Saturday, 30 January 2010

Day 200 - The Boatshed

Wellington waterfront

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Day 199 - Park Road Post


Such a tranquil looking scene, yet Park Road Post is the finishing place for hobbits, elves, orcs, and tall, skinny blue creatures from another planet.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Day 198 - Foghorn


What does a foghorn look like? We heard one about half an hour ago and quickly went down to the beach (about half a block away), along with a few neighbours from the street, to see what was going on. We saw this boat heading across the harbour and into the fog. It was moving between the Petone foreshore and Matiu/Somes Island, an unusual route for a ship to be taking.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Day 197 - Daisy cupcakes

Daisy cupcakes
Lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting, finished with white chocolate melts and pebbles
A tasty Mad Hatter's Tea Party treat

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Day 196 - Technical cat

Technical cat
Zed asleep on my laptop case

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Day 195 - Santina's window

Santina's window

This is one of Santina's favourite spots: the bathroom window. She sometimes jumps out of it and flies around to the back door ... but it's not always open. Usually someone notices her missing (after a while) or sees her trying to perch on the adjacent laundry window. Once she has been let in again, she promptly returns to "her" bathroom. It seems like a great game for a pigeon to play.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Day 194 - Flower power


Flower power

I love these wall displays in a garden centre, made up of oversized daisiy-style flowers. Such a cheerful explosion of colour.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Day 193 - Beehive

(Executive wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings)
Lots of busybodies buzzing around inside!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Day 192 - Oriental Bay fountain

Oriental Bay fountain

As a child, our parents had a friend called Wally who had built a house in the hills of Roseneath overlooking Oriental Bay. Wally would tease my brother and I, saying that he had a switch in the next room which turned the fountain on and off in the bay below. We'd arrive at his house and ask to see the fountain; sometimes he said he'd switched it on before we got there, and other times he said the fountain needed to have 'a rest' but he would turn it on again later. My brother believed him for quite some time and would get annoyed that Wally when wouldn't turn the fountain on and off by request! I still drive past the fountain and think of Wally and 'his' switch.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Day 191 - Purple and red flowers

Purple and red flowers
Beds of colour in the city

Monday, 18 January 2010

Day 190 - Protest


Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court, opened today by Prince William. Dual protests took place: members of the New Zealand Republican Party called for cutting ties with the British Monarchy. The other involved employees from the Ministry of Justice, protesting an unjust pay system at the Ministry.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Day 189 - Beach soccer

No doubt expecting to play in better weather conditions!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Day 188 - Summer in Wellington

Summer in Wellington
Petone Beach

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Day 187 - Chocolate chip cookies

Fresh from the oven

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Day 186 - Flower table

Flower table
A triumphant purchase

This is my favourite piece of furniture. I bought it at the Martinborough Fair a few years ago and lugged it all the way back to my car, several streets away. Not bought for its functional abilities, it boasts all the things I love: daisies, purple, and wrought iron. For my 30th birthday, I unscrewed the flower top and gave it to a cake maker to replicate. She produced a stunning purple daisy chocolate cake, which I cut and presented on the table. The light in this picture makes the colour look a little more blue, but it's most definitely a bold purple colour.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Day 185 - Mt Victoria scrub fire


As seen from Brooklyn

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Day 184 - Candle display

Candle display
An attractive shop window

Monday, 4 January 2010

Day 183 - Contented dog

Contented dog
Is there more to life?

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Day 182 - Wildflowers

Picked for me by my sweetie

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Day 181 - Sperm whale jaw bone

Sperm whale jaw bone
The remains of a pod of 23 sperm whales beached near Te Whanga Lagoon many years ago

Friday, 1 January 2010

Day 180 - Pohutukawa tree

The New Zealand Christmas tree
and a sure sign of summer