Mt Taranaki, seen from Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Auckland to a New Plymouth with beach time at Tongaporutu, a short walk in Pukekura Park to remind myself how beautiful it is, and an evening stroll on the waterfront.
Plus tours of two of Sustainable Backyard Gardens; so interesting, I forgot to take photos.
My September began in Omapere, on the Hokianga Harbour — a long weekend for the Big T and I revisiting an area we first explored in our early days together. Without knowing it when we booked, we even stayed in the same place, though it has been transformed from a small motel into a larger hotel complex.
In the thirty years since we lasted visited, the giant sand dune on the western side of the harbour has begun to disappear under vegetation — an environmental success, but making the dune a little less spectacular.
On the other hand, the foreshore at Omapere is disappearing into the sea. Along the beach was clear evidence of massive erosion, including several houses and large areas of reserve that have collapsed into the beach. Enormous concrete barriers have been placed on the lawn of the hotel to “protect” the building, but I suspect that if T and I were to visit in another 30 years, we’d need to find alternative accommodation to stay on dry land.
My gardening efforts this month have been very modest; lots of planning and tidying, some helicopter parenting of a few seeds and seedlings, and trying to enjoy the spring flowers before wind and rain destroy them.
T and I celebrated my birthday with a few days in Wellington — my favourite home away from home. T hardly ever visits our capital city, so it was fun playing tourists together. As always seems to happen when I visit, the weather was good for most of our stay and the clouds were rolling in as we left — perfect.
About The Changing Seasons
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.
If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
- Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
- Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
- Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them
The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):
- Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
- Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
- Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.
If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.
Because I’ve been a bit slow this month, four of my fellow bloggers have already posted their Changing Seasons;
Ju-Lyn at All things bright and beautiful
Pauline at Living in Paradise
Tish at Writer on the Edge
Jude from Life at the Edge
Please pop over to see how September played out for them, and also:
Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind
Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani
Joanne at My Life Lived Full
Sarah at Art Expedition
Ruth at Ruth’s Arc
Brian at Bushboys World
Gill at Talking Thailand
Image: Su Leslie 2019
Nothing left but the facade. Heritage buildings in Cuba Street, Wellington, NZ undergoing redevelopment in the wake of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.
Image: Su Leslie 2019
Retail and apartment living; redeveloping heritage buildings in Wellington’s Cuba Street.
Welcoming lights, Wellington Railway Station. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Libraries raised me. — Ray Bradbury
And I’d be prepared to bet that many of the people reading this post would probably say the same.
Every town I visit, I want to see the library. And while I’ve loved experiencing the grandeur of great institutions like the British Library, and the State Libraries of Victoria and New South Wales, I also adore the tiny community libraries at Puhoi, north of Auckland and Herald Island, a few minutes drive from home.
Best of all, I love the Little Free Library movement which has sprung up all around the world. What better expression of all that libraries stand for than open access, unregulated book boxes sited where anyone can find them; borrow from them and donate books back.
What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists. -– Archibald MacLeish
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. — Lady Bird Johnson
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. — Ray Bradbury
Excursion from summer past: Kariotahi Beach, New Zealand. Su Leslie 2018
Footbridge at Whananaki Inlet, Northland, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2019
The 400 metre bridge across the Whananaki Inlet was built by the local community so that children living on the south side of the river could attend school, which is on the north side.
Prior to the bridge, children were rowed across the inlet by one of the teachers — not much fun in bad weather. The alternative is a 12 kilometre each way road-trip.