Monthly Archives: March 2010

Guerilla decorating in Aro Valley

I’ve been entirely intrigued by Catherine Finely’s Wallpaper Dumpsters, and delighted by Street with a View (a collaboration between Google Street View,  Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley), and I’ve been thinking about what I can do in my own neighborhood.

After a month of growing, the tubs I gardened in Aro Valley are blooming. The dahlias have started coming out and the geraniums have been replaced with buttercup pumpkin plants.

Yellow dwarf dahlia flower.

Courgette plants in a tub

I decided they could do with a bit of decoration. I bought some retro wallpaper off Trade Me and waited (patiently) for the Wellington weather to bless us with an entire weekend of sun.

The tubs needed to be cleaned first, so me and Josh scrubbed them down (just with water) and left them to dry.

Two semi-dry concrete tubs in the sun.

When we went to buy the wallpaper paste, we accidentally bought size. I had never heard of it at the time, but it turned out to be quite essential to preparing the tubs for wallpaper. After the size had dried, night was starting to fall, so the actual wallpapering was done in the street light.

Shows the tubs and a person reaching around them in the dusk.

Josh went back after the wallpaper had dried and sprayed the tubs with a water retardant that we bought from a camping store. This will hopefully help the paper stay on in Wellington’s wild weather.

Et voila! Newly wallpapered, lovely looking tubs:

The finished tubs looking beautiful

Another shot of a wallpapered tub

You can see the progress and results in my flickr set.

Before and after

Before and after


Random post about theatre and an awesome photo

My friend recently wrote about seeing Peter Brook’s 11 and 12 at the New Zealand International Arts Festival:

“It made me feel proud to work in theatre. It makes me want to keep working, and it’s a long fucking time since any piece of theatre has made me feel that.”

You can read the rest of his blog post about it here.

When I found this image today on I was reminded of the his post and of the  importance of live story-telling.

Two actors share a 'romantic moment' in an open air performance by the 'Pierrots' of a neighbouring Division and largely attended by New Zealand soldiers. Photograph taken 1918 by Henry Armytage Sanders.

Actors in an open air performance during World War I, France

It’s been a while since I last felt that theatre can and will change the world, that it has something unique and significant to offer us. I still think it can and does; I just haven’t seen much proof of it recently. This photo was a welcome reminder.


Lydia Myrtle Williams in a hammock, Napier

Lydia Myrtle Williams, reclining in a hammock with a book and a fan, in the garden of the house in Carlyle Street, Napier, circa 1889. Photograph taken by her husband, William Williams.

Women picnicking on cups of tea, scones, apples and cake, probably in Auckland, circa 1910. They have beautiful smiles.

Women picnicking on cups of tea, scones, apples and cake, probably in Auckland, circa 1910. Photographer unidentified.

Came across these gorgeous images in the National Library of New Zealand’s Manuscripts and Pictorial website by searching for “women recreation”.