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Best party on the bloc

Bloc Party visited New Zealand this week. It had been six long years since they had last seen these shores. Yes, they kept us waiting, but the wait sure was worth it…

Bloc Party

…I think it probably made the concert even better than we had hoped it would be. More tomorrow!

CIA

Photo by CIA, Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand, 7 March 2013.

Whispers from space

Whispers from space

It’s hard to imagine scientists came up with this sign. But I guess that’s why you have marketing. Also, I appreciate the fact they included two-way radio.  It really adds a sense of awesome.

PJD

Photo by CIA, Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Complex, Canberra, December 2012.

Sitting pretty

Recently we journeyed to the top of New Zealand’s South Island, to one of the sunshine hubs of the country, Blenheim. During our travels I spied this shelf of teacups in a cafe, which were so sweet, I just had to take a picture.

Sitting pretty

CIA

Photo by CIA at Raupo Cafe, Blenheim, New Zealand, 23 February 2013.

Summer smoothie

The weather has been unseasonably warm in Wellington these past weeks. I say unseasonably, because it’s never this warm in Wellington, consistently, in a way that you wish you were outside at lunch time every single day, and not cooped up in front of your computer screen at work! So, perhaps this explains our lacklustre efforts to post of late, given that as much as possible, we have been outside, making the most of every bit of this wonderful golden weather before it ends (let’s hope it continues past the official end of the season tomorrow!). This photo of a scrumptious ice-cold smoothie which we enjoyed recently at one of our favourite spots just screams Summer, don’t you think? Yum.

Summer smoothie, thanks Maranui!

CIA

Photo by CIA at Maranui Cafe, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand, February 2013.

 

Weekly photo challenge: kiss

I’ll let the photo speak for itself.

Kiss the bride

PJD

Photo by Anna Allport. This is a week-and-a-bit early, I suppose. But it is certainly challenge appropriate.

Rainbow Warrior III

There’s a new addition to the Wellington skyline at the moment, in the form of the tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III (they’re 50 metres high!). The purpose-built flagship of Greenpeace is currently moored in the Wellington harbour, and yesterday at lunchtime I took the opportunity to take a nosey on board to check out what this impressive ship had to offer and hear the environmental message it carries.

Rainbow Warrior 1

The tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III stretch high above the Wellington harbour.

The tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III stretch high above the Wellington harbour.

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Night time company

A stingray isn’t the only encounter we’ve had with wildlife lately. On Christmas Eve we heard an odd noise, and upon investigating found ourselves face-to-face with a tree frog*. It was a lively moment, and no easy task to keep the frog in frame.

Tree frog stops by

Tree Frog and Leaf

PJD

Photos by PJD, Auckland, December 2012

* or some other kind of frog.

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