Easter has been quiet for the most, but a group of us are going to the opening night of Antony and Cleopatra at The Pop Up Globe tonight! πŸ™‚ I had wanted to go and see Titus as well but we missed that one – I probably should have just gone alone.

I’m currently in the middle of this year’s Auckland Art Festival 2016 and I’ve been going to at least six different shows each week, with some variations depending on what shows they have ad what else I have to do. We did end up going to see the three “James Plays” by Rona Munro, which I really enjoyed and I ended up being pleased we decided to go see all three of them as I had been worried it might be a bit overwhelming to see all of them in less than a week.

James Plays

James Plays

There have been a lot of other shows too of course, in particular a lot of music and dance shows. I haven’t been to too many of the dance shows as I’m usually not that interested in them and only go if someone else is really keen to go to a certain show… I have pleasantly surprised by some of the shows other people have wanted to go to, which does show how high the quality the performances chosen are! πŸ™‚

In a way I do think I’m going pleased once it’s finished on the 2oth of March, so I can a mini break and spend a week “off” expect for the standard eating out with friends or family of course. I currently don’t have much planned for the two or so weeks after the festival has ended apart from the usual family meals, a couple of meals with friends, and one party being held by another friend so by the end of that I’m going to be wishing that I had more on!

I ended up being dragged out to the Auckland Boat Show in the Wynyard Quarter this afternoon! It only cost $30 for a 4 pass but I don’t think I’ll be going back again – unless I’m dragged again of course πŸ™‚ – but it’s cheap due to the fact that it’s really just various companies trying to see people stuff.

I took four photos of the boat show from the walkway look out place – most of it wasn’t intertesting enough to warrant taking any photos so I didn’t bother.

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

Auckland Boat Show

All you can really see are the rows of “Show Boats” I guess you’d call them that various companies are trying to sell to people… A lot of the stuff seems to be geared towards keen fishermen, who want to get their own boat.

Gerry and I have started looking for this year’s eggs in the 2015 Big Egg Hunt and have done rather well over a couple of Gerry’s lunch breaks in the city and a separate trip to the Auckland Museum. (To go see the Wearable Arts exhibit). Gerry’s Big Egg Hunt page has the photos she took.

I don’t think the eggs we’ve seen so far have been as good overall as the ones from last year – so far at least. One of my favorites though, was the egg covered in poppies in the top floor of the Museum which has the areas to do with the various war exhibits. This is it –

Big Egg Hunt - Poppy Egg

Big Egg Hunt – Poppy Egg

We’ve still got quite a few left to find in Auckland, which will provide a minor distraction πŸ™‚ This is only the second year they’ve done this, it’s only of minor interest admittedly.

We did make it last Monday fortunately for us and the weather was good enough that we were able to see all of the lights without it raining – I was worried once when I did feel some rain but it didn’t start raining fully. We had dinner at the Thai Classic, unfortunately it has new owners and ha gone downhill since we last eat there πŸ™ Gerry did say that her parents had the same problem when they went there recently too, so it wasn’t just the restaurant having a bad night πŸ™ The portions were smaller and the food wasn’t up to the wonderful standards set by the the previous owners πŸ™

I told Gerry I’d post a link to her Franklin Road Lights page, which has all of the photos she took that night πŸ™‚ I agree with her, I really liked the small Christmas village someone set up inside their house (you could look in at it through the windows).

We are currently planning on doing the whole dinner in Ponsonby and the going to see the Christmas lights on Franklin Road afterwards tomorrow night… Unfortunately the weather is bad yesterday evening and most of today so far, so I’m a bit worried about the weather tomorrow. If it’s raining there won’t be much point trying to go see the lights, especially if we were going to walk rather drive passed them… But it might give us the excuse to go and see them twice – driving passes tomorrow night and then walk passed them again later on in the week when it isn’t raining! πŸ™‚

Jake and I are going out to see the Art in the Dark show in Ponsonby tonight, as it’s the last night. (I went to see the Sculpture on the Shore show last weekend but forgot to mention it here : ) ). Jake has a new restaurant he wants to check out so we’ll be going to that before hand – I think it’s French. But we’re not planning on getting to the show itself until after 9pm, so we’ll have 2-3 hours to see it before it finishes at midnight. I’m not going to bother taking any photos of the food for my food dairy, though.

As I feel as if I’m all over the place at the moment, I thought I would try planning the coming month more than I had been. If any of my rl friends reading this see anything I’m planning on going to tell me somehow and we could arrange to go together! πŸ™‚

Want to go see November or December:

Franklin Road lights

Checking the Christmas Decorations in the city – and if anyone knows of any other Christmas related decorations/shows/events tell me! πŸ™‚ (The central city Santa Parade is on the 30th of November)

Want to go see November:

The Devonport Arts Festival

The Sculpture on the Shore in Devonport (Gerry?)

The Short Film Festival

The Taste of Auckland Festival – I wouldΒ definitely like some people to go with to this one so I will properly arrange something for it

Art in the Dark (Gerry again?)

This is on top of the usual going out, eating out and stuff like that of course πŸ™‚ Have I missed anything? Or any suggestions?

Gerry has sent me the page from her website with her photos from the Auckland Art Week – we went to the K Road section together. Over lunch she told me about the sculpture on the shore show, which I would have forgotten about otherwise! It’ll be something interesting to do next month.

At the moment I’m in the process of catching up on the second season of Hannibal. It’s currently showing on New Zealand TV, so I can watch it ondemand. I’d completely forgotten about watching it the last couple of weeks so am able to watch 3 episodes in a row today πŸ™‚Β  I like Eddie Izzard and was surprised about how good I think his performance was in Hannibal – a serial killer isn’t something I could normally see him as…


On a side note I haven’t taken any photos of anything I’ve eaten over the last few days despite eating out on Wednesday for my Mother’s birthday lunch, which I talked about previously here, having lunch out on Thursday with Gerry (which I am kicking myself for as she knows I’m keeping a food dairy here, meaning it would be a lot less odd taking a photo of my lunch with her), and having dinner out at a newish restaurant with my family for the combined birthday dinners yesterday evening.

Unfortunately, the weather today is awful πŸ™ It’s cold , it was drizzling this morning and is outright raining by now at 3pm πŸ™ Which means that it’s awful weather to be walking around various art galleries/art works and going on walks for this year’s Art Week πŸ™ Fortunately on Thursday Gerry and I did manage to get to a number of the outside stuff, particularly the stuff on K Road and we tried finding some of the stuff that was supposed to be on in places like Aoetea Square for this year’s Art Week. I do regret not going down to see the stuff in the Wynyard Quarter given that the bad weather is now making it impossible to go see it, but Gerry was a tight schedule as she had to go to work of course πŸ™

One good things is that my mother has decided she wants to go and see the Lights show at the art gallery at some point in time, so depending on how things work I can go with her and/or Gerry depending on when everyone can or wants to go! πŸ™‚ Also, the art gallery shows are going to be on until the start of February, despite being an official part of art week,Β  so there’s no great rush to go and see it yet.

On a side note this page has some of the photos Gerry took that day- Auckland Art Week 2014.