Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yellow Net

This is how it looks. OK, I'll stop posting this one. This is the last. I promise.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This bridge is being repainted. I was attracted this yellow net more than the fact of work this time.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thinking Out Very Loud...

Not so much about a change in direction with what I do, but more an addition...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Leggy Girls

Friday afternoon in front of the Nelson Provincial Museum. These girls were giving away tiny brochures of some sort; watching over them was, I assumed, Mum.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pottery, Anna Barnett

A small Raku vase by Anna Barnett, one of our favorite Nelson potter. Construction continues at my house, so I'm being challenged for ideas and subjects to shoot. This vase and its two mates, among other things, had been evacuated to the study. The colors have been tampered with; I posted another rendition here. Here's a photo of the tiny orange one.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A New Establishment

7PM Tuesday we went to our regular Turkish takeaway and ordered our regulars: small falafel, mild, garlic yogurt, and large mixed, hot, garlic yogurt. While we waited, we looked across the street, and, ummm, saw a new... business establishment. Enough said.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Logging Trucks

Forestry is one of the big industries in and around Nelson. Most of the logs are radiata pines. It can get a bit scary driving behind one of these trucks, particularly if you're on a low, flat two-seater midlife crisis car, but not so much this one, because the logs were so skinny.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Summer Dream

A fuzziness cased by a heat haze. it turned out like having a dream.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Summer at Airport

I took just about an hour ago from the walkway surrounding Nelson Airport.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


At Cafe Delicious. We both had a Thai Beef and Noodle Salads for lunch yesterday and shared a desert on the top right corner on the display.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Shed is Gone

Honda assembly plant was one of the major employers in Nelson until it shut down a decade ago. For the last few months/years, the building had been for sale. It must have sold because Monday night, when we went to get the biggest blue tarpaulin, we saw the shed being taken down.

End of an era for Nelson; Honda is having a reunion of former staff on the weekend.

As for our huge blue tarpaulin, it cost four times as much as I had expected, but there's something so attractive about a big piece of cloth covering things...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Day One, Tuesday

Nice builders Shane (bathroom and kitchen specialist) and Ryan worked in the scorching sun on our dark green roof for the better part of the day destroying our solid concrete, (not blocks) chimney. (Well, it rained the minute they opened up the roof, but that lasted for two and a half minutes.) Then they opened up the kitchen wall to find out the fire place is solid concrete, not blocks, and they warned me Day Two will be very noisy day. Inside there's at least three times as much concrete as the chimney.

I love these guys; they are nice, polite, clean and considerate, but I can't stand the noise or the dust involved in breaking up concrete. My whole being feels dusty and gritty, and the whole house shakes. Yikes.

Monday, February 09, 2009


It's been uncharacteristically hot, but no more bush fires in Nelson.

In the still, sunny, hot hours of Sunday, we had to haul all our firewood from our driveway pm the southwestern corner of our small property, up a flight of stairs, to the northeastern corner outside the kitchen. We had to make way for a skip that the builders will bring on Tuesday, as the demolition of our existing wood burner (fire place with a lit) and concrete chimney commences. The wood burner is still in a pretty good nick, but it doesn't comply with Nelson's clean air regulations. Once we got the ball rolling, we discovered we could have stuck with the old one for one more winter, but what the heck, we may truly not be able to afford the swap a year from now, so here goes.

The new one is a twee-looking standalone, something that would look good in a cottage with hand-knitted doilies, but we had no choice as we wanted to keep our wetback, and the new one will be easier to clean and replace parts. In the meantime, farewell to our more-or-less modern looking heater. Thank for the many cold evenings sitting in front of you staring at the flames and talking with friends and family. You've been far more entertaining than the telly.

Ben and I send our sincere sympathy and good wa to our friends on the East Coast of Australia.

Saturday, February 07, 2009


Birds (not a dust spot) try to catch an updraft (last evening).

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


First day back into the real world, I came out of work at the Red Gallery around 4.30PM, and look what I saw! Here's The Nelson Mail article; we can smell it from our home.