15 August 2012

WW: Take a walk with me

Through my neighbourhood.

See what I see.


The unique alternative to graffiti on our local concrete wall


A familiar sight on most street corners these days.
Winter appears to be the time for roadworks everywhere we look


We're surrounded by beautiful old villas dotted amongst native trees


Views across the harbour to the mountains 


Look closely and you may even see two elephants in this garden



The birdsong of tui calling each other in the kowhai is engaging and enthralling


almost overpowering


The magnolia bud awaits its moment in the spotlight
Not too far away now


Down a steep path to the gardens we go,
past a fence naturally painted green with moss


The calla lilly opens herself up towards the light


In the shadows we become aware of a silent face watching 


Taking us in quietly, poised and graceful


The gardens greet us
Bare winter branches hover over undeniable signs of Spring


Little pockets of tenacious buds already poking through the earth


Brightening muted browns and greys with bold splashes of colour


Still, I can hardly believe it's true unless I hold it for myself


More signs abound in other parts of the garden


In the delicateness of fallen magnolia petals


A luxurious carpet covering bare earth


All too soon, we leave glorious colour behind


Back into muted greens and browns


We admire this seat and its contemplative vantage point 


And wander back through lush fern fronds to the road home


We emerge on a road sloping every upward, with grand houses on either side


Climbing eventually to the village, my local village. 


This is my only recently discovered local curry house. They do a mean butter chicken.


Directly over the road is the Mediterranean Food Warehouse.
They do a great wood-fired pizza selection.


The local Anglican church stands on the corner.
A solid foundation of faith amongst the many cafes and restaurants


We wander past this week's wine specials enticing a purchase


And last but not least, I point out our local fish n chippie. 
Their chicken cranberry brie burger is something else!

Hey, thanks for coming along on the walk with me.
Maybe we'll even do it for real one day.....



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