Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Pump House

Lots of work going on at our place. Fencing is still in development and two rooms are being done up. The shops I visit lately are mostly building material places. One is however a treat to go to and I went here on my own yesterday to buy a small stained glass window. More about that later. I also made some pictures as it looks like a museum.

The place is the Pump House, a demolition yard with building materials and lots of quirky things
The building dates from the late 1800's and how astonishing that it survived the earthquake. The earthquake is already 4 years ago (22 February 2011) and the rebuild goes in the same slow pace as our house

A statue of Robert Wadlow , the tallest man who has ever lived His height: 2.72 mtr

An Indian greets you at the entrance

When going upstairs you can't miss a giant knight in shining armour

I loved this rikshaw as well

This  piece was hanging from the ceiling. No idea what it is but it is gorgeous.

In a big hall where doors and windows are stored, your eyes get caught by the fairy tales on the wall

Monday, 26 January 2015


We went to Dunedin this weekend to drop of our son who is going to live there. It is 4 1/2 hors drive South of Christchurch.
The family is now spread out over NZ. We stayed in a Motel close to his new residence, where we didn't sleep through the night. Not because of him moving but the alarm went of at 1.00 pm. One guest had been showering for about half an hour which apparently set the alarm off. Three fire engines arrived. The lady in question, dressed in a towel, entertained herself making selfies with the firemen.
The trucks disappeared again but the alarm kept going as the key of the shop below didn't work as the lock had been replaced. It took about two hours to track down the person with the key, so we could sleep in peace again.

I love the old buildings in Dunedin but my favourite is the Railway Station. It is said to be one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. It was first opened in 1906 and designed by George Troup. He was nicknamed Gingerbread George after designing this building.

Part of the beautiful interieur of the Railway Station with the original ticket office windows.

On Sunday morning we visited another treat: Larnach castle which is NZ land's only castle. It was build around 1871 and residence of William Larnach. The castle was restored by Margaret Baker.
The rooms inside are beautiful.

The best part is when you go through a winding staircase up into a tower and you end up on the roof , where you have breath taking views.

View on the front garden

Moi, entering the roof

Alice in wonderland
Quote from the book by Lewis Carroll
"I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth!  How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards!  The antipathies I think…  but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.  Please Ma’am, is this New Zealand?"

The gardens are absolutely stunning and it was a pleasure to wander around on this beautiful summer day.

Oh and these views. William had a rest on this beautiful spot.
I loved Dunedin. I could live there. Maybe one day

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Opening 2015 with work and philosophy

The last couple of weeks my husband has been busy cutting down 24 trees from a Macrocarpa hedge
I have helped out in the weekends and although it was physically hard work I enjoyed it somehow. Most of the work is done. We get a nice wooden fence so hubby doesn't fall through the hedge anymore with his electric saw. The hedge was dead on one side so it became dangerous to trim it at the top. Above is a picture of the neighbours wood cutter he fixed today (even though it was 37 degrees) The wood is going to be cut up for the log burner. We won't be cold this winter.

In my free time left I red two great books :
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
and my all time favourite now
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder.
It is an ingenious novel, which also contains about 3000 year of philosophy in a nutshell. I still have 160 pages to go from the 520. I am a slow reader so that will still take some time.

All the photo's underneath are from around or from nearby our house and the quotes are from both


“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” 
 Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

“A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm.”  
Jostein Gaarder Sophie's World

"I believe there is something of the divine mystery in everything that exists. We can see a sparkle in a sunflower or a poppy. We sense more of the unfathomable mystery in a butterfly that flutters from a twig- or in a goldfish swimming in a bowl. But we are closest to God in our own soul. Only there can we become one with the greatest mystery of life. In truth in very rare moments we can experience that we ourselves are that divine mystery."  Plotinus
Sophy's World by Jostein Gaarder

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
 Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

"The activity of the artist is like playing, and man is only free when he plays, because than he makes up his own rules" Schiller
Sophie's World

"Man bears the whole universe within himself and comes closest to the mystery of the world
by stepping inside himself"   Novalis
Sophie's World

"One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing" Socrates
Sophy's World

A Happy New Year to all of you.
My friend Peggy had a word to lead her in the New Year
I have a symbol and that is the Key. There will be doors closed and new doors will open in 2015. What's behind them remains a mystery, but isn't mysterie  intriguing. It makes you feel alive as you need all senses to experience the new.

The key is  a symbol of liberation, knowledge, mysteries and initiation
The books I have been reading fit in quite well with this symbol. I have to agree with
Socrates however that the more you know the more you realise you don't know much.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Washpen fall track

Today we did the Whaspen Falls track about an hours drive from Christchurch at the foot of the Alps
It is a walk on private grounds. At the start is an honesty box to put in $10 pp as the farm owners
look after the track and what a wonderful track it is. It is well sign posted and it takes you  through
an ancient volcanic canyon and past beautiful water falls.

At the top you look out over the Canterbury plains. The track guide tells us that the plains are 250 km in length and 60 km in width. They are formed by rock and gravel eroded from the southern Alps and deposited by the alpine fed rivers.

The Washpen fall received it name as it is situated in the Whaspen Creek. In the past the sheep were washed in the creek, because the farmers thought the wool would sell better in England that way.

My daughter who is staying for a week with us enjoyed the walk

I always enjoy the look and sound of happy murmuring streams

A rest at the stone lake which was dug by hand by Tom stone in 1920 and used as water storage.
A beautiful shelter is build next to it which can be used for parties

The lake looks even more beautiful from the other side

A little hydro-electric power plant provided electricity to the farm for 40 years.
I am sure I am going to do this one again one day. After the walk we had a nice lunch in Darfield
on our way back to Christchurch.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wishing you Joy, Peace and love for Christmas

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic  ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas. Peg Bracken
 Merry Christmas
Meri Kihirimete ki a koutou
 Joy Love and Peace to all my
blogging friends and to all who land
here in my corner of the blogging world
Arohanui Marja

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christchurch Christmas light show

It was a cloudy but very muggy day today. We planned to go to a Christmas light show.  There are over 53 houses lit up with christmas lights in Christchurch and the one on 650 Shands Road is one of the most exciting ones.

Cars were lined up for km's and as we walked along we took the opportunity to make a picture of natures light show. This fellow came to see what I was up to.

A great show 

When we arrived the first impression was one of amazement. A carnival of lights. Such a feast. 

A view of the main display

There was lots more to see and the children (and me)  had a ball

This car was very cool too

Another stall with fun

Hundreds of people came through this night


Here an idea of the complete show

Friday, 12 December 2014

Shabby Chic market

At the end of the year there is a lot going on. Holidays, Christmas, end of year functions and fairs. Everything happens at the same time. Markets and fairs are increasing in numbers. My favourite one is the monthly shabby Chic market in Woolston.

The market is in and around this cottage, complete with life music for the atmosphere.

There is also a place where you can have some coffee and show your goodies to your friends 
One of the stalls where they had some great treasures

An old cottage next door
I came home with a lot of unusual things

This is a story board. There are bits and pieces broken off but it was only $10 and I found it very intriguing. It is a big heavy wood carving. I think it is from the South Pacific or maybe Africa. It looks like a tall person gives the locals something to drink. What do you think is going on.

This is a cute little pill box

I loved this old key as I imagined that it was from an old wooden door back in time or maybe it can
open a treasure box