December 17, 2013 … from the city to the North

A seasonal lunch took me into the city yesterday.

"Commercial Buildings" on Webb Street

Faded glory

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.

Newer buildings on Webb Street

No real glory

A little up the road, some more recent apartment buildings add colour and texture to the city, if not architectural beauty.

The Hutt River in the upper valley

Low water level

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.

Upper Hutt City

At the base of a rugged landscape

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.

More tomorrow.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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