Monday, September 25, 2017

Spring Weather

The cherry blossoms are 90% open, later than usual, and the tree is producing about 60-70% of flowers this year. And here, as in Japan, those delicate flowers opening up means open season for rain/wind and this week we might even have thunder and lighting to make things interesting, before spring settles in. The weather has been extraordinarily rewarding to conscientious gardeners; fairly consistent rain-sun-rain-sun cycle combined with sudden warming; flagrantly embarrassing for others of us. Crikey.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Cherry Blossom

It's just start blooming...  Today is very overcast day and little chilly breeze. 
This tiny flower is in full of energy and gently swinging in the wind.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ben's Almond Meal Cheesecake, Version We-Can't-Remember

Don't ask for a recipe; it's different every time depending on what we have and what comes out of Ben's head, but this one is smashingly good.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Position Shop Sign between Pink Lines

Volume, the best small bookshop in this galaxy, is on Church Street. Nelson City Council began the process of upgrading Church St, dubbing it the Bohemian District, and one of the first jobs was to locate the infrastructure underground. Something went wrong, leaving Volume without power first, then a generator behind a wall kicking in, causing, and here I paraphrase, a hum so loud they couldn't hear themselves think. Oh, the perils of good bookselling.

Thursday, August 03, 2017


Urban has been award several awards, one of the recent being best bar restaurant in Nelson in the latest issue of our regional magazine, Wild Tomato; I think that's what I read while waiting for our takeaway order yesterday at the Chinese restaurant across the street on Hardy, although I can't find the article. The premise used to be our favorite place some years ago, an Italian restaurant called When in Rome.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Bank Lane Canopy Upgrade

My friend Maria works in a company that, I think, makes ship sails, but they also make awesome awnings and similar all over Nelson. This one is in Bank Lane, a path I've used countless times but did not know had a name, and one of few connecting our main drag, Trafalgar St, and Montgomery car park, where the Saturday Market is held. The tiniest coffee shop, Blink, had regulars coming and going, many with their won reusable cup.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017


Just looked up.... Nothing but blue... So I did include street light post.  

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Heavily Wet Weekend

We have a quite heavy rain this weekend.  

This image is the water dancing in fountain, taken with macro lens as I get close to the surface.    Nop, it's not under the rain but rather very strong sun light light up the bubble of water while.

Trafalgar SQ, Nelson

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Coffee Cart

Taken at Nelson Saturday Market

(well not today, as it is rather very mistakable cold wet day, today.... ) .  

Monday, June 26, 2017


Playing with with old manual focus lens on my Olympus digital.

Evening light from side on river where ducks are playing.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Trees are loosing leaves and air is getting really chilly. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

To be the best in the universe!!

One of our favorite place! The Tozzetti!

We can not get out without a pack of their biscuit and ... 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Oh, Thank Goodness

Across the street from the Bead Gallery is the Trade Aid shop. (You can see the shop sign in yesterday's pic.) Nelson shop being the most profitable Trade Aid in New Zealand, I was shocked when Ben came told me the shop was empty last week, so we had to investigate.

Margaret said they only renewed all the fittings. Phew! I can't take all my favorite shops disappearing from Nelson, you know. And it's Mom's Must Go place in Nelson, too.
 It reopens today.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sadly Missed

Nelson's, (and New Zealand's; folks used to come from Auckland,) awesomest Bead Gallery is no more. I used to hike to the lovely house on Parere Street where the shop started. After the awesome art supply shop Betts closed, Laurie moved the bead shop into town. Not long after, from memory, his young son and three mates died in a horrible car crash, and a few years later, Laurie himself was taken suddenly, so it was inevitable, but still sad to see the shop close last month.

Laurie didn't know who I was but knew I came in often enough. Once he told me his son's passing "really changed" him, but he couldn't say more. I hope they are happy together now, wherever they are. And thank you for all the awesome beads.

Mike Ward has a lovely picture of Laurie stuck on the wall of his jewelry studio, above Morri St Cafe, up a short way on Hardy St.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Are You Sure?

At the back of the Hospice Shop, which was very crowded yesterday.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brown Breakfast

Ben's almond meal cake, v3; this time with cocoa nibs and further reduced sugar. He has his with Wild Maine Blueberry Jam and a touch of yogurt; I with Hot Pepper Jelly and roasted-by-me plums. Plates sent from my cousin in Japan.

Also today, it's the second time this season we have the fire going. But the first time, Saturday, didn't count because we weren't cold, just so wet and soggy from all the rain. Today is actually a perfect garden day for me, still, chilly and overcast, but I want to do inside things, so I'm calling it "almost raining".

Sunday, April 16, 2017

H.D. - Chrome

Great bike and there is a great owner behind who look this baby after very well.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017