Saturday, April 30, 2011

Craft 2.0

Rich and I had a pretty quiet Easter this year, but one thing we did do was head to Upper Hutt on Saturday to check out Craft 2.0. It's an awesome craft fair we have fairly regularly in Wellington (maybe once every quarter).Craft 2.0 is held at the New Dowse Art Gallery - which is a pretty amazing gallery. When we visited they had a cool exhibition on, I can't remeber exactly the name of the exhibition but it seemed to be based around different of media. He's a photo of Rich in front of a whole bunch of speakers.

I only bought a couple of things at Craft 2.0, both from the same vendor. First up is this cute little toadstool brooch.

I also bought this cute cross-stitch pattern. I'm not working on any cross-stitch at the moment and was thinking I needed a new pattern and thought this one was pretty cute. We also bought some cupcakes at Craft 2.0 - I liked the little sugar flower on top. Finally, at the fair they had an old school style photo both which was a whole lot of fun. The best part was it was free! Here's our photos.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Star Shaped!

Last week I bought this star shaped cookie from Midnight Expresso - so cute and delicious.

Good Friday Morning Walk

On Good Friday I ended up waking up far too early for a public holiday - rather than staying in bed I decided to get up early and head for a walk along the waterfront. The weather wasn't cloudy and a little windy but great for photos. It was also nice to have the waterfront pretty much all to myself.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Overland Adventures

When Lisa and I decided to head down to Wellington so I could show her my wee city we decided to take the overlander train. Its a pretty epic journey by New Zealand standards, about 13 hours.

The trip is well worth it though - so much amazing scenery and it was just great to hang out and chat.

Plus it was a great way for Lisa to see a whole lot of the North Island - I took loads of and loads of photos of course. Here's just a few of them!

Monday, April 25, 2011

More Auckland Adentures - Kelly Taltons

I really, really wanted to take Lisa to Rangitoto Island whilst we were in Auckland - but the day we planned to go it rained and it rained and it rained. A trip to an offshore Island was just not going to happen. Instead we decided to spend the day at Kelly Taltons Underwater World which is the acquarium in Auckland.

We took the free shuttle out to Kelly Taltons - which turned out to be a shark bus. Awesome.
Kelly Taltons has a bit of a focus on Antarctica and that means of course - penguins! There is a little ride around the penguin enclosure that you can take to get a closer view of the penguins.

We also saw a giant squid - but this guy was way past his prime.
Here's a photo of inside the main aquarium - it seemed the main sea creatures they had in here were huge stingrays and a whole bunch of sharks. In fact there are so many sharks that at times the jaws theme would start to play. Finally were the smaller tanks - including this one - it looks like something out of Alien with its pods with small moving creatures inside. It turns out that these things are baby Carpet Sharks.
Here's a few more photo's of some of the creatures in the smaller tanks. I especially liked the little turtle.

When we finished up at Kelly Taltons it was still raining - so we decided to head to the museum for the rest of the day. I don't have any photos of the inside of the museum, but here's a few from the outside. Its such a striking building.