ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT 100 DAYS?

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2017. Thousands of hours of fun, frustration and hard work were celebrated on the weekend, as creatives from all walks of life came together to show their 100 Day Projects in Auckland.

From photography to typography; felt to food art; digital art to dolly pegs; pop-ups to plastic; and about every kind of pen, pencil and paintbrush you can imagine—this exhibition had it all! The one thing they had in common was the commitment to create one thing every day for 100 days. The range of projects, level of skill and dedication on display was astounding. And while this short but sweet show may be over, there isn't much time to relax, registrations for the 2017 100 Days Project have opened! So if you like the sound of this project, it's time to sign up and start planning. Remember, one thing, every day, x100.

Good luck!

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SCULPTURES ON THE GULF

A last minute getaway, to Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland, happily coincided with the biennial art event headland Sculpture on the Gulf.

Having been a regular visitor to Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney and Perth, I was excited to see the New Zealand equivalent. After an indulgent day of eating and drinking at one of Waiheke's many wineries, an evening stroll along the stunning coastline admiring these wonderful works of art was the perfect end to a beautiful day.

These are just some of the sculptures, hSGOTG is on until February 19, so if you happen to be in or around Auckland it is definitely worth jumping on the ferry and taking the short trip across the gulf to see this awesome event for yourself.

Feature Image: Phil Price Forbidden Tree

Anton Parsons Myopia

Paora Toi-Te-Rangiuaia Barry’s Catch

Virginia King Phantom Fleet 

Chris Booth Kinetic Fungi Tower

 

Robert Jahnk Kaokao

Tiffany Singh The Journey of a Million Miles Begins With One Step -  the stories of Beyond Refuge

Shannon Novak and Raimana Jones Twelve Intervals

Jae Kang Whirimori

Sriwhana Spong The Plum Tree

Chris Bailey Te Rerenga Wai o Tikapa Moana

Semisi Fetokai Potauaine Manuesina (White Bird and White Angel)

 

 

WINTER IN THE GARDEN

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Don't worry! This hasn't suddenly become a gardening blog, I just wanted to share this amazing oasis with you. While winter in Auckland hasn't been as bitter as I suspected it might, it is still a relief to escape the chilly air and rain. And this is the perfect place to do just that. Consisting of two glasshouses—one temperate and one tropical—a fountained courtyard  and a quarried fernery, the Wintergardens are a world away from the concrete and chaos of city life. I found the tropical garden especially tranquil... and warm! So warm, compared to the cold air outside, that I had to wait for my camera to 'acclimatise' before I could take any photos! The Wintergardens have definitely made my list of favourite places in Auckland and I will certainly be visiting again.

P.S. Who else thinks purple and green were made for each other?

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VIA INSTAGRAM

Picturette on instagram I have been a bit quiet on Instagram this past year, so I'm trying to get back in the habit. This is what I have been up to lately: makin' maps, frolicking on the Te Ara I Whiti (Lightpath), taking in the view at the top  Mt Victoria, looking for fairies at the bottom of these  Falls, printing scarves and trying to ignore the cold weather in the Wintergardens.

NEW ZEALAND flashback!

Hooley dooley! Has it really been six months since my last post? Actually, I can believe that, life of late has been of blur of study and home renovation with a few other adventures thrown in. Anyway, it's good to be back! Looking back over my blog I realise that I never got around to posting all of my New Zealand photos (even though that trip was almost twelve months ago!).  Being winter in Australia at the moment its seems appropriate to share the final leg of this journey now. The last part of our trip took in the stunning blue waters of Lake Ruataniwha and Lake Tekapo (the water really is this colour!); a relaxing dip in the warm waters of Tekapo Springs while enjoying the spectacular view over Lake Tekapo; a visit to Mt John Observatory, which felt like being on another planet! And finally, a couple of nights at Terrace Downs Resort, not to play golf but for a day trip to the snow at Mt Hutt.

We visited in between seasons and were lucky that the snow season had been extended so the roads, accommodation and snow fields weren't too busy, but New Zealand seems to be beautiful at any time of year.

Needless to say, by the end of this holiday I was ready to move to New Zealand's South Island!

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