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

January 25, 2016

Fortune Plums

Filed under: Fruit — paul @ 8:07 am
Fortune Plums

Fortune Plums

Big and juicy and full of flavour. Plums are in season, and Fortune Plums are our favorites.

January 22, 2016

Karaka

Filed under: Fruit,Onehunga — paul @ 9:01 am
Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus) is an endemic New Zealand tree with glossy evergreen leaves. The pulp of the berries is said to be edible, while the raw stones are toxic (cooking them long enough apparently can make them edible — I think I will give them a miss).

Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

December 9, 2015

Seasonal

Filed under: Fruit,Seasons — paul @ 6:56 am
Strawberries

Strawberries

The taste of the season.

September 24, 2015

Strawberry Fields

Filed under: Fruit,Westgate — paul @ 7:14 am
Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

From the brand new roads around the Northwest shopping centre (counting down to open in 7 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, ??? seconds as I write this – on October 1 at 9 am) you still get a view of the horticultural roots of the area. Strawberries in flower, counting down to a harvest.

March 10, 2015

Bonsai

Filed under: Fruit,New Lynn,Smile,Trees — paul @ 7:10 am
Bonsai Apple

Bonsai Apple

At Saturday’s “Whau Chinese New Year 2015” event the New Zealand Chinese Bonsai Society displayed some of their pieces. This apple tree laden with fruit was my absolute favourite. The apples were about the size of large cherries. (“Do not touch” …)

May 22, 2014

The Birthday Cake

Filed under: Fruit,Smile — paul @ 7:05 am
The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

While some of us subscribe to the motto “Let us eat cake”, this sentiment is by no means universal. Here is Mrs H’s creative alternative to a birthday cake for our good friend Ingrid.

October 9, 2013

Loquat

Filed under: Fruit,New Lynn,Trees — paul @ 7:11 am
Loquat

Loquat

At this time of year the yellow loquat ripen, beautiful yellow, especially on a blue sky.

February 16, 2013

Zwetschgenkuchen

Filed under: Food,Fruit,Reflections — paul @ 12:11 pm
Zwetschgenkuchen

Zwetschgenkuchen

Damson plums are not commonly available in the shops, maybe they are too oldfashioned? I have seen them advertised on rare occasions on roadside signage in the countryside. The Auckland Swiss Club has connections to a grower in Whakatane and organised a supply for us. They were put to good use by Mrs H.

(Fortune plums, quite a bit larger, are a good substitute for Damson plums.)

Damson Plums

Damson Plums

November 19, 2012

Strawberry Time!

Filed under: Fruit,Seasons — paul @ 7:12 am
Strawberries at the Avondale Sunday Market

Strawberries at the Avondale Sunday Market

Strawberries are in plentiful supply – summer is on its way.

November 10, 2011

Hospice Strawberry Festival

Filed under: City,Fruit,People — paul @ 7:20 am
Volunteers ready for Service

Volunteers ready for Service

The Hospice Strawberry Festival is in its third year, and yesterday’s event at QEII Square was a fundraiser for Mercy Hospice Auckland. During the month of November such events are held throughout the country to help keep the hospice services free. Apart from strawberries and icecream, there were tea towels, Christmas angels, strawberry plants and more, and this year there is also an opportunity for virtual strawberries.

Mayor Len Brown amidst Strawberries

Mayor Len Brown amidst Strawberries

The main Attraction

The main Attraction

Strawberry watching X-hale Dance Crew

Strawberry watching X-hale Dance Crew

Strawberry Attire

Strawberry Attire

Grow your own

Grow your own

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