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Month: March 2015 (page 1 of 4)

Chinese Girl

Chinese Girl (Owen Dippie and Hipara August after Tretchikoff)

Chinese Girl (Owen Dippie and Hipara August after Tretchikoff)

Another big mural gracing the western rail corridor – this one at Morningside. The subject is a portrait of a Chinese girl by the colourful painter Vladimir Tretchikoff, embedded in woodcarving patterns. Painted by Owen Dippie and Hipara August.

We have shown Owen‘s Henderson mural of Bruce McLaren earlier.

Find more murals at Oakland Daily Photo’s Monday Murals.

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba are an Auckland group playing and dancing African Rhythms. Energy and joy, here at the International Cultural Festival in Mount Roskill. Sample them online!

Another day — another festival. So it seems. Apart from the Titirangi Festival and Titirangi Market, there was a big International Cultural Festival at Mount Roskill War Memorial Park.

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Appreciative Audience

Appreciative Audience

Young Talent

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College musicians at yesterday’s Titirangi Festival Village Day on the “Local Soundz Stage”.

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Drains

At the Lower Huia Dam

At the Lower Huia Dam

These drains are part of the Lower Huia Dam, one of two earth dams in the Waitakere Ranges (providing water for the city of Auckland). The construction of this dam was completed in 1971. Of the five reservoirs in the Waitakeres, this one has the largest capacity.

(The other earth dam is the Lower Nihotupu dam, and the remaining three dams in the Waitakeres are concrete dams.)

Street Furniture

Street Furniture

Street Furniture

A symphony (cacophony?) of colour in cast iron lacework – part of the Dominion Road upgrade. Several places, this at the corner with Halston Road.

The Drainhole

The Drainhole

The Drainhole

Harsh morning sun and overnight precipitation.

More Footwear

Revie Footwear

Revie Footwear

From the display of Revie Footwear at the Urbis design Day.

Based in Auckland New Zealand, REVIE creates footwear collections which focus on quality material and construction.

Handmade by a family of talented leather artisans, the REVIE label takes design cues from the requirements of the urban dweller in the ever-growing metropolises of New Zealand.

Brogues

Brogues by Tom Dixon

Brogues by Tom Dixon

Seen at ECC Lighting and Furniture, Nugent Street, on the Urbis Design Day: “The classic English Gentlemanā€˜s brogue door stop, cast in solid aluminium with a copper plated finish. This cast piece can be used as a modern door stop or a design decoration”. You may doubt its usefulness, but certainly not its elegance!
Also available powder coated black.

By Tom Dixon.

Before Sunset

Cabbage Trees (Cordyline Australis)

Cabbage Trees (Cordyline Australis)

A stand of cabbage trees reaching up to catch the sun before it sets behind the ridge. Near Lower Huia Dam.

Two Days Late

Macaron Meadow

Macaron Meadow

On Friday, Virginia of Paris Through My Lens mentioned that there is such a thing as “Macaron Day” (yummee – March 20). Little did I know that the day after I would be facing a “Macaron Meadow” at the Urbis Design Day display of the De Longhi Group (coffee machines, kitchen machines, etc). I think it would have been impolite to run off with any of the flowers in the display, but you were encouraged to sample the macarons – you could even get a psychoanalysis of your colour choice! (So if you did not get it right the first time, you had to taste the colour that matched your profile better…) An example from many of my attempts: “Searching for the purest looking treat, you chose to avoid the crowds and instead opt for a clean culinary canvas, Simplicity at its finest is your saviour.” Smooth words indeed!

And to top it off, Yenny of ma cherie french pastry demonstrated the making of the product (using a Kenwood Chef). Love Urbis Design Day!

(My tribute to the macaron comes 2 days late.)

Macaron Meadow

Macaron Meadow

Nearly Ready

Nearly Ready

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