Sunday, July 31, 2011

#1530 ... Lined up

All lined up by Te Papa ... balls, east west .... activities, north south

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

#1528 ... On the Pink

Two young ladies about to head home on the delightful pink scooter ... Panama Street.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

#1527 ... Old Facade

The western facade of the Academy of Fine Arts building at the entrance to Queens Wharf

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#1526 ... Must still be cold.

Trying to entice the cold people in for a hot meal and warmth. Bruhaus, Victoria St.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#1525 ... Winter Sunshine

It was cold yesterday ... but today we had some weak winter sun to go with the cooler temperatures ... made everyone feel a bit brighter. Old Bank Arcade ... corner of Willis Street and Lambton Quay.

Monday, July 25, 2011

#1524 ... Brrrrrr

Winter has really arrived ... the rain was flopping on the windscreen ... must be sleet. The South Island had many roads closed. Snow in parts of the North Island. Wind chill factor in Wellington this morning -3 degrees C.

Thousands of Kiwis woke up this morning to a sight seldom seen in many parts of Aotearoa - a thick layer of snow blanketing backyards, coating cars, settling on sheep and blocking roads and driveways.

While some will label the snowfall the "worst'' to hit New Zealand in 15 years, we're looking on the bright side. There's a lot of good things about the wet, powdery white stuff - even if you're not a confirmed snow-bunny.

Take a look at the Christchurch Daily Photo

Sunday, July 24, 2011

#1523 ... High Level Support

Some high level support ... on the side of a tall office building on Lambton Quay ... Go the ALL BLACKS

Saturday, July 23, 2011

#1522 ... Not on a wet day

Not the best job to have on a cold wet day ... collecting the supermarket trolleys from the carpark.

Friday, July 22, 2011

#1521 ... Shirt on your back

3 Wise Men shirt shop ... great selection of business shirts ... good wearing too.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

#1520 ... A Corner

The Featherston Street - Panama Street corner and YES ... with another ubiquitous orange "City Guardian"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#1519 ... Where are the shoppers?

It may be sale time at Kirkcaldies ... however none of the shoppers seemed to have noticed ... maybe they are all overdone on the sales on everywhere.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

#1518 ... Green Balloons

Taking green balloons for a mid-day walk down Willis Street ... not sure what it was for however it added a bit of colour to the day.

Monday, July 18, 2011

#1517 ... Deep Thinking

Deep in thought ... thinking about digging a potential hole in Featherston Street. Even the Serengeti man in the background has to take his shades off !!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

#1516 ... Moa at the Met

The stuffed moa ... maybe ... at the Met Shop (meteorological and other quirky scientific stuff), Cuba Street. The shop is great for interesting bits and pieces.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

#1515 ... Gold Tomato

The price of a tomato has risen sharply ... more than 3X the summer prices ... floods in Australia, winter shortages, crop sabotage in Australia.

Tomato prices across Australia could double or triple in coming months after millions of seedlings were poisoned in an act of mass sabotage in north Queensland, but a spokesperson for New Zealand's tomato industry says domestic supplies should cushion the effect of any import shortage here.

About seven million plants, including about four million tomato seedlings, were lost after they were poisoned with a herbicide at a Bowen nursery last month. Other affected crops include capsicum, melons and eggplant.

Friday, July 15, 2011

#1514 ... Another Wild Animal

Is this the Garrett Street cat ... that lives at the Peoples' Coffee Shop

Thursday, July 14, 2011

#1513 ... Grounded

The abseilers getting their gear ready for a day of window cleaning ... many metres of rope, straps, karabinas by the dozen

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#1511 ... Francais

For that taste of France ... take time out to visit Cafe Breton in Brandon St

Monday, July 11, 2011

#1510 ...In motion

Running to get out of the rain ... an unintended image ... Cuba & Manners Sts

Sunday, July 10, 2011

#1509 ... Supreme

The NZ Supreme Court ... was officially opened in January 2010. It has been linked harmoniously with the restored Old High Court Building on the eastern side. This view is from the Cenotaph Corner looking south east.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

#1507 ... Seismic

An outstanding new sculpture, Seismic, by the nationally renowned Auckland sculptor Louise Purvis is located at the western (Lambton Quay) end of Bunny St, in Victoria University of Wellington's Pipitea campus area.

Four large discs of fine Italian Carrara marble each 1.8 meters in diameter are strewn on the paving or on the raised grass areas as though thrown there by an earthquake. Each has carved patterns representing the different aspects of seismic activity. ''These strong, lyrical works combine respect for the actions of nature with the challenge of Carrara marble'' (Katy Corner, ArtNews NZ, Autumn 2007).

The sculptures interpret the tension and drama of Wellington's long history of seismic events. But the work also has strength and serenity, and invites contemplation, which makes it particularly appropriate to the university precinct.
The seemingly random and scattered placement of the discs will encourage people to sit and walk among them. It is also a very tactile work, inviting touch.

Louise Purvis has offered us another major contribution to the sculpture gallery that is emerging on Wellington's streets. As a work developed in stone it is quite different from other recent public art in the city, and shows another dimension of New Zealanders' creative skills as these are reflected in sculpture

The four components of the work are Topographical Map Section, which marks the location of a segment of the fault line that runs through Wellington; Seismic Shock which records an earthquake; Disrupt which reflects on the earth moving and disruption; and Split which tells of the results of an earthquake and the opening and movement of tectonic plates.

"Seismic is a direct response to the site. Each disc is an interpretation of events occurring during an earthquake. The discs are strewn about the site to evoke a sense of randomness. Seismic is intended to be a sculpture you pass through and perhaps contemplate the precarious nature of our environment along the way." Louise Purvis

#1506 ... Joe's Garage

Joe's Garage in lower Tory Street ... a friendly inviting cafe ... that also does great mushrooms on toast ... highly recommended.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

#1505 ... Sudden Downpour

Manners Street ... the cold southerly blew through and dropped a lot of rain ... catching many unawares.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

#1504 ... Creating the Signs

Mirror image templates, a white chalk pen and lots of patience .... and you will have a promotional sign on the inside of your window that is legible from the outside ... "3 Wise Men" shirts & ties

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

#1503 ... Oops !!

The Chelmsford Street railway underpass in Ngaio has an obstruction ... early evening traffic was disrupted due the transporter with the excavator on board being a little bit too large ... it nearly got through but the far edge of the bridge was the catch !!

Monday, July 4, 2011

#1502 ... Arched Entrance

One of the entrances into the Capital on the Quay shopping centre on Lambton Quay. I wonder what is interesting in the rubbish bin?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

#1501 ... Sign of the Cable Car

The Cable car signpost on Lambton Quay ... distinctive but visitors can still miss it amongst all the other signage clutter. Note the ubiquitous "City Guardian" ... the orange cone ... they are everywhere at present with all the construction work going on in the central city.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

#1499 ... The Indian Chief

Arizona Restaurant & Bar beside the Intercontinental Hotel ... reasonable food and a busy meeting point especially in the summer when the large umbrellas and tables are put out on the side walk