Whareora Leamington New Zealand

Whare ora Leamington New Zealand

Whare ora Leamington New Zealand

The highest point in Leamington, indeed Cambridge as a whole, the property bounded by Burns, Thompson, Goldsmith and Coleridge Streets – home now to the expanding green fields development Lauriston Park Retirement Village.

Burns Street House – ‘Whareora’ Cambridge Museum

This large Victorian villa on the hill in Leamington was built over the summer of 1901/02 by William Hogan for £842 for William and Mary Rout.

There are 38 trees on the Waipa Protected Tree List, most of them planted by William before his death in 1909. These trees include some beautiful old camellias and rhododendrons.

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Cambridge Mini Mart

A welcome return / addition to Victoria Street / Cambridge CBD – a small supermarket. Brothers Ashok & Dinesh Patel have opened Cambridge Mini Mart at 73B Victoria Street. There is history here; Hayden Murray’s Four Square – and more. I will attempt to get the details straight and add them. Ashok bought the Thornton Road diary in 2003 and Hautapu Country Store in 2005.

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Main Street Carnival – Cambridge NZ Ctd.

A selection of photographs from today’s Cambridge Autumn Festival Main Street Carnival with some minor commentary and names. Should you want to add something – a name, some contact information or comment – email me at michael@michaeljeans.co.nz and I will include it.

There is a fuller gallery from today here. Both works in progress as at 3:38PM 26/04/2009. I will note when all is complete. Done 20:16 27/4/2009.

 

 

 

 

 

Uenuku Hawira designandsculpt.com

Balloons Funtastic John & Brie Martin balloons.co.nz john@balloons.co.nz

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Friday Night Shoppers Gala & Street Performers?

Friday Night Shoppers Gala & Street Performers. There is a disconnect here. Much anticipation from retailers and punters – and not a few families with youngsters in tow – in town to enjoy the festivities.  As I move about with camera and tripod – no doubt looking somewhat official – folk approach asking what’s happening. I have to admit I don’t know. The lone stiltwalker pair provide momentary fun. The ‘throng’ drifts away quickly – home or to the dancing at the town hall – an opportunity lost. Here Mai and her niece wait patiently for customers at the Lunch Box.

And throng it was for a short while between 6:15 & 6:45. Victoria Street Cambridge Friday the 24th of April 2009.

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Maxines’s Collectibles

The Leamington CBD / village / shops / main street – call it what you will – upgrade continues apace. The weather has been kind – the work site busy and good humoured. Today Maxine’s delightful destination shop is sporting a flash new pavement. The power polls are all but gone – giving Shakespeare Street a refreshing contemporary look. Yes, I’m biased – it’s home. Work on the project began in January.

Maxine’s Collectibles 180 Shakespeare Street, Leamington 3432 | Box 791 Cambridge 3434 | maxine.collectibles@xtra.co.nz | 027 478 9877 or 07 827 7666 after hours | open weekends only 11am.

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Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn is laying out stall sites for Sunday’s The Main Street Carnival in Victoria Street Cambridge, this afternoon, Friday the 24th of April 2009. The Main Street Carnival is one of the last events of the 2009 Cambridge Autumn Festval. Some ninety vendors are booked with Victoria Street closed to traffic. A veteran of many a market both as organiser and vendor (Granny Dunn) Ian tells me that this event will be unique in layout and scale. Let’s hope the weather is kind.

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Cambridge Farmers’ Market NZ update

Kerryn Jensen manager of Cambridge Farmers’ Market this morning, Saturday the 18th of April 2009, at Victoria Square, Cambridge, New Zealand. Selling hours are from 8am until 12pm – indicated by the ringing of the market bell. There is no selling before or after the bell is rung. Kerryn and I have been working on Cambridge Farmers’ Market’s new website which we hope to launch this Wednesday morning (22/04/2009).  

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Some changes

Good Friday’s upgrade of Zenfolio.com allows me to dispense with my gallery homepage. MichaelJeans.co.nz and MichaelJeans.com homepages are now one and the same. This allows closer integration of my blog and gallery. It is a work in progress and in the short term some links may return you to the blog rather than taking you to the gallery page you were expecting to find. I think I have it fairly well covered. Apologies if you do find yourself going around in circles. This won’t last long. The change should make seemless what is already in place.  

BTW. If you wish to invest in a Zenfolio Account you can receive a modest discount (while crediting a matching amount to my account) by using my Zenfolio Referral Code: HSU-YMW-KNV when you sign up.

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A Mad Tea-Party

There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. `Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,’ thought Alice; `only, as it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.’

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Chapter VII  2009 Tea Party protests

Update 14:44 13/04/2009: Russell offers a whole feast of oddness.

And Jon Stewart.

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