Saturday, December 06, 2014
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
This is the circuit I followed on Saturday- yes, yet another windy day- using a combo of the PN city walkways.
I am sure you have seen versions of the rest of these photos before on my blog. But it is amazing how the changing seasons and the weather- whether it be sunlight, wind, drizzle, clouds- can give each scene quite a different 'feel'.
On a dull day these trees look so forbidding in winter, but with spring leaves and a wet path, they look almost enchanting.
|Heading up Turitea Road towards the ominous looking clouds|
Some of the animals were quite curious/alarmed to see me pass by.
I was wearing my new pair of Merrell walking shoes. (My last pair was well and truly worn out in 2012, and I was lucky they held together as far as Santiago.) At the 10km mark, as I emerged from Turitea Road onto Green's Road, I sat down for some lunch, and stripped off my new shoes for a breather.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Yesterday (Saturday) I did another variation on the city walkways, starting from the bridge again. I headed up Turitea Walkway as far as Springdale Grove- then across to join the Summerhill Drive trails coming downhill. Knowing the route so well now, I knew how to cut across a field to rejoin the route just below this seat.
My friend Strava kindly told me I had walked 5.3km. (I have fallen in love with Strava.)
Today was another glorious day, and calm, so I decided a bike ride along the Manawatu River track would be in order. Strava told me this was 16km.
And now I am home enjoying some final relaxation before school starts again tomorrow...
Week 1 involved catching up on paperwork, and tidying up the school desk, shelves and cupboards that had become waaayyyy too messy. Then Thursday of that week I was off to Wellington for WOW, which was truly amazing. The staging for each segment of the competition was wonderful- the technical side of it was very impressive. Such creativity and expertise.
Even doing marking etc I wasn't alone at home. This tui kept visiting the kowhai tree and singing its heart out.
On Saturday I was invited to the wedding of a Bhutanese couple who came to NZ from a refugee camp in Nepal, and there were lots of siblings and cousins there from amongst the children at school. Beautiful event.
Two of my nieces came to stay for Week 2, and that gave me an excuse for all sorts of childhood expeditions, like a ride on the train in the Esplanade.
I couldn't interest the girls in staying up late to see the eclipse of the moon- but I watched, until things clouded over once the moon had turned red.
And there was time to have friends around for a fancy afternoon tea in my 'new' kitchen.
And now it is time to turn my thinking back to my class of children at school....
Thursday, October 02, 2014
I've come to Wellington for the Wearable Art Awards and had a few hours to wander the streets this arvo. Weather forecast was pretty bad but the sun was even shining when I arrived. So far the gales and rain have held off but I got some 'grey' photos. Quite a contrast from my recent weekend visit here when the weather was just brilliant.
The hotel is very close to the waterfront and the Arena where WOW will be held, so I headed straight down there, and was greeted by this pair of aliens. (Wellington is always full of surprises.)
...More sculpture I hadn't seen before...
I saw the police launch come in and tie up at the wharf.
It's interesting how in the dull light you notice things you don't see in the sunshine. There were a whole lot of plaques I had never read before.
People were out walking by the harbour even in the grey, some making joyful music.
And this friend stands waiting patiently in all weathers.
Back in town I saw this statue to Katherine Mansfield.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
It was my plan to drive to the top of Mt Victoria, then drive past some of the bays. It was to be an exploring kind of morning. In the event, in the calm, sunny conditions I was seduced by the views from Mt Vic, and spent quite a bit of time up there.
From there I headed back inland to reach Wilton, where we devoured some of that banana cake. And when I left Wellington, it was still calm and sunny. I'll come again, and try and pick another "Wellington on a good day..."