Posts by ChrisW

  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to David Haywood,

    The inscription seems a bit pointed.

    David - splendid photo and story with it. I’ve followed this thread with interest though without fully engaging with all the detail as it’s unfolded, but still I appreciate the power of your experience in excavating through the lichens and metaphors covering this fallen headstone.
    The verse is from what appears to have been or be a popular ?Non-Conformist hymn, and I think you’re fully justified in reading meaningful nuances in the headstone as a whole – that’s what they were/are for, as a means of communicating with the future.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 777 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I just realised that Bill Alington who Nicky McCreanor mentioned above (hello Nicky), and I know of as a significant modernist architect in Wellington, and as the husband of the late Margaret Alington historian, is actually William Hildebrand Alington b 1929 in the Turnbull records.

    Where (with the aid of your Wikipedia reference) I see that Margaret Alington is Margaret Hilda Alington nee Broadhead. And because I really do like old cemeteries, I’ve known her as Margaret H. Alington, author of an excellent 1978 book on my shelves – "Unquiet Earth", a thorough if not definitive history of the Bolton Street Cemetery of which a large chunk was destroyed for the Wellington motorway in the 1960s.

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    A tidier fungus in corresponding ecological niche, recycling the roots of a Eucalyptus stump.

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    Inanimate globule on puha, antless toadstools emerging from the stump of the old lemon tree, sadly missed.

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  • Capture: Getting closer, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    such a sad looking globule...

    Ah, ‘tis a great drop, Nora, but (bigger-file magic, perhaps) I think more expressive than merely ‘sad’.
    Looks to be grimly succumbing to hypothermia – recognising, with the last of its self-awareness, the inevitability of its tragic demise.

    (Gross animism, albeit speculative fiction, to arouse the cultural scorn of Don Brash. Ref. Kim Hill interview on Saturday Morning.)

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    Sunshine on leaves, crucial cogs at the heart of many cycles ...

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    You've got a lovely cycle underway there yourself, Chris! beautifully captured. Splendid cheeks in action, a heart inverted between them somehow reminded me of this cordate leaf on my doorstep.

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    Fast ants in low light under the walnut tree - hard to catch them as sharp as the feathers.
    Two pause for a split second to exchange news.

    A giant fly sniffs out the opportunity, but can't compete with the ants, leaves them in in exclusive occupation.

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    Ants busy grooming those fine feathers

    But the fledgling blackbird was past caring

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

    I have the manuscript of his second book in my possession and am currently working on the cover (see above).

    Great! Looking forward to the book, and any posts you might make on the process and subject matter. Cheers.

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