Lockdown 27

….was burbling on about label makers in the comments section of a recent post when I remembered these… a pre-lockdown find at the local dump-shop….

…bargains at $4 each….

…could use those lovely bulging plastic frames for some form of art skullduggery…..

…then I noticed the over-labelling….

…kiwiana repurposed hand built diorama madness!…

…did they just make two?….

…did they have a little shop at the base of the mountain?….

…here they are out of the frames (carefully) for clarity….

….(and you all KNOW how conflicted I am….shall I peel the labels to see what they housed originally…should I be considering filling them with dioramas of my own?….how many more did the original perpetrator make?…do I have the whole set?….are these valuable examples of pre- mass produced kiwi keepsakes?…..soooo conflicted…did I mention “how many did they make”?)….

…(guess I could hang onto them till after lockdown….if you lean in real close and squint it’s almost like being in the mountains)….

Bees

This summer “just” gone….on a long ramble down the Taieri River we…myself and intrepid, inflatable boat enthusiast, Dee…. discovered bees, hundreds of them, poking about on a sand bar at the waters edge….


… coming and going to a couple of spots…like someone had performed a waggle dance back at the hive and reported that the river was running with honey….

…took us a while to figure it out…obvious really….

….this is where bees go to drink….

….went back a few months later to confirm….

….yep…this IS where bees go to drink….

…and what happens if you get too close?….

…you forget which way up you’re holding you’re camera….

(…oh, and this is a only a mile or two down river from where that tractor driver discovered the moa footprints….(google “moa footprints”)…..)

Eggs

…nobody told me they lay eggs….

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…Eggs!

…(starting to tidy up some partially finished “octopieds” form the last 5 months or so….now that the record shop is finally gone I can start churning out art again….)

…(Moeraki boulders are a naturally occurring formation that can be seen up the coast from where I live in Dunedin….they are not eggs.)

May The Ducks Of Paradise

…honk down your chimney….IMG_1989IMG_1990

…they were actually taking turns at looking down the chimney & honking….

…lucky the business that resides in this building was closed…

…not a pleasant sound at the best of times.

 

20 Years Ago

…I submitted this to a large compilation comic for a Canadian (I think) comics con’…Scan 4Scan 5Scan 6Scan 7

…apart from a kids book, this remains my only piece published overseas….

…er…unless you count nearly four years of world wide web stuff.

Seedy In Action

…monitoring the Feastock ticket queue outside Too Tone….

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….txting Tony to find out how many ticket have sold NOW…..

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…remembering that he’s wearing a MRYODA Productions Hiviz and I can damn well see him….

 

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…(I can see you Steve)…

….hurry whilst stocks last.

Wrack And Ruin

…the North East valley (where I live and my biz premises are) used to be the main road in to Dunedin and had numerous small shops along it…

…even a sweet shop….

 

…when the new motorway was completed in the late 60s (I think) most of those businesses dwindled away as the main road traffic by-passed the valley and went straight to the centre of town…

…this is the remains of one those shops, it’s been used as “storage” since I’ve been walking past it on the way to work (28 yrs) and was getting very dilapidated…

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…it was a much loved poster wall….

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…the “graffiti doctor” (a guy who charges the council to follow the illegal poster stickers around and remove the posters…say, aren’t those my rates dollars?) was crowing that it was one less free advertising place….

…I’ll miss it.

 

…(early posting today…my good friend Dee is giving me a 3 day weekend…and another next week…my first official holidays in 5 years!…and she’ll have the computer at the shop….).

Liberate Your Mattress Today

…feral bed-ware sighted on the way to work…IMG_3395 IMG_3396

 

…it’s nice to set things free….

…but maybe ask yourself how good that gaffa tape is for your mattress’s new found environment before you do.