California Design at Auckland Art Gallery

Couple’s Retreat


Cappucino half full at Buckland’s Cafe.

I had a glass half full moment this afternoon. It’s not what you might think, in fact it was frikkin hilarious!

I think.

My Englishman and I have shared a great winter weekend in Auckland sans enfants.

It. has. been. fabulous!

We woke late yesterday morning to beautiful warm winter weather (18 degrees C!) and decided to head into Auckland city to have a look at the Auckland Art Gallery’s latest installation on California Design.

Of course we got as far as parking the car and getting out of it before My Englishman answered his instinctive call to do this:

That’s the great thing about showing a loved one around your home city, you rediscover places that are – even when compared against the magnificence of London – pretty cool. The Pacific rocks. Bang smack in the middle of stately Albert Park are these palms. Queen Vic looks on somewhat amused.


Albert Park in #Auckland looking very Pasifica.

The exhibition was great. We got to see an original Oscar and meet the very first incarnation of Barbie and Ken.

California Design at Auckland Art Gallery

California Design at Auckland Art Gallery

And we admired the design savvy of the egalitarian Californians. Personally, I could dig this funky icemaker for Martini Time.

Icemaker at California Design at Auckland Art Gallery

And I would rock Venice Beach wearing this ensemble! Oh yeah! A clever use of parachute material don’t you think?

Swimsuit made out of parachutes. Just pull the ripchord. ;-p

Swimsuit made out of parachutes. Just pull the ripchord. ;-p

But most of all, it was interesting seeing the genesis of the architectural influence that brushed off on my Mum and Dad when they built our family home – which I saw for sale just the other day. They built it in 1968 when Mum was heavily pregnant with me. 1968 was a great vintage, especially in Merc’s.


A classy vintage. Just like me.

Now I understand where ‘indoor/outdoor flow’ comes from. And why jeans are the ultimate leveler. They were an emblem of the new democratic life in an age where houses were sold on the merits of being able to be looked after ‘without servants’ and where Walt Disney advised everyone that the Atom is our friend!

Later we wandered down Vulcan Lane and High Street stopping to quench our thirst and hunger at Hotel DeBrett’s Cornerbar, and we finished off the day with candles and wine snuggling on the couch. It was a wonderful colourful day…


L-R:colourful flower chandelier at Auckland Art Gallery; Colourful Cornerbar; Colourful evening..say no more..

Today we walked the old dog along Buckland’s Beach and then stopped for a coffee at Buckland’s Cafe.

It was there I had my glass half full moment.

Maui, the cafe guy was chatting with me as my Englishman went off to get the cappucinos. I’ve been there a  fair bit as Miss Fliss replenishes her paper stack for the paper run from there, whilst I sit and enjoy a coffee.

Maui knows me. But apparently not so well…

“So,” he said. Making light small talk.

“Is that your son?”

I blushed knowing that my answer was going to define me as one of two things. Either:

a) A very lucky woman


b) A creepy cradle snatcher.

Glass half full.

“Er no. That’s my husband’.

Yeah, I’m that woman. Lucky or creepy?


NB/ He’s not that young. He’s almost 39! They just don’t have (aging) sunshine in England.


'Couple’s Retreat' has 7 comments

  1. July 7, 2013 @ 8:23 am Steve

    Nothing wrong with being thought of as a cougar. Grrrrrrowl!


  2. July 7, 2013 @ 11:52 am MidlifeSinglemum

    As long as you can both wear jeans and clean the house without servants you make a wonderful couple. As for the aging sun – if I start covering up now will I make a difference?


    • July 7, 2013 @ 11:39 pm vegemitevix

      Wasn’t that brilliant! It was really interesting seeing how the modern way of life came about. Sadly no, the sun damage was done years ago m’dear.


  3. July 7, 2013 @ 12:20 pm Sarah

    So pleased you had a gorgeous weekend. Cheeky Maui! I never thought the pair of you looked vastly different in age! You would to have had a baby at a very young age for him to be your son! Nevertheless, what a giggle! xx


    • July 7, 2013 @ 11:38 pm vegemitevix

      I don’t think we look that different in age especially now as my Englishman has grey temples.


  4. July 14, 2013 @ 6:26 pm Bright Side of Life

    Oh no, Vix. What a silly man. It reminds me of the time I was asked when my baby was due…. the said baby was in the car next to where I was standing!! Grrrr


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