Towards Rangiaowhia from the Cambridge road

Rangioawhia landscape Cambridge Te Awamutu road

Rangioawhia landscape Cambridge Te Awamutu road

Digital file | 2008-12-20-Saturday © Michael Jeans | archive 1964 – 2014

PAK’nSAVE Te Awamutu Cambridge Road

Te Awamutu PAK'nSAVE

Tin Tin 3D at Regent 3 Cinema Te Awamutu – my first 3D movie. The form is more subtle and absorbing than expected and absolutely no problem for one who wears glasses. Yes, there are set pieces flying out at you, and one or two other 3D surprises along with a Snowy misalignment to contend with (could have been my imagination). Viewmasteresque (if that is a word) at times – more psychological than visual perhaps? Some perspective shifts I couldn’t figure out; foreshortened figures and squashed limbs. Style? Design? Not sure. And while I’m playing the critic some of the editing seems a touch rugged for my liking. OK, so a cartoon film which suits the treatment with the jokes, asides and witty visuals coming thick and fast in sympathy with the original. On the whole a pretty impressive project – quite like being there.

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Feijoa hedge, Cambridge Community Marae, 11-May-11

Feijoa

Running parallel to Cambridge Road (which takes you to Te Awamutu and beyond to the south west – Taranaki and all that this entails) – this hedge comprises thirty-six Feijoa trees all producing fruit.

Cambridge Community Marae

Cambridge Community Marae

Cambridge Community Marae is situated on the corner of Bracken Street and Pope Terrace in Leamington and overlooks Cambridge across the Waikato River. Approximately one kilometre from Cambridge Town Centre, the complex provides ideal accommodation for small or large groups and provides large dining and marae areas, off road parking, spacious lawn areas, full kitchen facilities with walk in chiller.

Centrally located and minutes away from Lake KarapiroHamilton Airport and Mystery Creek Events Centre. A one hour drive to TaurangaRotorua and Raglan and 90 minutes to Auckland and Taupo.

Cambridge Community Marae

Monavale Homestead 100 Year Fair, Cambridge, New Zealand.

Monavale Homestead

There is much that resonates here. For me it is all to do with growing up in a place not far from here – 15 km distant (9 miles, or so, in old speak). In many ways it is the place I grew up (no, not the flash house – definitely not – but the atmosphere; busy, rural, peaceful – comforting and comfortable. I felt it during the World Rowing Championships (OK, so this was something of a stretch but, none the less, still there) and the KWTJubilee celebrations. Gatherings on grass! Cars parked in rows on pasture – paddocks to us – folk relaxing and enjoying their families. Sights, sounds and smells.

The Monavale Homestead 100 Year Fair is an innocent affair in keeping with the ethos of the current owners and befitting of the subject at hand. I’m bemused by young North American voices attempting to explain cricket (among other things) to one another – in voices that carry somewhat when you are unused to hearing them :) – many of those who live in this faith community, do so during a ‘gap year’ – I know there is more to it than this but there did seem a fair number in their late teens / early 20s.

The history – well, to be honest – I didn’t read much of it (I am fairly familiar) being more interested in the here and now – which I photographed – as I do. Not sure I’ve been hugely successful – there are some gems and some misses along with the usual ho hums – made over a 90 minute period – some interactions with people and some not (thanks to those who indulged me when asked). I do hope the images are enjoyed.

Should I explain? Oh, OK! The recurring motif is, of course, the birthday house – which appears in just under 60% of these images – close up, as interiors or merely as a hint. This is intentional – the discipline being to place the building within an image that is pleasing – as I say; some work some don’t – I would problably have edited the number back from 100 to about 50 if I was being really staunch – but as folk saw me photographing and will be looking for themselves and family, 100 it is (the original capture or ‘acquisition’ as they say was 375 – with many repeats of slight variation). acquisition:20/11/2010, first edit:21/11/2010, second edit:26/11/2010 – still not happy but we will go with this finally published 11:43 26/11/2010.

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