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Wild Horse

Wild Horse at the Grey Lynn Festival

Wild Horse at the Grey Lynn Festival

Saturday was the (annual) Grey Lynn Festival – a vast city of marquees with stalls of arts and crafts, food and music, and more. This was a memorable sight. I did not investigate if it had a connection with the racing bike on the structure close by, shown a few years ago.

A Touch of Red

Jetsetbohemian

Jetsetbohemian

A dark building at the corner of Surrey Crescent and Richmond Road in Grey Lynn is home of the Jetsetbohemian. They always have ways of brightening up the colour scheme with accessories on the pavement (and of course inside).

Jetsetbohemian

Jetsetbohemian

The Couch

Tiled Couch

Tiled Couch

If you drive along Richmond Road towards Ponsonby, you can’t miss this eyecatching couch. I don’t know if there is a story waiting to be told about it.

The koru motif seen on the back rest, a traditional pattern in Maori art (inspired by the shape of fern fronds), was brought into prominence by the artist Gordon Walters.

On a Diet

Mainly Fish and Chips

Mainly Fish and Chips

It would seem that of these five

  • one is on a diet,
  • one is on a diet of burgers,
  • and three are on a diet of fish and chips.

Toi Toi in the Urban Environment

Toi Toi, Crummer Road

Toi Toi, Crummer Road

The feathery stalks of the toi toi mercifully cover up the monstrous scar. It was meant to become the SoHo Centre, with car parking dug deep into the ground, covering an entire block. Things did not proceed to plan, the financial crisis intervened, and now there is what locals derisively call the So-Hole. Fenced off, graffiti-ed, a nightmare. Nature has its healing way with clumps of toi toi sprouting along the edges.

Beyond the hole is the old Ponsonby firestation, now a cafe/restaurant, The Williamson.

Nudity on my Blog?

Design Foundry, Maidstone Street

Design Foundry, Maidstone Street

The Design Foundry has this near-empty showroom at 16 Maidstone Street, Grey Lynn. No doubt it will be filled with wonderful people and objects before long, as per the announcement. Meanwhile I used it for a reflection shot and some gratuitous nudity.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Browning Street, Grey Lynn

Browning Street, Grey Lynn

Browning Street, Grey Lynn

The young green of the plane trees – within a short time the street will be a tunneled arch formed by the trees.

Note the power lines cutting through the gaps between the branches on the right hand side.

Pili and Maria

Pili and Maria

Pili and Maria

I had caught a shot of Pili at the Mere Male’s Barber Shop. When our paths crossed again a while later, he invited me to take a picture of him and his wife Maria on the semicircular bench at the corner of Williamson and Great North Roads. They are of Samoan origin, and the bench is facing a huge mural in Pacific style which we will show another time.

In Shining Armour

In Shining Armour

In Shining Armour

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

High above a path in Grey Lynn Park this intrepid knight of the 20th century is prepared to take on any foe…

For a few moments the sun was filtered by a thin cloud layer for this backlit image.

Grey Lynn Park has a number of sculptures, commissioned by local residents from artists with a connection to the area. This one is entitled On the Backs of Others (Inia Taylor 1996). Made from totara wood and copper.

An interesting read about life in Grey Lynn is Paul Little’s mystery of the Grey Lynn bread run.

Debbie and Her Van

Debbie and Her Van

Debbie and Her Van

Debbie does deliveries for one of our TV companies. Had she not wound the window down, we would not be able to see her — thanks Debbie. I forgot to ask how fast the grass grows, and how she keeps it trimmed.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

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