The Eye of the Fish

Maximus
October 16, 2012

Seaside sunshine

On a day like this, I just want to be by the sea.

These guys have got it made. High tide at the inlet, to be sure, and so there is the possibility of wet feet at full moon tonight, but damn – this looks perfect.

How do I get one of these?

Maximus
16 - 10 - 12

yes, I know, lame ass non post. But heck, who wants to read or write indoors on a day like today. But tomorrow – there’s another storm coming !

Poet
17 - 10 - 12

Those are the boat houses at the mouth of the Pauatahanui inlet, right? If I remember right, way back in history, there was a young poet called Sam Hunt who used to get in all kinds of trouble for living in a boat shed – was it there? Do you know which shed it was? By the look of what is there now, Porirua Council seem to have got over that aversion, and people are living happily there year round?

Starkive
18 - 10 - 12

This looks a little landlocked to be the famous boatshed, but it’s the right address…

http://ehive.com/account/3030/object/950/Sam_Hunt_Bottle_Creek

davidp
18 - 10 - 12

In land-based news, I walked down lower Tory St to work this morning. The hut on girders outside the mechanics and strip place is gone, and there are a couple of diggers sitting there. Demolition? If so, that’s one of Wellington’s worst eye sores gone. It’d be even better if they carried on and demolished Wellington’s ugliest concrete carpark.

Maximus
18 - 10 - 12

davidp – lower taranaki, I think you mean. The hut on girders is now sitting up high at the Basin Reserve, where New World plan to one day get off their collective fat arses and build the most stupidly sited supermarket in the city. Quite what the connection is, I’m not sure, but at least the hut on girders is now elevated again.

Poet – you’re right – i think there was, but i don’t know the address. Hopefully Starkive will have it….?

Starkive – Well done, thanks. But yes, either there is a fair bit of artistic license there, or he lived nowhere near Pauatahnui inlet…. i’ll go google Bottle Creek…

Maximus
18 - 10 - 12

wikipedia says:
“From the late 1960s until 1997, Hunt lived in a number of locations around the Pauatahanui inlet near Wellington. Many of the events in each dwelling are described in his verse, notably Bottle Creek (where he was joined by his famous black and white sheepdog, “Minstrel”), Battle Hill (where his older son, Tim, was born), Death’s Corner (formerly the farmhouse of a Mr Death) and then back to a boatshed in Paremata.”

Interestingly, Bottle Creek now appears to refer only to the Bottle Creek gallery at Pataka in Porirua, but may have also referred to the thin end of the inlet into the Porirua harbour, that seems to start off in Kenepuru Drive…

davidp
18 - 10 - 12

Max>lower taranaki, I think you mean.

Oops. You are correct. I stopped on the way home and took a longer look. I couldn’t get over what an ugly badly maintained building it is, and how much better it’ll look as a pile of rubble.