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

September 30, 2013

Dancers

Filed under: Markets,New Lynn — paul @ 8:24 am
At the Market

At the Market

At the New Lynn Night Market last Thursday: a display of drumming and dancing (Mongolian?). Very energetic, if a bit noisy in the enclosed hall.

At the Market

At the Market

At the Market

At the Market

September 29, 2013

Here Now

Filed under: Advertisements,New Lynn — Tags: — paul @ 8:17 am
Here Now - Re-imagining New Lynn

Here Now – Re-imagining New Lynn

Here Now – Re-imagining New Lynn” is an event which will surrender presently empty (too new or too old) retail space of New Lynn to second-year students of the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland. “The installations will recall this suburb’s rich cultural, social and industrial heritage as well as imagining its future.” Spaces stretching out along the Totara Avenue shared zone.

Part of Auckland Heritage Festival.

Dates:
Thu 10 Oct, 6:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 11 Oct, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sat 12 Oct, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun 13 Oct, 10:00am–5:00pm

September 28, 2013

At the Bus Stop

Filed under: Black and White,Not West — Tags: , — paul @ 6:52 am
Bus Stop, Northcote

Bus Stop, Northcote

The distinctive frangipani flower logo of the Northcote shopping centre features prominently on the glass panes of their bus shelters.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

September 27, 2013

Market Fare

Filed under: Food,Markets,New Lynn — paul @ 8:42 am
Steamed Pork Buns

Steamed Pork Buns

Steamed Pork Buns featured among a wide range of ethnic foods at the New Lynn night market last night.

September 26, 2013

Opposing Traffic

Filed under: Signs,Waterview — paul @ 7:11 am
Opposing Traffic

Opposing Traffic

Coexistence of pedestrians and pedalers at Waterview.

September 25, 2013

Delta Avenue

Filed under: New Lynn,Signs — paul @ 6:53 am
Delta Avenue

Delta Avenue

In the course of the spruce-up of New Lynn, some new street signs have appeared with cut out lettering. Maybe cute, but depending on angle, light and distance quite difficult to decipher.

September 24, 2013

Crosnes

Filed under: Avondale,Markets,People — paul @ 7:31 am

Crones (Stachys Affinis)

Crones (Stachys Affinis)


At last Sunday’s Avondale Market, I encountered a vegetable that I had not seen or heard of before: named after the French town of Crosne (near Paris – both with a silent ‘s’), where, apparently, they were first cultivated after their introduction from Asia (in 1882). Other names are Chinese artichoke, chorogi, knotroot and artichoke betony; taste appears to be similar to Jerusalem artichoke. These examples were grown in West Auckland, I was told by Matthew the stallholder.

Let me know of your culinary experiences and recipes/tips for this root vegetable. At $50 per kg (at least half of that probably going into the washing of the tubers), they better be good.

Some further reading here and here.

Matthew and Crosnes

Matthew and Crosnes

September 23, 2013

Rainbow Honey

Filed under: Avondale,Markets,People — paul @ 7:02 am
Jenny and Chris

Jenny and Chris

We get our honey supplies from Jenny and Chris at the Avondale Sunday Market, where they show up every week to sell their Rainbow Honey. This time I could convince them to pose for the blog. Thanks.

(Rainbow Honey, 32 Karaka Street, Hamilton. Ph. 07 847 0683)

September 22, 2013

Spoonbills at Western Springs

Filed under: Birds,Western Springs — paul @ 7:38 am
In the Willows

In the Willows

We went for a walk around Western Springs, yesterday. The tree that used to be full of shags had been claimed by a flock of Royal Spoonbills, some resting in the shrubbery, some apparently gathering twigs. The last (and only) time that I saw spoonbills at Western Springs was 11 years ago.

These birds can look so comical!

More spoonbills here.

A Commotion of Royal Spoonbills

A Commotion of Royal Spoonbills

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

September 21, 2013

Outgoing Tide

Filed under: Black and White,French Bay — Tags: — paul @ 6:46 am
Outgoing Tide at French Bay

Outgoing Tide at French Bay

A distant low cloud creates a unique atmosphere over the tidal flats of Wood Bay, Titirangi.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

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