Lunch happened at Waikanae yesterday.
On the way there, I drove past the Paekakariki premises of Steam Inc, where I saw the highly unusual sight of one of the old electric rail units being loaded onto a house moving trailer. Most Wellingtonians referred to these as the “Red Rattlers” since, for most of their operational lives, they were painted red. This one was painted blue with a silver stripe. Inquiry reveals that this was the original colour scheme way back in July 1938. It seems this pair are destined to become a restaurant in Paraparaumu.
After lunch, I decided to go home via the Akatarawa road. This road may best be described as “hairy” with some steep grades, and very narrow winding sections. However, some low cloud shrouding the hills as I left Waikanae promised some interesting landscape possibilities.
Not very far up the road, in Reikorangi, a St Andrews Cross fluttering bravely on a tiny church looked interesting. I jumped to the conclusion that this was a Presbyterian Church, but I was wrong. St Andrews in this case is Anglican, and the flag was in honour of St Andrews Day which occurs on November 30. The church hall was moved on site from Parewanui, in the Rangitikei district. A very distinctive feature of this former church was the musket ports on either side, apparently intended to defend the occupants in case of attack during an intertribal war in the district. They were never used.
At the summit of the climb out of Waikanae, there was a very obscured view back towards the coast and if you look carefully near the top of this image you can just see the coastline.
That will do for the day.
* M. Scott Peck The Road Less Travelled