March 2, 2014 … following my nose

Newtown is not a place I visit often.

Asian Market, Newtown

I can’t read most of the labels here, but the smell is wonderful

You could say it is the business and retail centre of Southern Wellington. It is thirty to forty minutes by road from home, and almost always requires a tedious negotiation of the traffic near the hospital, or in Adelaide Road or Riddiford Street.  It is however a place of retail treasures and cultural diversity. Mary wanted a very specific kind of tea (Yunnan chi tse beeng cha) and we figured the most likely place to obtain it was the Asian Market in Newtown. Alas the journey was unsuccessful, but as always, I love the smells of Asian markets. I can’t reproduce them here, but perhaps the colours may substitute.

Fishing expedition.

It is a closed area, and fish may be taken on hand held lines only.

In the afternoon I followed my nose in a different way and that led me to Pukerua Bay as the sun was getting low in the sky. Families were picnicking on the gravelly beach, and a father and son were heading out in their kayaks for some fishing.

Kapiti

I like those two little clouds

The water was remarkably still given that the harbour at Pauatahanui was very ruffled as I passed through. Kapiti Island sits out there on the horizon.

Pukerua Bay

Tranquility

 

Around to the West, I would normally expect a glimpse of the Sounds at the tip of the South Island from here. I guess that there was a lot of haze further out.  Not bad for the first day of Autumn.

Today is beautiful too.

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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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