Tuesday 29 November 2022
This larger than life Christmas tree was put up at my work last week. Although it doesn't look that big it ended up having to be separated in 3 stages to get it through the doors. Only in retail....
Sunday 27 November 2022
On the wall outside the Hokitika Glass Studio is this mural, it was painted by local artist RAJA aka Mark Haldane and it shows a glass blowing instrument in the process of moulding a piece of glass into shape. If you check out their website link they really have some beautiful pieces. Recently I purchased some little yellow glass mushrooms which now sit in my garden.
Saturday 26 November 2022
This is the inside alleyway I walk through to get to my hairdresser's at the very end of the corridor. At the entry is the local Chemist/Pharmacy, I think they have 2 entrances, this is just one of them.
Thursday 24 November 2022
There seems to be a big misconception about living on the West Coast that there's rain, rain, rain here. Funny but since we've lived here we've had less rain that the rest of the country with more sunny days than anything else. I was on my way to a dentist appointment last week and saw that on one of the main streets in town that the coverings stretching from the buildings over the footpaths were out, they will be a good way to shade from the sun when Summer comes soon.
Tuesday 22 November 2022
More Christmas displays and products were seen by us in one of the local $2/gold coin shops. The weird thing about these is that they are decorated with fake snow symbolizing how Christmas is the northern hemisphere but here in the southern hemisphere it's completely the opposite - it's summer for us meaning days at the beach, time spend outside in the garden, barbeques and hot sunny days.
Sunday 20 November 2022
I've been wanting to get a photo of this mural for a while now. It's peeking out on the side of a building in one of the main street's of Greymouth next to the railway tracks. Painted by local artist Mark Haldane aja Raja it points the way with an arrow to one of the art galleries.
Linking up with Mural Monday.
Saturday 19 November 2022
Before we moved down here we walked through Westport with me plodding along with my phone taking random snaps of people, places and things in particular this shop front with a couple walking past talking. The "top up here" sign is for those who are on pre-paid plans with their cellphones and it's a very popular option.
Thursday 17 November 2022
The cafe at Punakaiki aka Pancake Rocks really is worth checking out. While my parents were visiting recently we took them here for a look around. We stopped here to get a coffee, cos you've got to have a good wakeup call in the mornings. I don't know who the lady was but she looked very restful while she was enjoying hers.
Tuesday 15 November 2022
The last time we visited the small ex-goldmining town of Ross we noticed this scene that someone had planned next to the water. It's a Japanese looking garden which is kind of weird enough because most of the old buildings nearby were old English villas and bungalows so the 2 didn't quite tie together.
Sunday 13 November 2022
My cousin has recently moved to Greymouth and after I had visited her I spotted this mural on another utility box. Painted by local artist RAJA aka Mark Haldane this one shows how popular the fishing industry here is.
Linking up with Mural Monday.
Saturday 12 November 2022
Another photo from Serpentine Beach when we first moved down here in April. This is one of the places on the West Coast where you can find Greenstone, it's pretty much all over the beach.
Thursday 10 November 2022
We have just started seeing tv commercials for Christmas and while in town I saw that some of the streets had lights up between buildings.
And these Santa decorations were on display in the local post shop. Is it too early for Christmas?
Tuesday 8 November 2022
So while I was in town last week signing some last minute papers with our lawyer I couldn't help admire the azalea and rhododendron that were flowering outside one of the old buildings. I'm looking forward to alot more colour come Summer.
Sunday 6 November 2022
This mural on a utility box is a few steps up from my house. It shows kites flying over the snow topped mountains painted by Fi Ginivan.
Linking up with Mural Monday.
Saturday 5 November 2022
On one of Greymouth's side streets is this beauty. Originally named The Wharfe Hotel (I'm assuming because it's next to the Grey River) and built in 1876 it was renamed The Royal Hotel in 1903. The original burned down in the 1930s and was rebuilt (as per photos below and above).
|Photo from between January 1950 and December 1969 - Alexander Turnbull Library.|
After new owners completing extensive renovations inside it is now up for sale and unfortunately is earthquake prone like many buildings on the west coast. The hotel has been empty for about 5 years and is due to be demolished at some point.
Thursday 3 November 2022
I'm a huge fan of croissants and coffee. When I saw these signs in Russell 2 years ago I had to take a photo just to remember the beautiful sunny summer's day. They are advertising the little coffee house at Pompallier House, where the first printery in the country was back in the 1800s. It was also a tannery and home to the missionary belonging to Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier.
Tuesday 1 November 2022
In Greymouth last week I was visiting an op shop with my daughter R when we saw a tiny Jack Russell puppy. Her and I love animals so we stopped and asked the owner if we could have a small pat.
Westport, which is about 90 minutes north of Greymouth is one of those old coal/mining towns as I've previously mentioned. I spotted t...
In amongt the modern new highrise buildings in Auckland City is this smaller vintage building that is currently for sale (I'd buy it if ...
What a treat we had in the weekend! Our road trip also included a stop off at this place - Ohiwa Oyster Farm just out of Whakatane. I...
Another mural from Kaeo this week, this one is on the wall of the Farm and Fuel shop - I did try to find some background on it but apart ...