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

April 6, 2015

Harvest at Soljans

Filed under: Festivals,Kumeu,Seasons — paul @ 7:01 am
At Soljans Estate Winery

At Soljans Estate Winery

Soljans Estate Winery and Cafe in Kumeu celebrated Easter in the tradition of Croatian harvest festivals. Here a few images of the Dalmatian Kola Dancers.

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Dalmatian Kola Dancers

Tony Soljan

Tony Soljan

February 4, 2014

Vineyards

Filed under: Kumeu,Seasons — paul @ 7:32 am
Vineyards at Kumeu

Vineyards at Kumeu

Kumeu River Wines along State Highway 16 at Kumeu. Bird netting to keep the starlings and their friends off the grapes.

Vineyards at Kumeu

Vineyards at Kumeu

October 26, 2011

They still use Straw …

Filed under: Fruit,Kumeu,Plants — paul @ 7:11 am
Strawberry Field near Kumeu

Strawberry Field near Kumeu

… in the making of strawberries. Seen at Kumeu.

New season strawberries are in the shops now, yummy!

August 27, 2011

Reflecting

Filed under: Kumeu,People,Reflections — paul @ 7:14 am
Reflecting

Reflecting

Behind me is the hustle and bustle of last Sunday’s Kumeu Country Market. This chap has found the ideal spot for reflection.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

July 25, 2011

I beg your Pardon!?!

Filed under: Advertisements,Kumeu,Smile — paul @ 6:55 am
Roadside Offer

Roadside Offer

I thought that these are bought by the sh**load rather then by the kilogram – but here we are. Just north of Kumeu, kind of horse country, yet this sign is at an orchard. No, they are not diversifying into the fertiliser business, rather a case of “apples to apples” (if you have horses; but pigs, rabbits, poultry, and more, all seem to enjoy unsold apples from last year).

July 22, 2011

The Alien (Kumeu)

Filed under: Art,Clouds,Kumeu,sculpture,Sky — paul @ 7:09 am
The Alien

The Alien

I have driven past this guardian of the north end of Kumeu’s (or is it Huapai?) Main Street many times, but never taken the time to take a picture of this junk art alien – should go well with the exhibition at Corban Estate Art Centre. In contrast to yesterday’s guardian at the opposite end of Kumeu, this is not an industrial neighbourhood. Must be alien-friendly people living here. Does he have a distance relationship with the girl at Cottle Motors?

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

July 21, 2011

Welcome to Kumeu!

Filed under: Art,Kumeu,Smile — paul @ 7:05 am
Welcome to Kumeu

Welcome to Kumeu

In the spirit of the exhibition, opening tonight, at the Corban Estate Art Centre (if perhaps in a simpler style?) we present this female form which stands guard at the southern approach into Kumeu, outside Cottle Motors and Auto Electrix.

June 13, 2011

Persimmons Anyone?

Filed under: Colours,Fruit,Kumeu — paul @ 6:53 am
Persimmon Tree in Fruit

Persimmon Tree in Fruit

I was not the only one who appreciated the persimmon orchard on State Highway 16 just north of Kumeu, although I was content with visual appreciation. As I approached, a flock of mynah birds and starlings made off into the high shelter trees, only to return a few moments later. An abundance of fruit, so conspicuous as the leaves are falling.

Persimmon Orchard

Persimmon Orchard

February 14, 2011

Red Roses for Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Flowers,Kumeu,Plants — paul @ 7:19 am
Red Roses at Kumeu River Winery

Red Roses at Kumeu River Winery

It’s the time of year again when the vineyards get shrouded in bird netting. These vines have been under cover for a few weeks and want out, as do the roses which are planted at almost every other row according to ancient tradition.

Kumeu River Winery, next to State Highway 16.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

September 30, 2010

Next Year’s Chardonnay

Filed under: Kumeu,Patterns,Plants — paul @ 7:08 am
Mate's Vineyard

Mate's Vineyard

Young growth in Mate’s Vinyard of Kumeu River Wines. These are 18-year old plants of the Mendoza clone chardonnay grapes. A beauty to behold.

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