Last Day in Wellington

As the last phase of my holiday approaches my thoughts are increasingly turning towards home. I think that’s natural. I was just talking about it with Nadia, saying I was quite looking forward to it, and we agreed that is a good thing. You should want to go home at the end of a holiday, however good it is. If you don’t, it probably says something about how you feel about where you live. A holiday is a break, a chance to experience unfamiliar places, catch up with friends in other locations, not an escape.
However, my NZ holiday is not over yet. Tomorrow I leave Nadia and Wellington and take the coach to Napier. I’m hoping a day sitting with as many leg stretches as I can manage is going to ease the pain in my right knee. I foolishly did not bring enough Devil’Claw tincture with me, a herbal supplement endorsed by the Arthritis Society. It is not known why it works, but it does. I have tried rationing it, but ran out completely the other day. So today, a return trip to Petone included trying to track down some capsules. I prefer the tincture, but the capsules are more easily available. No joy in Petone, but I was told I might get them in Lower Hutt, which by luck I was planning to visit later. I limped slowly around Petone, and made it into the museum.

Petone Settlers’ Museum

It is small but beautifully formed, and I recommend it.

Welcome

Foyer Petone Settlers’ Museum

Petone Settlers’ Museum

The guy on duty, or ‘host’ as he described himself, was friendly and informative. We stood by the window looking out at the beach where the European settlers had landed. A couple with a rather lovely chocolate Labrador walked by.
I was trying to decide if I had time to revisit the Cat Adoption Café, but at this stage of the day we were planning to go to the cinema this evening, and my walking was very slow. As left the museum I saw the same couple with their chocolate Labrador coming back. Naturally, I had to have a cuddle. It turned out I was cuddling a celebrity. Ollie (the dog) has been on television, the first dog to work in a hospital helping with the rehabilitation of people who have had strokes.

Ollie

You can read about him here. Hats off to him and his OT owner Kerry for innovative good practice.
The day had started cloudy. Rain was forecast. But by now the sun was out and the temperature had risen. I had not brought sunglasses (though I had their case), sunscreen or hat. Mistake. I walked along, shielding my face, hugging the bits of shade. So when I saw a bus stop and bus due in one minute for Lower Hutt, I waited and climbed aboard. Phew. My reason for visiting was the Dowse Art Museum, but I had an added incentive. My search for Devil’s Claw in Petone had failed, but I had been advised to try Health 2000 at Lower Hutt’s Queensgate Centre.
I shall spare you all the details. Suffice it to say the shop was out of Devil’s Claw. The assistant kindly checked if the Napier branch had any. No. But I did come away with an alternative so fingers crossed.
Nadia doesn’t rate the Dowse Art Museum, but even before I went in I saw something I liked.

Metal monster

Inside I loved the weaving,

Weaving


I loved Vita Cochran’s abstract embroideries,

Abstract embroidery

Abstract embroidery

and I loved the story of the Nuku Tewhatewha.
I also loved the shop. But ceramics are something I’m rich in and they are not the best things to carry.

Dowse Art Museum


On my slow walk to the station I looked up and saw this.

Chimney

Why the excitement you might be thinking. Well, Nadia has one in her garden. I said I thought it was a chimney pot, but couldn’t see one remotely like it in the neighbourhood. It was very gratifying to find I was right.
The station I was heading for was Waterloo. I had to take a photo or two. I use Waterloo Station in London often, though it looks very different to its NZ namesake.
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Waterloo


Brexit continues to defy logic and intelligence. This tweet is particularly jaw dropping.

6 thoughts on “Last Day in Wellington

  1. How lovely to meet a canine celeb in Wellington. We are intrigued by the Devil’s Claw – something not so well known in our otherwise oversatuated alternative remedy neighborhood. Want to check it out and hope you find relief soon. That ain’t no Waterloo Station as we know it.

    • Yes, and they made me immediately want to return to doing mosaics! Got the tincture, but there was no dropper, so my first dose was about x25 the correct amount… 😕

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