Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year from Auckland NZ


(click for a bigger view)
For KK ...... almost the view from your new house.
Taken with you from your truck !!

Friday, 30 December 2011

For Jim

Jim you were always the observer of people,
these are for you, we all miss you

Famlies at the gallery


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Auckland art gallery

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Monday, 21 November 2011

Coffee at the Auckland Art Gallery


The upstairs cafe overlooking Albert Park

Before and after !!


Monday, 14 November 2011

West Plaza Wellington


A little old, a little tired maybe, but my periodic  home on business trips for over 15 years
Good points : not hermetically sealed and stinking of "fragrance" like its newer competition (ie windows that actually open) , comfortable decent sized rooms with everything you need,  live music in the lobby - at one point a harpist - currently a chap on a grand, right in the middle of town (handy to everything), a bar with staff who stay more than five minutes so you get recognised, very reliable restaurant ie no "bad" meals in 15 years and some very very good ones, friendly staff, clean, comprehensive breakfasts, well priced (for Wellington) , bad points : none really  

(View east above and west below )

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Auckland Harbour Bridge


Looking south

Looking north

Looking north

(Photos by Lynette B)

Reopened Auckland Art Gallery


Breakfast coffee in the cafe in the reopened gallery
Very good coffee, attention to detail and highly recommended
(food is also good and staff friendly and helpful)

Front entrance

Flowers which inflate and deflate in the gallery lobby.
Great idea .

(Will return with a better camera than IPhone)

Monday, 31 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011



The simple things done well equals perfection
Breakfast by the Cheese maker

Runny eggs , crunchy toast and crispy bacon

oh yes , very well done

but wait ... the next day ... add cold smoked salmon
a breakfast fit for the brain work that followed

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Birkenhead sunrise


for my "soup maker" - pork, chicken, carrot and apple - oh yes :))

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Sunrise on my way to work

- for you Wenying to help you relax when you study


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Simple but so delicious


Sometimes it's the simple things that are just so
perfect. One slice of toast, a light spread of cream cheese,
two slices of cold smoked NZ Salmon, a squeeze of lemon and
just a little gherkin pickle. Eaten off some of Mums remaining
unbroken china (following the multiple big earthquakes in the last year
in Christchurch) . Oh yes I'm in food heaven.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Monday, 8 August 2011

Auckland at night


Looking south from the Sky Tower
(Eden Park, main home of the  2011 Rugby World Cup
- the bright area top right)  

Looking west from the Sky Tower
(Auckland Harbour Bridge  - upper right)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Retirement cupcakes for Bob Gibson


Recently a long time (and much respected in the traffic safety field)
work college of mine (finally) retired.
These are three plates of cupcakes made by Karen Johnson
 (the cake god) in our head office (I don't work there ) .
Nice one Bob enjoy yourself , you will be missed as you were the walking encyclopedia.

NZ Government Transport Department - Traffic Engineering Workshop 1964

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Okurukuru Winery and Cafe


View from the cafe
(oh yeah baby I never wanted to leave)

I don't know what made me think this wasn't
going to be enough for two when it came out.
What you can't see is all the smoked
salmon behind the "shubbery".
Excellent menu choice Minx.