September 10, 2015 … Southern suburbia

I can’t remember why I went there.

Lyall Bay

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home* … I think that’s Lyall Bay School in the foreground

I was probably just following my nose, as I often do when looking for images, but whatever the reason, I found myself on Duncan Terrace which is on the Western side of Kilbirnie, just below the town belt. This narrow winding street offers some interesting views down onto central Kilbirnie and Rongotai as well as South across Lyall Bay. I suspect that Kilbirnie is undergoing a slow process of “gentrification”, but historically, it has been an unashamedly working class suburb, home to everyday people. The houses are mostly modest, well-kept and close together.  I confess that the boundaries between the suburbs of Rongotai, Lyall Bay and Kilbirnie are a mystery to me.


Swells in straight lines

The higher streets in the suburb tend to enjoy great views, but you can understand that if you can see the South, then the South can see you, and they are interesting places to be in the worst of Wellington’s Southerlies. Yesterday, though the wind was not too wild, it was nevertheless generating a good onshore swell. The lens foreshortens the image, but those waves were ten or twelve seconds apart and that suggests slow heavy waves arriving on Lyall Bay Beach. Oddly, there was just one solitary surfer visible (on the left, between the second and third waves).

Bus barns

The Kilbirnie bus barns need to be rebuilt

Looking back to Kilbirnie itself, a long-term feature on Onepu Rd has been the bus barns. When the first stage was built in 1910, they were of course, tram barns, and to this day there are lengths of tram line inside on either side of many of the inspection pits. They have reached the end of their life, and are deemed earthquake prone. As I understand it they will be demolished, with some attempt to retain some token historical brickwork. At one stage there were plans to redevelop it for housing and retail, but it seems that the present owner still needs it to be a bus depot. For now, at least, it is a vast rust-red eyesore from my viewpoint on the hill.

That’s all for today.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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