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

May 8, 2011

The Winged Mannequin

Filed under: Advertisements,Avondale,Black and White — paul @ 6:51 am
Winged Mannequin in Rosebank Industrial Are

Winged Mannequin in Rosebank Industrial Are

Purfex are manufacturers of mannequins, located in the Rosebank industrial quarter at 15-17 Fremlin Place. Their sign brings a bit of glamour into the area. Check out their brag page, quite impressive!

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

May 7, 2011

Time for Celebration: 500 Posts on Auckland-West

Filed under: Advertisements,Insects,Reflections — paul @ 6:03 am
The Mantis

The Mantis

This is post number 500, having started this photo blog on Christmas Eve 2009. Thanks for all comments over the time, I enjoy the contacts. And if you are in Auckland today, come to the Swiss Market, 6 Rockridge Avenue, Penrose (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and say hello. Mrs H and I will have a stall there (paintings, gift tags, mini pecan pies, greeting cards, photoblocks).

Since I am in the habit of showing reflections on a Saturday, we celebrate with a reflection shot of a praying mantis that has landed on the sliding door of a motel unit when we were away for a weekend recently.

There are two species of praying mantis in New Zealand: the New Zealand praying mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) and the South African praying mantis (Miomantis caffra). The picture shows a female of the South African version. These insects were first recorded in New Lynn in 1978. They have spread and it is thought that they are displacing the NZ species.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

May 5, 2011

Condensation — and an Invitation

Filed under: Abstract,Advertisements,Food,Kitchen — paul @ 7:02 am
Unsalted New Zealand Butter

Unsalted New Zealand Butter

There it lay on the kitchen bench, a 500g block of NZ butter, unsalted. Mrs H is about to embark on some serious baking. The result will be such mouthwatering delights as the ones seen below, to go on sale at the (annual) Swiss Market on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Danish House, 6 Rockridge Avenue, Penrose. All welcome, see you there!

Mini Pecan Pies by Mrs H

Mini Pecan Pies by Mrs H

June 20, 2010

Te Komoki and Rainbow

Filed under: Advertisements,Huia,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 10:01 am
Te Komoki and Rainbow

Te Komoki and Rainbow

The conical hill at right is Te Komoki (Jackie Peak, map), which featured in this blog before. We are standing on Huia Point Lookout, the sun has just risen, and there is a light mist in the air, slowly drifting over towards us.

Advertisement: an exhibition of paintings by Don Binney, Seaward Paths to Erangi, will be held at The Diversion Gallery, Grove Mill Winery, Cnr State Highway 63 and Waihopai Valley Road, Renwick, Marlborough. Opening at 6 p.m. on Monday, 21 June to 7 August. Don Binney, who turned 70 earlier in the year, has a deep connection to the Waitakere Ranges, going right back to his youth.

The major painting in the exhibition depicts Te Komoki with a large spur-winged plover (a ‘masked lapwing’ for Australians), entitled Huia Bay Spurwing II. (If you are curious, here is a page which shows Huia Bay Spurwing I   among other pictures by Don Binney.)

June 4, 2010

St Michael and All Angels

Filed under: Advertisements,Buildings,Henderson,History — paul @ 7:42 am
St Michael and All Angels

St Michael and All Angels

Old St Michael’s is an Anglican church, built in 1914. In 1962, the building was moved aside to make room for the present Anglican church, and later the old church was moved across the road into the grounds of CEAC, the Corban Estate Arts Centre, where it was restored by the Henderson Heritage Trust during 2007. It is no longer used as a church, but is available for hire for weddings and all kinds of functions (through CEAC).

One such function will be a meeting of the West Auckland Historical Society with a talk by local historian Lisa Truttman – author of the Timespanner blog – on June 15, at 7:30 p.m., on the subject of Timber’s Fortune — Extracting the Riches of West Auckland Kauri through Henderson’s Mill.

January 24, 2010

Mathematics

Filed under: Advertisements,Mathematics,Titirangi — paul @ 7:51 am
Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics is dear to my heart. So I was thrilled to see this sign in the middle of Titirangi’s bush along Exhibition Drive (end of Shaw Road). Peter is an Engineer by trade, wishing to make a difference with young students. Right on!

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