Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quite windy this Sunday afternoon…

29-09-2013 wind

definitely more than what the official verdict is showing above…


but its not stopping these hardy soles…


… from enjoying one of Nelsons more popular summer sports.

29-09-2013 stronger

UPDATE - ah! ….now that’s more like it.

Just to give you some perspective…


…of our fare town of Nelson, here is homes on Taylors Bluff in the foreground, then part of The Haven, then there's the marina and the Port, the Boulder Bank with Lighthouse centre right, Tasman Bay beyond that. and the Mountain ranges yonder, beyond the clouds that seemed to have formed around the Motueka coastline.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I’m watching you too…


One of the “treasures of Nelson” is right here…


…laid out for your eyes to see. Due to a geological “freak act” we are seriously, & incredibly lucky to find ourselves living here in Nelson with a very special sheltered place called “The Haven” (photographed above)

The most “major” thing is that because of, perhaps the term should be “courtesy of”  the Boulder Bank, we find ourselves with a completely sheltered inlet, sheltered 100% from the tides, but less so from the “gusts of nature.” Something that was definitely not lost on the early settlers and probably explained our place in NZ history as one of the first “most likely” habitable places.


And just for a comparison….heres The Haven centre of photo at “low tide.'”

Friday, September 27, 2013

This structure is in a heck of a lot of trouble…


….simply because “its not meant to be” there. I’m talking about the one to the right of this chap enjoying his day out on The Haven Thursday 26th Sept 2013.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Looks like someone else was enjoying…


…”The Haven” this Thursday afternoon too.

Is this the Worlds Biggest Real Estate "FOR SALE” sign?


Buried in this photo above it is, and therefore I have to ask you the question, is it really the biggest effort at a “For Sale” sign in Real Estate yet? (I’m talking about “normal people here” and not multi billionaires efforts from the likes of Dubai and surrounds)

Did I say, it would appear that no plastic, or un-natural elements were used directly / involved in the construction of this sign!

Full Details over at

Omaio Village in Stoke is changing…


….and pretty much soon,


….won’t look anything like you remembered.


To be replaced by these brand new construction modern units.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fantastic final performance of..


…Nayland Primaries the “Class of 69” at Broadgreen Intermediate on Saturday night.


This is the 5th year in a row that this local theatrical event, put on by past/present pupils parents, staff etc,


… has taken place to raise funds for Nayland Primary School.

Apologies for clarity of photos, that just what you get from a cellphone in dim lighting conditions.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Springs here…


…and the kids at Auckland Point School know how to remind us.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Cellphone reception in our Lakes District…


…has improved incredibly in recent times, and I think it has something to do with this little roadway heading up to the treeline.


Pretty sure it looks like a couple of cellphone towers up there at the end of that little road.


Even data works fine now too.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Got overtaken by Porsches this morning….


…looks like we both had the same destination in mind, albeit they probably got there a tad speedier than me. (Ian…that pretty much looks like your Boxter 4th from the left?)


And my little grey Toyota Blade (left closest to front in this Lake Rotoiti Takeabreak snapHD Webcam screenshot)

15-09-2013 Lake Rotoiti

…does look a tad out of place in front of this bunch of Porsches…..but better fuel consumption for me…. I’m sure.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Remember those Nelson chaps with the BeeGees tribute….

If not here’s my earlier post with video clips. 

13-09-2013 Nsn Mail

Above, the Nelson Mail article about them going to Las Vegas.

The Nelson Mail is reporting tonight that the Madsen Brothers August gig in Las Vegas….

M Resort Show

….went down so well that they were immediately asked to do return shows,

13-09-2013 Facebook comments

…. and to look at the possibility of touring. Paul Madsen commenting directly to an audience member above.

‘‘We’re already in discussion now for a repeat show in Las Vegas and potentially a short tour featuring shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas as well as a tour through Asia.’’ – Nelson Mail Friday 13th Sept 2013

My wife and I have seen their show at least 4 tines here in the Nelson region, and the last one in Mapua a few months back was sold out…

Originally expected to be a sellout at 1500 seats their Vegas show became a sellout of 2100 seats without a spare seat in the auditorium. – Nelson Mail Friday 13th Sept 2013

…they are still just as popular back home!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The upper West Coast of New Zealands South Island…


…can be a pretty wild place when the wind is blowing off the Tasman Sea.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Painting on Roadside cabinet looks…


a heck of an improvement over the normal dreary grey.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Quite the relaxing vista


watching the clouds rolling over the hills nearby. Most oftentimes these hills are just pure blue sky all around, but guess it amply illustrates how high they are.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Local Walkers group…


enjoying a stroll along the Railway Reserve, Stoke.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Right now, apparently… I’m banking…


some sunsets…


…for something called Photoshop.


Seems like when I want to learn a bit more about layers/masks, etc…friends say these will be useful?

Monday, September 2, 2013

As todays catch came in…


I couldn’t help but snap some “local” future ‘mericas cup sailors out there this afternoon…


…absolutely enjoying the sunshine ….


….and trying their hardest with the meek zephers that flew around today. (Apologies for todays resolution as I was in a bit of a rush to get some paperwork signed)…just..sometimes work gets in the way of photos.


Hopefully though….what gets through….is the concept of what I was trying to suggest…& that is just the pure joy of living here in this part of downunder….and literally “seeing a photo” every time I happen to drive around the waterfront.

If you answered yesterdays question…


to suggest it was in New St


downtown, then you were correct.


Yesterdays photos were taken of the front wall of


Nelsons “New Hub”, a spot in town where after school activities are provided.

Sunday, September 1, 2013