November 28, 2014 … on the road less travelled*

Lunch happened at Waikanae yesterday.

Electric unit

The English Electric unit wearing the blue and silver colours used from 1938 to 1949, leaves Paekakariki by truck to become a restaurant


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.


Cloud obscures the hills behind Waikanae


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.


St Andrew’s Church hall, Reikorangi. One of its musket ports can be seen between the two large windows


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 top of the Akatarawa Rd, looking West


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


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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