Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

February 28, 2015

Hanniepud, Hayley + Charlotte …

Filed under: Smile,Titirangi — paul @ 6:59 am
Farewell

Farewell

…and a garage sale to boot. Yesterday the (ab)use of our “Three Bush Markers” on the Titirangi roundabout reached new heights (or should that be “plumbed new depths”?). We’re now into 3 dimensional embellishments of welcomes and goodbeyes, my best wishes to them all!

Three Bush Markers, and More

Three Bush Markers, and More

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February 27, 2015

Curled

Filed under: macro,Trees — paul @ 7:07 am
Fern (Mamaku) - Detail

Fern (Mamaku) – Detail

I love seeing the unfurling fern fronds. Here a developing pinna of a black tree fern (Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris).

February 26, 2015

Mid-City Thinking

Filed under: Art,City,Walls — paul @ 7:09 am
Mid-City Thinking

Mid-City Thinking

From the website of The Heart of the City:

One of two murals commissioned by Heart of the City for Art Week in 2012, Mid-City Thinking was a collaboration between artists Askew One, Elliot Frances Stewart and Gary Silipa, located on the Mid-City Steps in Elliott Street.

“This mural is an ode to living inner city in a place like Auckland which is always in a state of transition. It is about thinking outside the box, acknowledging history and looking forward with an open mind as things change and progress around you.”

This mural was possible thanks to the Mid City Queen St owners and operators and Boutique Body Corporates Ltd.

Mid-City Thinking

Mid-City Thinking

February 25, 2015

Fantasy Land

Filed under: Titirangi — paul @ 7:09 am
Fantasy Land

Fantasy Land

There is a massive macrocarpa tree on Titirangi Road with a lovingly carved door that opens only to knights and fairies. I showed pictures of it last year. But recently I noticed that the inhabitants are actually in residence, and here is the picture!

February 24, 2015

Music at the Market

Filed under: Music,Titirangi — paul @ 7:22 am
Karen Jones, Harp

Karen Jones, Harp

At last Sunday’s Titirangi Market we enjoyed the music of this duo of Tony Burt (resonator guitar) and Karen Jones (Celtic harp). They will be joined by Krissy Jackson (fiddle) for a concert at the Titirangi Folk Club on Saturday 11 April at 8pm. “Across the Great Divide“.

Tony Burt and Karen Jones

Tony Burt and Karen Jones

Karen Jones, Harp

Karen Jones, Harp

February 23, 2015

Bubbles

Filed under: Glen Eden — paul @ 7:01 am
Bubble Master at Glen Eden Summer Square

Bubble Master at Glen Eden Summer Square

The cup overfloweth. A cloud of bubbles at Saturday’s Buskers’ Festival at Glen Eden.

February 22, 2015

That Little Shop

Filed under: Titirangi — paul @ 8:21 am
Kylie at That Little Shop

Kylie at That Little Shop

There is new life at 108 Atkinson Road, Titirangi: Kylie has opened a gift shop — aptly named “That Little Shop” — and as you enter the scent of vanilla and other candles engulfs you. From fine teas to cushions, artwork and candles, and no doubt more to come as the shop develops its identity. We wish her the best of success.

(After Heathermeg left the Artbunker last August, everyone was left wondering what might become of it. A very successful transformation, I would say. The painted power pole and the flowers on the entrance step just a teeny reminder of the past.)

That Little Shop

That Little Shop

That Little Shop

That Little Shop

That Little Shop

That Little Shop

February 21, 2015

Get Ready for a Lion Dance

Filed under: Eden Terrace,Reflections,Seasons — paul @ 7:06 am
Window Display

Window Display

The Year of the Sheep has started, and the window display at Xia is in tune with the season.

February 20, 2015

In Praise of …

Filed under: Arataki,People — paul @ 7:10 am
Framed

Framed

… ice cream and the beautiful Waitakere Ranges. Grandson Felix enjoys poses with a well deserved treat after walking the Beveridge track to the Arataki Visitor Centre.

The Taste Test

The Taste Test

February 19, 2015

Kereru

Filed under: Art,Balmoral — paul @ 7:06 am
New Zealand Woodpigeon

New Zealand Woodpigeon

This woodpigeon looked over the fence when I was walking through Potters Park, Balmoral, yesterday. Artist unknown.

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