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We were surprised to find Santa Claus at the beach this morning.  He must have been hot as the temperature was 30 degrees.   The children were pleased to see him.  Apparently these are photo opportunities organised by Kiwisanta.photo.  They would certainly make a lovely family Christmas card.

“With Santa Claus down by the sea
your photo helps save memory.”

 

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Shops have started to set up Christmas displays.  Our supermarket already has mince pies and ‘Christmas meringues’ for sale.  The display I find most attractive is this lovely Christmas tree complete with candles.

There are several of them in full flower at Waimairi Beach.  This particular one has a cabbage tree beside it, for a bi-cultural display.

“A tree with candle and with cone
can definitely set the tone.”

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Black Blot

This new black building at Waimairi Beach looks unattractive and incongruous, especially as it’s near to a lovely Cape Cod house (on the left).

We’ve watched it being built and hoped it was going to improve, but sadly it hasn’t.

“It does not fit in with the rest.
I am completely unimpressed.”

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The day was cloudy, the tide was high, and there was just a tiny bit of sun showing on the horizon.

The cloudy sky made the green trees stand out.

“Although the sky was overcast
the sun shone through in gold contrast.”

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Waimairi beach this morning was covered in flotsam and jetsam.  We saw a large number of these creatures:

Do you know what they are?  This one was about 16cm long, and some were only half that size.  The skin looked quite hard.  When we saw them it was a couple of hours before high tide.

“I wonder what this fish could be
washed up there by the briny sea.”

 

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Recent rain has encoraged the growth of fungi, and there were lots on the path to the beach.

Dark toadstool

 

Golden toadstools

 

Twin toadstools

Orange toadstools

Back home, there’s a small colony at the back of the garden.

Cottage toadstools

I can’t identify any of these,  and I definitely won’t be sampling them.

“It seems to me that only fools
would try to eat these odd toadstools.”

 

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Two installations caught my eye on the beach today.
This one looks like a hitching post, or maybe a horse:

This one has been carefully edged:

“Creations made from sea-washed wood
caught my attention where they stood.”

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