Feeling the Winter Blues

I am feeling the winter blues

but let me tell you

Story Time in the Kitchen with the resident Gossips

about  a couple of bright spots in these early days of winter.

First, a gift for me,  imagined and crafted by my daughter ~

Klimt inspired jewellery for me

Second, the arrival of a new battery for my old Panasonic Lumix camera.  Arrival? Yes, arrival!  One of the quirky aspects of living in a small country which is home to much other quirkiness; read, kiwifruit and kiwis and a pregnant Prime Minister

Kiwifruit harvest 2018; something to crow about.

is that replacement lithium batteries for older model cameras aren’t readily available. They must be ordered and then shipped to New Zealand.  My battery, assembled and packaged in Australia, took 8 weeks to reach me.  Delivery day to my doorstep was an event; a celebration; an arrival; an eagerly awaited occasion.

No longer am I reliant upon my little mobile phone camera to capture  my  moods with feeble clarity.

So blue over you ( taken with mobile phone)

Now, I  can focus on finding some light in the gloom.

 

Inner delights; feijoa medallions.

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121 thoughts on “Feeling the Winter Blues

  1. Sheryl

    You found some wonderful rays of sunshine embedded within the winter blues. I absolutely love the blue pictures you used to illustrate this post. They are beautiful.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Sheryl. So glad you like the pictures. I am wondering now about china patterns a hundred years ago. Was blue fashionable? My grandmother’s china service which was a wedding present about 1917 is white, with a gold and black trim with tiny pink flowers.

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  2. Britt Skrabanek

    I always forget that it’s winter in other places. It’s been so sunny here that I’m already starting to miss the rain (don’t tell anyone). Looks like you found a way to turn your winter blues into some beautiful photos. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      And today we have had a beautiful blue sky so that has been cheerful. It’s also very still outside so perhaps a colder change is on the way. I will keep warm, sipping soup from my blue bowl!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you! I must get writing again so you will have something to follow. 😦 Your blog has encouraged me to rethink the idea of transcribing some of my family’s journals for this blog.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      And here you were in spam again. 😦 We have had a week of clear blue winter skies. Today it is cloudy and winter wet again. Never mind ~ that is not as bad as being stuck in the murky world of spam.

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  3. Lisa Dorenfest

    I was so devastated initially when we were ‘banished’ from paradise (Chagos) that I put a recurring entry on my calendar entitled ‘What’s The Best Thing That Happened Today”. That daily practice of gratitude got me through. I am now back to ‘glass is half full’ so I don’t really need that thought jogger anymore, but I keep it there just in case I let myself succumb to the blues. You’ve done a great job here recounting your bright spots in your wintery days and showing us the brighter side of blue with your beautiful images. Your daughter shares your creative genius; the jewelry she made for you is stunning. Sending warmth from Madagascar.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you for sending warmth from Madagascar. Much appreciated. Gratitude practice is a great thing to do. I must remember to do it more often. 🙂

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  4. lensandpensbysally

    There seems to be a royal blue theme running through your images, which hopefully helps to reduce your winter blues. While you are facing the cold and grey of winter, our temps over the last few days have had a heat index over 100 with high humidity.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Melissa, the kiwi were such a treat this year; beautiful flavour, too. They are good keepers which is handy. I was worried I would have to eat the whole harvest at once. 🙂 Our winters are mild by your standards but we still need indoor heating during the winter. Hope you soon have a break in the excessive heat. I remember struggling with sweltering heat in New York.

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  5. restlessjo

    How lovely to come here and find a post! I knew you’d been away so I wasn’t really expecting one, and I’m a bit out of touch due to jaunting about. 🙂 🙂 The jewellery is wonderful. I love receiving presents from my daughter. They’re always beautiful and carefully thought out. You put colours and objects together beautifully too, Ann. Stay warm!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am keeping as warm as I can, Jo. This year, for the first time, the Govt is giving some of us a winter heating allowance. I am happy about that because my bones don’t like to be cold at all. It’s nice to be home again but of course I am missing my daughter, and my mother and my sister.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Previous Governments have been reluctant to help with the basic costs of heating a home. There is a myth in New Zealand that we are a warm country and when it is cold we just need to be tough and put on another layer!

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      That could be so! I have been ‘on the road/away’ for 21 days in lovely Cairns. The weather was perfect, in my opinion. I am now adjusting to winter cold again. I have exchanged sandals for woollen boots.

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  6. Val

    I love your blue cockerel ornament, and your daughter’s jewellery. 🙂

    As far as I know the problem with the cookie banner not closing when clicked is because it conflicts with the widget that people are using too. If you turn off the widget, that should do the trick. WordPress.com puts the banner on free blogs, I don’t think I have it on mine because I’m paying for a domain and no-ads. As for the damn privacy policy, etc.. urgh… have just written about that. Total pain.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      The blue cockerel is enjoying some sunshine at long last. We had very little sunshine in June, but these last few days have been brilliant. I read your post on the privacy policy and it seems you are a lot more au fait about it than I am. I will join you in a huge URGH! although perhaps I should try to remain sanguine and hope that it will amount to as much as Y2K. 🙂

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  7. Robbie

    I love the jewelry your daughter designed. I love the blues and pattern in the piece. My mother kept the first piece I made in high school. Things made for you are the best gifts:-)I have been blue this Spring since it never happened! We went from winter to summer here in Illinois-USA. I missed our green spring. ugh:-(
    Blue dishes are my favorite. I use to collect blue pieces but not too much these days. I have many of my family dishes:-) I have to hand wash them so I admire them or save them for holidays. My grandparents use to eat on the hand washed dishes every day-wow that must have been a lot of work-guess I am lazy-LOL
    Happy Gardening!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Robbie, my faithful old dishwasher failed about 6 weeks ago. I thought I would be brave and manage without one. HA! My bravery failed after 3 days at the kitchen sink. I have a new dishwasher. 🙂 We didn’t have a dishwasher when I was a child but, then, we didn’t seem to have as many dishes, and back then I rather enjoyed my dishwashing duties. Times change, eh!

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  8. Clare Pooley

    I love your blue china and I hope that your winter blues have receded a little. I am pleased you have been able to replace your camera’s battery, but what a long wait! I also see you have got rid of your privacy banner. I read that the only way to deal with it is to un-install it and then re-install. Apparently, whenever anyone clicked on the banner all it did was refresh the page and bring the banner back. Your daughter’s jewellery is exquisite! She is such a talented woman.Take care of yourself, my dear Mandy. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Hello dear Clare. I have been slow to answer your lovely comment. I have been visiting my daughter, my sister, and my mother, and now I am home again and stricken with a cold. Grrrr. I am not a patient patient but I am doing my best to look after myself with hot drinks and Panadol and lots of rest. I hope life is going as smoothly as possible for you.

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      1. Clare Pooley

        I meant to add (but pressed send too soon) that we are all fine, thank you. A little hay-fever, no rain – so the garden is shrivelling and plenty to keep us occupied! 😀

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  9. Julie@frogpondfarm

    Isn’t your daughter clever! And your comment on your battery has prompted me to get a backup battery for my LUMIX . No your cookie banner disappeared .. but it does sit over the follow me button.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Glad you are preparing a back up plan for your Lumix battery. I have been away for a few weeks so my camera has been sitting idle. ( I don’t usually travel with it.) Arrggh, to cookies! I wish we could just keep them in a packet or a tin and eat them when necessary; that’s what cookies are meant to be…..edible! Not troublesome. Teehee.

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  10. Karen

    You can easily get the winter blues but it looks as though you are trying to find and enjoy little things to bring you happiness.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Karen, I also had a nice trip away to sunny Cairns so that helped with winter blues. Unfortunately, I now have a winter cold. Grrr. Chin up, I guess. It won’t last forever. 🙂

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  11. shoreacres

    I’m sure you know by now that your cookie banner has disappeared. I bumped into several blogs that had that problem; interestingly, all were from Commonwealth countries. I doubt that had anything to do with it, of course, but it still was unusual.

    I was delighted to see your mention of Pink Martini and their version of Sympathique. The group’s a favorite of mine, and that song is particularly cheering. The other I enjoy is Tuca Tuca — perhaps we could solve a few world problems by encouraging more people to partake of the dance.

    Your daughter’s jewelry is beautiful, as are your dishes. While I don’t favor blue for clothing, cars, or paint on my walls, I do have a very small collection of blue or blue and white antique chamber pieces, and find them delightful.

    I’m so glad you’ve brought your camera back to life. It seems odd to me that such “simple” tasks as getting a new battery could be so complicated. Your wait is just one more reminder of how little we sometimes know about others’ worlds. On the other hand, I know all too well the frustration of a non-functional or poorly functioning camera. The biggest problem I have right now is keeping sweat out of the thing. I don’t know how it’s getting in, but now I have to have the sensor cleaned again. It’s not an expensive or difficult proposition, but it certainly is aggravating.It’s so funny that I should be worrying about sweat while you’re experiencing cold (and possibly snow?).

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Dear Linda, I am definitely in favour of more Tuca Tuca in this world. More Tuca Tuca might improve our manners and reduce the need for banners.

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  12. Juliet

    What a beautiful gift from your daughter, and congratulations on persistence and patience with the lithium battery; I’m sure it will be worth it. I love the feijoas picture & the one of the blue crockery. My mother always loved blue and it brings back good memories for me.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Alex. I am glad you see the light within the photos. I thought there might be snow today but there is wind and feeble sunshine instead which may mean brighter days are on the way.

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      1. Alexander Lautsyus

        It is strange to know somewhere snow when you have +29. However even in Canada two days ago my daughter had snow too. She lives in St.John’s, Newfoundland. It is really weird to have such a weather but we cannot complain. It is what it is. Stay warm and healthy.

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  13. Tiny

    Your winter blues are beautiful! Loved the new jewelry by your daughter! And I’m happy your battery Arrived…we are so spoiled by Amazon here in the US…two day delivery of almost anything. Now we’ll get to see more pictures, right?! I had never seen the feijoa fruit before!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Tiny, there will certainly be more pictures as the days get brighter. I felt so lost without my camera all these weeks. It’s not a brilliant camera, spec wise, but it’s good enough for me, and we know each other well. 🙂 Keep an eye out for feijoas in your markets. Apparently they are now grown in California. They are a very polarizing fruit but I happen to love them.

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  14. Mél@nie

    I never have “winter blues”, but… “summer allergy”(LOL!), ’cause too hot during July and August!!! 🙂
    * * *
    your daughter’s Klimt inspired jewellery is original and artistic – a precious gift! ❤

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      LOL, I do get summer allergy, too. I guess neither one extreme nor the other is my happy place. My daughter has made me several pairs of earrings over the years. I love them all because she has a very good understanding of colours.

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  15. Born To Organize

    Seasonal blues are a challenge. I’m glad you’ve found a few things to lift your spirits. The custom jewelry from your daughter is a delight. I love that she used Klimt as her must. They really capture that essence.

    I think your PM is a delight. She’s certainly a far cry from what we’re currently saddled with. I wisher her great success with all she has in store, personally and professionally.

    I’m not able to dismiss the new Privacy and Cookies prompt either, though I’ve managed it regularly on other blogs. Sometimes the old “reboot” is all you need. I hope that is the case for you. Sending tender hugs across the miles.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Alys, apologies for this late response. I have been away visiting my daughter in Cairns, where I was also able to get a good dose of restorative sunshine. I hope you have had a restorative July 4th. I expect you will have heard about the birth of our little ‘Prime Miniature’. This article is one I like about the new baby, although it’s best not to read the comments under the article. https://thestandard.org.nz/new-zealand-basks-in-the-birth-of-the-prime-minature/ It makes me happy that we can welcome this little one with such enthusiasm. Every child should be as welcome.

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  16. Michele LaFollette

    Nothing like a blogging friend to remind you that your world is just that “your” world. I forget that it’s winter in NZ. I, too, experience seasonal ups and downs. Remember, Spring will come. (I’ll post some more flower photos for you!) The jewelry your daughter made for you is simply beautiful. I’m glad you have her as I am most grateful for my beloved girl. (She sent us flowers for our anniversary…21 year old college student…thinking of us!) Sending WARM hugs and thoughts. Can’t wait to see what you do with that camera!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, when one is in the depth of a season it’s hard to imagine it’s different somewhere else. It was good to read about your anniversary, and I enjoyed the untouched photo of your husband’s hand. Congratulations on your anniversary. 🙂 Ours comes round in August.

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        1. Michele LaFollette

          I’m so glad for you. I’m so tired and disillusioned and shocked and disturbed. Some days I just have to turn it all of and that’s really not like me. Generally, I like to engage in debate and stay on top of policy and politics. I wish I felt hope, too

        2. Gallivanta Post author

          Perhaps I should add to my comment that I am hopeful for New Zealand but , of course, we live in a very interconnected world, so what ever happens in the US affects us all profoundly. I wish that weren’t so in times like these. It’s very unsettling to have one’s life at the mercy of someone you don’t understand.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Cindy. As a child of the Pacific,, my favourite blues are those of the ocean. Blue and white in the home remind me of those ocean blues.

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  17. Liz

    Some gorgeous pictures to make the heart sing – sometimes the blues can be happy! Your daughter’s jewellery is fabulous.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Liz. I will let my daughter know that you have complimented her jewellery. And my daughter and I can let you know that our hearts sing when we listen to Pink Martini’s Sympathique https://youtu.be/Lle_GA1cg20 which you introduced to me some years ago. We haven’t taken up smoking though!!

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  18. Clanmother

    Oh, Gallivanta, I do love the way you move playfully between colour, technology, and photography. We are yin and yang. You are in winter and I am in the summer months. Still wearing a coat in Vancouver’s June weather. There was a snowstorm in Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago. Yet, the roses have come and are determined that summer will win out.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Clanmother, the roses have so much to teach us. They are adaptable, resilient, constant, and forever giving of their lovely selves. And I am fairly sure they trust that all will be well. 🙂 Keep snug in your coat.

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  19. Leya

    First – what a beautiful present from your daughter! And all that blue china in different shapes and hues – I understand you love it.
    The banner everybody is talking about – I cannot see it from here!
    Greetings from another 32 degrees C

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Has the heat settled a little? I have been in Cairns for a few weeks. The weather was perfect there. Now I am home to winter but at least there is some sunshine to go with the frost. And I have to confess that in Cairns I found some more blue and white china to bring home. There’s no helping me when it comes to blue china! 😦

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      1. Leya

        Hehe – well, blue and white china suits you so well. I love your photos with the freshness of it.
        The heat has settled some, but keep returning in periods. This week it will hit 30 C again. Totti does not like it, because he cannot doff his coat and he gets less exercise. And so do I…

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Jack and I wish gentle summer breezes for you and Totti. Jack was at kennels on a small farm while I was away. He loved it!

  20. Lavinia Ross

    The jewelry your daughter crafted is beautiful! I keep forgetting it is winter there where you are. Spring will be back soon though.

    The cookie banner does not go away for me either.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          🙂 🙂 I have only seen Bright Star and The Piano. I tried to watch Top of the Lake but tired of it after about 2 episodes.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Tish, we haven’t got snow yet, so I am being slightly picky about the level of cold. 🙂 Still, I am wearing several layers of clothing indoors, as well as thick socks and woolly slippers in an attempt to keep my toes from turning blue. The jewellery and the china brighten my days. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Joanne, I have a weakness for blue china! I have far more than I need but I fear the over abundance of blue china in my house won’t prevent me from acquiring more!

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  21. utesmile

    That must have been a celebration…. After 8 weeks. Yay, great picture. Always have a ray of sunshine in the winter months. Your cookies policy thing doesn’t close. But it doesn’t bother me as I can still read your post.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks ,Ute, for letting me know about the cookie banner. I may have to reinstall it to make it behave properly. Your lovely floral photos the other day were rays of sunshine in my day.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I thought I would be obliged to buy a new camera, too, for lack of a suitable battery. But the camera was a gift from my father so I really wanted to keep using it if possible.
      And I am happy that I now can. Hopefully it will give me a few more years of good service. 🙂 I hope your new Lumix brings you much joy.

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  22. Steve Schwartzman

    Happy new (battery), as Eve says, and an anticipatory happy new (pictures) from me. We greet you this morning from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Those privacy announcements have been popping up all over the place for the last few weeks. They’re ironic reminders of how little privacy we have on the Internet.

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  23. GP Cox

    Glad to hear there is some sunshine in your winter days, Ann! Everybody is having trouble getting rid of that cookie notice, but I understand that Europe has some hard and fast rule about us warning people about our sites. I’m in the dark as much as you. [You’re cold these days and I’m in a sauna when I go outside. Humidity is 97% and temps are 90F* / 32.2C*

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh dear, I am not happy with the cold here but I certainly don’t want to be in a sauna either! As for the cookie policy etc, my main worry is that it is visual pollution on my page. 😉

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Arrgh! Not quite in the same league, I suppose, but the banner reminds me of the silly words I sometimes see on peanut butter jars ~ allergen warning, this product contains peanuts.

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