Week Four – Time Is Running Out

25 Feb

This week was very busy with administrative details but we still did manage to have some nice times with friends and some special family time around Dad’s and my birthdays.

In an earlier post I mentioned not taking many photos because this was home and all so familiar.  In an attempt to not take our home scenery for granted I did walk up to Mt Eden village on Monday specifically to look at some of the great architecture there.  The Mt Eden Village Business Association website has some good information and Google has much more.  http://www.mounteden.co.nz/village_main.htm

Till & Son was a bakery when it was established in 1885.  Now is a real estate agent's office and has been for 17 years that I have been in the area.

Till & Son was a bakery when it was established in 1885. Now is a real estate agent’s office and has been for 17 years that I have been in the area.

Cuckseys Building was originally established in 1873 as a timber structure.  It was replaced by the current brick building of the same name in 1905.  The top of Mt.Eden is in the background.

Cuckseys Building was originally established in 1873 as a timber structure. It was replaced by the current brick building of the same name in 1905. The top of Mt.Eden is in the background.

It has been a pub for some time now but, as its name suggests, it was once the Post Office.  The vault is still behind the downstairs bar and used as a storeroom.

It has been a pub for some time now but, as its name suggests, it was once the Post Office. The vault is still behind the downstairs bar and used as a storeroom.

Mt Eden Methodist Church.  Recently renovated.  It was originally built in 1899.

Mt Eden Methodist Church. Recently renovated. It was originally built in 1899.

Just around the corner from Mt.Eden Road in Stokes Avenue are these public toilets.  I don't know what if any history is attached but they are eye-catching.

Just around the corner from Mt.Eden Road in Stokes Avenue are these public toilets. I don’t know what if any history is attached but they are eye-catching.

Just one step further along Stokes Avenue is this neglected beauty.  Sadly, the developers will eventually probably raze it and build 3 townhouses.

Just one step further along Stokes Avenue is this neglected beauty. Sadly, the developers will eventually probably raze it and build 3 townhouses.

The Mt.Eden Bowling Club is 200m or so from the shops.

The Mt.Eden Bowling Club is 200m or so from the shops.

Tuesday was actually the day of Dad’s birthday and we met him for coffee in the morning which somehow extended to 2:30pm.  Steven joined us as well since his summer internship with EY has finished.

Wednesday was my birthday and Dad and I went out for lunch and to get some quiet time to chat.  We ended up at St. Heliers and after a nice lunch at Annabelles wandered a little along the beach.  It doesn’t look it in the photo but it was very hot…

The iconic Rangitoto viewed from the beach at St.Heliers.

The iconic Rangitoto viewed from the beach at St.Heliers.

In the evening Leanne, Steven, Darryn and I walked up to Mt. Eden and had a meal of ribs with fries and beer.  Very nice but for your health’s sake probably not something to do too often.

For my birthday we all went to De Post and indulged in their Wednesday night special of ribs, fries, aioli, a token serving of coleslaw and a beer for NZ$20.

For my birthday we all went to De Post and indulged in their Wednesday night special of ribs, fries, aioli, a token serving of coleslaw and a beer for NZ$20.

By Thursday the to-do list seemed to be getting longer rather than shorter with a bunch of work needing to be done regarding the boys’ study funding.  Oh joy!  Never mind, in the evening we had another fun BBQ.

Dinner at our place with Mr & Mrs Lumborg...

Dinner at our place with Mr & Mrs Lumborg…

… and Mr & Mrs McAloon (who ran away to Wanaka to get married on Valentines Day).

… and Mr & Mrs McAloon (who ran away to Wanaka to get married on Valentines Day).

On Friday night we caught up with David and Charmian over a five course degustation dinner at Wine Chambers.  We have been there two or three time before and it always impresses.  And naturally the company was excellent!

Craig flew up from Wellington for the weekend so we could catch up and I collected him from the airport around midday.  After stopping by home to pick up Leanne we drove up to the bach.  The arborist had completed his work so we wanted to see how the view had improved and the weather was great so a walk on the beach followed by a BBQ was hard to resist.  The two photos below tell the story of the view…

The blocked view from our bach towards the sea and Whangaparoa Peninsula.

The blocked view from our bach towards the sea and Whangaparoa Peninsula.

The view after the arborist had finished.

The view after the arborist had finished.

What a transformation!  Both these shots were take from the same spot on our deck.  We just spent ages marvelling at what we had just got back (at a price, of course!).  Our bach-neighbour Gary joined us for our BBQ dinner and by the time we cleaned up and got home it was 8pm and we wanted to get back to the city to look at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Albert Park now that it was getting dark.  It was a good idea but parking was a nightmare so after a couple of circuits we gave up, went home and opened some more wine.

On Sunday morning Craig and I went into the Viaduct Harbour area for a walk and a coffee.  The weather was perfect again.  The Rugby World Cup activities were centred here last year and much of the new Wynyard Quarter was specifically developed for that event.  What is left now is a great facility for the city and tourists with parks, cafés and arenas for cultural and sports events.

The bridge between Auckland's Wynyard Quarter and The Viaduct Harbour area.

The bridge between Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter and The Viaduct Harbour area.

Looking back to the city and Sky Tower from the Viaduct.  This area was where the Americas Cup bases were located for NZ's successful defence in 1999-2000 and not so successful defence in 2003.

Looking back to the city and Sky Tower from the Viaduct. This area was where the Americas Cup bases were located for NZ’s successful defence in 1999-2000 and not so successful defence in 2003.

The old Ferry Building on Auckland's waterfront.

The old Ferry Building on Auckland’s waterfront.

Another retained colonial building in the harbour area.

Another retained colonial building in the harbour area.

Before being made into the Britomart Transport Centre this building was the Chief Post Office.  It is at the bottom of Queen Street between Customs and Quay Streets.

Before being made into the Britomart Transport Centre this building was the Chief Post Office. It is at the bottom of Queen Street between Customs and Quay Streets.

Craig’s flight was early afternoon so after farewelling him at the end of a very good couple of days we headed home and joined our neighbours, Mark and Bronwyn, and friends for a BBQ at their place.  So many BBQs, such a short time… must be a great summer!

Just thinking again about all the things we did during the last few weeks is making me feel worn out.  I had better leave it there for now and have a nap.  Until next time…

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One Response to “Week Four – Time Is Running Out”

  1. hbonwit March 6, 2013 at 18:18 #

    This is a great little snapshot of your hometown – thanks for posting! It’s great to have a local’s knowledge, coupled with an outsider’s perspective.

    Also, I really appreciate how the arborist was able to make the view permanently sunny – I hope you gave him a good bonus! 😉

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