Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Coming for a walk?

Moving house, means a new place to explore. And a new route to walk.
It didn't take long for me to find somewhere beautiful to get my daily exercise.
It's very close to where I work! I take a right, just before I get there!
Down a gentle hill. I pass some exotic trees along the way.
Under the railway bridge.

Welcome to Caroline bay, or 'The Bay' as the locals call it.
There is more exotic plantlife, mixed with some things that are more familiar to me.
The dunes were not here when I first visited in 2005, and had only just been created when we were here again in 2009.  I guess they are still getting established. I'm not sure how I feel about man made dunes, but it does seem to be a better way of protecting the area than great piles of boulders which some places seem to prefer.
There are board walks among the dunes.
You can't really see them here, but there are volley ball courts, and that's the port of Timaru in the distance.
Hmmm... Food for thought, especially after what just happened in the Solomon Islands. NZ was on Tsunami alert!
After turning inland I came across a war memorial and walked along memorial avenue.
After admiring the face a peace. (See those steps?)
All along memorial avenue there are marker stones.
Each one depicting battles of the first world war where Kiwis fought and died.
There are many, many more.
I walked under the loop road and turned a corner
Before walking under the willow trees.
Back to the Piazza steps. Up, up, up we go.
The views from the top are lovely, even on a grey day.
The rose garden.
The bay area, with willow trees, memorial avenue cross wise and the semi permanent fairground.

As I walked along I saw the sound shell, an out door theatre.
 With plenty of seating.
 There are little surprises along the way.
 I'm not sure which is the front of this sculpture, but I like to think it's the smiley face!
 There is even a little place to rest while you admire the sculpture.
My path took me across the top of the folly!
Past the tennis courts.
And along the back of the aviary. I'll take you in there another day.
 Just to the left in this last picture is the railway bridge where we entered the bay. 
I went on home as it was overcast and trying to rain. 
But on a better day I go up and over the hill across the road. I'll take you that way another day.
We are settling into our half empty new home.
I may even be sad to fill it with furniture!
The phone line will be switched on tomorrow and the WWW next week! 
We all feel rather cut off without the WWW.
Many thanks to Lee for letting us show up and use hers, while we do the laundry.
Time to go xx


QuiltSue said...

I really enjoyed the walk,, thank you.

Gari in AL said...

Oh, I envy your wonderful walking places. So much to see and admire. And I am so happy to hear that you are settling in and pretty soon will be fully connected to the outside world. :-)

Mad about Craft said...

Thank you for the lovely walk!

Janice said...

What a great area to have on your doorstep. You could explore there every day and see something different.

Ali Honey said...

That's a great walk! I love that sculpture and the Hobbit hole in the wall/ seat.
I look forward to seeing more.

Nicky said...

I really enjoyed this walk around the Bay, it's a beautiful spot.