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SUNNY SATURDAY – WALKING LOTTE WITH FRIEND
After a couple of ho hum days, we woke this morning to brilliant sunshine. As is my usual practice, I spent a couple of hours lounging in bed reading. I was spoiled with coffee and toast before I got up.
Then it was off to the market for vegetables. Once again, I bought too many but I do have a good friend with whom I can share. So we now both have vegetables in our fridges, enough for the week.
The vegetable shopping was followed by hot chocolate and Danish at a local cafe. Then it was off to discover new parts of this city where I have lived for the last 30 plus years, but where I keep finding areas of which I know nothing.
Today we discovered Truby King House and Park. Sir Frederic Truby King CMG generally known as Truby King, was a New Zealand health reformer and Director of Child Welfare. He is best known as the founder of the Plunket Society aimed at improving the health and well being of mothers and infants.
He and his wife Isabella lived in an absolutely idyllic spot perched high above Wellington with unobstructed views over what then would have been countryside to the ocean. Today it looks out of busy suburbs to the airport and beyond. But the view still included the sea and it is quite
spectacular. The Wellington City Council now owns and maintains the grounds and the house.
The house is tenanted today – lucky tenants to enjoy that view.
But I want to share with you our walk today. King’s house, a quite ordinary large single story wooden villa, that sits in 10 acres of bush and parklands. A feature of the property is the fine examples of brickwork, in paths, pillars and arches around the park.
These brick archways abound in the gardens of the King House.
Another example of the amazing brickwork throughout the gardens.
There is a brick mausoleum with the trademark brick
steps and path leading to it.
Having wandered around these gardens for about an hour this afternoon it was time to take ourselves back to the present where most of us have tiny gardens, if in fact we have a garden. But we can enjoy King’s garden as much as he did during his lifetime. Gardening was his passion and it is easy to see in the way in which the grounds are laid out, the thought that has gone into the planting, and although it is now 74 years since his death his legacy to this country lives on in the Plunket Society and to this city in the house and grounds he bequeathed to the people of Wellington.
I dream of hiking into my old age.
I want to be able even then to pack my load and take off slowly but steadily
along the trail.
- In Wellington Today (growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com)
what a beautiful walk on a sunshiny day. It looks like a lovely place to stroll and just let the beauty of plants and stonework seep into your soul.
Yes it was a lovely walk and I shall return again very soon.
I love brickwork … all of it. 🙂
It’s amazing and would have been very labour intensive.
The pictures are lovely. Very neat, Judith, that you still have so many new places to explore.
I have lived here for more than 40 years and constantly find new places to explore.
I’m glad you’ve had sunshine today. Loved the tour.
Back to rain today (Monday) and gale force winds. 🙂
Great pics and looks like it was a beautiful day. I’ve never heard of this park before. I wouldn’t want to go on a windy day!
Well Thomas today, Monday, is not a day to go there. Gale force winds predicted for Wellington.
The brickwork is nice, what lovely gardens. How generous of him to bless the people of Wellington with it.
I think I shall go back again and wander all over the place.
there is so much to see.
It’s great to discover places of interest and beauty in your locale – we still have much to discover, here on the Isle of Wight. I love the arches and the brickwork and the quote at the end is exactly how I wish to be! 🙂
OMG how dumb is this blonde? I have only now realised why your blog is called ‘wightrabbit’. Thanks for the comment and that quote really resonates with me because that is how I want to be too. 🙂
LOL! Everything here is ‘Wight’ this or that and I’ve been told that I talk (or rabbit) quite a lot, so it didn’t occur to me that folks from other places wouldn’t appreciate my sense of humour! 🙂
I hadn’t realised that you lived on the Isle of Wight! LOL! 😀
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