Monday, November 15, 2010
Now recognized as one of the first ecologists Gilbert White's famous book "The Natural History of Selbourne" is also one of the most printed books. Considering he was writing in England in the 1700's that is quite an achievement and I just had to revisit this delightful area of Hampshire on a recent visit to the UK. The village is still a special place with the historic church and churchyard where White is buried in a simple grave . Unfortunately the 1400 year old yew tree in the churchyard was destroyed by a violent storm in 1990.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday the 18th of August 2010 was the official opening of the carefully renovated Wilson Cottage by the Wilson Home Trust on the Wilson Centre, cliff-top site at Takapuna.
This cottage was rescued from demolition to make way for the construcion of the new
The historic cottage was moved from the corner of Lake Road and St. Leonard's Road (as shown in this picture) to its present location nearer the main buildings and within view of the
The cottage will be used by the Wilson Trust as office accommodation and as a wedding reception venue.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I took this photograph of Molly Brett the UK artist and author of children's books, on a misty October morning many years ago. Miss Brett was collecting autumnal material, including bracken and fungi on Horsell Common to help with the preparation of another painting.
It was years later that I confirmed that it was indeed Molly Brett when some UK friends visiting New Zealand identified the artist from a framed enlargement I have in my hallway.
The photo accompanied with my diary notes have now returned to the UK to be part of an exhibition at the Lightbox Gallery entitled - Escape to Wonderland: A History of Children's Book Illustration.
The exhibition runs from the 7th August until the 2nd of Febuary 2011
Sadly Molly died in 1990 at the age of 88.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
A recently restored 4'' gun has been located in the lock up below the cliff. Count Felix Von Luckner was Torpedo Bays most famous prisoner. He was famous for his daring escape from Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I like the comment architect Tony Watkins made, "The sheds have spent a lifetime getting ready for a party. No architect can create that magic". Apparently 22 architects have signed a letter in support of saving the sheds from demolition.
You only have to look at the beautifully restored Central Post Office just up the road from the wharf to see the possibilities. Or across the water in Devonport to see the restoration project on the old Torpedo bay sheds for the 'new' Navy museum.
Underneath that tacky cladding there are the bones of an historic structure. So what's wrong with shed 10?
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Then continued on beyond Little Huia along the gravel track to Whatipu. This is a wild but beautiful landscape. Watched a lone NZ dotterel feeding alongside one of the streams that cross the beach to the sea. Paradise ducks in the distance beyond the lakes behind the dunes.
A small lone fishing boat motored Northwards hugging the coastline perhaps to avoid crossing the treacherous bar.
Plenty of walkers and people out fishing from the rocks on what was a perfect 'blue sky' winters day.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The 'locals' were saying that the mountain needed more snow and more visitors to kick the ski season into action.