Painted Things in Akaroa: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

© irene waters 2020

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.

© irene waters 2020
© irene waters 2020

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.

© irene waters 2020

Not all the houses were painted allowing weathered wood to fungate next to beautifull painted colourful buildings.

© irene waters 2020

Sometimes the paint had seen better days

© irene waters 2020

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.

© irene waters 2020

With all this water it is not only houses that are painted.

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I loved the idea of an ideas centre but why did they paint it such a drab colour?

© irene waters 2020

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.

© irene waters 2020

And for the spiritual needs of the town the church stood out in its pristine white paint job.

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And why not have your portrait painted whilst you are there?

© irene waters 2020

The Artist.

© irene waters 2020

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

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Painted Things in Akaroa: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I love the artists statue. What great photos for this week. Thanks Irene 😀

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  2. Gorgeous pictures, Irene.

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  3. Love all of these but especially the one of you on the rusted red dragon, or whatever it is. You are so beautiful!

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  4. Teresa says:

    Gorgeous photos. Loving the photos of yourself the best, it looks as though you really had a great time.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Great visit to a quaint town! Nice to see your smiling face!

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