WAIRARAPA ART SALE 2017

Tonight was the opening of the WAIRARAPA ART SALE, an exhibition hosted and run by the Featherston Community Centre. The local Art Sale showcases many of the amazingly talented people living in the area, and includes work from all visual arts and mediums. It’s also a popular and growing annual fundraiser for the Centre, this year accepting work from more than fifty artists, and attracting many out of town visitors. Included in the 2017 exhibition are a...

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Today I got to visit and view the inside of Featherston’s ANZAC Hall for the first time. What an incredibly beautiful building. Filled with so much history and character, and the most beautiful light. Black and white photographs fill every wall with their stories and their presence. It’s magical and feels just like stepping back in time. Dark wood floors, wall panelling, doorways and rafters – I couldn’t help but fall in love...

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Today was his first soccer practice. We arrived early and he wore with pride his Hawkesbury Valley Rugby Club jersey, a gift from our friends in Sydney. I had to remind him it wasn’t like the Hurricanes game he’s watched live a week earlier, that he couldn’t just pick up the ball and run it in his hands. This was a feet only game! “Alright alright alright” he says, impatiently waiting to...

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Today I framed my art for the WAIRARAPA ART SALE. Fine art photographic prints of two young dancers on the cusp of their professional carers; two young ladies with very different, but equally inspiring stories and style. The images were captured on the same day, back in 2015 with my old vintage Mamiya C330 camera – right as I had began exploring film, studio lighting and dance. They have been my favourites ever since. It was at this photoshoot...

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Today we furnished the Mud Kitchen with a few thrift store finds, then got stuck in making mud pies. Grateful for Poppa who put this together for the kids. A total spend of five bucks thanks to a stack of wooden pallets on the side of the road accompanied by a ‘Free Firewood’ sign, workmates throwing out the kitchen sink, and some marine ply left over from a bathroom reno. Add...

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We had lunch today at a cute little place in Martinborough called PROVIDORE FOOD. My husband cleverly dressed to coordinate with the decor, I couldn’t help but love the cosy space… and again be inspired to break tradition and post colour pics. We sat at the only table, he had coffee and a delicious broccoli salad (which I swiped a few mouthfuls of), and I had the yum pumpkin quiche (yes...

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Today we had coffee at LOCO and again perused the second had books. This little badass jumped out at me and gave us a good laugh. p. 116 “So much ice on the watch, you woulda thought time froze.” Lyric from song “Still On it” by Artist Young Jezzy Translation : Since both frozen water and highly compressed carbon share a similar luster, and since some people associate the lack...

GREYTOWN HONEY

When your friends are local Beekeepers and you say you’d love to know where the honey you are eating comes from… expect to be shown. Up close and personal (and without a bee suit!) I watched as Alex from GREYTOWN HONEY split a couple of hives in scenic Gladstone over summer. Grateful for the educational tour and that despite only having a wide angle lens on my camera, I was able to...

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Today we drove forty minutes out to Lake Ferry, a small settlement between the shores of Lake Onoke and Palliser Bay, Wairarapa. There we stood on the gravelly shore and looked out across the Cook Strait, a heat in the Autumn sun but the air was so crisp and clean. There is little sand here, instead dark stones, and also the most beautiful light coloured driftwood. In abundance. It is stunning....

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It was only this morning I took a photo of our eldest, documenting his ever changing smile and the transition from goofy gaps to his current oversized fangs. And yesterday I checked our daughters teeth for any wiggly ones – signs that she might soon be requiring a visit from the Tooth Fairy. There was slight movement in her lower right tooth. Nothing considerable, so minor in fact that I wondered if it was hope deluding me...