The Brewtown produce market of last weekend engineered a lot of publicity as a lead-up but was a bit of a fizzer with a very modest array of fruit and vegetables made available for customers. Not in any way a rival for the markets that graced that of Wellington's waterfront and Lower Hutt's river carparking area.
Four months ago the suburban railways announced the completion of their double tracks between Trentham and Upper Hutt ralway stations would occur within two months and that a special event would be held in thanking the public inconvenienced by all the upheaval.
Well two months late but none the less it is now all go BUT where is this special event? And what form was it going to take - free train trips or free icecream/Christmas cake/ chocolate Santas at the stations affected?
Oh well. just make sure the new pedestrian crossing gates open and shut as designed and the underpass doesn't leak.
Robert Mackenzie from Upper Hutt is the proud owner of Miley Belle and Molly.
"Here are two of our retired cats, Miley Belle on the lefty and Molly on the right.
Their motto is Monday to Friday we do nothing and Saturday and Sunday we rest."
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Simon Woolf visited the South Island over Christmas and he took this beautiful picture of a kotuku.
"Back in the 1970's I got to know National Forest Service Photographer John Johns. John was a phenomenal photographer, who was both technically and creatively brilliant. John was a true gentleman. He shared his knowledge freely too.
One of his many amazing photos was a Kotuku in flight, however his photo was very different to other Kotuku photos I had seen. It was the white bird against a white sky, and in Black and White. It was a beautiful piece of art and showed The Kotuku, our White Herons features so precisely.
John Johns along with Geoff Moon would be our greatest ever wildlife bird photographers. They largely worked with film, creating images in a darkroom, and shooting with manual lenses, They respected their environment immensely.
This Kotuku photo, taken yesterday, is a tribute to John, and what he taught me all those years ago. I was very fortunate to have John and Geoff, who both passed away some years ago now, as friends and mentors".