Saturday 2 March 2024


It's not often I get to Devonport on Auckland's North Shore as there are 2 ways to get there. One is by ferry from the opposite side which is the city and the other is to brave the traffic through Takapuna, Belmont and Bayswater. 

This angle is down the bottom end near the wharf and ocean but when we turned right to drive back up the hill, I was able to see where I use to work back in the early 1990s before we moved up north. I use to get 2 buses from home, one to Takapuna and the other one would take me here where I worked part time for 2 lawyers. It was good to see so many of the old buildings are still there.

Linking up with Weekend Reflections and the Weekend Roundup.

Thursday 29 February 2024

Flight centre


Another scene from near Karangahape Road in Auckland City. This one caught my eye because in this part of town there seems to be nearly every building that has posters glued to it advertising promotions. Whenever we have travelled we have never had to use travel agents, in fact I've been reading news stories lately about how they've mucked up peoples tickets or itineraries. I don't know if they really do - have you ever used a travel agent? I think it's just as easy to book your own tickets, in fact we are about to book ours for another trip to Auckland in November as my oldest son and his partner are getting married.

Edited to add: I've just discovered in my blogger spam folder hundreds of unpublished comments, my apologies for that, no idea why they were in there but it's been sorted now.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday and Tom's Signs.

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Auckland Museum Band Rotunda


photo a bit blurred as we were driving past at the time.

I've posted a few times now of different band rotundas I've seen around New Zealand. I love the old fashioned architecture especially of this one I saw in the Auckland Museum Domain last November. 

This one was established in 1882 after architect Henry Edmonds submitted plans for it to the Recreation Ground Board (as it was called back then). The band rotunda was a gift from a prominent Auckland biscuit manufacturer J.M. Mennie and recently it was being restored to it's original colours.

Now back then Auckland was busy being colonised so this photo above shows how many people would spend the day here, it's still a beautiful spot in the middle of the city, one of my favourites. I'm guessing brass music was popular back then and with no televisions this was probably a great day out for families.

News from me: the last week has been very very busy. I've been learning all sorts of new bits and pieces of technology at work so it's all been a bit of a brain explosion but at least I'm working - there are many people out there who don't have jobs or money so I consider myself fortunate.

Linking up with Through my lensTuesday TreasuresMy corner of the world and Wordless Wednesday.

Sunday 25 February 2024

Womens institute

Last time I visited Westport I spotted this small mural on the side of one of the smaller buildings.

The Womens Institute branch here has been an important part of New Zealand for decades. So apparently it started in Canada, before making it's way to Great Britain. In 1919 a New Zealand woman Anna Jerome Spencer attended a craft exhibition in London. She was so impressed and investigated it with a thought of establishing it in New Zealand too.

Before the 2nd world war Anna and her friend Amy were based in Havelock North and the first meeting was held at Amy's home in January 1921 with Anna elected as president.

The first annual report of the institute provided a model for programmes until the 1990s. The movement slowly spread at first and by 1925 there were 6 institutes based in the Hawkes Bay region.

Over the years women in this organization have worked together to generate huge amounts of goods, services and funds for various causes both local and national.

These days Womens Institute groups have spread all over the country.

Linking up with Monday Murals.

Saturday 24 February 2024


In between Greymouth and Hokitika, in fact it's nearer to the latter is this little hall located in Stafford. It looks like a type of historical building that's in a very country like area with only a few houses around. I did manage to ask a lady walking past what the building was used for and she said it use to be the local community hall. I don't know if it is still used but as you can see on both photos it looks like wood and iron contribute to it's construction.

 his is the side of it. Now the tiny town of Stafford is one of those places that was part of the gold rush era of the 1800s. In 1870 the township contained 37 hotels and 17 stores with most of the population of people being Scandinavians but these days it's a shadow of it's former self as most of the properties there are houses and small farms.

Linking up with Weekend Reflections and the Weekend Roundup.

Thursday 22 February 2024

City of sails


I have to say I adore Auckland. Having been born and raised there for 25 years before moving north I don't think I would ever live there permanently again but I do like going back once in a while to see how things have changed. I worked in the central city for quite a few years and it's interesting to see how old things have been updated. This is along Karangahape Road just out of the main street of shops.

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Tuesday 20 February 2024

Reefton Oddfellows Hall


There are plenty of old historical buildings around the West Coast. This one in Reefton is on the corner of an intersection was constructed in 1872 as a gathering place for people in the community.

If you don't know much about the Oddfellows organization, from the information I've looked up it seems they are similar to the masons with their lodges. So originally the Oddfellows here in New Zealand had the purpose of providing workers and their families with financial and other assistance before government departments were invented. The first lodge was formed in 1862 with members being people such as politicians and leaders in society who had the power to develop the country.

When social legislation came about here such as welfare grants etc, there was a decline in the membership. Apparently the organization still continues to quietly help not just families but also charities and hospices.

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It's not often I get to Devonport on Auckland's North Shore as there are 2 ways to get there. One is by ferry from the opposite side...