Wednesday, 26 September 2012

NZ10 - Fort Ballance

I've just done another really long shift at work, so excuse me if this blog is a bit brief. 

At the weekend, we went for another dog walking explore. A walk up to Fort Ballance situated on Pt Gordon, weirdly enough, as I love derelict building like this, and what an explore! I can't wait to go back and have a look some more with the dogs. 

There's graffiti all over the place, but tunnels and random rooms and views to die for, and the weather was just perfect. Click the link above for more history. 

In the evening, we went for a meal at Beach Babylon with some work buddies. It specialises in fondue, of the cheese and chocolate variety. The chocolate and baileys one was so good, I finished some of mine off with a straw! I'm going to be such a fatty! Then we went into town..... there are no pictures of this (well there are, but not for public eyes!), it was a tad messy, but fun! Courtenay Place in Wellington is where it's all happening on a Saturday night, and we sure did paint the town! 

On with my pictures...



















Saturday, 22 September 2012

NZ9 - The Roxy Cinema








The Roxy Cinema in Wellington was originally built in 1928 to screen silent films. It was called the Capitol then. It was one of the first cinemas I saw when I came here, at the bottom of the road to my work in Park Road, Miramar. It has a beautiful art deco facade which is eye catching as you drive past. (I borrowed this daytime picture from the flicks website)

I've been dying to go there as it has an amazing restaurant which everyone had told me about, and they know how to show you a film in style, with the comfy leather seats, old fashioned sweets and a really nice bar serving all sorts of drink, we did wine! 

We went to see Hit and Run a comedy written and directed by Dax Shepard. I bit of light relief on a work night after a hard week, with some of my favourite actors and actresses in it. 

Anyhow, I've provided the link above for you to find out more about this lovely building, owned and lovingly restored by some of the guys at The Weta Group, and let's face it, they know what makes a good film experience, so on with my photos! 


It was dark when we went in, the the little lights twinkled magically at me. 


Sorry for the above one being blurry, I wasn't really on form, more fascinated by looking around inside the entrance in awe. We got our tickets, sat down for dinner and drinks in Coco, the restaurant there, and I went for a wander with my camera. (iphone!) 



Above, the beautiful retro science fiction mural on the upstairs ceiling. 


Above, my darling Gollum, who is undoubtedly my favourite character In the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 


The amazing light fittings upstairs, and below another blurry image of some hand made costumes they have on display. This swaps around occasionally and next month, being that it's nearly the world premiere of The Hobbit in Wellington, and it's owned by the Weta peeps, there will be an exhibition of props and other paraphernalia from the film. 


Dinner was delicious. We all decided to have the small plates so that we could try a few things and share a bit. 


Calamari with apple and walnut coleslaw. 


A general overview of the table of deliciousness above, and my tasty pork sliders below. Mini burger type things! 



And finally, into the film where we settled in for a good giggle with some old fashioned sweets and a couple of bottles of wine! 

Ahhhhhh Bliss! 


XXX



Tuesday, 18 September 2012

NZ8 - Part 2 - Massey Memorial and Bunkers

So, I'm a bit later than promised with this one due to work, but here we go. 

After we left Red Rocks, we decided we hadn't had enough outdoor adventures on this beautiful day, so it was back to the supermarket for some more beers and some hummus for the chippies, and off we went up Massey Memorial. Now as you know, I blogged this a few weeks ago, but if you keep going up the hill, past the memorial, it takes you to where they built some of the set for the Hobbit. Which can't be show here for legal reasons. But just behind that film set, is one of my favourite things.... old war bunkers! Derelict and ready for me to explore! Ones which you can sit on top of and watch the sun set over Wellington whilst supping on your drink and munching. Just the perfect way to end an adventurous outdoorsy kind of day before retreating back down to Rachelle's to watch the rugby. 

Bliss. 

Here are my Photos. 















Sunday, 16 September 2012

NZ8 - Red Rocks and Bachelor Seals

Yesterday I was taken on one of my favourite days out so far. We had so much fun and laughter, it was just what I needed after a week at work. Rachelle's best friend Sarah, had agreed a few weeks earlier to come to Red Rocks to see the seals with me, then she arranged for her partner Rod to take us in his 4x4 for a proper adventure! It's a seven seater Land Rover so there was me, Amanda, Sarah, Rod, Dean and Rachelle. 

I was on packed lunch duty. I went to Strathmore Bakery and bought some lovely baguette type bread which was still warm when I picked it up. I made 4 varieties of sandwich, packed chippies (crisps), olives, shortbread biscuits, and some cans of drink. The others brought beers and a few other bits and bobs. We all got in the Land Rover and off we went, past the bays and onto the rugged beach. 


We drove up over Devil's Gate, which the girls were absolutely terrified of, much to our amusement. 


And over the other side, were the bachelor seals. They are called this because they are the ones who were unsuccessful in mating! Lonely Seals! This makes them less aggressive apparently, I was told to be very careful of them because they can get angry, but they really just seemed only interested in sleeping, occasionally looking at us, then rolling back over for another nap. 




I got everyone to line up for a group shot. 


  Then got one myself with our very own Action Man Driver Rod! And wearing my new North Face Jacket! 


We drove further down, heading for the leaning lighthouse which you can see in the distance. Slipping and sliding in the sand and rocks... 


Then we got stuck. Action Man had to let some air out of the tyres. 


And then we pushed. Well I watched while I was taking this photo, but I did join in after... honest! 


We thought after freeing the car, that now might be a good time to stop and have the picnic. We were joined by a tiny spitting of rain, which gave us a rainbow! 


This was a very remote group of huts/houses. Right next to us. I wonder who lives there?


We headed back off up the coastline towards home, where sadly, we got stuck again. I decided now was a good time to start filming, much to the annoyance of my buddies! I have made a short rescue film here. 

Red Rocks from Annie on Vimeo.



If you want to read any more about Red Rocks and the Seal colonies. Click here.

I'm cutting the blog short here today. We went on to have further adventures, which I'll blog tomorrow. It has taken me a while to write this one whilst editing the video, having Sunday dog walks and having people over for dinner. I'm moving house again next week and had a fair bit to do in preparation for that. So on that note... see you tomorrow for part 2! 

I just want to say thank you to Sarah and Rod again for taking me out for the day, and to my new friends who really made this a funny, fantastic and heartwarming adventure. I had the most fantastic time. 

See ya! 

XXX