Cambridge Farmers Market at Leamington Domain

Mamas Donuts Cambridge Farmers Market Leamington Domain

Mamas Donuts Cambridge Farmers Market Leamington Domain

The royal visit today necessitated Cambridge Farmers Market giving up its prime spot on Victoria Square for Leamington Domain. A most picturesque relocation. And yes, there seemed to be a steady stream of customers given, I understand, the location was only firmed up during the week.

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The last summer’s days RIP Leamington Bowls 1931-2013

Keep off the greens please 9/02/2014

Keep off the greens please 9/02/2014

The first recorded reference to a bowling club in Leamington was in the Waikato Independent on the 10th of February 1921, when there was a move to form a club.

Leamington Bowling Club–75 Years Bruce Jeans (November 2005)

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SquareSpace experiment jan / feb 2013

SquareSpace trial

SquareSpace trial

Absolutely cool, easy to learn and set up. 24/7 support – friendly and encouraging. Looks great. English I think? No, perhaps it is American. I envision it an excellent portal / portfolio / shop window website. Just a little lacking in the navigation and layout integration departments – though using it as is, is still pretty nifty. Would love to see the blogging and page options keep the full screen gallery layout (perhaps I missed something). How about html image mapping (?) to enhance navigation creatively using all that wide screen expanse. This review puts it up there on a par with WordPress (this blog) and Google’s Blogger. There is a more expensive option but at around $US100.00 per year (with domain mapping) a snip. I will have another look in the near future.

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847 items February 2012

847 items

847 items

I have been using Lightroom full-time for the past 18 months to organise and post produce my camera RAW files. The ‘chosen ones’ find their way into two archives, one ‘in the cloud’ ~ the other ~ a local drive. The exceptional ones :) – those that ‘work’ (I should explain at some point) are in turn backed up twice ~ on another drive and cloud account (I also carry a version of this collection with me on my phone). Lightroom is efficient and fast to use (I wouldn’t be without it now ~ though there is a significant learning curve in using it effectively). Integrating my camera phone (NON RAW) files into this system has been a bit of a mission – I admit I may be a bit slow on the uptake – hence there is some slippage which ends up in a folder that expands and contracts as I deal with them. Some are rejects, alternate edits, double ups and PS doodles ~ as well as phone camera files looking for a home or the reject bin. There are currently 847 items in this folder requiring attention. :(

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BMX track opening self assignment

Ariel Walter in front

In deciding to photograph today from a observer’s point of view – as you do – as I do – I had one image in mind and this is the variation on that idea as it appeared towards the end of the day – cropped – oh well, close!  There are others but this suits me; Ariel Walter won this race from – sorry – I do not know the name of her competitor. Interestingly the Facebook f makes an appearance in colours not a million miles away from the competitor number plates. I tend to like little visual plays like this – I’m sure they’re Facebook friends. unedited day gallery

Cambridge Tavern 1976 – 2011

There’s much happening around the highest point in Leamington; the highest point in the whole of Cambridge! Lauriston Park Retirement Village rockets towards completion. Next door – well, down the hill just a bit – Cambridge Tavern – sad shadow of it’s former self is ending its 35 year tenure of the corner of Campbell and Burns streets in the next few weeks. The area bounded by Campbell, Shakespeare, Raleigh and Burns is referred to, I see, in one document floating about, as Leamington Shopping Centre – well I suppose you would call it that, I guess, even if not strictly true. There is other stuff going on in there; Raleigh Street Christian Centre & Cambridge Montessori Preschool (the southern centre that is). And a new smallish tavern, a supermarket and ? – a shopping centre will be nice if well done.

Cambridge Tavern bottle store Campbell Street Leamington

Cambridge Marae AGM 7PM 11 October 2011

CCM 2011 AGM

Cambridge Community Marae Annual General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Cambridge Community Marae on the corner of Bracken Street and Pope Terrace, Leamington. All invited and welcome to attend. New committee members sought. See you there! Wally Jones Chairperson telephone: 827 9512

Autumn leaf, Shakespeare Street, Leamington New Zealand

leaf image footpath Shakespeare Street Leamington 3432

Cambridge and Leamington (by association) and the fact it forms half of our town, has had the marketing byline Town of Trees for some time. It works. Yes, there is the addition but lets just stick with this for the moment. Most of the trees lining the streets, on both sides of the river, are exotics and deciduous so at this time of the year we have leaves – lots of leaves. This can be charming for five minutes. Today in blustery weather there are leaves blowing every which way and things have become rather messy and cluttered and, not to put too fine a point on it, rather dirty and dejected looking. Then you get this – the impression of a fallen leaf stained into the footpath here on Shakespeare Street, just south of the shops. It has the look of a prehistoric rock painting.

Kites on the Polo grounds Lamb Street Leamington

2011 Cambridge Family Kite Day

A sunny, Saturday, autumn afternoon in Leamington – and kites. The wind is a little patchy – but there is plenty to watch. From the big and bold to the subtle – the almost not there, the slick to the aerodynamically challenged. The 2011 Kite Days have been the initiative of the Waipa District Council folk – the ones in the blue tshirts. I particularly like this idea and the other almost lighter than air string affair featured in the day gallery.