The Changing Seasons, June 2019

img_4792 Waikato morning. Image: Su Leslie 2019.

It seems like winter arrived with indecent haste this month. Cold air, lowering clouds, morning mists, not to mention the odd thunderstorm or two. On a scale of one to indoor beanie-wearing, we seem to be hovering on Ugg boots.

The first half of the month disappeared in a haze of flu-recovery, but in the last couple of weeks, the Big T and I managed to get away for a long weekend in Tauranga (with a detour to Field Days), and discover a regional park that could become our new favourite place.

img_4776 Field Days, Mystery Creek, Waikato, NZ. Not really doing justice to a four-day event that attracts over 130,000 visitors. Image: Su Leslie 2019

We’ve been telling ourselves for years that we really should go to Field Days. It’s a huge agricultural trade show, and useful for the Big T to do some business networking. But it  also gives a fascinating snapshot of an industry that has both real and mythical significance to the NZ economy and psyche.

It was bigger, noisier and more confusing than I expected, but I am glad we went.




After exhausting ourselves looking at diggers, chainsaws, water flow indicators (as you do) and the latest from Swanndri (iconic Kiwi clothing — what’s not to love about scratchy woollen bush-shirts?), we headed to Tauranga where the skies were blue, and the weather practically tropical (for a while at least).




While we were there, the Tauranga Art Gallery had an exhibition of work by local artist, Natasha Cousens. Called ‘Let Me Tell You a Story’ it consisted of sculptures created from clay, fibreglass and textiles; all referencing the wildlife imagery common in fairy tales. It’s the artist’s first solo show, and I found the pieces slightly disturbing and sad, but beautiful and exquisitely made.




A rainy-day visit to the Mahurangi Peninsula, just north of Auckland allowed us to discover Scandrett Regional Park. Formerly a farm owned by the Scandrett family, the park still contains the old homestead, with its beautiful cottage garden. Around the coast a little, at Scott’s Landing in Mahurangi Regional Park, the rather grander Scott family homestead still exists too. Both houses have been preserved; the latter by the Auckland Civic Trust which holds occasional open days.




During June I’ve taken part in 30 Days, 30 Songs, hosted by my dear friend Sarah at Art Expedition. It’s been lovely to each day choose a piece of music and reflect on what it means to me. There has also been a certain amount of self-imposed stress, deciding what’s in and what’s not. So you won’t be surprised that I’m going to sneak an extra track into this post.

I love Sentimental Walk, from the 1981 film Diva. It is very like Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 — another piece I love. Both make me think of Paris, but also of wintertime rain.

You can hear Sarah’s latest musical choice here.


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.

Please check out the Changing Seasons — June for these awesome bloggers:


Little Pieces of Me

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Joanne at My Life Lived Full

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Marilyn at Serendipity — Seeking intelligent life on Earth

Jude at Life at the Edge

Ju-Lyn at All Things Bright and Beautiful

A Wonderful Sheep

Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Yvette at Priorhouse blog

Gill at Talking Thailand

Mick at Mick’s Cogs

79 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons, June 2019

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  2. I love so many of your pictures, I don’t even know where to start! The first misty photo is wonderful. As you are entering winter and we are finally entering summer, I’m delighted to see your work again and love contributing to this challenge! I’m glad you are finally feeling better!

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    • Thanks so much Marilyn. It is good to finally be feeling “back to normal”. I’m looking forward to seeing how summer is unfolding in yours, and other Northern Hemisphere, posts.


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  5. A post full of beautiful photos Su and I do so remember those cold foggy Waikato mornings, getting up at 5am to bring the cows in and rounding up the new calves, sloshing around in gumboots and of course the Swandri. This post brings back so many memories. Never went to the field days even though they were just down the road at one stage of my farming life.I’ve made a note of the Scandett Regional Park, must visit next time we are over. I’ve also managed to make the changing seasons by the end of the month this time…

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  6. Well you certainly made up for lost time after your horrid flu bout. The Tauranga gallery is equisite. The artwork is indeed both lovely and disturbing, and the Fieldays visit reminded me of my childhood spend at county agricultural shows where my father’s corn merchant’s firm always had a big stand – and lots of ‘entertaining’.

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    • 😀 yes the hospitality side of these shows is huge. A friend’s company is very involved, and he was there every day of the show until very late.
      The Tauranga Gallery is very good. I’ve enjoyed every exhibition I’ve seen there, and more so because the staff are so knowledgeable and friendly.

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  7. So many beautiful images! … although from your camera I’m never surprised.
    It seems that after your bout of flu, your muse returned to you highly energized.

    The photo of the bridge disappearing into the mist stands out as my favourite. I can hardly call that ‘mist’ though … this fog is thicker than anything I’ve ever seen here!!!

    It may be winter there now, but it doesn’t appear to have slowed you down! What a beautiful month!

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    • Thanks Tracy. The bridge was fun; slightly spoiled by a car having come across from the other direction first, spoiling the illusion of nothingness a bit.
      I love the punga log too — if that’s what it is. I can’t find any pictures online that look quite like that.

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    • Hehe. The bridge was cool, but the effect was spoiled a bit by a car coming across from the other side just before the lights changed. And we do use that bridge fairly often.
      The waterfall was in the middle of the bush, and the pond beneath was heavy with leaf litter. I’d probably have passed, even if it had been a few degrees warmer. 🙂

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  13. the sentimental walk is so nice right now.
    soothing piano and interesting way to zoom inane out and across.
    –and laughing at the “scratchy woollen bush-shirts” ha –
    and the tropical pics were my fav here in that collage – the shrooms – the waterfalls- and the vibe
    cheers to June (and I am joining in and will be back later with my link)

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  14. Some exceedingly good photos here Su, and weather not unlike our own, despite the difference in seasons! I could have taken a foggy road shot yesterday had I not been driving! You live in a beautiful part of the world, I really must make the effort to get over there one more time at least. So much to see.

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  15. Hehe, did you check out the tractor pull competition at Fieldays Sue, the most mind numbingly boring racing thing I’ve ever seen? 🙂
    You’re right about the change in the weather, one day golden autumn and the next day full on winter. Maybe the weather gods were caught out chilling on a beach somewhere until someone reminded them that they hadn’t flipped the calendar over yet.

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  17. You managed to squeeze so much into June – despite being out sick for the 1st half ….

    You engage in such eclectic activities – such fun! Natasha Cousen’s work look so fab in your photos – they must have been divine in reality!

    Thank you for the introduction to another new music video – I found the filmography rather interesting.

    Wishing you a fantabulous month ahead despite the freezing temps!


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  21. I just love that photo of the bridge disappearing into the mist! I’m not sure if I’d dared crossing it though, knowing about trolls who love to hide beneath them. 😉
    The punga log (?) looks beautiful! And the song is just mesmerisingly beautiful! I need to learn how to play it! (We can add ‘Songs I intend to play on my guitar/piano/whatever’ opposed to ‘the songs I wanted to play but never have’. 😉)
    And I love those delicate pieces of art – sooo beautiful!

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    • I thought you’d like the art — I wish my photos did it justice.
      The music is great; actually the film is great so if you ever get a chance to watch it, you’ll probably like it too.
      I thought the day we drove over that bridge was really misty until a few days ago when I had to drive through even worse. No bridges, but I was on a steep windy road with very deep valleys either side. I only know this because I drove back across the same road later in the day and could see how precarious it was. 😬

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      • I already put the film on my list and will look out for it on my next library trip! (Which it being the holidays still is kind of a weekly thing for me 😀 ).
        I’ve never been in a mist like that, it doesn’t get very misty often here in Berlin, and every time I was in England, where you expect some nice mist to happen after reading all those Dickens novels and what not, it was either summer and blazingly hot or raining – maybe you can count the steam rising from my wet clothes? 😉

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