Sunday, March 13, 2016

Murder in the 'hood!

Gulp! Murder most foul, and dastardly deeds!

Call the Police.

We've had a case of gnomicide!

I suspect we know the Catprit.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Shapeshifter 2016

We were invited to the opening of Shapeshifter 2016 at the Dowse Art Museum. The exhibition is held every second year as part of Wellington's Arts Festival.

It features sculptures by artists from throughout New Zealand all placed around Riddiford Gardens opposite the Gallery.

A fascinatingly diverse range of pieces were displayed. So we wandered happily for over an hour, and I snapped lots of photos.

Favourites? Several:

I like the humour of this frog character. It reminds me of Wind in the Willows and such childhood stories. It's my pick for a piece the Sculpture Trust could buy & install beside the Waiwhetu Stream!

This installation of glossy birds was eye-catching. The irregular placement appealed, as did the depth of the sheen of the individual birds.

This piece somehow managed to combine the dread and fear of Tolkien's Ringwraiths with beautiful curves and artful assembly from driftwood.

This piece puzzled me and I couldn't avoid remembering the delight of our kids (Charlotte especially) as they rode an elaborate carousel in Fontainebleau in France. But what happens when ...?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What goes around ...

Last October, we travelled to Whitianga and had a (largely) lovely time. And I've extolled the virtues elsewhere and again.

A few weeks ago, I even managed to finish processing some of the video I took during the trip:

And then, just the other day during my daily perusal of the newspaper's Death Notices, the following leapt out at me:

Barry Brickell, of the Driving Creek Railway! Oh dear!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

It's time to move on

It's been here a long time.

And it's ending was signalled a long time ago

But still, there's something sad about when it finally arrives.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Edo's Table Manners

Cats aren't always the most house-trainable animals.

And sometimes their table manners leave a bit to be desired!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Summer at Petone Foreshore

We've been walking as often as possible at Petone Foreshore.

There's always interesting things to look at, and especially at this time of year, the view from the beach-side walkway is truly lovely.

In many ways, it encapsulates and "New Zealand summer", even when there is a southerly blowing, or the clouds have rolled in.

Summer at Petone Foreshore

Featherston Camp Memorial

We have driven through the Wairarapa countless times, and always straight past the memorial to Featherston Camp.

It is located a few kilometres outside Featherston on State Highway 2.


It marks the location of a Military Camp which was built for service during World War 1, as one of the places new recruits received their first military training.

During World War 2, it also served as an internment camp for Japanese troops captured during various battles in the Pacific.

It also commemorates the deaths of 48 Japanese Prisoners, killed during an incident in which armed guards opened fire on prisoners who were refusing to work.

The deaths the result of ethnic misunderstandings.

It is also graced by a beautiful 17th century Haiku:

Behold the summer grass
All that remains
Of the dreams of warriors