Friday, 23 March 2018

Ancient Kauri Revival

After thousands of years buried in swamp, ancient kauri trees are given new life through fine craftsmanship available at Ka Uri Unearthed in the Far North's town of Awanui.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Honey & Horses at Ahipara

We've all just gotta "get back on the horse" some time .... so where better, than where I last fell off a few years ago! :) 

Ahipara Horse Treks & St Clement's Anglican Church

Monday, 4 December 2017

Hone Mihaka

It was a privilege and a pleasure to talk with this man and share a culturally authentic experience on the Waitangi River with his whanau and Taiamai Tours.

Hone Mihaka - CEO - Taiamai Tours

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

WOW - a wonderful few days in Wellington and environs..... with fabulous weather! :)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Spring has sprung .. ;)

Looking forward to the kowhai blooms .... wonderful trees on the slopes of the Auckland Museum grounds if you're up for a brisk walk between spring showers!

Kowhai II                             LE x 36Pigmented inks on watercolour paper
Print size 32cm x 16cm
Framed size 52cm x 32cm
White wood, ragg matt

Unframed $300
   Framed $380

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Samoa Sunshine

..... saturated colour in backlit leaves .... on the same plant.  How incredible nature is. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Emily Bay - Norfolk Island

Spent a gorgeous week on Norfolk Island ... paradise .... the scenery, the people, the temperature ... am going back to lie on this beach again some day not too far away .....

Emily Bay, Norfolk Island

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Fantastic REFIX Furniture

I Just LOVE this up-cycled furniture craftsman Aaron Thompson.  He's let me share some photos and words ...

Ari is a a cabinet maker with experience in the shopfitting/superyacht industry, and runs his own small business called Refix LTD, specialising in Upcycled and redesigned furniture. 
"All of my processes and products are non-toxic and sustainable, with an emphasis on exacting craftsmanship and accuracy to meet my client's needs" Ari says.  
He also runs workshops where clients are able to resdesign and upcycle their own piece of furniture, learning new techniques while working on their own vision. 

"Every piece has a history and a story to tell.  When you give it a place in your home, you breathe life into it and allow its unique story to continue within your own."

Aaron Thompson

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Paper Works

EXHIBITIONS - The Depot, Devonport - 12 - 24 April 2014

Opening: Saturday 12th - 2pm - 3.30pm - The Depot Gallery, Devonport.

An energetic and exciting trio are exhibiting their latest work on paper.
Gaylene Earl, Judy Stokes et moi, Julia Thorne, are collectively taking over the whole gallery space for two weeks, so come on down and enjoy some diverse and colourful art.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Spring is truly here for me with the first inhalation of the crisp, heady scent of someone's home-garden friesias. Heaven.

Sunday, 17 March 2013


Who shot Rock'n'Roll? - not me - too young ;) - but the last day of the exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery made it all seem familiar somehow. Just goes to show how we absorb things in life into our "knowing"...

Standing in the Rock & Roll Queue - 3 March 2013 - 12:09


Dancing girls, Takapuna night markets ...

Takapuna night market swing - 01 Mar 2013 - 18:41

Monday, 25 February 2013

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Glorious weather for the beach today .... so many picture choices .... I went for the alternative ....  a Mitsubishi Galant VXR alternator - surplus to requirement .. now selling on TradeMe!

Alternator for sale - 23 February 2013 - 18:25

Heke St blues ...

Pool Cool - 22 February 2013 - 18:10


Pedestrians en route to new businesses, the beach and cafes have revitalised the newly designed Hurstmere Green in the heart of Takapuna ...

Hurstmere Green revamped - 21 February 2013 - 14:37


.... the warrior returns to a mooring in downtown Auckland ..

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior - 20 February 2013 - 17:57

Thursday, 21 February 2013

... and the first Winner is .....! 

Anna Friend signed on to "Follow" my blogsite last month and is the first winner of my photographic book "Bud, Flower, Leaf, Life". Congrats Anna ;) Hope you enjoy it.
 Flick me your postal address and I'll send it asap.

 Others can "Follow" me on to be in to win OR actually purchase via the website, below the $20 RRP @ $15 incl. NZ post.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Shortland St windows ...

WIndows to lives - 19 February 2013 - 10:59


Plenty of puff in him yet  ;)  ...

Mikey's 60th cake - 16 February 2013 - 21:41


Gifts - I chose the "lite" version to go with my fried bacon, egg, sausage & tomato!

fruit - so good for you - 15 Febuary 2013 - 18:51


It's hard to avoid photographing Rangitoto in Auckland ....  soaking up some evening sun.

Sand, Sea. Sky - 12 Feb 2013 - 17:52

Thursday, 14 February 2013


The former Outram Courthouse - built 1901 - now a museum.

Courthouse door - 08 Feb 2012 -  13:46


..rusty bolt bleeds through a mooring pile ... Otago Yacht Club

bleeding rust   - 03 Feb 2013 - 10:05


.... reflections of old ...  

A sash window in Outram's former bank, built in 1869-70, and after the demise of the Bank of Otago in 1873, managed for the National Bank of New Zealand by William Larnach - of Larnach Caslte fame.

The bank operated in Outram until 1957-58 when it was sold and has since been used as a family home, bicycle sales and repair business and now antiques and treasure trove.

Reflected is the historic Outram Hotel - still a watering hole for Taieri Plains locals, and SH87 travellers en-route to Central Otago and the rail-trail.

Outram Hotel - Taieri Plains - 2 Feb 2013 - 15:44

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


Wet dog guarding "bone" at St Clair beach.

Guarding the "bone" - 31 Jan 2013 - 11:55


Regular reading local "rag"....

... at the "local" - 30 Jan 2013 - 14:13


Ocean and sky near Tomahawk Lagoon.

Northern St Clair Beach - 29 Jan 2013 - 12:20 


Dog in stream at the glen ...

Tess at the Glen - 28 Jan 2013 - 14:57