Zenfolio slideshow

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Last Friday, the 26th of June 2009, Zenfolio the image storage facility I use was upgraded to include an embed slideshow function. Great, it works really well – but as this site is hosted by WordPress.com I can’t just pop the code straight into a post. So for those who wish to know such things it goes Zenfolio > VopPod > WordPress. If you want to know more – it is fairly straight forward – email me – michael AT michaeljeans.co.nz and I will explain further. Or you could read this. This slideshow is of images from this blog dating back from June 2008 – posts which are gradually being recovered and republished as time allows.

PS If you do want to sign up to Zenfolio quote this HSU-YMW-KNV and you will (me too) receive a small discount.

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Gallery update 26/06/2009

The database which contains most of my on-line image files is currently undergoing an upgrade. This means that my blog which sources most of it’s images from said database will look rather blank for the next 3-4 hours. Apologies for the inconvenience. We will see you back tomorrow.

1900 hours NZST 26/06/2009

All good 0800 hours NZST 27/06/2009

Cambridge NZ Chamber of Commerce intro.

The text of my remarks to the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Icebreaker, this evening Thursday the 25th of June 2009 and hosted at Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade, Duke Street, Cambridge New Zealand. (well sort of – it didn’t quite come out exactly as planned).

My name is Michael Jeans. I am a native of Cambridge. Cambridge born and bred I grew up at Whitehall – educated at Whitehall Primary and Cambridge High. I have been Cambridge based for much of my life and a photographer for most of my working career.

Typical of photography services in smaller centres I offer the full range of what we refer to these days as imaging services. Wedding and portrait photography – the very popular and important skills of photo restoration, archiving and storage – photography for business, real estate and insurance. The whole bit. Visual branding and promotion.

I am very, very partial to my home town uniquely hugging the Waikato River – its twinness – Cambridge and Leamington – its place as a Waikato agribusiness centre for dairying – as much as an equine centre.

Playing my part in promoting our place I maintain an on line diary or journal – there’s a year’s worth on line at the moment – a visual blog which in part celebrates and promotes the authentic Cambridge I know and love.

I am always on the look out for new and interesting stuff about our place – as I always say – quirky but effective – providing a window on our place for us and the rest of the world to enjoy. I look forward to working with you.

Bullrush or kingasini Ctd.

A reader writes:

the word ‘kingasini’ brought memories flooding back (oh that I could still play it!). I played it in the late 40’s to 50’s and my kids played Bullrush. I think there might have been a slight variation between the two but for the life of me I can’t think what it is! I wonder what they call it these days, must ask my grandkids.

Bullrush or kingasini

We are thinking about school around here today – for a couple of reasons. Dad is writing up his memories and I have been involved for the past six weeks or so in preparatory meetings for the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro district schools 125th Jubilee we will celebrate in September next year. This week we launched the website which will be used to publicize the celebrations. Dad, my sister and brother and I attended Whitehall primary; my mother went to Taotaoroa. The history of all four schools – two of which no longer exist – are bound up with one another. Check out the website if you are interested.

Dad (at Whitehall in the 1930s) asks me about the word kingasini. Yes, we played bullrush or kingasini in the 1950s and 1960s – at Whitehall (I recall we used the two names interchangeably – or were there two variations each having their own name – a vague memory is saying yes). I have a photograph here which shows the exact place we used to play it – the large bare patch in the lower portion of this photo – an area that was later grassed.

Whitehall School Archive

I can find three references to Kingasini: Tommy Kapai‘s delightful 29th September 2008 Bay of Plenty Times article Ding-dong of bullrush can teach our kids plenty (Omanu School). John Saunders’ Memories from Onehunga Primary School… on Old Friends and  Kitty Arnold (Whelan) Memories from St Pius X School (Glen Innes)… also on Old Friends. Wikipedia mentions bullrush as an antipodean variant of the British game Bulldogs and provides a whole lot of other names but not Kingasini – I wonder where the name came from?

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English summer gardens

Mark and Abbie Jury head for English summer gardens:

A couple of weeks of non stop garden visiting may not be everyone’s cup of tea but two heads are better than one and we hope to return inspired with new ideas. One thing is for sure though. When you are travelling across the world, it certainly helps to have good advisors who are switched on to what you want to see. We don’t have time to spend looking at very average gardens or queuing for tourist attractions. We are after hard-core gardening and hard-core gardeners.

Read the full article here: In Search Of Summer Gardens

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St Andrew’s Men’s Dinner

Every now and then it’s good for the men in the parish to get together and catch up with one another over a simple meal. Essentially, that’s what the St Andrew’s Men’s Dinners are about … good company, simple fare, and something interesting to think about.

For more information St Andrew’s Church Cambridge.

Cambridge Community Constable Senior Constable Neil Warren, spoke this evening, about his work in our community. Wide ranging remarks from a committed and passionate police officer. The most serious drug problem faced by our communities – alcohol abuse. He spoke also of the under-the-radar dangers of text bullying with the ubiquitousness of texting in the lives of young  folk.

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River visitor – Earthrace

Earthrace [and here] visits Cambridge at Dominion Avenue Cambridge NZ today, Tuesday, the 9th of June 2009. Moored on the Waikato River, below Duke Street hill and the curve of SH1 where the Karapiro Stream joins the Waikato and just below the furthest point on the river navigable from the sea – the boat is receiving local visitors during the day.

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Travelling through Cambridge NZ

Always fascinating to come upon responses to our place:

This is actually where “Hobbiton” was filmed as well. I explored a preserve that was fenced off and looked like Jurassic Park. It was thick and lush inside, and I climbed a mountain in the lush forest to explore. Slipped in the rain and mud a lot going uphill, but it was fun anyway. Took a lot of backcountry roads around the area and walked far out into fields. Cambridge was a beautiful place, small and peaceful, and I enjoyed my time there. Reminded me a lot of Oregon and Washington, the rainy sides.

Tristan Stiles from travelpod.com dated Sunday, Jun 07, 2009

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Maungatautari Mission 2009

The Maungatautari Mission annual multi sport race begins here in Leamington – cycles to Tari Road Pukeatua traverses Maungatautari on foot to Maungatautari School – cycles again to Hora hora and kayaks on Lake Karapiro to principal race sponsors Boatshed Café and Kayaks at Karapiro. All of 72kms I am reliably informed.

Competitors in the 2009 Maungatautari Mission wait to be sent on their way at 8:28 this morning, Saturday, the 6th of June 2009 – Lamb and Rotoorangi Roads corner Leamington NZ.

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Fog 11:30pm Shakespeare Street Leamington NZ

We have had a series of frosts this week. Today was cold and rather miserable – a black frost (a frost with morning cloud cover) – I am not sure if the daytime temperature rose much above 8-9 degrees C today which is a rarity around here even during winter – we are usually slightly milder than this. A related observation, across the river, is made on Velofille‘s photostream. And Phil. There is a change coming though – as always.

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From typewriter to digital whiteboard

Twenty-Five or so years ago when my Mum – Phyllis Jeans – gathered the material for Centenary 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 – 1985 [ISBN 0-473-00307-4] the manuscript was typed (by Lesley Sewell) and set again for the printing presses at Cambridge Independent. We on the other hand have access to all the current digital tools enabling us to share and edit documents from home – view them online at meetings and share much more readily and rapidly to a greater audience the fruits of our research and planning. Above the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools’ 125th Jubilee committee meets at Karapiro School this Thursday evening the 4th of June 2009. The 125th Jubilee is being held in September 2010.

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Julian Stone Fencourt

Julian farms out on Aspin Road to the north east of Cambridge – just a little way – about 8kms from Cambridge CBD. He is the second in our series Cambridge Farmers for the Hot Shots To Go Fieldays window display.

Julian Stone
President Cambridge A&P Society
Chair Cambridge branch NZ Federated Farmers
Hot Shots To Go / Fieldays 2009 Window display series

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Bruce Connew | Vapour Momenta Books

In the mail this morning.

Vapour Momenta Books is the pocket-sized publishing arm of photographer and artist Bruce Connew and designer/typographer Catherine Griffiths. The new website displays our artist books, along with other titles of interest to us, and maybe you, as well as the odd snippet of news that involves our work.

Links
Vapour Momenta Books = bruce connew + catherine griffiths
Bruce Connew

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