Walking south on Colombo Street I spied this pretty mural with nasturtiums. The name on it is Filigree, which is a jewellery maufacturer at 447 Colombo Street.
“The sign to advertise their shop
was bound to make this writer stop.”
This mural on the corner of Armagh and Barbadoes Streets might be a plea to halt the decline of honey-bees.
It seems that in Aotearoa, the bees are doing well. Maybe the exhortations to plant bee-friendly flowers have worked?
“It seems there’s honey in the hive
and locally the bees do thrive.”
Cat faces adorn a fence along Stanmore Road.
These are sure to please those of us who like cats.
“These cats that sit upon the fence
might loosen up folk who are tense.”
The Book Discussion Scheme is the source of books and reading notes for our book group. The scheme (BDS) is a not-for-profit organisation that started 43 years ago under the auspices of the Canterbury Workers’ Education Association. They provide monthly books to more than 1,200 groups throughout New Zealand, and it’s all run from their busy premises in Colombo Street. Group members pay $60 per year, which entitles them to ten books. Members all read the same book at the same time, then meet to discuss it, answer questions, and develop friendships. The BDS offices have appropriate murals by Wongi Wilson at their front door.
I’m aware there are some groups where people read different books, then share their ideas, and others where everyone buys the featured book each month. Do you belong to a book club?
“Our members all have undertook
to try to read the monthly book.”
The Awly building on the corner of Armagh and Durham Streets is an interesting addition to our new inner city. It’s a shame that access is difficult at present due to the tremendous disruption in Durham Street. The building has a Five Green Star rating, the first in Christchurch to achieve this, post-earthquakes.
The most attractive aspect of the building is its inner courtyard
with a mural by Wayner Youle, sponsored by Meridian, whose new offices are in the building.
You can learn more about the mural here. A convenience store has opened on the ground floor of the Awly building on the Armagh Street side.
The store will be an asset to this corner of the CBD, once the Durham Street mess is sorted out. I understand a bakery is to come as well.
“Access right now is rather poorly
with road works all around the Awly.”
Dunedin has artworks covering many city walls. The first I saw was a tuatara nibbling at its tail, which reminded me of an ouroboros.
I enjoyed all of them, and am sorry not to be able to acknowledge the artists.
“The city walls festooned with art
bring joy to any walker’s heart.”