Yesterday was another day packed with activities.  I went up to visit Dad in the morning, and he suggested we take a drive out to Butcher’s Dam, a scenic spot just down the road from Alexandra.  DOC have put in walking tracks around the Dam (which apparently was originally built as a reservoir to provide water for Alexandra), so we went for a wander, and of course I took lots of photos:

Viper’s Bugloss (otherwise known as “that @#$% blue spikey flower”), which grows wild around most of Central, and is much hated by anyone who’s had the misfortune to walk through a patch of it and get the tiny spines embedded in their skin. It’s quite pretty close up, though 🙂
It also, very rarely, comes in pink:

Afterwards, we went back to Alexandra so I could check out the Rotary booksale.  I resisted the temptation to load up on books for bookcrossing (they were a bit pricey for that, anyway), but I did get one or two (or five) I wanted to read, so counted it as a success.
Dad was supposed to playing in a golf match after lunch, but someone pulled out so it fell through.  He was still keen to have a practice round though, so I offered to caddy for him (well, push the trolley, anyway – although I have played golf a few times, and know quite a bit about it from watching Dad play, I definitely don’t know enough to select clubs or otherwise do proper caddying!), so we had a very pleasant walk around the golf course together.  We ended up only doing 13 holes, because by that time it was getting so hot as to be unpleasant, but that’s still quite a few kilometres, so between that and the walk round the Dam in the morning, I definitely felt like I got some good exercise yesterday!  (And got a bit of sunburn – I was for once sensible enough to wear a hat, but didn’t think about sunscreen until it was way too late…)
Today’s supposed to be even hotter, so staying inside might be in order, so as not to exacerbate yesterday’s sunburn.  I think I feel Mum’s craft room calling to me…

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  1. Since I have it all on my brain at the moment, because I’m trying to decide what kind of digital camera to buy… can you remind me of the make and model that you chose? And do you like it? Would you buy it again? What do you like and not like about it? Etc.
    I sure would appreciate it, as I am, at the moment totally muddled at the hundreds of choices!!!

    1. I’ve got a Sony a77 body with two Tamron lens – a 17-50 mm, and a macro (which I only use occasionally, because I’m usually too lazy to carry it round with me, so most of the macro shots I post are just taken using my main lens). It’s a fantastic camera, and I’ve been very happy with it, but wasn’t cheap – I think all up, with spare battery, bag, etc, it came to just over NZ$4000. But I wanted to step up from a point-and-shoot to a “real” DSLR camera, and the Sony was recommended to me as a really good sub-professional camera.
      Normally I wouldn’t go with Sony, because I’ve had bad experiences with their little point-and-shoots, but I was told that Sony DSLRs are actually rebranded Minoltas, and I’ve certainly never had any of the problems I had with my old little Sonys.
      I don’t know if that’s any help to you – depends on how much you’re willing to spend to get a decent camera! But if you can afford it, then I’d definitely recommend the Sony a77.

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