Last Thursday I visited the Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton – the mist was still hanging around the valleys at the starting time of 8 a.m., and the grass was covered in frost. The start to a wonderfully sunny morning where I learnt that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in a townie’s mind… (with apologies).
The NZ Agricultural Fieldays 2017 took place from 14 to 17 June. It is a big agricultural show with international participation, attracting about 130,000 visitors.
Last time I showed a picture of State Highway 20 near Maioro Street, we had some large numbers (concrete panels for the lining of the tunnel). The tunnel is finished and the tunnel boring machine has been packed up to be shipped back to its maker (Herrenknecht). Lots of leftovers are parcelled up on this stretch of motorway, to be auctioned off. Some of the stuff looks brand new – or else tarted up for disposal.
Which Colour Thread?
The Sewing Workshop at 13 Rosebank Road in Avondale has to be unique in all of New Zealand (if not further afield). A living museum of all things needlecraft, be it manual stitching or modern machinery, and detail. Cheerfully and knowledgeably presided over by John.
I remembered visiting the place a looong time ago when Mrs H was doing a fair bit of sewing etc for the kids.
John in his Workshop
Any particular machine?
Spilling out onto the pavement
The City Daily Photo theme for August is “Bicycle”. My contribution is a picture of the YikeBike, a fully folding electric bike. I saw this several years ago in a shop in Auckland, but have not ever seen it in action. Go to the YikeBike website for video clips. The unconventional handlebars, the origami-like fold up, not least the glistening finish – a feast. Headquarters and manufacturing of the YikeBike is in Christchurch, New Zealand.
And while on the subject of intriguing modes of electric-powered locomotion (but outside the brief of “BIcycles”): just recently when I was framing a shot on Grafton Bridge, Auckland, a gentleman floated into the picture on a single wheel: an “AirWheel“. Looked very classy and does not even need to be folded up!
For more contributions to the theme of “Bicycles” click here.
Pavement Removal in Te Atatu
Last night in Te Atatu Road, this milling machine removed the top layer of the carriageway, spitting the debris onto a truck.
Inline Skeleton Movement
… movement of a mantle clock.
The City Daily Photo theme for October is “Movement” – click here for more interpretations of the theme. (In still photography, rapid movement results in blur, as seen in the balance wheel at the top. The double reflections result from the fact that the movement is mounted between two glass panes.)
At the top end of Wynyard Wharf one finds a giant axle connecting two giant cogwheels – eight tons apiece – relics from a steam dredge “Whakarire” where they transmitted the power to the bucket chain. The vessel was built in Scotland in 1903 for service in Wellington Harbour until 1934, and thereafter in Napier until 1974, at which time she was scrapped (in Auckland).
A plaque on the pavement commemorates her history. A picture of the vessel is here. And a rather poetic description of the dredge and its working can be found in Wellington’s Evening Post (1907). Two samples give a taste: “like a true Briton, she does not let the fondness for growling interfere with her usefulness“; and “Forbidding to the eye, at a distance, she is lovely at close quarters, and the music of her engines, compound by name, but simple in work, is something to thrill the blood”.
Gantry at Waterview
One of the attractions at the Waterview construction site is this yellow gantry which has been named “Dennis”. It is used to put the 65-tonne concrete beams onto the supports to eventually form the flyovers connecting State Highways 16 and 20.
Olympic Park, New Lynn, getting a haircut.
Bevel Gear at the Ambrico Kiln
A relic from the times of brick manufacture at New Lynn: this bevel gear stands beside the Ambrico kiln in Ambrico Place, New Lynn.