Thursday, 29 October 2020

Visiting Mapua Wharf


 Last November during our holiday in Nelson, the other half and I drove out to Mapua Wharf which is about a 25 minute drive out of town. Unfortunately we were there in early Summer while it was very overcast and drizzly so it wasn't very busy there but usually the shops in and around that area are active with visitors. There are cafes, a bicycle hire shop, a boat club, a real estate office, a wine bar, a maritime museum, an art gallery, a homewares shop, a restaurant and a hat shop. 

We were 2 of the very few people around that day so we each took turns standing behind the sign while the other took a cheesy photo. The creature artistically decorated on the bottom right of the sign is what's known as a Taniwha. Up until February this year I had long hair so this was just before I had it all cut into a shorter style.

If you click on the above image it'll show you a larger shot of where it is located near the top area of the South Island. A bit of history on the area...the first Pakeha (white person) resident was a James Heatly who was on the electoral role in 1866. Apparently he was a fisherman, later trapped rabbits and took them by boat to Nelson for sale but according to some research I've read that evidence of the area first being settled by Maori around 900AD to 1450AD due to a discovery of middens, tools and human bones - they pretty much kept to themselves and weren't raided by the other tribes in the North Island.

Pretty interesting really. Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Sitting on it

At my work one of the many birds we see during the day is this Thrush who has a habit of following me around. Sometimes if I move pots around in the yard she pops into that spot and pecks at the worms left behind.



 Last week we saw that she had made a rather large nest on top of the discounted plants. On Sunday when I looked there were 2 little blue eggs in it. I don't whether she's abandoned it or not as I haven't seen her near it much. Hopefully there will be baby birds peeking out of it in the near future.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday, Through my Lens, Tuesday Treasures and My Corner of the World.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Te Moana Glow Show


Purely my accident my daughter and I found this in our town set up in our park.  They were only there apparently for one day and the Glow Show Company, as they are called are a magical glow in the dark giant scale puppet show for 2-10 year olds - since we were both adults we just had a look around.

"Tuia Matauranga" from what I work out is something to do with knowledge in the Maori language and the whole show focuses on "Takutai Moana" or coastal sea and "Te moana nui a Kiwa" or the Pacific Ocean with it being all about our "kai moana" or seafood. 


Inside the trailer there were diagrams, illustrations and boards set up. Because we were so interested we were given a colouring book and pencils which we were pass onto my brother's children. 


So as it's rich in Te Reo Maori langage, it's an upbeat show with catchy music and has a question and answer session afterwards. 


The show runs for about 45 minutes, the trailer has been designed for touring purposes and there are 40 puppets in all.



 The production was created by Sarah Burren who collaborated with Midge Perez. Because they recognized the significance of Matariki (meaning a celebration, spending time with family as well as agriculture and restarting the Maori calender) to many Kiwis they also collaborated with a Kaumatua (a Maori elder) Dr Haare Williams. 

Linking up with Mural Monday.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

15 minutes at Rainbow Falls

I had 15 minutes to spare yesterday in between jobs so I walked down to our local Rainbow Falls for a brief sit next to the waterfall. Also known by it's Maori name of Waianiwaniwa, it has 3 different viewing platforms before leading along a short path to the water.  At 27 metres tall it's made from an erosion of soft rock and sited on a hard basalt layer of rock.

 

Of course I had to take a short video of the waterfall. Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Visit to The Parrot Place

 

Yesterday B and I visited a local business called "The Parrot Place". We've heard about it and decided it was worth a peek.  Above on the left is a yellow ringneck Parrot and on the right are 2 small Cockatiels.  Click on each image for a larger view.

 

Not sure what the guy on the left is but the guy on the right has a Blue Ringneck Parrot and a Green Ringneck Parrot on his shoulders. We were given a small bowl of food to feed them.

 

Some of the birds were in large aviaries depending on their type and other hand reared ones were in a large aviary together. On the left above is a Long Billed Corella who kept saying "hello" to us and on the right is a Crimson Winged Parrot.

 

On the left is a Eclectus and on the right is a pair of Black Feathered Cocktatoo named Elvis and Priscilla.

 

A pair of Galahs on the left and on the right was a very very noisy Blue and Gold Macaw near the front entrance.

 

Me feeding a Blue Ringneck Parrot on the left and on the right a Ruby Macaw.

 

Above on the left a pair of Sun Conures and on the right 2 Turtles in a pond

I got many more photos but this post would go in for a long time if I shared them all. We decided afterwards that maybe we should swap the cat for one of these friendly guys 😂

 Linking up with Our World Tuesday, Tuesday Treasures and My Corner of the World.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Mica Still and the bear


 This photo came up in my memorites on Facebook, I'd forgotten I had it so herewith this bear on the side of a building in Mount Maunganui was painted by artist Mica Still who seems to have an afinity with bears from what I can see on the Facebook page. It's bright, it's colourful but I'm not sure what it's all about.

Well as of this morning we have a Labour led majority government and we couldn't be happier. With roughly full election results it looks like Labour is on 49.5% which means they can govern alone without teaming up with any other parties. I think Jacinda really has done well leading us through Covid so hopefully the next 3 years we can bounce back even stronger.

Linking up with Mural Monday and Through my lens.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Ready for fairies

When I was little, we lived in Auckland and my grandparents on dad's side lived in Epsom so we would visit them regularly. They were caretakers of the local college and they lived in an old house with a huge overgrown garden. When my older cousins on that side also visited they would tell me stories of fairies living in their mushroom houses and point things out to me. Funny how I believed it all - I had quite an imagination back then.

A few days ago I had this little thought to create a fairy garden in my backyard and funnily enough I visited a client who had a collection of bird's nests that she finds on her property, she gave me one to have and I knew what purpose it would have. So after buying a little ceramic teapot house, some tiny footprint pavers and a miniature hedgehog toy I set about creating - what do you think? I know my brother's little girl would love it.

Lately B and I have been discussing where we would live if we ever moved to Australia. His daughter lives in Perth and we both agreed on either there or Adelaide, they just seem like pretty places. But because we've had so many issues with our boat motor we've hardly been out fishing so he's now locked into a payment plan after purchasing a new motor. Guess if it happens it happens right? 

We have our country's general elections happening tonight and we will find out who will be our leader for the next 4 years, I can't wait until it will all be over. There's something about the sniping and finger pointing that irritates me.  I won't say who we voted for but we have also had 2 referendums to vote on. One being the euthanisia bill which for me should be about terminally ill people being able to choose whether they live or die but other factors have been bought into it. The other referendum is for people to be able to grow their own marijuana at home - this one for me is a bit of a gray area as we have already had a bill passed in April this year allowing people to get prescriptions for medical marijuana from doctors. We will see what eventuates...

Linking up with The Weekend Roundup.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

St Peter's Church Te Kopuru


 Te Kopuru, just out of Dargaville is one of those old kiwi towns filled with old villas and bungalows from when it was first settled in the mid 1800s.  Last time we were up that way I got B to stop next to an old church I saw from the roadside. St Peter's Anglican Church is on the Heritage List and was built in 1902. 

It has a square belfry tower with a pyramid shaped roof and a wooden cross on it's northern side. It was designed by priest/architect Henry Barnard Wingfield who came to NZ when he was a boy and settled in Dunedin with his family. He studied architecture before being ordained in 1897. In 1899 he was appointed the first vicar at Pokeno, South of Auckland and in 1904 he was appointed to St Alban's in Balmoral, Auckland where he served for 22 years. In 1926 he was appointed vicar this time to the Holy Trinity Church in Devonport, Auckland remaining there until his retirement in 1931.

He devoted his time to ecclesiastical architecture and has been credited with the design of St Mary's Church Pokeno, St Alban's Waingaro, St Bride's Otorohanga and St Peter's Te Kopuru.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Bird stalkers


 I was at work last weekend and while I was working this little guy sat at the base of a standard rose plant and watched me for over an hour. I'm assuming he is some sort of dove and looks to be a fluffy youngster. 

Speaking of birds we get alot of rock pigeons in our town flocking in peoples backyards. We use to feed them but stopped after I came downstairs one morning and found one sitting in our lounge on one of the windowsills staring at me. Let's just say I let out a scream and got B to come and get rid of it. After telling a local bird expert about it, he basically recommended we don't feed them anymore - sparrows, finches, blackbirds etc are fine but pigeons are classed as a pest here.

What funny stories do you have about birds? Linking up with Our World Tuesday, Tuesday Treasures and My Corner of the World 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Skate park mural


 Just after our first lockdown on one of my walks I saw this illustration painted on the large ramp at our local skatepark. I've tried to work out what each face is of and the only one I can figure out is one of them looks like a type of cactus - can anyone else see anything?

Linking up with Mural Monday and Through my lens.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

End of the week

Since we voted last week in our general elections we heard on the news tonight that more than 585,000 had voted early as of today, we still have another week to go.


After 3 weeks of working on this large crochet blanket I finally finished it for my daughter to use, apparently the cat has claimed it.



 This Wisteria blew me away at a client's property I visit each week - the vibrant purple colour is amazing. 

Another one of my roses is flowering - this one is named "My dad" and the scent is lovely. Hope your week has been just as good.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Planting and voting


 Our town has about 8 waterfalls in total - this photo is part of the track that leads to one of them: "Charlie's Rock" which we visited in 2018.  I can see the pink Spring blossoms near the bend in the river and the Toi Tois on the right with their big white plumes - those things when the wind blows them give me hayfever.

At the moment we have our country's general elections about to happen so the different parties have been visiting towns around NZ on their campaign trails. After the voting booths opened last weekend we chose to vote early before the big day in 2 Saturdays time. Neither B nor I do crowds so it was nice and quiet for us. But we have had perfect sunny Spring days so on my days off I have been out in the garden planting new Osteospermums, Lavender and Daisies I've bought online, those are plants I know that will handle the Summer heat well. 

Linking up with Skywatch Friday, Weekend Roundup and Weekend Reflections.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Nearly Halloween


 Last week I popped into one of our local supermarkets and saw they had decorations up for Halloween - although the day isn't until 31st October some businesses like to get festive. That's one thing I miss about supermarket retail, the decorations and dressing up for occasions like this.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday and My Corner of the World.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Pillars of the earth


 I walk past this mural most days just inside the gates of one of our local primary schools and finally got a decent photo. I haven't been able to work out who painted this one but it depicts the sun rising over the land the some of the Maori words say: "Where is the pillar of the earth", "The pillar of acceptance is the earth", "The mountain is dark" and "Who longs for the river". 

Linking up with Mural Monday.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Modern buildings


 Another photo from Auckland City - this one was taken near the top of the city while we had stopped at the traffic lights. Most of the buildings there are modern new ones like these but thankfully there are still some odd heritage ones about.

Yesterday morning on my day off I was out the door before 8am on a mission to take my younger son's car back to VTNZ to get it re-checked. He had taken it in for it's 6 monthly warrant of fitness earlier in the week and it had failed on a minor issue. After him and B managed to replace the broken part that was at fault he asked me to take it in as he was working late last night. To say it was nippy outside was a bit of an understatement. We are in Spring here and so far we've been fortunate enough to have mostly warm days but my phone said it was 5 degrees celsius at that time so coming back home afterwards was a relief.

Linking up with Weekend Reflections and the Weekend Roundup.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

A ghost town


My brother was visiting us this week while he was on holiday with his family. He usually works in Auckland City but according to him it's more like a ghost town these days as more people are working from home.  

Although I grew up in Auckland I'm happy now that we don't live there. In the last couple of weeks they've had really bad wind, so bad that a large truck apparently got blown onto one of the scaffolding structures of the harbour bridge causing significant damage, then 2 of the lanes were closed bringing traffic to a gridlocked standstill then yesterday the whole bridge was closed due to high winds.

Seems they're not having much luck there.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Totems + Milk

On our recent re-visit to the Symonds Street Cemetery right next to the Jewish section is this mural painted on the side of an old building....