Dunedin Taieri Gorge: Five Words October 2017: Thursday’s Special

Once a month Paula invites us in Thursday’s Special where you can pick one word or all and post one photo or many. The five words this month are : mountainous, whiskers, crumbling, spanning, immaculate.

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The grounds outside Dunedin Railway station were immaculate.

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With the immaculate garden beds planted in black crumbly soil creating perfect blooms.

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Spanning time, we were greeted by two immaculately dressed train employees. The man’s whiskers the perfect length to go with his costume

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We arrived early as we didn’t want to risk missing the train by a whisker so we explored the interior of the station finding it as immaculate as the outside.

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Another feature of the train which also spanned time was the different types of carriages.

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We headed into a mountainous remote region.

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Several viaducts span the gorge and the Taieri River.

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The Wingatui viaduct is the largest wrought iron structure in New Zealand with a span of 197 metres. It must have been an engineering feat at the time it was built (1887) as it is 47 metres tall. The rivoted lattice structures stand on cement piers.

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In places it looked as though the mountainside was crumbling. Loose rocks dotted the steep slopes.

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In other places it had clearly crumbled away.

In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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8 Responses to Dunedin Taieri Gorge: Five Words October 2017: Thursday’s Special

  1. Beautiful post, Irene 🙂

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  2. Paula says:

    I love your images, but what I enjoy even more is how you compile the words to accompany them. I am so glad to have this creative reunion with you. Thank you, Irene. Bless!

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  3. No one will ever leave you dumbfounded – you always rise to the occasion.

    As for the railway station – it’s really a giant cake done up well with thick frosting, right? Yum yum!

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    A well engineered photo essay, Irene! Those viaduct spans and mountainsides are amazing to see.

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