Colourful cut-outs floating about the sky.
I really don’t know why – but the trees were being kitted out in knitwear.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I turned 33 yesterday. These are the nifty goodies from my gorgeous husband:
A gorgeous bag - silk ribbon handles and flocking flowers on the outside. I was excited just about the bag - but there were cool goodies inside too.
The most beautiful card, EMERGENCY CHOCOLATE!, and a CD.
The Emergency chocolate comes with instructions:
'For immediate relief of chocolate cravings, lovesickness, exam pressure, mild anxiety and extreme hunger. Directions for use: Tear open wrapper, break off desired dosage, and consume. Alternatively massage into the affected area. Repeat dosage as required until finished. If symptoms persist consult your local confectioner.'
And it is dark chocolate - 70% cocoa. Yuuummeeee.
The CD is by a band 'The Frames' who have the singer Glen Hansard as the lead man who you will know of if you have watched the movie 'Once'. Great movie - if you have not seen it, it's well recommended. Oh and the CD too. Also well recommended. Falling Slowly is a pretty pretty song – you can follow the lyrics in the crazy scrawl in the CD insert.
For my birthday Ryan took me to Zibobbo (you can see more about them here: http://www.zibibbo.co.nz/)
They have a bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. It’s all very warm and welcoming while still looking fresh and clean.
The photos are a bit dismal – I didn’t want to use the flash and blind the patrons all round. But hopefully you get the idea.
The walls were painted orange, green and brown with some walls in wood cladding. Sounds horrific – but it all worked somehow.
Green on the two ends, orange on one long side and brown on the other long side. I think maybe it works because there is very little wall area – most of the wall being taken up by windows or art or backs of the booth seating.
The lighting included some cool pleated linen tube pendants and some box lights.
The majority of the art on the walls was for sale.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This was a small carnival in Cross Street. This is a small street that connects two bigger streets running sort of perpendicular to it. The carnival was in aid of anything arty, noisy, colourful, fun. There were some stalls, live music, performance art. Many good-kind-of-nuts people.
|An impromptu ‘band’ arrives from nowhere||Selling real meat||Bunch of crazily coloured sheets make some shade down an alley.|
|Some of the colourful people|
Some really phenomenal architecture going on in Auckland. These are a couple of my favourites.
We went to Auckland to Watch Nine Inch Nails at the Vector Arena. It’s an hour flight to get there from Wellington. We stayed for 4 days to allow for some sight seeing. Auckland is the biggest city of NZ and houses the majority of the population. While it is certainly more ‘big city’ than Wellington it is still nothing like European big cities. It still has a personality and quirky side streets, lots of heritage, old and new mixed together.
Here is my collection of clocks that I spotted in Auckland. All except one are within a few streets of each other.