Saturday, 14 November 2015

Light projection artist in Wellington

First of all my heart and prayers go out to the people of Paris and Beirut!

We visited the work of a light projection artist in Wellington at Massey University and adored these
beautiful colourful shapes projected on walls and boxes,

A detail of the artwork. Mr Peter Jackson or anyone who needs a light projection artist; This student has just finished Uni and is available!

This is the artist with her dad

 We had a nice stroll around the city. We stayed at a back packer. The backpackers in NZ are great.
I love hanging out in the "lounch" and "kitchen" and chatting to people from all over the world. Many
backpackers are visited by older people. This was one for young people but they accepted us and we even made a friend :)

A very precious moment. We had dinner with the whole family which is rare as they all live spread over NZ. We had such a lovely time.

A snapshot from the gardens in Wellington.

and another one.

Of course we visited Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery in Wellington. We went to an amazing exhibition about the story of the soldiers who fought and died in WW1 in Gallipoli in Turkey.
Sir Peter Jackson helped create this amazing exhibition where giant sculptures, 2.4 times human size, told a story which gave us an insight in the experiences of the soldiers.

The giant sculptures took about 24000 hours to create and is a reminder of the nearly 2800 people who lost their lives. The exhibition will be open till 2018 so come and visit.

A well deserved rest in the big chair after walking through nearly all streets of Wellington.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Add your voice for climate change

When the world speaks with one voice, our leaders have to listen. Add your voice:

Posted by Climate Reality on Tuesday, 6 October 2015
When the world speaks with one voice, our leaders have to listen. Add your voice:

Unite together we stand strong! We own it to our children who inherit our planet. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

West Coast of NZ

We drove through Arthur's Pass to the West Coast. I made a picture of the above as we talked on a photo stop to a structural engineer from Iran who came to NZ to help with the earth quake recovery. His NZ friend wanted to show him Otira Gorge Road which is part of Arthur's pass.

Otira Gorge Road is regarded as a top piece of engineering. To connect Christchurch with the gold fields on the West Coast a coach road was build. This part of the Road  was build in 1865 with picks and shovels. The photo on the left was made in the 1890's. The road hang on the rocks and I wouldn't have been brave enough to pass I think. Now the road is protected from stone fall and water and it goes steeply down into the little town of Otira.

On the lookout we met our friend the Kea. This alpine parrot is a NZ native. Where does his name come from........He always says keeeeaaaaa.

Arriving on the West Coast we drove to Punakaiki. It is famous for its pancake rocks. These sand and limestone formations were formed about 30 million years ago. The sea, wind and rain etched out the soft layers and created a master piece.

The blowholes didn't spew a lot as it was low tie. I just caught an effort of it spitting up some water bubbles which created a mini rainbow.

The wild waves crash into the castle of stone, The calming sound gets interrupted by the shrieking seagulls.

To see the spectacle of nature you climb the magical tower and from the top you stare at the wonders around you.

A bit further down the road in Punakaiki we walked a little part of the river track. Enough to give you
a good impression of the amazing landscape.

The sub tropical rain forest on the West Coast is marked by a lush green vegetation. The coast is covered with ferns and palm trees and mosses.....a paradise it is.

We love the fern trees. The leaves are painted with red, green and yellow to make you feel at home.

Te water of the river is calm and clear and it has the following effect on you: It creates a calm and clear mind.

Our stay for the night. The Blackball Hilton. Or actually the formerly Blackball Hilton as it was sued for carrying the name of the famous Hotel chain. Afraid they should be as this Hotel is a pleasure to be. It was build in the early 1900's in a little mine town 29 km from Greymouth in the middle of no-where. The mines are closed now but this little sleepy town has it's attraction. It's relaxing, silent and friendly. Blackball has lots of history. It is the birth place of the Labour party.

A pot with potions to  restore and revive your being......nah just a pretty picture

Open the doors of the Blackbal Hilton to see the mountains draped in a mysterious fog

A cute red cottage in Blackball. I could see myself sit on the porch and read my book.

Driftwood on the beach in Greymouth.This would make a niece garden piece but doesn't fit in the back of our car. :)

A return trip through Arthur's Pass.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A visit to christchurch city

I found these beauties at the salvation army shop this week. I love how the light plays with the glass on a sunny day.

My fairy has its own house and reads his fairy tale.
He never fails to leave a magic trail in our garden.

The blue pot was a great find and present from the universe. We went to a birthday and a few houses next it a pot was placed on a front fence with a note on it "Take pot for free" ....and mine it was. :)

The city centre slowly starts to take shape. Above is the bus exchange where all the buses come and go. love this one.

A new art work of a man feeding the cats. The little one loves the cats.

We've got someone to mow the lawn as well in the container start up mall

There are many building sites in the city. This construction is nearly finished. It is opposite the Avon river and will host some cafes I think.

There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them. Vicki Baum

Sunday, 11 October 2015

A fantastic weekend

A Sunday trip to Akaroa

We haven't been out for a long time because of winter and hubby being sick. Today we went to Akaroa and what a day it was. When you are at the top off the hill this magic place appears.

I made photos of everything in Akaroa in the past but still find new things. This is a garden of people who apparently like beer I think. Look at the trees.

Around the corner of the house is the person who probably drank it all. She lays there day in, day out ;)

In 1838 a French whaler arrived here and it became a French settlement. Therefore there was a French festival today with baguettes, berets and French flags.

You could have a rest anywhere and have a magnificent view

Isn't this a great spot to have your lunch.

I think I retire in Akaroa sight. We buy a little fishing boat for my husband and a little cottage with a veranda where I can write or read a good book. Deal

This is the view when we had lunch and a bird came flying by just in the right time.

Hubby enjoying a nice cold beer

and I got my lips painted ;)

Two cute kiwi lambs

We took a different route home. From here we had to go over a gravel road, looking down in the deep valley. But it was worth it. What a view

 The dark blue water is where the ocean starts. The patches in the water are mussel farms.

The colours are stunning everywhere. What a paradise. What a day. What a great weekend we had.
I am so grateful!