Saturday, March 31, 2007

Höglund Art Glass

The local legend is that Ola Höglund left Kosta Boda because of creative differences; nowadays their web and printed material are more polite about the beginnings.

The premise used to have many shed-like buildings and we could go around looking at Ola (and his apprentices) blowing glass, or visit the art glass shop, the "seconds" shop, the gift shop (which, among other things, carried Gotland sheep fleeces), eat at the cafe (we used to go late on Saturdays to have passion fruit cheesecakes), or have a picnic in the garden.

Then they got involved with making official gifts for the Sydney Olympics and the two America's Cup yacht races in Auckland; they opened shops in Auckland, Sydney and Tokyo and a studio in Australia; they built this big shop/entrance, and closed off the rest of the premise; now you pay NZ$15 to see glassblowing and I'm not sure what happened to the cafe or the garden or whatever else that stand beyond the tall walls. And of course no photography anywhere; I had to get permission to shoot this.

They have beautiful pieces; their wares are given as state gifts by NZ prime ministers. Good on them for working so very hard and being so successful; too bad for many locals that we can't go spend a leisurely weekend afternoon at
Höglund any more.

EDIT: We revisited the gallery and was given a chance to meet and speak with Marie Simberg-Höglund on August 7, 2010. We posted some new information in our August 8, 2010 post.

As regards what I wrote in this post in 2007:

  • The local legend about Ola is not true - Ola left KostaBoda for a job in Swaziland where he trained local people blowing glass for 3 years before he came to NZ. The local legend refers to Ola's father Erik Höglund who left his position as a designer at KostaBoda to work as a fulltime artist in Sweden.
  • Between 2002 and 2007, they ran a "Friends Program" where all locals + 10 of their friends and relatives were given free passes for guided tours. Since then, all visitors can read about the process and view a video in a room behind the Gallery reception, and then proceed to view glass-blowing on days when it is taking place, free of charge.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Nelson Art Map #9

At the front of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. The work is called "Earth-sky" by OZ sculptor Ingo Kleinert.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


This is the other side of the wall seen on the left in Tuesday's photo. My gym was here until February, and before that, a career center helping young people find career paths and jobs.

I saw on Saturday that at one time Newmans was here: Newmans is a coach line still in operation, but as you can see from this map, not around Nelson. A good friend's grandfather was involved with Newmans at one time, I think.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Mall-to-Be

This was taken from Seymour Place, the street next to Hardy Street; can you see the facade in the distance? The metal roof structure was removed last week. To the left of the wall is another demolition site about the same size, and together it will be the site of the new mini mall, approximately one city block wide, and one city block deep.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Always Keep Your Windshield Clean

These babies appeared from nowhere, waved, posed, then disappeared again. The lesson of the day: conscientious DPers must always keep the windshield clean. Grape Escape Cafe parking lot, Richmond, yesterday.

Saturday, March 24, 2007


I might be wrong but I think he was collecting some sort of shellfish; I'm not sure what kind.

Friday, March 23, 2007

What Kind of Sneakers Do You Like?

While waiting for a dental appointment caused by psychosomatic pains Monday afternoon, I found the Autumn 2007 edition of the Time Magazine Style and Design supplement (Pacific edition); in it, I found everything I needed to know about the current A-List sneakers around the world. In Tokyo and Paris, people pay $395 (US$, I think) for a pair. I was disappointed Sydney didn't feature, and learned New Zealand had fallen off the world map, again.

It was fun picturing many of you wearing the high fashion sneakers in your cities. And at the bottom are my far-more-expensive-than-I-expected-and-not-even-pretty pair.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ex-Wilkins & Fields

I mentioned Wilkins & Fields in relation to Neale & Haddow here. After the Mega store opened last April, the old store in the middle of town, which by then had expanded to nearly an entire city-block, was sold to developers, and now a mini-mall is under way. Happily, the facades of what were originally two or three different stores facing Hardy Street are to remain pretty much the same.

I love the glass windows at the entrance of the old shop.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Port Nelson, Monday Night

There was a weavers' meeting I desperately wanted to go Monday night, in Blenheim, so Ben drove me there. On our way home, around 11.30PM, we say lots of lights at the port, so we drove passed to see a big container ship and men still working. Can you see one of the guys? I'm pretty sure they were loading, as we are not a big importing location, but we couldn't be sure.

Neither of us had a tripod, but I don't think it would have made a difference because we're into something like the fifth day of non-stop gale-force winds; I rested the camera on sign posts and fences, but it didn't matter because I started to shiver in the wind, and towards the end, I was shooting semi-blindly, which is always kind of thrilling.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


His name is Charlie Stanton, and he's in his hand-built trolley "Red Lightning". He is 86 and is a former F1 mechanic. The local paper, Leader, told us he built 5 successful racing car in his life, one of which had a New Zealand Land Speed Record for 12 years in 1950s and 1960s, with an aircraft engine... What a fantastic guy!

The picture on the left picture was taken just after his run, being interviewed by, I assume, the Leader.

This is the end of series forks.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Qucik Spin

Quick spin for audience, but the official might see differently.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Speed Gun

Here is the officer measuring the speed of trolley at the goal line. The result will be shown on the digital display seen on yesterday's post. The most of trolleys did around 38Kph for normal run.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Dancing Kids

I took this between the runs when the officials carry trolleys to top of the hill for next run. Those kids were quite good dancers.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This is another entry from Red Rock Racer. Sadly the rubber peeled off from wheel and crashed into the barrier. No one was injured. It is really great design, by the way.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007


At the bottom of the hill.
I wish the official is our of the way, so we can all see trolleys to come.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Trolly Derby

At the "Collingwood Street Freeshchoice Trolley Derby", Yesterday. This is an annual event and a quite lots people compete the speed.
One of the race called "Monaco style" which is push start and compete the pure speed. Today's recorded was 70Kph. A local police officer is there and using a speed gun to measure the speed at goal line. According to the officer, if we run this street 70Kph in normal occasion, we will get $125 fine and loose a merit.
One trolley just can not measured because of its shape and all shiny surface. This one get special recognition.

I have few more shots to show you from this event.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Let Me Out

You may remember this guy from this post, or rather, it wasn't until Dallas Rita suggested I try in B&W that I noticed him. I think he might be from the Easter Islands. And while I'm at it, can you see his chubby mate here?

Friday, March 09, 2007

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Choking Gargoyle

It's not on the roof, but to the side of the front entrance of the Cathedral. I thought at first, "Oh, nice, a bird gargoyle; how New Zealand!", but on approach, I realized it was a lion with a bit of spouting stuck in his mouth. Now that I've got a minor dental surgery pending, this is no laughing matter, folks.

Happy International Women's Day, International Women! Happy Birthday baby brother, a ripe old 35 years old! Happy Birthday Kuala Lumpur DP by Sheila and Ed.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Fire Station Mural

One of the town art at Nelson Fire Station.

We had the last census a year ago tonight, and Meg found some final numbers, so here they are:

On the night of 7 March 2006, the there were 4,143,279 persons in New Zealand; of them 115,332 were overseas visitors. The population shows an increase of almost half a million in 10 years, and it nearly doubled in 50 years.

Nelson City had 42,891 persons, compared to 40,239 of 10 years ago. (So why on earth are we so short of parking spaces???)

The neighboring Tasman District, (Richmond, Hope, Golden Bay, Murchison) had 44,625 persons, compared to 37,971 of 10 years ago.

For more information, check here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Christ Church Cathedral

We often refer to the Cathedral Steps here in NDP, but I don't think we've ever shown the Cathedral itself. I learned last Friday there are volunteer "Welcoming Staff" inside (never seen them in my previous visits), and between 3-4PM on Fridays, Max is in charge. For a small donation, one is allowed to photograph inside, and there is a booklet on the history of the building of the cathedral, so I'm going back another Friday to see him, take better notes and donate/buy/photograph.

Meanwhile, this is the alter-end, at the top of the Steps, facing Trafalgar Street, and the sea. The structure is in gray marble, (Big Confession: I had thought it was boring old concrete all along!) and while it's no European marvel, it is laden with European Immigrant history of Nelson.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A Caravan of Caravans

Friday morning, I heard on the radio there have been problems caused by the rapid increase of caravans, house buses, and camper vans, especially in smaller tourist town like Picton (nearest town to yesterday's shot). At the moment, it seems these vehicles are allowed to overnight pretty much anywhere unless signs say overnight stay is prohibited. Worse yet, some tourists feel free to dump their refuse where they please, and folks traveling on "home-made" vehicles or ones with fewer facilities sneak into backpackers and other establishments for bio-breaks, showers, and rubbish disposal.

I'm hearing calls for regulations on caravan activities and for more roadside facilities, but the there's another layer to this. Previously, when NZ's population was smaller and visitor numbers fraction of what it is now, there were many aspects of life, especially pertaining to leisure and recreation, left to the discretion and common sense. With the increase of resident and visiting population, we're seeing an increase in regulation, facilities, and cost.

The effect is a mixed bag of locals not being able to do some things they've been doing for generations; ugly but useful public structures springing up in places; travel becoming more convenient and meeting the expectations of overseas visitors; and a foreboding for yet more Kiwi freedom being taken away. The bottom line is often the tourist dollars. (Disclamer: I'm not sure how the loo issue was dealt with before the installation of small roadside ones; that was before out time.)

Friday afternoon, I saw a convoy of three from the Cathedral steps.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Marlborough Sounds

This is at Picton, from the lounge of our friend's vary nice house.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Tiny Ferry

The tiny ferry goes to the tiny (but 6 hectares nevertheless) Haulashore Island, seen here.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Theme Day: Men at Work

Nelson City Council (I think) funded a Chinese Garden at one corner of Queen's Garden to celebrate Nelson's Sister City relationship with Huangshi, Hubei Province, a while back; I don't know how long these things take normally, but the garden has been in the making for at least a year. The other week, however, I finally found a couple of guys working on it. Yay! This place is going to be fantastic when it is completed. And this is, I think, going to be my favorite feature in the garden.

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