Friday, 4 August 2017

South Piha Beach

South Piha beach and home to the famous Piha Rescue TV series. 

Above and below - I think this is locally known as "The Gap" (Google map ) and these photos were 
taken at full low tide.

I understand people try and surf or boat through here at full tide......


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Auckland Art Gallery

A lovely space right in the heart of Auckland City, closed for several years and renovated beautifully marrying the old and new spaces. Gallery has a great cafe with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Kitchener Street and part of Albert Park.

From a distance this one gets me every time - the security person is a sculpture 

The old gallery 

The link

Part of the new 

Art Gallery - street view

Monday, 17 July 2017

Devonport front entrances (Part 1)

Some of the manicured entrances I've come across on my urban walks

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Its winter - time for the boats to come out of the water.

We are a sailing country being surrounded by water and a long way from anywhere, boats are in our DNA.
Having recently given Oracle Team USA a sailing lesson Americas cup it seemed appropriate to trundle down to the nearest yacht club and check out the boats up on the hard for their annual maintenance.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Mt Victoria

Mt Victoria in Devonport, an excellent place to get a view of Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour. Easy access by vehicle and on foot, in winter dress warmly it can be pretty cold if the wind is blowing. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Tongaporutu - cliff coastline

Tongaporutu River mouth - interesting in that the sedimentary cliff material is young enough not to be tilted at an angle as is much of our landscape. Really interesting and only accessible at dead low tide.
Detailed notes on New Zealand geology can be found here (Qmaps), the relevant downloadable map is  "Waikato". 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


Last time I was traveling to Taranaki late in the day mid-winter as I came out to the coast at Awakino I was greeted by a very dramatic cloud formation out to sea. This combined with the black iron sand on these beaches made for some impressive images.

Beach at Tongaporatu

River mouth Tongaporatu

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Auckland War Memorial Museum

One of my all time "highly recommended" places to visit in Auckland, surrounded by planted parkland, sports grounds and right next door to the "Winter garden" - another must see.

Home of many fixed and changing exhibitions like Outrageous Fortune and more recently Volume

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

Morris and James at Matakana

Although I've pretty much run out of space to add anything more to my Morris and James collection it doesn't stop me making semi regular visits to their business in Matakana, its a nice day out and the attached Cafe is excellent.

Moving into tableware after the sale 

They currently have their sale running (till 5th June) and I was certainly tempted......especially with this new design above - not in production.

Monday, 22 May 2017

ANZAC day memorial Devonport

One of hundreds of services across New Zealand to mark the fallen from World War One.

My Great Grandfather LW Hewitt  (above) in his WW1 uniform 
Lance Corporal 41st Reinforcements F Company.
He returned but died when my father (Flight Sergeant Pilot WW2) L J  Hewitt (below) was four.
Dad lived to 89.

Friday, 19 May 2017

What to do with Fejoa ?

Fejoa does not keep well but they do make a very delicious jam.

My Fejoa and ginger jam.