June 16, 2005

Sono qui.

I've arrived in sunny Takapuna. (I'm sure if it wasn't dark it would be sunny). It occurred to me during the drive north along various state highways (1, 2, 3, 27) that this country of ours really is a beautiful place. I already knew that... but I forgot. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by fields and trees and hills.

I'm shattered, thus, random pictures: A rugby field in Hunterville -
*aah*Some louise cake which I ate -
louise cakeI stopped beside the mountain - humbling -
I got some new wiper blades, although it didn't rain today.

Drive carefully people.


Blogger Miss Marisol said...

gorgeous photos, jessie.

new zealand is just amazing...
what's a louise cake?

5:13 PM  
Blogger llew said...

Hot damn! Ruapehu always seems to be shrouded in cloud when I drive by.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hey Jesse - welcome to Auckland! Hope you are enjoying our lush tropical climate -well, it aint Dunedin in winter, right?

11:04 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

hey welcome, welcome to aucks.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Tomatohead said...

"on Takapuna Beach I can still see you...."

I won't be able to hear the Front Lawn's Andy without thinking of you now. Stay well and enjoy your new adventures!

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Meg said...

glad you made it, had no doubts you would. Have fun tonight! wish I could be there... yet happy I'm here, am sure you understand why. would kill for a louise cake right now tho!

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

My mum forced Louise Cake on me the other day. Hi!

8:15 AM  
Blogger supergood said...

The part I found slightly disturbing was the burger bag it must have come in, what a misnomer. Is that the right kind of England to use in that context?

1:48 PM  
Blogger David said...

The central NI mountains are hard to photograph from SH1. Mainly because of the line of ugly giant power pylons that dominate the foreground most of the time. There is nothing but scrub for miles around. The pylon builders could have placed them east of the road, disturbing a view of tussocky emptiness. Instead, they decided to slap them right in front of one of the greatest vistas in NZ.

Someone needs a kick up the arse, I say. What were they thinking?

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

You need to get The Dears "Protest" and "Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique"... which I'm listening to now. Deliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiightful. Both EPs, but both rather epic.

12:27 AM  
Blogger limegreen said...

>the line of ugly giant power pylons that dominate the foreground most of the time... What were they thinking?

Energy efficiency! They travel in bizarrely straight lines through much of the craziest landscapes (Mackenzie, Molesworth, Rainbow, Lake Lyndon, the Central Plateau etc. etc.) in Aotearoa. The other option would be to have more power stations... Perhaps we should build another large coal station by Auckland and rip those lines out!!

On the bright side, some of the roads they put through peculiar places to install the power lines make for some stunning moutain-biking ...

Oh. And just while I'm rambling, they have a full-time squad of pylon painters!!

11:43 AM  
Blogger David said...

But locating them a couple of kilometers east of their current location wouldn't have caused all the electricity to leak out. Maybe you can get a Photoshop plugin that'll magically remove them. It should also remove domestic power lines that haven't been buried. And ugly office buildings as well, now that I think of it.

I used to know a guy who painted lighthouses as a profession. If there was a windswept rocky barren bit of coastline, then you could be sure that John had been there with his brush.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Thanks Miss M. Louise cake... I think it's shortcake base, then strawberry jam, then this coconut almost meringue-like topping. YUM!

Ta Llew. It was a beautifully clear day, just a little cloud around one side of Ruapehu.

Thanks Peter, it does seem warmer up here. I worked up quite a sweat running for my bus last night (I missed it).

Thanks nycgirl!

Tomatohead, I've just realised SJD was at last night's gig and I didn't pass on your greetings. Sorry... I thought it best not to engage in conversation lest I gush embarrassingly ;)

Hey Meg, yup, safe n sound. Even managing to negotiate driving in Auckland, when combined with much poring over street directory.

Hi Lisa. What do you mean, "forced"? Where's your patriotism?! Oh and I have 'Summer of Protest' :)

Jimmy, I thought the burger bag added to the general vibe of the shot. Yes?

Umm, pylons. I took a photo of them marching across the desert but it didn't turn out :)

7:09 AM  
Blogger David said...

You took a photo of power pylons?

I have an electrical engineer mate who has dozens of pictures of them on his office wall. He points out that "they're all different, you know". And proceeds to point out those differences.

He's sad. You'd be sad too, 'cept for a fortunate accident of focus or exposure that has saved you.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Haha! More like, there was a row of pylons in one of my extremely ill-advised 'while driving' shots, which I tried to make good but failed :)

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

It's a NZ thing?? I didn't know that. So my patriotism is buried under my ignorance.

9:11 AM  

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