Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Too much of a good thing...

It's true!
Can't see customer? Well, I took this on the ANZAC day before 1pm. So. the shop is closed. The owner opened the door just after this shot was taken and had a little chat about the sign. - Penguino Ice Cream Cafe -

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Nancies

Nelson's popular A Capella group The Nancies had the last (for the time being, we hope) gig tonight at the Boathouse, due to our friend Kath Bee leaving Nelson to extend her career in Auckland and beyond. The venue was packed with appreciative audience.

The good news is, the gig was recorded live and will be made into a CD. If you are interested, email Kath; she won't be on line for a while as she's leaving on the 2 O'Clock ferry tomorrow, but she will make sure she or someone will be in touch with you.

We wish you all the very very best, Kath.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Last of The...

Ben kept shouting, "Mop, mop," while I thought it was a purpose-built (?) helmet. Whichever, it's been a while, the hair-do. (Can you see? We were about to turn and I only got one shot.)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bijou c. 1961-3

I knew Crackerjack had these plastic beads for a while, but I refrained from purchasing. The instruction says to arrange them in interesting formation and iron from the top to melt the beads and make flat plastic thingies, but when I was 3 and 4 and 5, these were the beads Mom gave me to make bijou. Instead of cottons or silks, she gave me thread-like elastics so the necklaces could get around my head, and bracelets around my hand.

On Saturday, I couldn't help myself.

I already posted this in my weaving blog, but thought some of you may feel nostalgic about these, too?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saturday Lunch at Morrison St

After Kath's gig on Saturday, we went to Morrison St Cafe for lunch. Ben had a Nasi Goreng which came in this pan! The colors are drab but Ben said it was yummy. I had Tostadas with avocado and baked beans, though it had lots of fresh red onion I picked out. Tasty, though not spicy.

Morrison St and Saltwater are the only places in town I'm aware of who make their own brioche. Morrison's often have freuits and tend to be sweeter and great with coffee; Saltwater planer but possibly richer and nicer with eggs. My favorite brioche, however, are the ones I bake with a recipe that Merisi in Vienna gave me; light and elegant.

If you get on the mailing list for Morrison's newsletter (which always includes one of their recipes), they treat you to two free coffees during the month of your birthday, as I found out recently. Nice, isn't it, to be able to take a mate with you?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Last Sunday, I saw a low cloud in front of the range. A few hours later the sky turned to this spectacular colour. This is taken with telephoto(135mm) and below is with wide-angle (24mm) in few minuets earlier.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Still Handsome

Remember the tree in the middle of NMIT courtyard that lost big branches in a storm last winter? The bold patches are definitely noticeable, but he's still very handsome.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kath Bee Heads for Auckland

Nelson's bestest children's songwriter Kath Bee is heading for Auckland to try her songs on the big city kids. This morning Kath had a Good Bye gig at Crackerjack, an educational toy store that's always supported her enthusiastically.

I've been excited about this for months until this morning, when I realized it'll be a while before I can shoot her gigs again. The Nancies will have their last gig (for a while) next Saturday, and come Sunday, Kath will be on a plane.

Best of luck to you!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dry Wood, New Woodburner, But No Heat

Yesterday we learned that "wetb@ck" is a derogatory term for illegal immigrants to the US. To us, it's a wood burner, (enclosed fire box), with a connection to the hot water cylinder. While we heat the room, heat absorbed by pipes at the top inside the box is sent to the cylinder on kitchen side of the wall, producing soft hot water for our bath. (Sorry, the lid is far too heavy for me to lift to show you the inside.) We don't even know if there is any other name for this mechanism in New Zealand. If you go to and look up the word, you find all kinds of folks who want to sell you such wood burners.

Painting the pipes at the back matte black is one of the many jobs for us in the coming weeks to tidy after the project, as you can see.

We had the second inspection for this burner by the Council yesterday, but there's something the plumber and the inspector disagree about a tempering valve and we still can't use this yet. Brrr...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tauhou, The Silver–Eye

About this bird. They come in family, or could be a whole village, come to my fig tree for feast, every year. I just snapped from my home office with long lens. (B&W)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Monday

it's about 10:20 AM, today. Maybe it's a little bit early for an Easter Sale shopping?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hard Slog...

Bunny Day, chocolates and big midday meals. Or, cleaning the oven, patching up walls, and sand, paint, varnish. Either way, it's a family affair. I love it when Ben's home for a few days, even if I don't get downstairs to the loom for a few days.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Panorama View

The original image is 46144 x 2135 pixel in size. 21 image stitched into one. It's taken yesterday from the living room. We still have snow on the top of mountains like this today.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


5.55PM last night. It wasn't about the sunset or the clouds; it was all about the snow clouds for me.
This morning. We have a new fire place with wetback and fresh load of logs, but it hasn't passed the City Council inspection yet, so, brrrrr...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


If you look at the leaves, some of them are already gone, some stay at green and partially turns to the colourful autumn colours. A scene form one afternoon.

Ps. It's rain today with a heavy cloud and high humid. The shot was from yesterday.

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Warm sunshine sporting this little alyssum. here is the exact same flower in last year.

I have taken this with 500mm tele macro lens with 2x converter attached. Well, I removed (unscrewed) the optics from converter completely so it just act as macro extension tube so I can be more closer. It was easier, if I use my dedicated 60mm macro but I did this just for fun.
I also intentional make whole things out of focus to it become little dreamy. I hope this make some example of not only the sharp focused image is good but some of those mistake (looks like) will be good for expressing the own creativity.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Golden - Another Angle

Yes another runner up for this month's theme day (Yellow). This is more natural processing applied compare to the yesterday's picture which is little more saturated.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Theme Day : Yellow

It's just a tiny bit early for fully changed its colours. Yes, we are getting into Autumn. I have another one for runner-up I will show that tomorrow.
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