year as their food supply is boosted by an unusually large seed drop from beech trees, known as a mast.

The Department of Conservation's (DOC's) five-year battle plan will double the amount of conservation land protected through the use of 1080.

The $21 million project aims to protect 25 million native birds a year over the next five years.

Hailed as DOC's largest-ever species protection programme and dubbed the 'Battle for our Birds', it was unveiled yesterday by Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

"Our native birds are in decline and the kiwi will not exist in the wild for our grandchildren unless we do more to protect them," Dr Smith said.

The application of 1080 is backed by scientists researching predator control, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has called for more use of it.

But Farmers Against 1080 (FATE) spokeswoman Mary Molloy, a South Westland dairy farmer, said she was appalled that Dr Smith had also claimed 1080 did not kill birds. DOC's own records showed that between 2 per cent and 80 per cent of specific bird species were killed by 1080 drops, she said.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lorde in Devonport.

This is an old hotel in Devonport. You can either drive across the Auckland Harbour Bridge or take a Fuller Ferry. Of course, if you have your boat, you can sail to the jetty.

Lorde comes from Devonport.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

FSO: Open space: outdoors.

 open space at my local beach.
 Western springs park.
 Local water fowl: pukekoe

Open space: indoor or out door. 

I am linking my blog post for Heather, whose son was murdered. They are trying to get a bill to pass Cameron's law to make eye witnesses to be responsible.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday letter I for Ivy

The Northern Club

This ivy cladded building is situated just off the Auckland University, and thirty years ago, I see it often as I go to my prefered location, the Albert park. The clock has turned around and my second daughter G is now a law student in the university. Law school is located nearer to this building. Sometimes I drop her off and I see this building which fascinates me. It is like a seasonal calender.

In Spring you see less dark green leaves, in Summer you see dark leaves, in Fall/Autumn, you see brown leaves and in Winter, you see the veins. The building becomes naked without the leaves.

The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone : +64-9-379-4755

search/label/Alphabe-Thursday. Jenny Matlock

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FSO: Rustic Flinders Street Station

My old flatmates Lily and Aloysius took me to a city tour and I fell in love in the places they took me.
Flinders Street Station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network.
is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks", refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the time-tabled time of departure for trains on each line; another idiom "I'll meet you on the steps", refers to the wide staircase underneath these clocks. Flinders Street Station is responsible for two of Melbourne's busiest pedestrian crossings, both across Flinders Street, including one of Melbourne's few pedestrian scrambles.

Address: Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

  • Opened: 1910
  • Function: Train station

    I am linking my blog post for Heather, whose son was murdered. They are trying to get a bill to pass Cameron's law to make eye witnesses to be responsible.

    Our world: floral clocks,

    In 1978, I used to spend my lunch time during the warmer months in Albert Park. The students of Auckland University were and still are very lucky to have a beautiful park adjacent to the campus. They frequently change the flowers in the clock.
    We took our wedding photos near by. So you can imagine why this is another of my favourite place of Auckland.
    This park has an important history. Please click on link  Idiots remove the hands. Now it is a handless clock.

    Photo: When I was in Melbourne in late Oct, they were preparing the floral clock. I hope the hot weather hasn't scotched the poor plants. Jenny Chew and Aloysius Ting, please go and check for me.

    This clock is in Melbourne. I was there in late Oct. I hope the heat hasn't killed the flowers. It has a recorde of 43 degrees Celsius.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    FSO your Town's winter landscape

    your Town's winter landscape

    I am linking my blog post for Heather, whose son was murdered. They are trying to get a bill to pass Cameron's law to make eye witnesses to be responsible.

    Support Cameron's law

    Dear friends,

    I am posting this on behalf of a fellow bereaved mother whose son was murdered.

    Support Cameron's Law is designed to bring awareness to, and get a bill passed into law that forces witness's of child abuse to report it.

    This is the bill that my daughter wrote and we are sending to the Senate and the President :

    Sponsor............Christianna Harris
    Short Title: Cameron's Law
    October 16, 2013
    AN ACT
    TO: Require that any time child abuse is suspected or witnessed by any citizen or non citizen

    Today I met a Heather, a grieving mother online and she told me her son was murdered. My heart went all out for her and asked if I could help her in anyway. She has a page is trying to get as many likes on the page as possible to try and get this law passed..

     I chatted with her sister Chavelle to piece the story.

    In 2008, 6 years old Cameron Palmer was in the care of his 49 year Old Grand Uncle. Tony Gonsoulin, has been arrested and charged with child abuse and murder after abusing his six year old nephew to death. Tony is imprisoned for 20 years. 

    Police interviewed Richard D'Ginto, a neighbor who witnessed the boy being dunked from over a dividing fence. The neighbor told police he saw Gonsoulin submerge the Cameron underwater for 20 to 30 seconds at a time, while shouting at the boy.

    "The man held him under water and he'd tell the boy, 'You do what I tell you and stuff like that,'" D'Ginto said.

    The bill will mean Richard D'Ginto, a neighbor who witnessed the boy being dunked from over a dividing fence will have to report the offense.


    Friday, January 3, 2014

    FSO: Reflection


     I don't do resolutions because I have learned over the years I cannot keep them. My reflection for 2014 is observing these groups of friends grow old gracefully.


    The New Year

    Interpret as you wish; from celebrations in your towns to personal reflections and resolutions; what does the coming New Year mean to you?