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Painted Boxes: Oratia

Oratia my valley - Monique Endt

Oratia my valley – Monique Endt

Monique Endt in praise of Oratia – her valley, showing hill and dale, houses and fruit trees. Next to the intersection of West Coast Road and Shaw Road.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Painted Boxes: Bush and Birds (Monique Rush)

Painted Boxes: Bush and Birds (Monique Rush)

Painted Boxes: Bush and Birds (Monique Rush)

A transformer box at Newham Place, McLaren Park. Painted by Monique Rush, and showing impressions of local bush and birdlife.

Jewish Prayer House

Jewish Prayer House, Oratia

Jewish Prayer House, Oratia

Situated at 541 West Coast Road, the Oratia Cemetery is one of the smaller places of interment around Auckland. If you enter through the green gate, the view past the gravesites reveals this simple cottage of kauri weatherboards. Built in 1886 in the Jewish section of the vast Waikumete Cemetery, it had fallen into disrepair when it was removed from its original site in 1992. Through the efforts of David Harre, it was relocated and restored in its present location, reopening in November 1999.

Used as mortuary chapel and for small events.

Jewish Prayer House, Oratia

Jewish Prayer House, Oratia

Green Gate

Green Gate

Green Gate

The gate of the Oratia Cemetery on West Coast Road.

The new Fence

Wooden Fence, Oratia

Wooden Fence, Oratia

A little while ago, I noticed this new long timber fence along Parrs Cross Road. Looks like a new housing development is sprouting behind it.

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

Painted Boxes: Oratia My Valley (Mandy Patmore 2011)

Oratia My Valley (Mandy Patmore 2011)

Oratia My Valley (Mandy Patmore 2011)

This transformer stands in Glengarry Road, close to the intersection with West Coast Road. It seems to nostalgically hark back to the past with its depiction of the old Post Office and Settlers Hall and yummy fruit. For years, after we first arrived here in 1970, we used to make pilgrimages to Oratia and Henderson to buy fruit straight from the orchards, sometimes picking our own. Now most of the orchards have given way to residential development, some are used for other crops (a strawberry plot is right beside this box), and a few seem to just wait to get the green light for development, trees looking sad, overgrown with lichen.

Apples, plums and old buildings – beautifully painted by Mandy Patmore.

Oratia My Valley (Mandy Patmore 2011)

Oratia My Valley (Mandy Patmore 2011)

Bunches of Carrots

Bunches of Carrots

Bunches of Carrots

Tender young carrots, beautifully presented in bunches at the Oratia Farmers Market.

Petja

Petja of Salash Delicatessen

Petja of Salash Delicatessen

He towers over his Serbian delicacies: spicy sausages and smoked meats in the tradition of four generations of his family. A regular at markets like here the Oratia Farmers’ Market, but also Titirangi markets and others. Can’t go past their stand without grabbing a sample. Salash Delicatessen have a shop in 1 Ayr Street, Parnell, and manufacture in Portland Road, New Lynn. My favorite is their fresh BBQ sausage (RoĊĦtilj kobasica).

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and … Dunno!

Labels for all Eventualities

Labels for all Eventualities

Labels for all the herbs in your garden. Whether you know them or not. Seen at the Oratia Farmers’ Market.

Rex LeGrice

Rex LeGrice

Rex LeGrice

Rex was at the Oratia Farmers’ Market on Saturday, selling his peanut butter. He is a keen photographer, too, shooting on Canon. Another of his passions is genealogy, he is a world authority on the LeGrice/Le Grys/Le Gris/le Grice/Grice/Le Greiss family tree, and can trace the family back to 1066. Check out his website at legrice.net. I mentioned that our sons had gone to Kohimarama School – where there was a headmaster by that name; indeed, he was all familiar with that.

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