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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Archivist


I have a new part-time job.  I'm going up to Auckland every now and then to organise and document a private collection of rare art and artifacts - mostly from India, Tibet, Mongolia and Afghanistan.
As you can imagine, it's fascinating work, not least because the collector has so many stories to tell of his lifetime of travel and work in these countries.

My room is on the top floor and has a balcony overlooking an inner arm of the harbour.
As the sun went down :


View from my balcony


And as if this wasn't lovely enough, I sat on my bed and watched as the full moon rose directly in front of me.



And in the morning:




13 comments:

  1. What an exciting job Katherine ~ you got to love people who have the means to travel and collect such artefacts. Are you allowed to tell us anything about individual pieces or are you bound by a confidentiality clause? Oh, the view is nice too :). I remember Auckland harbour ~ lots of boats.

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  2. Yes Carol, lots of boats. I think Auckland is sometimes referred to as "The City of Sails".
    When were you over?

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  3. Congratulations on the job. You have reminded me that I really must return to Auckland and Wellington and their museums and art galleries for a really good look around. So many things to do and so little time......

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    1. Thank you GB. Yes, one of my favourite places is the Wallace Collection in Hillsborough.

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  4. No doubt about it; NZ is a beautiful country. That sounds like a really fun job too.

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    1. There are nice bits Cro. Some are appalling ugly too. NZers drop a lot of litter and many don't take good care of their own backyards ...

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  5. What a fantastic job. Congratulations.

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  6. Ideal - enjoy all the benefits of Auckland but you don't have to live there.
    Have a wonderful Xmas x

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    1. Fi - yep, except that I seem to spend a lot of time trying to get close to the motorway, and then, once on, creeping along it. I remind myself that I'm not stuck IN traffic, I AM traffic.

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  7. Don't you just love a job with a beginning that takes you to wonderfully new places (physically and intellectually), but also an end so you can go home again and start something new? Compared to the mind-numbing drudgery of the same thing day after day. I love it. Have an adventure!

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    1. Yes Jan. I have so many ideas for my next exhibition(s) already! I need another 300 lifetimes.

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  8. How wonderful to have such a stimulating job. And a view!

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