Locusts, frogs, plague and pestilence!
I seem to been stricken with the latter, anyway, so I am running almost a whole day late with this post. These images were made on Thursday when I was still in good health. Since them some form of bug which I hope is transitory has laid me low. I enjoyed lunch with a good friend and former colleague on Thursday, and that brought me to the university precinct of the Pipitea Campus. Behind the law school, like a giant fully operational death star, is the Asteron building, home to the Inland Revenue department.
On the other side of the law school is Bowen House which houses parliamentarians and members of their staff if they are not high enough in the pecking order to warrant a place in the Beehive. More attractive by far, is that magnificent flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) in the foreground. I have often heard misguided passers-by presume it to be a late flowering pohutukawa. When I still worked there, it was a joy to look down from my fifth floor office and see that glorious tree. The nearer tree is also in blossom, but it never managers the riotous colour of its neighbour.
In Oriental Bay, there was a clear view of a new visitor to our port, “L’Austral“. She is a French-flagged mini-cruise liner, or as her owners prefer to describe her, a mega-yacht. Unlike the giants that come here, she carries a mere 225 to 260 passengers. Reading about the butler service etc, I would still be out of my comfort zone. But she is a fine looking vessel.
Then I spotted what seemed like a small armada of invaders. They weren’t too good at the stealth thing, given te bright colours of their vessels. I suspect it was a school group on some sort of team building exercise.
So that’s Thursday done.