Category Archive: history

Looking up

Looking up

When I was a kid I used to come to Wellington and look up at the big buildings and wonder what it was like from …

 

Nervous moments…

Nervous moments…

Don’t you love those nervous moments? You know the kind – when your dentist looks in your mouth, hesitates, frowns slightly, looks again, and then sucks …

 

Spring calls

Spring calls

It’s hard to imagine a more quintessential New Zealand image than a tui gathering nectar from a kowhai hightlighted against a bright blue sky. It …

 

Two wheels good

Two wheels good

I had this breakthrough today when I decided that the bicycle is the greatest machine humanity has ever come up with. Sure, the wheel, the …

 

A seasoned traveler

A seasoned traveler

When the settlers came to New Zealand in the 1800s they brought possessions, hopes, and dreams. These apples are growing by the Sexton’s Cottage – …

 

Consider the sparrows

Consider the sparrows

For the second time in as many days I watched sparrows gorging on muffins. In this case I think it was a chocolate chip muffin. …

 

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas

I really believe I shall always be talking of Bath, when I am at home again–I do like it so very much…. Oh! Who can …

 

336 – The Singer

336 – The Singer

Courtesy of some kind person on Freecycle I’ve got a set of legs (and some other hardware) off an old Singer treadle sewing machine. I’m …

 

327 – Returning home

327 – Returning home

Every single person has capabilities, abilities and gifts. Living a good life depends on whether those capabilities can be used, abilities expressed and gifts given. …

 

303 – Banks

303 – Banks

The Old Bank building has been beautifully restored, renovated, and re-purposed from a Victorian styled bank through to a Victorian styled shopping centre. It’s easy …