Saturday 26 May 2012: Yesterday's Post
On this drab, overcast day when the greys of the sea and sky merged seamlessly this is the brightest thing I could find to blip.
It's on the main entrance door to an old (1906 classical Edwardian commercial) building in Trafalgar Street just below the Cathedral steps. I'm not sure that a 1906 letterbox would elicit more than a second glance in Europe, but in NZ it is part of a Historic Places Category II listed building, which is rather nice.
The whole building is very attractive and what is especially appealing is the smell. The building now houses, on one side, an Aromatherapy business. The window display is full of blue glass bottles of all shapes and sizes arranged on piles of driftwood, shells and pebbles. When Immy and I passed it at about 4pm it was already closed but the smell seeping out (through the glass? We even sniffed the window!) was heavenly. Now I know where to go when I need more essential oils...... or Aromatherapy treatment, training or even Reflexology.
Just then the Cathedral bells started pealing out joyously in the quiet, rather damp afternoon air. We thought it might mean that there was a wedding in progress so we hurried up the steep flight of granite steps and round to the south-facing front of the Cathedral, but found nothing, so I think it must just have been bell-ringing practice! Anyway, it gave us a pleasant impromptu walk around the gardens on Church Hill. This was a Maori pa (hillfort) site in pre-European settlement times, with the name Piki Mai which means 'climb up here'.
This evening I went with Jonathan and Lynley to a fund-raising Quiz Night at the Boathouse. We acquitted ourselves reasonably well (apart from the usual questions to which none of us could think of the right answer even though we 'knew' we knew it!) We came away with some prizes, of which Jonathan's black suede beanbag was probably the most handsome. Immy stayed to babysit Alexander and Simone and managed to earn back the money that I had subbed her in the afternoon to buy a navy lace dress, so everyone was happy.