This plaque sits in the entryway of a nondescript building in Newmarket that I walk by every day. It’s quite high on the wall, not very noticeable in the scheme of things. But it has a solid Ayn Rand vibe, I think, strong-handshake men building a city out of nothing, with a little gold changing hands down at the bottom.
A couple of shots from the Auckland Domain… the parrots always make me happy.
And I always love looking at good knockers, even if they’re a little older.
Preparations underway for next month’s centennial commemoration of the end of the war to end all wars. Pics taken over a few days.
I’ll admit to fairly often buying wine based on the label, but beer not so often, maybe never.
It’s quite nice beer… or maybe I’m just easily suggestible.
The stained glass window panels are done and dusted, and it was a totally fun experience. They have pride of place in the study window (which is arguably also a dining room or living room window because our house isn’t very big).
Based on glass class, we were inspired to make this ‘koru’ motif mosaic kit. The koru is a prevalent Māori design symbolizing a fern frond opening up, aka a fiddlehead. It’s presiding over our random collection of Kiwi trinkets…
In just over a year we’ve watched this building go from a hole in the ground to where it is now.
Auckland is booming, more or less. In this neighborhood we live in there are half a dozen projects of this scale or larger. The whole suburb is transforming from 1-3 story retail and light industrial buildings to 5-8 story mixed use. Three side-by-side bungalows on the main street just sold for over $13 million. And so on.
I think this boom will generally continue until somebody starts a very large war or the Chinese stop buying milk (https://www.stats.govt.nz/news/new-zealands-two-way-trade-with-china-more-than-triples-over-the-decade).