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So what IS art?

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Well Mum and Dad have been here for the best part of six weeks and a little over a week ago we all said our goodbyes at the airport and they headed back to their garden and cosy home in Norfolk.

But I’ve still got plenty of photos to share of the visit, so I’m going to pick up from just after the Northland trip when we returned from seeing the dolphins and the treaty grounds.

After the excitement of a boat trip and some nation forming history, my three day week work pattern meant I still had a Monday to do something with Mum and Dad whilst the girls all got back to their relative day time activities.

We settled on the art gallery as a good thing to pass the time and headed down to Devonport to get the ferry over and take a stroll up to the gallery.

We had barely stepped into the gallery before we engaged in one of the classic Fitzhugh debates of ‘Well what is art anyway?’  I think I may have been the instigator, but I can’t really remember.  I do know that I shared my opinion about the fact that I can look at a piece and form an opinion on it, that invariably has nothing in common with the little printed placard next to the piece.  That may have been the start.

Well I’m glad to say that they loved the metal band sculpture that moves constantly and occasionally goes ‘bonggggg’ as it occasionally hits the suspended wooden sphere above it.  We all mused over some pieces, walked past others and generally looked for things to impress us.  Probably the most interesting was a white box lined with mirrors, causing the classic infinite reflections of this sort.  An interesting side-effect of the rule preventing shoes from entering was that the box stunk of feet.

We followed the gallery with a trip to Raw Power, a great veggie cafe in Vulcan Lane.  We all had something with deep-fried tofu in it and it all fantastic   A couple of book shops later and we were ready for the ferry home.

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It’s been over a month since my last post.  That is truly dreadful, I feel quite ashamed.

A couple of weekends ago it was New Zealand Father’s Day.  It’s a different date to the UK version.  Josie got the kids all excited and whipped up into a frenzy… a week early.  She tried to tell Emily she’d made a mistake, but it didn’t stop Em bursting in on Sunday morning around 7am, shouting “Happy Father’s Day Daddy!”

A week later on the correct weekend I was truly shown a magnificent day of appreciation.  It started earaly in the morning with a written note.  The note had a big ‘L’ drawn on it and the words “lovely presents from Lucy’.  I got some fantastic choccies and biscuity stuff that Lucy had made at day care and then I got another note with an ‘E’ on it.  “Lovely presents from Emily” followed.

Very excitingly I got a Sushezi Sushi making device.  It’s an amazing thing.  It resembles an artifical insemination device you might find on a farm.  Thankfully the stuff that comes out of it is much more tasty… You boil and season your rice as normal and then load up the tube like device with 1/2 a cup or so.  You can then use part of it to make a channel in your rice and load up some filling.  As the tube is kind of split in half lengthways the final stage is to press the two halves together and then turn the screw thread plunger to compress the sushi to just the right consistency.  Once done, you can just push a perfectly formed sushi ‘sausage’ out onto some seaweed and roll it up.  Hey presto – perfect sushi.

Anyway, back to father’s day.  More notes and getting dressed, we headed out to a cafe for some yummy food.  The girls took the opportunity to make the most of the skatepark thanks to the early morning and slightly overcast weather.  Some kind soul from the previous day had smashed a bottle on the park and that was going to be really bad for any of the kids that would descend later in the day.  Looking around I spied the most likely source of a broom – The Salvation Army!  A very nice porter leant me a truly huge holy broom with which I smited the glass bottle right off the park.

The day progressed and we headed into town to visit our newly opened art gallery.  It is truly fantastic – they have done an amazing job of renovating the old part of the building and adding a lovely new part.  We stayd for ages and grabbed some nice food hall lunch before heading off.

After briefly pausing to watch some boys doing Parkour (and the girls having to have a go of course) we decided to make the final call of the day to the Wynyard Quarter.  This is an area of waterfront in Auckland that has sat undeveloped and somewhat derelict for years.  In time for the Rugby World Cup they have done an amzing job of renovating it and putting in public areas for play, rest, eating and drinking, contemplation and mediation.  Art works and sculptures sit alongside huge benches on wheels that make use of the dock areas old rails.  Really thoughtful.

I have to say it was the most lovely day of feeling loved by my girls. 🙂

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