Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sometime suburban strolling

I love taking a stroll through the suburbs sometimes. As much as I love living right in the centre of Wellington, sometimes I feel like you only see people about their 9-5 lives. Empty souls inside shells of tailored suit jackets, trading social niceties while being battered about by the cold wind and unrelenting force of the liberal market.

I exaggerate. My poetic license is out of hand, yet again.

But in all seriousness, central city life can sometimes be a little too austere. What you rarely see are families, or people going about the very real, very everyday parts of their lives. Getting out into the suburbs (especially on a sunny day) shows you a New Zealand you will not often find on Courtenay Place. People smile at one another, or gossip over their garden fences. The elderly potter about the streets with walking sticks and family cats leap at neighbourhood fantails. There are markets, op-shops, and dodgy old pubs- all of which contribute to this wonderful sense of multi-cultural community. And Newtown, this quirky little suburb is quite possibly the most interesting of them all.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

California Dreaming.

If I were to believe in God, I imagine he created autumn as a painter. He wore a red beret and sat before a canvas with a palette of the brightest paints. He drew the harsh glare of mid April sunshine beaming down on rosy cheeks, exposed amongst layers of scarves to the crisp, fresh air. From his canvas sprung over-saturated blue skies and the tantalising glint of sunshine on ice-cold water. Trees overflowed with colour, their leaves falling in cascades of red, gold and yellow. If you squint hard your eyes slightly, and let your imagination be bold, he thought, some might see trees aflame.

Ah, yes. Although each March may bring with it the ritual mourning of a by-gone summer, autumn has much to be delighted in. It is not a plodding cart-horse, dragging us into the despairing depths of winter, but a fire-blazing chariot racing between each solstice.

It’s autumn now. Each day grows shorter. Darkness rushes hungrily, a ravenous wolf, devouring rapaciously the lingering warmth of balmy summer twilights.  But, though dusk horse gallops quickly, every sunset is a spectacle. Each moment is a fleeting masterpiece of brilliance in the sky. Last week the entire city shone with the sky’s surreal orange glow. I raced upstairs to get my camera. In just a few seconds the colour was gone, replaced by cobalt blue and one evening star.

Autumn nights grow colder. Blankets are layered upon beds and students don hoodies and huddle beneath duvets in the living rooms of unheated flats. One April morning sees the first dusting of icing sugar snow of the distant Rimutakas. People marvel in the landscape’s magic as they walk briskly to work in the fresh morning air. Their breaths form little mists which hover delicately in front of people’s faces like individual patronuses. There is energy in autumn, a sense of invigoration so strong it is almost palpable.

Growing up on a farm, the seasons signified more than just a change in weather, but a change in our way of life. Year after year, in my mother’s garden, the yellow daffodil hillsides of spring gave way to sprawls of red summer roses and then to the rustic leaves of autumn. My brother and I were set to work raking the fallen leaves into enormous colourful piles. Much to my mother’s dismay, we would then delight in jumping into them, tossing the leaves in the air- like great red sparks leaping from a giant bonfire.

As the nights took on an icy chill, my father would spend days chopping fire-wood. The saw whirred terrifyingly behind the ancient red tractor and wood was stacked to the roof of the rusty tin shed. Around this time, we would dust off the great cast-iron coal-range in our kitchen. That half century-old fire was the life-blood of our family. It burned constantly; heating our hot water cylinder, my father’s stewed apples and giant pots of Mum’s pumpkin soup. It burned steadily through the night, while outside Jack Frost made silent visits beneath a canopy of crystal clear stars. We would awake to a dazzling world of white outside our windows and stoke the last glowing embers to keep the heart-fire burning.

I loved autumn. And I do still. I love the sense of winter howling at the door. How the sun makes it last valiant bursts of energy to chase back cold’s creeping shadow.
You may dream of California, but I’ll stay for the fall.
My creative "logic"
Colour inspiration

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Pursuit of Happiness

Friends, food, copious amounts of wine, and dirty board games...
Yes please.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stormy weather.

Before you start reading,
Press play....

Then simultaneously play this...

Don't you just love curling up in a cosy duvet with a good book, a Bon Iver playlist and the gentle sound of rain on the roof?

Well, I suppose I do too.
BUT, what I really love is going running in the rain. I love the freshness of the air, the emptiness of the streets, the reflections of colourful city lights on wet pavements...
And then going home to a warm shower, cosy duvet, good book, a Bon Iver playlist and the gentle sound of rain on the roof...
Ever weathering the storm in Wellington
Outside Te Papa

Dream bedroom

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Look up.

Starry night,
Soaring bird,
Ominous thunder,
Lightening Strike,
Apricot dusk,
Infinity blue,
Bushfire sunset,
Firefly Sky.

Aotearoa- Land of the Long White Cloud.

The sky has a thousand faces. Powerful, beautiful, joyous, brooding, volatile- just like us really. It is an ever-changing canvas and a ever-present backdrop to our lives.
 Remember to look up and wonder.

All the photos above are my own, the ones below inspire me.

They All Hate Us
Model: Teresa Oman, Photographer: Sybil Steele,
for Bikini Bird. Oracle Fox.

Civic Square, Wellington, photo by
 my wonderful friend, Tessie Hendry

Fancy Treehouse.

Absolutely LOVE this blog. Adore her style.