Sunday Stills – Christmas Song Lyric Challenge


I just have to share our kiwi version of the “12 days of Christmas” although I did struggle to find photos except for the pukeko and the ponga tree! I did have some kumara in the pantry but I cooked them for dinner before I remembered to take the photo.


A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree  (Written by Kingi Ihaka in 1981)

(The 12 Days of Christmas)

On the first day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me 
A pukeko in a ponga tree 

On the second day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me 
Two kumera 
And a pukeko in a ponga tree 
On the third day of Christmas...

and so on, until... 

On the twelfth day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me 
Twelve piupius swinging 
Eleven haka lessons 
Ten juicy fish heads 
Nine sacks of pipis 
Eight plants of puha 
Seven eels a swimming 
Six pois a twirling 
Five - big - fat - pigs ! 
Four huhu grubs 
Three flax kits 
Two kumera 
And a pukeko in a ponga tree!

Sunday Stills: Cheers for Ruby Wine and a Blood Moon

There is nothing quite as warming as a glass (or two) of a burgundy wine – especially if it is swirled and sipped in front of a blazing fire pit. 

Alternatively, finding a burgundy bar stool on which to perch whilst partaking of a burgundy beverage, is also quite palatable.

Now in case I am giving the impression that I have focussed only on ruby rich red wine, I do occasionally capture burgundy-brown buildings.

And I have even been known to forsake my evening tipple, so  I can drive out to capture the blood red lunar eclipse. Pleasingly, I had more success this month with the partial lunar eclipse that my first attempt in May which was rather too foggy and frosty. Mind you, attempting to composite a time-lapse of the lunar eclipse had me reaching for a red wine to calm my frustrations.

“I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often, but I’m well preserved.” — Rose Kennedy

Cheers,