Saturday, September 21, 2013

Scavenger Hunt 2013 Final

I can not believe that September is here already and more over the fact that the hunt has now finished!!

Life has been hard the past 6 weeks and I feel like I have disappeared totally off the radar.
Blogging has sadly taken a very distant back seat, but then so has most things if it doesn't come into the day to day running of life. However things are easing and I feel like I am getting on top again, so here's hoping things can start over and bloom towards the end of the year.

I have still been searching for my remaining scavenger hunt items but they have just not managed to make it up on the computer.
Seeing as today is the official last day of the hunt then today is the day they have to be completed.
Have I managed them all, yes I think I have, and I will be the first to admit that I have had to use a substitute item for 1 of them too.

Without further delay here are the remaining items that I had yet to post about, all be it a short quick description of the item, usually I would give each item its own post but life is just not playing that way at present, so I am doing the best I can!
I have written out the scavenger hunt list. Those items already found during the summer/winter I have linked too, those being shown for the first time today are completed below.

#1 - Open Air Market
The local Farmer's Market on a Sunday morning is always worth a visit.


#2 - Theatre for performing arts

#3 - City Hall, Capitol or similar Civic Building
Would you believe Hamilton does not have a City Hall or Capitol. So I give you our Court House.


#4 Airplane

#5 A Sunset
Of all the ones to have not completed yet this was a weird one as the sun has been setting everyday of the hunt and I have just not remembered to get a shot.
On the night I successfully got a shot I also got a picture of the reflection in the window of a neighbour's window, I just loved how it looked.



#6 - Someone or something taking a nap

#7 - A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny
I still love this sign as we have both children and cats, and believe me sometimes I really do want to get rid of the children and keep the cats!!


#8 - A tower

#9 - A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place
This was a difficult one for me, I just never seemed to see anything that I felt was not meant to be!
Until I saw this entrance way into the local park.....beautiful archway however not sure who thought to grow daffodils on the top of it!



#10 - A bench that is outside

#11 - An animal in a zoo, aquarium or nature reserve

#12 - A cloud in the shape of something
I have to admit defeat on this item and bring in the substitute card....!
Instead I give you a sundial




This dial had many sides to it. Each side measuring a different aspect.
East and west vertical dial. North vertical dial, a south equatorial dial and even a polar dial.
I think you could have this sundial at sea and navigate the world, although bags not being the one to try that!

#13 - A fence

#14 - A stained glass object or mosaic

#15 - A fire truck or police car

#16 - A windmill

#17 - Candles

#18 - Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop
There is just one place in Hamilton that I love to go for my hot chocolates and that is Scott's Epicurean. They do the best I have found in the whole city and the reason why? They use a chocolate syrup that they have created by melting chocolate and adding sugar etc to. It is divine and well worth a visit.



#19 - A fisherman
Usually something like this would be easy to find, wander down by the estuary at the caravan or wander along the Waikato River but alas it was not meant to be.
My son and I raided all their story books to find a fisherman but alas this was not meant to be either!
Finally I remembered that in my computer game 'Sims' (which I had been playing a lot whilst recovering) I had the ability to make them fish in the pond, so as a last resort that is what I offer up as a picture of a fisherman...!


#20 - A dinosaur

#21 - A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply
Now do I take a picture of the computer, my ever faithful craft tool or do I use my pen and paper! How about some stickers I have to decorate things with?? So many choices but I finally went with a picture of me with my cross stitching



This stitching is a slow, very slow work in progress, but I love picking it up and just doing a little bit every now and then.

Conclusion

I was hanging out for this hunt this year, I was ready for it on June 1 and I got all the family involved.

My first item to find was #11 'an animal in the zoo' as we visited Auckland Zoo on June 1 and we didn't even know what was on the hunt list at that point! Something made me take several pictures that day as I had a feeling an animal would be on the list.

My favorite item for the hunt was #4 an airplane as we got to hang around the observation area at Auckland airport, something that we use to do a lot when the boys were little and it was fun to see their faces again watching the planes come and go. Something we haven't done for over 6 years now because we moved towns.

My hardest item was probably the one several people will admit defeat to and that was #12 a cloud in a shape! I searched and searched the sky but with no luck. Seems winter skies in New Zealand just don't play well with finding shapes in the clouds!

Thank you Rinda for running this awesome scavenger hunt for us once again. As always it has been a pleasure, if what sometimes frustrating, but always a pleasure and I so hope you run it again next year as myself and the family need this to get us through the winter months here in New Zealand.

13 comments:

The Mann Fam said...

LOL! I LOVE your funny sign! I think its great that you're a cross-stitcher.

glitterandglue said...

Love your pictures - carry on a bit at a time with the cross stitch - I have loads of bits that take ages - hubby calls them my unfinished symphonies.... on the principle that if Schubert could do it...

Margaret - glitterandglue

Eileen T said...
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Eileen T said...

I've loved reading back through all your hunt posts. You've managed some really good images - I have this picture in my mind of you creeping around the garden centre looking for windmills which made me laugh!

I'm now following your blog.

Eleanor said...

What a pleasure to explore your photos, my favourite is the sundial, what an amazing construction. Taking a nap - I chose my 2 white and black cats, but I could equally have chosen one of my tabbies and our silver girl, how funny. I also loved that you involved the whole family, so special.
Eleanor
x

Andy said...

What a fantastic blog post. I have really enjoyed reading the stories behind the photographs! The funny cat sign has made me laugh. Thank you. Well done in completing the hunt.

furrypig said...

great to see all the scavenger hunt photos and the cat one was funny indeed!

john-w said...

Loved seeing your photos. The cat one was amusing, and the cross stitch is worth persevering with. It took me four years to do one of two Cougars, but it was all worth it in the end. Kind regards, John W #17.

Wrightboysmum said...

Great photos and well done on getting to the end. I love the windows reflection as well it's a great shot.

S said...

Great snaps. I chuckled at the cat sign.

Carola Bartz said...

I love your selfie - and I have feeling that the cross stitching you do is a very calming and peaceful hobby. I am a big ZERO at stitching. I remember back in school - decades ago - I had to make several lines of different stitches, and it was awful. In the end my mom finished it for me!

~*~Patty S said...

Really fun to see your scavenger photos!
That sunset reflection is brilliant and I agree with you about finding clouds...in the end we started seeing ♥'s...
Just read your:
We are friends above...:)
Greetings from Virgina, USA
This has really been fun!
oxo

Rosalinda Hone said...

Congratulations! You've managed to complete the 2013 scavenger hunt list! You must've gone through a lot to accomplish everything. I'm sure there were times that you even became frustrated. You just couldn't help it because you really wanted to complete the list. Well, those hardships don't matter anymore because you've already succeeded. Hooray! :D

Rosalinda Hone @ Riddle Me