2018 in pictures: March

Big Tuam Street sky.

More watching of High Street.

Ghost sign!

Penny Lane. 

Rauora Park.

Francis Spufford at The Piano.

Victoria Park reopens.

Convention Centre.

I say Captain, I say Wot.

Tūranga (new Central Library)

Lantern Festival, day and night.

Oi Manawa – The National Earthquake Memorial.

Bowker Fountain. 

Arch.

Clip n Climb.

3.

Habitat for Humanity.

Sydenham and City signs. 

Mollett Street Market.

The Crossing. 

Town.

Book Day.

Sunrise.

New Brighton clock tower.

New Brighton.

Library Book Sale.

Easter Market at the Arts Centre.

Rainbow – Pride flag over CCC.

High Street.

Black and white coffee cartel, 169 High Street. National Library source image.

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2018 in pictures: February

Waitangi Day at the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Ann Shelton exhibition.

Isaac Theatre Royal, Nigella Lawson. 

Neighbourhood Bengal.

Bookarama.

Sky.

Begonias at Townend House. 

More Botanic Gardens goodness. 

Captain Scott, sans pole.

Manchester Street.

Local bunny.

22 February. CTV site.

185 chairs. 22 February.

High Street.

Road trip Part 2 – Quartzopolis aka Reefton

Road trip part one And now part 2: Murchison

On the road to Reefton.

Reefton

Reefton used to be known as Quartzopolis, and is a bit famous as “In 1888 Reefton became the first town in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to receive electricity …” [Wikipedia] It is also where my whānau comes from. I haven’t visited for years, probably since my Grandma died. It’s a place we visited lots, I used to dream of coming here to live.

Dad’s nickname was Farmer – aka the Broadway Farmer – so it was cool to stay on the street he got that name from.

The Reefton cross.

The Reefton Skate Park. 

The swinging bridge across the Inangahua River.   

Reefton Cemetery

I visited the graves of my uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents – Robertsons and Cohens.

The cemetery is quite beautiful, and it was raining.

Dolls

There are a bunch of second hand shops in Reefton. Many of them had a lot of dolls. Apparently there is an elderly collector who has dispersed her collection. One was showcased in a gigantic fridge.

 

Bubbles on Broadway

At the top of Broadway,  an American artist in the old BNZ building has two bubble machines firing out his window, and the street is full of bubbles.

 

More second hand sights and shops

Coutts and Jones Antiques at the Reefton Coffin Co

My favourite shop. So many treasures. They had an original Tom Scott cartoon drawing about the welfare state, you could see where he had whited things out. Also glass eyes, Fun ho toys etc. I bought a 1988 first day cover celebrating 100 years of electricity, and a long pair of leather gloves with little buttons.

There is an historic photo in the window of this shop, and my grandma is in it – the shop used to be called Thorpy’s.

Here is her great-granddaughter in the same spot.

 

 

Road trip Part 1 – Amberley, Maruia Falls, Tahananui Beach, Nelson

I had this week off work, and had a big ole to-do list around home.  But things didn’t go to plan, and we took a short unexpected roadie.  A night in Nelson, a night in my family hometown Reefton, and driving through points in between.

Amberley

Paris Cafe in Amberley. With some artful cropping, we could zush up our summer holiday pics no end.

Maruia Falls

Where a bee had the temerity to sting me, and a visitor had the gall to do a shit beside the river when there was a DOC loo metres away.

Tahunanui Beach

Tahunanui Beach had playgrounds galore, a miniature railway round a lake (open on Sundays, not while we were there), bumper boats, trampoline world, and racing karts. Excite!

Nelson

Unexpected architectural delights for lovers of Brutalism, Art Deco, and Gothic.


Loved Penguino Ice Cream Cafe, design store Cubicle, and Gizmos (pinup girl frocks etc). I had the salted lychee sorbet, and DAMN.

Nelson Steps and Cathedral

It was muggy and hot and wonderful. There was a Christmas Tree festival in the Nelson Cathedral, and we were there just before closing so got to turn out the lights and blow out the candles.