Akaroa is a quaint town in the Banks Peninsula on the South Island of New Zealand. It was the first French settlement, 1840, in New Zealand and retains a French flare with all the streets having their original French names. Naturally the British didn’t want the French to claim the land and it is supposedly one of the reasons that the British rushed the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi with the Maoris. It was nice to know that the town had a literary society by 1875.
Most of the houses in the town were kept well with freshly painted exteriors and cottage gardens I would have once given my eye teeth to have.
Not all the houses were painted allowing weathered wood to fungate next to beautifull painted colourful buildings.
Sometimes the paint had seen better days
The town has a population of around 200 but in summer the numbers swell to as many as 7000 people who come for the scenic beauty of the spot whose harbour is sited in the drowned craters of a couple of extinct volcanoes. This has created some wonderful cave systems visible in the harbour which is also home for the rare Hector dolphins.
With all this water it is not only houses that are painted.
I loved the idea of an ideas centre but why did they paint it such a drab colour?
This pink painted house tickled my fancy. They looked out onto a magnificent view of the harbour and I guess they were going to have seating everywhere to take advantage of it.
And for the spiritual needs of the town the church stood out in its pristine white paint job.
And why not have your portrait painted whilst you are there?
No longer in Akaroa but when it comes to painting – did this man feel a wolly painting the perfect scene in Tahiti.
You’ve probably guessed – this week Cee asked us to look at painted surfaces