My day in town

Greetings loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  As you will all recall mummy packed up my car-sick kit into the car and put down the blue tarpaulin and newspapers and a couple of old towels in the back.  Brother put Me on a leash and they put Me in the car and off We all went into town. Sorry to say Nellie had to stay at home. Maybe next time. I was such a good dog.  I wasn’t car sick at all.  We went to brother’s school to watch the rugby game between his school and Scots College.  You can see the two rival teams doing the “haka” .

The Haka.   Brother's schook rugby team play in White.

The Haka. Brother’s schook rugby team play in White.

The  haka (peruperu) was originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Today, haka constitute an integral part of formal or official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors or foreign dignitaries, serving to impart a sense of the importance of the occasion.

Sorry to say brother’s rugby team did not win but it was a good game.  Then We all went to the supermarket and on the way home We all stopped off at that Wanganui icon: The Durie Hill Tower.

Me sitting unther the pohutukawa tree

Me sitting under the pohutukawa tree

Me at Durie hill tower

Me at Durie hill tower

The following is the first article mummy wrote for the Wanganui Chronicle which was about the tower.

Durie Hill Tower dominates the skyline in Wanganui, but how much do you know about it?  It was built as a war memorial to commemorate the 513 soldiers from Wanganui who died in World War I.  Unfortunately, from the beginning the proposal to build the tower caused controversy.  While the citizens of Wanganui wanted to honour those who died in the war, they could not agree as to where a memorial should be located.  One group wanted a cenotaph in Queen’s Park while another wanted a lookout tower on Durie Hill.  In the end both were built.  The Borough Council built the Cenotaph and Whanganui County’s memorial was the tower.  The Durie Hill tower took 2 years to build and was opened in 1925.  It is made of shell rock blocks, which came for the Wanganui Harbour Board quarry at Kaiwhaiki.  They were transported free of charge.  The original plans showed the tower to have a point at the top with a perpetual light, but this did not happen because the Marine Department objected and the project had run out of money and couldn’t have afforded a light even if one could be installed. The tower is 33.5 meters tall and has 176 steps leading up to the viewpoint.It offers excellent views of the city, Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu and the Tasman sea.

Love Jasper and Nellie the two bestest maremmas in the land.  Thanks to another doggy blogger Me and Nellie have an award, but more about that next time.

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5 Responses to My day in town

  1. Looks like you had a nice day:-)

  2. Clowie says:

    You look as though you’re watching the game very intently.

  3. Beloved gets annoyed with me when we see the Haka on tv because I pull faces and growl right back – well, it’s rude!!!
    But she wants me to ask you, Scots College – is that the same Scots College that is in Wellington?
    If they hadn’t left New Zealand apparently that’s the college her boys would have gone to.
    If it is the same college it was a long drive for you. You did well not to be sick.

    • Yes, it is the same Scots College in Wellington. Brother knows some of the boys in the rugby team as he went to Wellesley (primary school) with them. They came to brother’s school. Mummy says there is no way she would take Me to Wellington, driving to town is bad enough. Mummy is having trouble with the computer and she is using all sorts of naughty words at it. I know these words because sometimes they are directed at Me.

  4. Kyla says:

    I’m not big on war memorials because I’m not big on wars.

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