The last days of September and already there are summer-like lines of ice cream fans lining up outside the shop. You can smell the warm vanilla scents on the air from this shop a 100 meters away. Hmmm tempting.
Sep 30, 2014
On the park this week. $2000 worth of kit here not including the control.
This guy handled it like a real pro. Apparently it can fly up to a kilometer in altitude and radius.
Any further and my guess is that it would vanish from visibility
His advice to me was if you take up this sport start with the cheap plastic machines.
This one is battery powered.
Sep 29, 2014
These guys can be such a big pain especially if you have just washed the car and you park alongside someone who opens their car window and throws out a bunch of scraps!
But they are beautiful in flight if you can see some of the maneuvers they do in the blink of an eye.
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Taken back about 1956 when we had just moved from Nelson to Tauranga.
On the left my older sister Lyn (now Gidge) she is flicking her fingers to get baby Ken to look at the "bloody camera will you"
My young brother ken in the middle with a hat right out of the TV series Bonanza.
On the right thats me. I had hair then and per usual at the time my one and only cool possession, my cowboy outfit.
They were the days when we had nothing, expected nothing and got nothing yet seemed to always be having fun.....we were loved and fed. Life was simple.
A typical scene from the Tauranga harbour. You have to admire the tenacity of the average fisherman here. They can withstand the worst that nature can throw at them just to get a chance to hook up. Very addictive.
My own experience with fishing from the shoreside or wharf around Tauranga is abysmal. Hours of nothing but spotties, the odd Kahawai, weed, boredom and snags.
But hell tomorrow will definitely be better....
Sep 24, 2014
On a grey overcast day the colours in the water are amazing.
Lake Taupo drains into the Waikato river and within 5 minutes drive downstream the normally wide Waikato squeezes into a 20 meter wide gorge and rushes over a 20 meter drop. This is the Huka falls flowing and disgorging water at the rate of about 220,0000 litres per second back into the Waikato.
Japanese tourists on the bridge
The actual falls area
Sep 23, 2014
I love the glass construction and amazing shapes and reflections you can see in this building at the right time of day when the light is just right.
The surrounding structures contrast and compliment the curves in the library
Then there is this stairway to wet feet nearby.
Rather awesome if not a little crazy
Sep 22, 2014
Sculpture by Paul Dibble. Wellington waterfront.
It is so easy to walk on past these master pieces that are on public display and not even give them more than a passing glance. I find if I stop and have a good look then do a little research about the person behind the artwork it can transform my appreciation.
This link has a short video about Paul Dibble at work on another piece. The energy and passion to get his ideas to fruition are there for all of us to see.
Sep 21, 2014
Built in the USA these cars were big in their time.
You tend to think that these vintage vehicles were made in small number, almost one off's.
Check this Production records
Over half a million made in various shapes and sizes.
This one on the streets in Wellington.
Original price for the top end models were around US $900. Nowadays a restored version in going condition sells in NZ of over $45,000.