Unfortunately Ruby has gone gone missing and we’re assuming short of a miracle, (hopefully someone finding her), that she hid sometime overnight Thursday to early Friday morning before I got up to go to work. I had woken early enough that I was able to spend an hour trying to find as I needed to give her an insulin injection first thing in the morning but hadn’t been too worried until I got home and she was still gone 🙁

She had gone down hill quite a bit in the last year and the last time she had been to see the vet he had said that he was surprised that she had held on as long as she had. I am still feeling guilty about it all of course.

The horrible weather this past week

Today is actually good, which I’m very very happy about as it’s been freezing cold and wet/windy here. Though no where near as bad as the weather has been in other parts of New Zealand (including Wellington!). It was so cold here that I was wondering how I ever managed to survive before I got a electric blanket, as it’s been freezing cold at night time.

I ended up taking a couple of photos on Wednesday of this large lump of ice that had formed on the path –

I know that’s unimpressive when compared to what happened in other parts of the country but it was really odd for Auckland. There was a lot more on the lawn but I didn’t want to walk over cold wet lawn to get a good look at them.

America’s Cup Parade

I ended up going to the parade for Team New Zealand in the central city today. I ended up being across the road from Aotea Square right next to where it started just before 12.30pm. I think I was one of the lucky ones as it had finished in that part just over ten minutes later, before it started raining and I did notice it raining quite heavily after 1pm.

I do think I would have liked to have seen them on the boat sailing along the water front, which was the second part of the parade – the part I saw the team were standing in the back of Utes(?) in between various matching bands and  a cheer leading squad, with the America’s Cup on the last vehicle.

I am surprised that I was able to get such a good position almost directly behind the fence as I only arrived about ten to fifteen minutes before the parade started and I was expecting there to be a lot more people there. Mainly due to the photos from the 1995 parade where there looked to be people completely lining the footpath right back to the shops, while today it was really only three to four people deep at most in the area I was in.

After watching the news coverage of the parade it does look like there were more people further down Queen Street at least and it did look like there were more people on the other side of the road. Meaning that there was just a good chance I was lucky and happened to work close to the unpopular end.

I did take some photos which I’ll post here as well, not that they’ll be all that interesting and nothing that won’t be seen in a lot of other places, and it’s safe to say that places like the TV news and the newspapers will have significantly better photos than mine as I was most behind two other people and was taking them between their heads as much as possible.


Last week I got a ridiculous number of photos I took as a kid and teenager from my parents. A lot of them are of various pets they/we had over the years, which is actually nice to have copies of. I have been very slowly scanning them and uploading them here so I could a few copies of them floating around just in case.

Orlando, who we had when I was a child and pre-teen.
My parents first dog Sam, who they got when I was a baby.
My parents second dog Jake, who they got when I was a teenager.

Cat photos! :)

I have been saving photos of my various cats over the years on the site – I do have a separate folder away from the WordPress blog where I’ve uploading the photos as well as posting them on my blog.

Current cat: Ruby, who technically belongs to my brother but has mostly moved in with me. She’s a Burmese, who can be more than a bit grumpy and stand offish, plus has a tendency to bite or scratch when she’s had enough of a person or something. Plus she has increasingly bad arthritis in her shoulders which isn’t helping things 🙁

My previous cat: Medea, who I got from the SPCA with my then flatmate when I was living on Wellington. Unfortunately she started going down hill health wise in 2014 and by Easter 2015 was mostly refusing to eat among other health issues she was in and out of the vet for, so… 🙁

My parents’ previous cats: Harry (the ginger cat) and Pitch (the black cat), who they got when I was a teenager and still living at home so I’ve always considered them semi-mine too. (I’ve been saving their photos to this site as I had a lot of physical photos I’ve been scanning and then up-loading).

“The Cubic Structural Evolution project, 2004”

This is a repost of the photos I took at the Auckland Art Gallery in 2014 of a project which allowed the art gallery visitors to build a cityscape and change what had already been built. It was made up of white legos only and was originally created by Olafur Eliasson.

It was interesting because it was one of the few art exhibits that people could both freely touch and change, it was certainly popular and there always seemed to be people working on parts of it.

It had been set up in the mostly empty space next to the children’s section, that seems to be used for things like this, the children’s holiday art programs, and talks. (They also put Billy Apple’s cars up here when they had a display of his art works in early 2015 just after this display finished in the middle of March 2015).

They had set it up with a lot of the original buildings or structures already made and a lot of spare white lego spread out on the tables for people to make new buildings/structures or to add to the existing ones.

(I’m not planning on re-writing and reposting all of my old entries, I just wanted to redo this one as I’ve linked to this post from my “The Auckland Art Gallery’s children’s floor” somewhere else and want to have an actual page to link to).

New Version!

This is just a quick first post as I’m changing Great and Terrible to be a straight up personal blog 🙂 All my other posts are gone now, but I have saved my photos at least 🙂