November 6, 2014 … messing about in boats*

This and the next few days are likely to be more terse than usual.

Wet tables

Summer lunch on the waterfront rained ou

Already, I am late in posting this edition. A scheduled lunch with a friend took me into the city on Wednesday. Some restaurants that are normally busy at this time were not faring well as their outdoor spaces were uninhabitable.

Kayaks

Messing about in boats. One of the youngsters had just climbed back in after a spill

Despite the rain, there were people following the advice of the Water Rat to Mole “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”*

Hikitia

Hikitia … a steam-powered floating crane which has served Wellington since 1926

There were bigger boats nearby, but few with a history as colourful as that of the preserved floating crane, Hikitia. Incredibly, when it sailed from Scotland to Wellington under its own steam in 1926, it did so for the entire voyage, with its jib erect as seen here.

Architecture

Taranaki St, old office building and purpose-built apartment block.

But I was here for lunch. There can be few Western cities that don’t have at least one Irish Pub. The one we chose had gone downhill considerably since our last visit several years ago. By way of consolation, I grabbed a shot of some of the contrasting architecture nearby. These buildings are in Lower Taranaki Street.

That’s all this time.

* Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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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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