The Boy-child’s Advent Calendar 2017. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Image: Su Leslie 2017
Advent Calendars weren’t part of my Presbyterian upbringing; so I was largely unaware of them until the boy-child was little and he began to receive as gifts the kind with little chocolates behind each window. Then a cousin sent him a lovely quilted version with numbered pockets to be filled with goodies.
Despite its Winnie the Pooh fabric, the Calendar remained in use until my son left home, and probably would still be pressed into service except that I can’t find it.
The boy-child’s advent calendar; made by a cousin and given to him when he was four. Image: Su Leslie
For the last couple of years I sought alternative solutions; the row of goodie bags that could be hung in a flat bedroom, a box with numbered envelopes.
I’m not sure whether it’s a lack of imagination or a general ambivalence towards Christmas, but this year we’re going calendar-free and I wonder if he will even notice.
Ragtag Daily Prompt | calendar
The motorcycle orchestra. Most are in the process of being restored/repaired, so the sound of revving engines is quite common.
I know how well it’s going though, by the sounds that emanate from the Big T as he’s working.
Ragtag Daily Prompt | sound
The Pacific Ocean, Otago coastline, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2018
You realise how isolated New Zealander when you can stand on an east coast beach and know that the nearest landmass beyond the horizon is Chile.
Ragtag Daily Prompt | vast
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” –– Tecumseh
And perhaps more importantly I guess, is giving thanks that I have those things to be thankful for.
Ragtag Daily Prompt | light
Image: Su Leslie 2019
Constant rain and wind this week is taking its toll on the garden. This shot seems fitting then for both Friday Flowers and the Ragtag Daily Prompt | a flower cried.
Sharing a plate of buttered toast … preferably with a pot of tea (and maybe some apricot or plum jam).
Even better shared with my boy — for whom the phrase “butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth” could have been coined.
Ragtag Daily Prompt | Butter
Shadows cast on wooden floor. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | Shadows
Debbie’s One Word Sunday | Sepia
Image: Su Leslie 2018
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott
Ragtag Daily Prompt | Dawn
Tui feeding in kowhai tree. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Maybe I’m stretching the definition of elusive a bit here. Tui are abundant in our garden at the moment, with record numbers feeding on the kowhai, flax and fuchsia in the neighbourhood.
Photographing them is a different matter. Today is the first time I’ve managed to get close enough to focus my lens on the birds and not just the foliage.
Images: Su Leslie 2019
Ragtag Daily Prompt | elusive
Automotive wearable art? Image: Su Leslie 2019
The World of Wearable Art competition is about to begin in Wellington. Sponsor Mazda ran a competition to design a WOW-themed wrap for one of their cars.
Ragtag Daily Prompt | subtle