Chantilicious

Chantilicious

To sleep all day
And eat, and play,
And be loved:
A cat’s life is for me

This is Chanti. Chanti is one of my partner’s cats and has been living with us in Newcastle for the last few months.

She’s the most beautifully natured cat; extremely sweet and loyal and she particularly loves laying under the blankets like this, with her head on the pillow like a human. She’s definitely a little quirky which suits us well.

Chanti’s been great company and it’s amazing how much taking care of another being can help one heal… no matter what kind of day I’ve had, seeing her smile at me makes it so much better. Who could ask for anything more than that?

Chanti in Black and White

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2015

Seagull in Black & White

Seagull in B&W

A hungry gull
Sits watching me;
I give you food
But you still want more

I had some time to kill while I was in Swansea recently and went to sit by the lake for a while. This seagull decided to take an interest in me while I was there… it was quite persistent and apparently very hungry! I thought it came out quite well in black and white.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2015

The Bumblebee

Bumblebee in Hobbiton

Oh to be
Like a small bumblebee;
How different
The world must seem

I took this while we were in Hobbiton. It was a beautiful day and with all of the flowers blossoming there were lots of bumblebees buzzing around and I managed to snap this just as this bee paused and looked up.

It was mostly luck and timing but I’m happy with how it came out. I didn’t get stung either which was nice too. ;)

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2015

Welcome to Hobbiton

Welcome to Hobbiton

To live simply
And eat and laugh
With friends –
A hobbit’s life is for me

We visited Hobbiton, near Matamata while we were in New Zealand. It’s the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and has been carefully maintained since filming ended on The Hobbit films. It’s a beautiful spot and walking around it is quite remarkable… there are 39 Hobbit holes complete with beautiful gardens and The Green Dragon has been maintained as a fully functioning tavern.

The detail as you walk around is extraordinary and it’s just like it appears in the films, with barely a detailing having been changed. In many ways it’s even better than in the films as so much appears on screen so quickly and walking around Hobbiton, it’s amazing seeing how much was actually created for the films that you’d just never take in otherwise.

It’s well worth a visit if you’re ever on the North Island. Even if you’re not a fan it’s like visiting a beautiful park. I’m very glad we went, it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2015