Wandering yesterday, I passed the botanic gardens.
Despite a boisterous wind, the tulip beds were in remarkably good shape and attracted many visitors. Two young Vietnamese women wearing traditional ao dai were posing for photographs, and they brought back memories of my first ill-fated foray into university in the early 1960s when there were many young Vietnamese students in Auckland University and I recall the then very exotic presence of the young women who wore their ao dai with such grace. This was before the escalation of the war with America in 1964.
Meanwhile, back in the gardens, there were many photographers all seeking their own angle on the floral beauty before them. I have no idea who this photographer is, but he was one of several serious practitioners present at the time.
From there I went up Glenmore Street, over the bridge onto Upland Road, down Kelburn Parade, then Salamanca Rd and Bolton St. From the Bolton St overbridge I saw and liked the architectural textures and contrasts of buildings on or near The Terrace.
Homeward bound, I was on SH2 and noticed that the former car assembly plant where Austin and Morris cars were assembled for years is no more. A friend alerted me to the fact that this was about to happen but I hadn’t grasped the speed with which it would disappear. Nothing is left but a set of diggers sitting triumphantly on a few bricks and twisted beams that are all that remain of their prey.
Something else tomorrow.