Jun 30, 2015

City Skyline

 No the sky was not this colour but I wanted it to be...
If you are curious about the poster on the left hand spire as I was the picture below explains. This was in Australia. I think there is a message here.

Jun 28, 2015

Only Way To Go

I was lurking around the back streets and lanes of Melbourne late at night with my camera.
I got hooked up focusing on the graffiti. It comes to life in the dim light of the few street lights in the area. So I have lots of these type of shots to come. Some interesting characters were also lurking around. I got the feeling I was intruding...oh well!
Thats Rob under the frog/toad thing
 If you look close there is someone in the alcove, I think he lives there at night because he had lots of stuff in there as well. The shoes on the line?
Familiar Face

The New Zealand Flag

I am not a fan of changing our flag and all the proposed alternatives I have seen so far have done nothing to change my mind. Then in a recent flag design competition, Christchurch design student Denise Fung won the top prise with this work.
I really like it. Not sure if it changes my mind on the matter but if the consensus of New Zealanders is to change then this design has to be my first choice so far.

Jun 25, 2015

Down By The Yarra

To the left is Southbank. Great place for a meal and a few beers. really lovely at night. People in the bars and restaurants are really helpful. It seems to me that Kiwis' have not worn out their welcome here as I feel they may have in Brisbane and especially the GC. 
 Robyn heading across the bridge. Note the big bag full of her stuff. It was cool hense the puffer.
 Guess who? Thats downtown Melbourne behind me.

Jun 24, 2015

Peaks & Cairns

One of the cool things you see on the top of many hill climbs are Cairns of rocks that trampers have built.The tradition is to add a smaller rock than the previous one and if won't stay put then start a new one.
We added a pebble to this Cairn on one of the 'hills' around Queenstown. Clearly there were bigger challenges off in the distance we never got to on that day.

Jayden Update

Growing up

Jun 22, 2015


Curious about his dads phone hovering over his head!
Won't be long before he has his hands on that phone...

Jun 18, 2015

Blue Beanies & Jonathan

Bad Weather Down South

This shot just arrived from the family down south.
This is Geraldine which is not known for its snow. But they are getting it right now...

Jun 16, 2015

Very Special Treat

Anyone who knows us will appreciate that this is a super treat for us essentially plant based only eaters. So after a few drinks in down town Melbourne we went shopping and like guilty kids scrambled back to the hotel room to savour this amazing ice cream.
If you can find it here in NZ give it a go....stunning!

Hochgurtel Fountain

The fountain was named after the sculptor Joseph Hochgurtel.
We found this after a long walk from down town Melbourne up to Carlton Gardens.
The large building behind is the Royal Exhibition Building that opened in 1880 for the Melbourne international exibition.
Right behind these building is the fantastic Melbourne museum.

Jun 14, 2015


Southbank Melbourne


A few phone photo's.
We had a great weekend after getting back from our four days in Aussie.
Jayden came around Saturday night and Grace and Thomas hooked up with us Sunday.
Jayden taking a nap....again!
 Looking at Nana

 God knows why Jayden did not scream the house down when confronted with this old guy!

Jun 5, 2015

Wanaka and Abouts

Wanaka, a home near the lake
 The lake, levels really low in March 2015 due to a drought
 Low lake level again. Strong shapes on the horizon.
 Back street scene at night in Queenstown

Early Morning Millbrook Resort Queenstown

The carts wait
 The golfers practice

Jun 3, 2015


Rob being co-operative but really wanting to look at the shops!
 A nice place to live, I suspect.
 Smoke signal from a lost tribe somewhere in the hills. Well, could be....