Friday, August 31, 2007

Fire Station Mural 2

I've recently bought a reasonably wide lens and came back to the fire station. Here is my previous attempt.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Something tells me the promo in our State Cinema is a little different from the one in your town. Not sure yet? And I believe Nelson DP wins this month's "From the Sublime to the Ridiculous" Award.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Once in an Orange Moon

The Lunar Eclipse in the NZ sky tonight. This was taken in front of our front door. I only have a 210mm zoom and this is the best I can do. I need your 500mm, JB.

PS. Check out Keith's shot!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My Turn

I've been so slack in the photography department the sun gave me a little nudge last night, at around 6:20PM. And all I did was crop the top and the bottom a wee bit.

Summer's coming, folks.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Charles Shaw, Potter

Apologies for the appalling lighting.

I'm giggling while I type these words because, for a long time, Charles was "just" my good friend Marj's best friend Rose's husband. Then a couple of years ago we stayed in the same holiday home of another potter, sans spouses, during an artists' retreat, and I spoke to "Charles the potter" for the first time.

Two weeks ago, I had to see him and photograph a series of his pots because at Re:fine, the bit exhibit I'm preparing for right now, one of my shawls will be used as a backdrop for six of his pots, and I wanted to see if I could weave something special for Charles, but as it turned out, I have two that'll work beautifully for his series. So you could say, we are collaborators now.

Sometimes I wonder why I don't make more effort to get to know husbands of my friends; if my friends are interesting people, and they are, and if they've stuck with these men for a long time, which they have, surely the blokes are worth getting to know as well?

OK, back to fringing. And Lachezar, I am finishing two pieces that look so unlike anything I've ever woven, so I'll post the pics here soon-ish.

Sunday, August 26, 2007


As you can see, sun is just about going behind the mountain peek. It's 5:40PM, Yesterday.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Spring is in the Air

Do you know how I can tell? My nose is runny no matter what I do, and it's not just the weaving! (And here's a very special greetings to Per's mom!!)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Itinerant Photoblogger

And that would be me; itinerant because I'm not taking photos, and I'm not visiting photoblogs. Lately I've wondered if I'll ever get over the "next" hump with work, and I'm definitely not shooting pics to my satisfaction; it's amazing how much looking at all of your photos help in that respect.

The current hump is supposed to be over at the end of the month, but if not, 15 September. I'd love to have a rainy, miserable weekend with the fire roaring; we'll sit in the cosy office visiting your blogs all weekend, drinking spiked coffee or hot choc.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Cold Morning

Snow on the mountain indicates very cold wind around here. As you can see at the golf course, we still have good warm sun light.

Monday, August 20, 2007

14/August/2007 4:49:02 AM

It was very a cold night. I couldn't sleep well for some reason. I opened the curtain and looked outside and saw the steam from a factory illuminated by the flooding lights. I set my camera on the tripod and shot several frames with long exposure setting. This is about 60sec with bulb shutter. I tried to catch the wide spread of steam. (Another shot here)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Books Breed

Have you noticed how books always breed to exceed the space available? We have two wall-sized bookshelves and two good-sized ones, but no matter what, we always have cardboard wine boxes on the floor, not to mention the piles in the bedroom.

I can't stand the mess but it doesn't bother Ben because he knows exactly where his books are. Alain de Botton was right, of course; I pursue order because my mind is not in order.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Yellow Bus

Again this is at Rabbit Island. I think this good looking yellow bus is a private own and not a school bus or such.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


This is from an antique cabinet from China, one of many at the Red Art Gallery, Bridge Street. There used to be a strangely-modern yellow/lime green one which I used to fantasize having in my stash, wool, storage, design room, storing my cashmeres, but I haven't seen it there for a fortnight; I'm afraid to ask Jay if it's sold.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Line up!

This is a small bridge over Mitai River. We have lots of seagulls there since it's so close to the bay. Today, they are resting at the top of the bridge. When I was there, water level was low because of the tide.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Refinery Art Space Front Door Knob

Duncan said it doesn't turn, so you just grab and push/pull it. As if that makes it any less interesting...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Man Cave

This is my mate Duncan Leask's workshop at the back of Refinery Art Space on Halifax Street. Refinery used to have a small gallery space in the front and quite big workshop spaces available for hire if you used recycled material; now it has huge gallery spaces, a bit of workshop spaces at the back, art workshops and even a garden is planned. Refinery being its name, I'm pretty confident it used to be a refinery of some sort, but I'm yet to find that one out.

Can you almost smell the oily man smell? I must admit, it was rather clean, tidy and well-organized, almost disappointingly so. Duncan said I could sit in his workshop and spend the day with a pen and a sketchbook picking up interesting shapes and forms and textures from his space; I'm looking forward to it, maybe in spring.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lime Yellow

We had rain overnight. This one has taken earlier this month. It still looks like exactly this at outside of my window.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

How Now

For tiny art lovers visiting the Red Art Gallery Morning Tea Room. And a wee bit about this saying here.

If you're dying for good coffee, but can't run off just this minute, Per of Stockholms has supplied the audio here; now if we could find a way to link the aroma, we'll be set.

Friday, August 10, 2007


Am I the only one who sees the chubby derriere swimming away from the rain clouds on the right?

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Fix Me

This cat has been keeping us awake for the last two weeks; all day all night, except for a couple of hours in the afternoon, she's on a prow. There's a skinny gray one that keeps her company, and possibly the giant black-and-white as well, but they remain relatively quiet.

This one likes to test her lungs in front of our garage door (which is right under our bedroom), right outside our kitchen, or on our picnic table as seen here, and no high tech ear plugs can quieten her. So every night we lay awake, imagining cartoon-style revenges we could inflict on her, while about all I can do is to throw a glass full of water in the general direction, which is effective for about three minutes.

I am not a cat person; I am a dog person.

Update: late last night, Ben found this one digging the bulbs out of my garden. However, it wasn't on the prow; does this mean the romantic season is over, or was it just too cold last night?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

One Year to Beijing Olympics

I heard on the radio that the Beijing Olympics starts in exactly one year from today. Best of luck to the grand city of Beijing, and to all the athletes!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Construction Boom in Nelson?

I was away only 10 days, but I admit, I hadn't been to either of the Zest Cafes much since the Red Gallery Morning Room opened. So imagine my surprise last week when I ran into Zest on Church Street for a quick coffee, glanced up, and discovered that quirky Fantasmaloria shop was gone! I knew the yarn and costume shops had moved out of the premise, but I didn't expect this.

With the population increase and parking problems, some architects are advocating for 4- and 5-story buildings in the central business district of Nelson, instead of the current-norm of 2-story ones. Elsewhere, you wouldn't be surprised to see a "pencil" building go up in a space like this, but I hope not in Nelson.

The red building to the left is Stingray.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Let's Put Some Walls Here

Nelson sits on a fault line, so it unnerves me a bit when I see what appears to me to be unconventional (not from-the-ground-up) construction. This one appears so arbitrary it's almost comical, but I'm sure the builders know what they're doing.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Red in The Rain

It was raining raining outside and I took this close up. Well, it was couple of days ago... Today, we have another blue sky.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sometimes It's Too Easy

This one is untreated, except the inclusion of my name. And today, we start Year Two of Nelson Daily Photo. Thank you for your support and kind comments over the last year.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Action After Dark

Yesterday, 6:45PM... Someone called an ambulance. I hope it was nothing serious. I have a B&W version here.