Wellington’s Central Business District has evolved.
When I first came here to learn computer programming way back in 1966, the trams had not long gone. There were many more old-style pubs, and a lot of the large movie theatres. A particular memory was the Midland Hotel, now commemorated only in the name of the park where it once stood. I stayed there for seven weeks, enjoying the privilege as a house guest, of being allowed to drink in the upstairs bar after the closure of the main bars at six pm. It was not until September 1967 that a referendum overthrew the tyranny of six o’clock closing. But I digress. I found myself looking across Midland Park, and saw the symmetry of the adjacent buildings reflected in the black marble columns of another building across Waring Taylor St.
On my way to a pleasant lunch with a friend in a pub which didn’t exist back in those early days, I spotted this view of the old Defense Headquarters building on Stout Street. Older locals may recall it as the setting for the TV comedy series “Gliding On” . It caught my eye because many of Wellington’s more exposed street corners are blessed with glass shelters which would theoretically keep pedestrians dry as they wait for the lights at pedestrian crossings. Of course they are useful only in the rare event of rain that falls vertically. If it’s raining and you are on foot, you will get wet. Get used to it.
As I often do I took the scenic route home. I have just learned that Canon expect a ten-day delay in the repair of my long lens due to the lack of crucial parts, so it was unlikely I would get close to any birds. Nevertheless I was happy to see these masked lapwings on parade at the shoreline.
A diversion up a side road in the Haywards valley provided me with this pleasant pastoral landscape.
That’s enough for today.