A seasonal lunch took me into the city yesterday.
As usual I was ahead of time so I cruised up around Webb Street which I think is classified as Te Aro. The area has a lot of old buildings, and this one has been nicely painted at some stage, but is now crumbling into decay. Peeling paint and visible rubbish inside suggests that the building is no longer earning its keep. I love the little exercise in trompe l’oeil at the bottom of the right hand door post on the corner … look closely at the pigeon.
A little up the road, some more recent apartment buildings add colour and texture to the city, if not architectural beauty.
After an excellent lunch, I took the long way home. going up SH1 to Grays Road, along the inlet to Moonshine Valley, and then down the impossibly narrow winding Moonshine Hill Road to the new and extensive suburb of Riverstone Terraces which looks down on Trentham and Upper Hutt. The water levels in the river look quite low. The bridge in the distance crosses the river to Totara Park. The road on the right is SH2 and you can see it climbing up beyond the bridge on its way to Kaitoke and thence over the Rimutaka Hill road to the Wairarapa.
From the same vantage point, looking more to the East, the Upper Hutt city centre is blessed with the garish block colour schemes of a number large retail chains and of course, the golden arches are visible. Leading up from the left is the road that crosses the Maymorn Ridge into Whiteman’s Valley. The bush clad flanks of Mt Climie are at the rear.