The Changing Seasons: January 2019

all done with a chainsawStihl more to do. Image: Su Leslie 2019

There are worse metaphors for my month than the Big T’s chainsaw.

There have been days when I’ve effortlessly cut through “the big stuff”, and others when it’s felt like my plans and good intentions have been chopped off at the knees.

But overall, we managed to tackle some jobs that have been over-long in the “too hard” basket, and reward ourselves with a few escapes from our normal landscape.

I’ve already posted shots from most of these trips, (very poor planning) so here are a some from a long-delayed visit to The Lighthouse (see below), an exploration of the walk and cycleway under Mangere Bridge (we weren’t even sure it existed), a visit to the beautiful Northland beach at Whananaki where T and I once camped, and a few days in Rotorua.

A highlight of that trip was the Redwoods Tree Walk; 28 connected suspension bridges, up to 20 metres off the ground in the midst of the redwood forest. I hate heights — but it was fabulous. It is open until 11pm, and the forest is lit up at night, but there were massive queues the evening we considered it, while we had the daytime walk almost to ourselves.

It hasn’t felt like a particularly creative month. I messed around with a design for a tote to hold a couple of bottles of wine, on the basis that this (suitably filled) would make a good gift. The design is good, but I’m struggling with execution.

In the kitchen, my sourdough obsession has produced a few attempts at pizza / pizza bread. I’m definitely getting there, and T is happy for me to keep experimenting!!

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.



Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Marilyn at Serendipity — Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Tish at Writer on the Edge

The Covert Novelist

Joanne at My Life Lived Full

Deb at The Widow Badass

Ju-Lyn at All Things Bright and Beautiful

Jude at Living on the Edge

Little Pieces of Me

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Sarah at Art Expedition

Yvette at Priorhouse blog



The Lighthouse is a work of public art by NZ sculptor Michael Parakowhai. It’s sited at the very end of Queen’s Wharf in the CBD and from the outside, is a 1:1 scale replica of a New Zealand “state house” of the 1950s. The interior is completely open and contains clustered neon lights and a large scale statue of Captain Cook (there is an identical sculpture in the New South Wales Art Gallery).

It’s an interesting work — with the interior defying expectations. I didn’t manage to capture any particularly good interior shots, but there is one in this article. And uou can read more about it here.

68 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: January 2019

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  2. First – every single one of your photos is beautiful … however there are a couple in here that just knocks my socks off (yes, I’m wearing socks. It’s cold here!)
    1) the action shot with the chainsaw. Love it. The only thing missing is the sound effect 😉
    2) on the tree walk, I ooo’d and ahhh’d over every photo … and then I got to the last one where you’ve shot up looking at the top. omg – I’ve seen a lot of tree photos shot somewhat like this, but the angle on this one has produced a stunning photo.

    From these photos, I’d say you were greatly inspired this month!!

    And now I have a strange craving for pizza for dinner …

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  3. It might not have felt overly creative for you but I’m stunned at all the things you’ve done and experienced this month!😄 The new tote bag looks awesome – no wonder there. 😉 As does the pizza – I just loove pizza! And the Redwoods tree walk is amazing!! One more thing for that ever growing list of mine.😉
    And such a cool sculpture! And is it just me or does anybody else feel reminded of that scene with Christian Bale and the chainsaw? 😂


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  5. It has been an active and creative month for you Su that redwoods walk and “lighthouse” both look well worth a visit. And love the wine tote, a great gift idea. I’ll be a bit late this month coming to the party but will get my act together ASAP

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  6. I’m glad you continued with this. The changing climate isn’t just information anymore. Now it’s an international challenge to see if we can do what we need to do to save our planet. We need to do more, I think than merely showing pretty pictures. We need to TALK about the way the climate is changing and how it is affecting wildlife and our lives.

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  8. It seems you don’t have to travel far to find some interesting places around you. I recall a treetop walk somewhere down in the south west corner of Australia which was pretty good although the OH wasn’t happy – he is even worse with heights now. The ‘Lighthouse’ looks more like a ‘Light’ House I shall have to read the link you gave to see what that is all about. Glad you are continuing to host this challenge Su. I’m going to use it to record the changes in a little garden walk near home this year to get a finger on what flowers when!

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    • I love your idea for your Changing Seasons posts Jude. It’s great how we’re all using the basic challenge differently.
      T and I have made a conscious effort to find the little, out of the way parks and beaches that abound in Auckland — partly because we both get so grumpy in crowds, but mostly because we’re nosey and feel like we should be more aware of the city we’ve both spend most of our lives in.

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    • Thank you. The tree walk was very cool. I really liked that the platforms between bridges had seats and lots of information boards, so you could stop, enjoy the view and learn about the forest. The kids we saw seemed to really engage with that.

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    • Thanks Tish. The tree walk felt very safe for the height-averse like me. I probably wouldn’t want to be on the bridges with many others at the same time — the longer ones especially. Getting back to the ground was weird at first — like getting off a boat.
      Hope the coughing subsides soon and doesn’t spread.

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  13. Great to see that the challenge is still continuing! My blog rhythm got disturbed when they moved the “Weekly photo Challenges” and when they later discontinued it, I just fell off completely. Now I only blog ebery now and then. The music and other stuff takes up so much time.
    Anyway: great gallery and it’s so green and lush around your parts of the world.

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    • Thanks Max. It is a great challenge, and I really look forward to seeing each month what others are doing. I do understand how once the blogging rhythm is altered, it’s hard to get back — and life has so many other things in it! 🙂


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  17. I thought the after was going to show a few slices of crust! Ha – but looking good and I don’t each much bread but have a fresh sourdough loaf in the Pantry – it actually called to me and “take me home – take me home – have me with real butter and enjoy the tang” lol
    The Whitney of Big T on the bridge is a great angle
    Oh and I keep missing joining in with the seasons post – have drafts that were started and well – going to try and follow thru with my January one (cos I want to – ha)

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  22. The photo with the chainsaw has made my morning. Here in a world that looks and feels like a deep freezer, it’s wonderful to remember that warmer days are coming when we can get outside and do the chores. Also the pizzas look scrumptious. Oh dear, now I’m hungry.

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  24. Sue your post makes me home sick for my second home.
    That will be remedied, tomorrow we fly back to Aotearoa for a months visit
    Besides my nostalgia and sentimentality your posts are full of interest to me.
    The chain saw photo is so good it looks like an advisement,
    Stihl a good photo, perhaps that is why it is the number one selling chain saw in the world.
    Also the pizza looks tantalizingly delicious better than an add for Pizza Hut.

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