Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: November 2013 (page 2 of 3)

Best Pacific

Best Pacific Institute of Education

Best Pacific Institute of Education

The roof of the Best Pacific Institute of Education in New Lynn makes a strong statement against the morning sky.

Kitchen Art

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry season: Mrs H has been busy transforming the berries into jam; now the filled jars stand ready to be handed over to special friends as the season of giving approaches. There might be one or the other for me as well!

Note the lucky bamboo laden with trademark decorative hearts.

The Artist

The Artist

Articulate

Instructions

Instructions

This, I think, is a driving lesson for an articulated boom lifter. Piece of cake, I would think…

Articulated Boom Lifter

Articulated Boom Lifter

Glassware

From Tipene's Glass Cabinet

From Tipene’s Glass Cabinet

On a shelf at Tipene’s Monkee Business, Helensville.

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

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Our neighbours’ Birman cat Charlie wants to move house. He frequently comes visiting, settling in for long sleeps, or inspecting everything new or unusual. Here he found an open cabinet door, surveying the scene from a new vantage point.

Figurehead

Figurehead of the "William Manson"

Figurehead of the “William Manson”

This dramatically lit figurehead is in the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland. It stems from the barque “William Manson” which was built in Aberdeen in 1872.

West Coast Mood (Piha)

West Coast Mood (Piha)

West Coast Mood (Piha)

Auckland’s West Coast has many moods. Here we look north from South Piha, past Lion Rock.

Art Appreciation

Levi

Levi

Last night was the opening of the Auckland Studio Potters Annual Exhibition “Fire & Clay” at the Pah Homestead (TSB Bank Wallace Art Centre). The show will run until December 8.

Having spent all afternoon at lunch with friends, then drinks and nibbles followed by speeches at the opening, my sentiments were neatly summarised by Levi in this picture who expressed his feelings rather more openly. Thanks for the shot, mate, creating a island of peace amidst all the crowd!

To prove that I was not completely reduced to people watching, I add an image from the exhibition. Ceramic artist Richard Naylor has featured on these pages before. He had two works accepted into the show. Here a striking collection of “13 Blue Bottles”. And as the red dot shows, it sold right away. Congratulations Richard.

13 Blue Bottles (Richard Naylor)

13 Blue Bottles (Richard Naylor)

Curved

The Cloud

The Cloud

The elegant curve of the “Cloud” at Queens Wharf, Auckland.

Guess who …

The cup is empty

The cup is empty

came to dinner for coffee last week?

Between cups of double espresso and fine meals in exotic places, washed down with IPA, our friend jb, globetrotter extraordinaire (occasionally from Mainz, where he is the eye and the voice of Mainz Daily Photo) found time for, you guessed it, another double espresso with us at the Hardware Cafe. Much enjoyed the renewed contact before he had to be off to the other end of the world. Till next time!

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