Old friends in town from far-away places are a sufficient excuse for a trip to the city.
My friend Yogesh lives and works in Basel, but occasionally comes home. When we worked in the dairy industry, all those years ago, Yogesh and I travelled together to places like Bahrain, Dubai, Dammam, Jeddah, Santa Rosa Ca, and Singapore and enjoyed working on some interesting projects, as well as sharing good food and wine when off duty. It’s great to catch up with him and other friends from that era. As always, I arrived ahead of schedule, so spent a little time wandering around Thorndon, looking for images with my standard lens.
Across the road from the National Library is the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul. From the outside, it gives the impression of having been designed on a very strict budget and has very few redeeming features (no pun intended). Nevertheless, the people involved with the cathedral go out of their way to make it a welcoming place, so I went inside to explore.
A bunch of young children were being shown around the choir and looking at the sanctuary. Behind the altar, the dossal, or wall hanging is very impressive and was created for this church by Beverley Shore Bennett in 1990.
Despite my misgivings about its external form, there is a tranquility and ethereal light inside, especially in the sanctuary area.
But time was fleeting, and I went and enjoyed some drinks and a catch up with Yogesh and other friends. On the way back to my car afterwards (having been careful to stay within appropriate bounds of consumption), I looked up Murphy Street, and there, hidden among the taller modern buildings, is the spire of the Old St Paul’s Cathedral, deconsecrated, and now merely a historic place. Designed by Frederick Thatcher and built in the Gothic style, entirely of native timbers, it is a stunning piece of architecture, well worth a visit. But not last night.
As I reached Petone on the way home, I paused to construct this panorama of the rosy sunset,
My big lens is fixed, and should be back with me next week. Yay.