With the car in the shop for new brakes and other issues, I was of necessity a pedestrian.
Walking from the Northern end of the CBD towards home, I spotted these guys in Riddiford Gardens. The Lower Hutt City Council’s administration building is just to the left of this image, and is being extensively reconstructed to make it safer in the event of an earthquake. I guess these folks are mostly managers of the company doing the work. The business shorts tend to give them away. Ear defenders on two of the helmets suggest that these two actually work on site routinely.
Halfway up the hill to home, a gorse bush demanded attention. It is wise not to ignore anything as well armed as this. Whether it is a seasonal die-back or the result of a weed killer, this plant appears to be on its last legs. Either way, a close encounter would still be an unpleasant experience. Gorse was introduced to New Zealand as a suitable hedge plant to contain stock, and in much of the country it still performs that function. However, the original importers did not foresee the damage it would do as it thrived exceedingly well in the wild.
On an altogether more gentle note, it seems to be the season for Buddleia plants to bloom, and that brings lots of Monarch butterflies and small birds to the vicinity. I was surprised to learn that the otherwise attractive Buddleia is classified as a pest plant.
On with the day.