Autumn Holidays 2017: Wellington museums

Early morning on the pier, waiting for the Wellington Museum to open

Extremely detailed model of a huge sailing ship

Generally great displays

Quite impressive museum

Crowds of pedestrians walking around

Wellington city

Guess who’s desperately waiting for lunch

Up the hill with the cable car

Fancy lightshow on the way

Waiting for the planetarium show to start

Learning about the solar system

Huge telescope

Walking back to the hotel through the autumn garden


Autumn Holidays 2017: Motueka to Wellington

The mornings are getting colder and the sun rises significantly later than it used to just a few weeks ago. So we decided to head north, to be more specific, to Mt Taranaki on the North Island. The ferry sail from Picton to Wellington was amazing, with perfect weather conditions – again. :)


Motueka Kai Fest 2017

Celebrating the harvest of the season (Bauernherbst?), with local food produce and Maori mythology. Verena on stilts, Anna somewhere inside the dragon that represents the element of fire.


Sleepout base and framing

A couple of months ago we started hosting wwoofers to help us keeping up with the weeds. Our two girls temporarily had to share a bedroom while wwoofers were here, but that’s not a long term solution really. So we decided to build a little sleepout. These are very common in New Zealand and don’t require a building consent if they’re not larger than 10 m2. The project will probably keep me busy for the next few months. It’s certainly a steep learning curve to get used to all the local building practices and building code requirements.

Preparing the poles with a chisel

Aligning the poles and bearers

Putting concrete in

Base joists assembly on a rainy day

Insulating the floor on a sunny day

Hundreds of screws holding the floor boards down

Looks like an empty canvas to paint on

Left wall framing

Right wall framing with a window

All walls prepared

Two walls up

Four walls up


Violin lesson

Friday afternoon, time for the violin lesson. Great opportunity to test the new camera’s silent mode and play a bit with finding different face expressions at the student. :P

Reading the notes


Watching the strings carefully

Dreaming with the music (or blinking?)

Playing together with the teacher

Teacher solo

Just a random violin


Autumn Fair 2017

Impressions of our first Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Autumn Fair on the new campus site. Many many thanks to Oliver Weber for sharing some insights on his professional photography methods and for teaching me how to tell stories with pictures! Really enjoyed the day! :)

After all I guess I made a huge step forward getting better results, compared to the pictures of previous fairs that I took over the past couple of years. Very happy with these ~100 pictures. :)


Motueka Inlet Walk

A supposed to be 1 hour walk around the Motueka Inlet… if there weren’t the photo opportunities…



Grape Harvest

A welcome, a blessing and some songs before we began the hard work.

The grapes were already waiting for us

and hanging around for the picking.

Some also for tasting.

Surrounded by colourful leaves

magic skylike birdnets

and kids with hunger for pruning

After the harvest, everything was cleaned from stems and leaves

and smashed with bare feet.

… or hands …

until juicy enough

to be bottled.

Boys at work

Fun day for the whole school

Everybody filled a bottle.

Thank you Alexandra for this experience at your organic vineyard!


Late Joy

Pumpkin, Zucchini, Carrots; beans and sunflowers in the background

from the other side, with roses, herbs and house

Stripey is a mum again o.O All eyes were on Rainbow, the broody Faverolle, when, just a day before they hatched, Stripey took over and got 6 at one stroke

three are black, two brown and one is… patched

born on March 12th, 5 days old and already outside, turning around the garden


Chasing fish

When your kids won’t stop telling  you they want to go to the beach

and finally they get what they want

not the best visibility, but the water is warm-ish

Mum and Dad exchange jokes while waiting

and it seems it will take longer

because the fishes are too fast

no matter how quick you are

they’re always a hand’s breath further in the breaking waves than you!