Thursday, August 11, 2016

Auckland Harbor

Finally a day of sun! It was still cold and windy but I had to get out. These were all taken around the harbor area last Sunday. I'm on my way home now and saying good-bye to this great city!
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 05, 2016

Auckland Area Coast

15-30 minutes out of downtown Auckland and you forget that you're near a big city. We were able to dodge the rain long enough to get a couple of coast walks in.
No sea life was visible in the tide pools. A few minutes later the rain came in and blocked the view of that hill.
Deceptively sunny when we started out. This was a random beach that we found on the map after leaving work.



Monday, August 01, 2016

Auckland Ferry Terminal

If you want a quick ride to another part of the greater Auckland area, the ferry terminal is there to take you by sea. I did this a few years ago and it's a short ride to the other port and from there you can bus around. Today though it was more to get some exercise before the rain and to see something besides city buildings.
If that Hilton wasn't so expensive and out of the general way, I'd stay there. What a great view some of those rooms have!
Local fisherman. Very much not amused with tourists taking pictures. I hope they have a good catch. It was cold and windy and not a good day to be fishing off the dock.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Downtown Auckland

Sunday afternoon, in-between the rain showers. To me Auckland feels like polar bear country but I exaggerate. Blue sky even appeared for a couple of hours.
 Penguins too.
And then this...A Turkish rally of some sort. I couldn't tell if it was pro current government or anti. I think pro and they were denouncing attempted coup. Main talking point was Turkey for the people. Since this was taking place in the center of Pokemon Go Pokestops, not many people listened.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Lightning, Thunder, Hail, Sky

Auckland 9:00 am. In a matter of minutes my view went from this (looking at rain and lightning)
To this: full on hail storm, fog and high winds.
To really? Blue sky emerging? 14 minutes in all. Glad I wasn't outside and will take note of this weather pattern. Now it's time to sleep a couple of hours to make up for lack of sleep on the flight.





Friday, July 29, 2016

Tamarack Surf Beach

End of July, hot even at the beach. By the time I finished the walk I was ready for an ice bath. I'm sure as soon as I'm cold I'll want the heat and beach.
This was a good last look before I head out to New Zealand's winter.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Home Upkeep

At last after random night of waking up to false firm alarms, I had a new system put in. Now in addition to the siren a voice calls out "Fire!" Here's hoping for no fire.
And why stop at 1 thing? Time to replace broken motion sensor lights, front and back.
And while I'm okay with the silence it was time to get a working doorbell. That's it for this round. Fence and trim paint still on the list.
I've been playing too much Pokemon. This looks a lot like a Pokeball.