QUILTING WILL DOMINATE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

TIME TO GET THIS FINISHED - 10 YEARS WORK IN PROGRESS

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT NEW PLYMOUTH

The rain stopped - almost.


I had planned to BBQ T-bone steaks for all of us last night. Rain drowned the BBQ so we bought fish and chips. Tonight the rain held off enough to light the BBQ and get the steaks cooked. It's been a mostly grey day threatening rain off and on.


We only have one night left here. Tomorrow we will stay at Mum's. We'll be closer to home which is good, since we have a short turn around of paying guests in our house. It means our daughter has to drag a spare mattress out into Mum's living-room and sleep on the floor. Not happy about that but the other option ... We stay until Thursday morning, drive 4 hours and spend 6 hours cleaning and preparing our house is not a good one. We are just not fit enough to do that.


Wayne, youngest son from Christchurch, left Mum's yesterday and stayed here at Greg's, the night. It was good to see him as we didn't have any time with him before we came to Rotorua. He has left to visit the Military Museum at Waiouru. He'll cross Cook Strait early tomorrow and be home later in the day. Amanda will be glad to see him. They had 50 quakes yesterday, including a 5.5. Nerve wracking stuff even if no damage.


Today we went shopping to get charcoal for the BBQ since all Greg's wood was wet, wet, wet. I had planned to take a walk but John reckoned he'd done enough so we went for a short drive around the lake front. And of course I never had my camera.


So that was my very exciting day.


I had some nice comments about yesterday's photos so here are some more. 



I have a strong desire to go back to New Plymouth and complete the whole Coastal Walkway from the Port to the bridge or however far it is extended by the time we can return. It is a stunningly beautiful area and the bridge takes my breath away.




PORT OF NEW PLYMOUTH FROM THE BELT ROAD CAMP GROUND
There are many examples of art along the Walkway
THE WIND WAND IS CLOSE TO THE BUSINESS CENTRE
The above photo is not mine so I'm hoping I have not breached copyright.


I have a strong desire to go back to New Plymouth and complete the whole Coastal Walkway from the Port to the bridge or however far it is extended by the time we can return. It is a stunningly beautiful area and the bridge takes my breath away.


Te Rewa Rewa bridge was officially opened in June 2010.


THIS YOUNG MAN CLIMBED NO FURTHER, SAYING IT WAS TOO SLIPPERY



MAN WHITEBAITING BELOW THE BRIDGE
WHITEBAIT ARE TINY TRANSLUCENT FISH
DELICIOUS IN OMELET-LIKE FRITTERS




That's a few more photos a little information about the Te Rewa Rewa bridge over the Waiwhakaiho River on the New Plymouth Walkway.

I found a video of the bridge being moved from the workshop where it was built into position on the walkway. We were particularly interested because the men who started the engineering works, Fitzroy Engineering, were tradesmen where John did his apprenticeship.



New Plymouth holds a special place in our hearts. It's where we met ... way back in the summer of 1960


2 comments:

Rettakat said...

That bridge, the Te Rewa Rewa, is amazing looking! It makes me think of some ancient and beautiful skeleton of a giant sea creature, maybe a whale. Gorgeous and artful.

scott davidson said...

Wonderful colors and organic natural forms. Reminds me of a painting like Rainy landscape, by Russian painter Kandinsky, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8EWL66, that I saw at wahooart.com, from where one can order a canvas print of it. Really good place to browse the painter’s work and other work similar to your style of painting.