I really do love my parasols – certainly there are plenty of pictures on this blog where I show them off. Just about every shop in Auckland that does, or might, carry them knows that I love parasols too – especially vintage ones – and keeps an eye out for me!
Passionata, which you can find on the North Shore of Auckland, has tempted me with a few pretties in the past (my lovely purple umbrella was purchased from them). The parasol in the photos above, though, was given to me by the owner as a gift, which blew my mind – it is very old and extremely fragile and extraordinarily beautiful. And some idiot wandering around the store had poked a hole through the wax-paper, so it was unsaleable.
(I really need to learn how to repair damage like that.)
When standing on Hylas’ balcony you have a 180° view of Auckland, from the central city on the left all the way around to the Waitakere Ranges. And the lush greenery in the reserve below adds an extra prettiness – so where better to have posed for pictures?
My current count is eighteen parasols and three umbrellas. I am well-protected from sun and rain!