Monday, January 07, 2008

New Plymouth

OK for all you loyal readers - all two of you - who may well be getting tired of incessant photos from the Gorge and rural Manawatu - despite the fact that local walking really is my life currently!!- I bring you a diversion to New Plymouth. I stayed a couple of nights with my sister. Decided to visit the fossils exhibition at Puke Ariki, the local museum, and to walk there via the beachfront walkway.

After some discussion, we decided the best way for me to get onto the walkway from their place was to divert a short distance down to Nobs Line. I used to flat on Nobs Line, way back, way way back, before dinosaurs were even invented, in my first year of teaching. In fact I used to live on the above featured property, just up from the sea. And my bedroom was right at the front facing out over the ocean. I used to watch the sea in all weathers, and could just go out walking on the sand, literally any time of the day or night. (However, it is true I did not live in this somewhat ugly 'mansion': the simple, rather grotty, house we lived in was removed to construct this!)

As it turned out, it seemed 'meant' that I should go via Nobs Line, straight down onto East End beach. I ended up stumbling upon this newly erected seat, in memory of the mother of an old school friend. I sat there quite peacefully, remembering her.

Just a few people wandered along the sand from Fitzroy.
And just a few walked on the beach towards Paritutu- part of the lip of an old volcano.

And for maalie... when he gets back from his traipsing in Italy.... here is a pohutukawa, beside the sea as it should be.
They have done amazing things to develop the foreshore in New Plymouth, and the walkway was full of people walking. This section was a bit weird though..... the walls behind are so tall that you feel insulated from the land. It would be interesting to walk here when the sea is rougher.
There are a group of sculptors at work at present, using andesite to make their sculptures. Hard stuff this, and power tools much in evidence. Fascinating to stand by and watch their public progress.

I can't leave New Plymouth without showing you Len Lye's windwand. It is controversial and a talking point. Beside the sea, there is no doubt it is dramatic. It was quite calm as I walked this morning: it would be interesting to see what movement happened on a day with more wind.

My next pictures might also be from 'far away'. I am going camping in the South Island with some friends. See you when I get back!


  1. Happy New Year Kiwi!

    New Plymouth looks delightful. I love that wind wand thing.
    We also have contraversion sculptures dotted about Britain. Most of them I like. We have some 'Joe Gormleys' - big metal people standing in the sand just near Liverpool. When the tide comes in they get covered. A bit of a danger to shipping I would think. If you google Joe Gormley would might see them.

    Nice to be back home after the travelling around since Christmas.

    Love Lorenzo.

  2. Sorry, meant Anthony Gormley.
    Joe Gormley was president of the miners union some time ago. And I also meant contraversal!

  3. That's one experience I've never had - living by the sea! Just two loyal readers. Come now... ;-)

  4. The wind wand and the sea are two definite pluses in New Plymouth - especially the sea!
    At least there are two loyal readers here john ...not like the hidden 'fringes' that hardly anyone knows about ;-)

  5. Actually, it is interesting since I put site meter on, looking to see what draws people here. The most common google search by far that lands people here is for a turning-50 joke that I posted when I turned 50! The next most common drawcard would be the Harry Potter test thingie I did ;-)