Long hot summer here in Auckland City

It has been a beautiful, long, hot summer and even now as we go into March the days are bright and crystal clear with dazzling blue skies. Just beautiful, and perfect weather to enjoy the Pasifika festival that is about to start at Western Springs, when the Pacific communities in Auckland come together to celebrate their culture and heritage. I can hardly wait !  There will be food stalls, lots of music and dancing and if its like previous events, absolutely teeming with people all having great fun,

Here at Braemar on Parliament Street we have had some excitement as well.  Late February we held a House Concert starring Jazz birds Monica Louis and Sarah Bradley in their summer House Concert series. In an intimate setting in our front parlour our audience enjoyed the sounds of French love songs and American jazz standards, and then shared lunch together in our yellow lounge room. All agreed it was an excellent way to spend a Sunday and we hope to repeat the exercise later in the year when mulled wine might be more appropriate than chilled sauvignon!

We also enjoyed the LATE at the Museum , which is held the first Thursday of each month, this session featured Auckland band Emerald City  and the conversation during the panel discussion centred on Kiwi innovation, and of course we enjoyed listening to what inventor and “New Zealander of the Year” Ray Avery had to say on that subject. As the NZ Herald reports “An estimated 30 million people by 2020 will benefit from Mr Avery’s development of intraocular lenses implanted into the eyes of those suffering cataract blindness.”  Truly inspiring stuff.

Anyway, thought you might enjoy a picture of Monica and Sarah singing their hearts out, can’t wait to have them back.

Till next time.

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