Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Torpedo Bay Navy Museum - King Edward Parade

Excellent small museum that takes a lot longer than one might expect to visit. Navy museum

Heaps of boat models 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Waipu Cove Beach

Also an excellent cafe here with a pretty good menu

Mangawhai Heads

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wenderholm Regional Park

17mm, f22 , 4 minute exposure,  ISO 50 (12 stops of ND filters) 

29mm, 3.5 minute exposure , f22, ISO 50 (12 stops of ND filter) 

Recycling the former Airforce staff accommodation

In the time that Hobsonville was a fully functioning airbase these homes were on-base as staff accommodation. My friend Phil who now lives in Sydney grew up in one of these when his dad was stationed on base before transferring to Ohakea (north of Wellington).

These homes have been saved from destruction are in their original location but totally renovated and extended. There is another row which are being lifted, "re-foundationed" and lowered and sold as-is to renovators.
They are in stark contrast to the massive "terrace" type of dwellings being constructed all over what was the former base and runway.

This is the only one in this street moved on site 

Phil one of these might be yours - the area has changed so much since our 2013 visit I can't recognise any landmarks - but I do remember it being at the western end of the street. The garages are new.


Friday, 9 September 2016

Auckland Wintergarden

One of my favourite Auckland Places

Monday, 5 September 2016

Four years since my dad died

Four years ago my Dad died - this picture tells why spending time in my workshop which contains many of dads wood working tools - and a few of his fathers - is so important to me on Fathers day.

I took this when he was giving me detailed instructions on how to sharpen the garden pruners.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Father's Day in NZ

Breakfast - home made potato Rosti with bacon and hollandaise - Devon on the Wharf 

Finally sorting out those many jars and bags of bits and pieces collected over decades.  (This is the last of it - many hours have gone before)