While the Squire is focusing on that bright light at the end of his proverbial chemotherapy tunnel and further afield, I am supporting him from a kilometre down the road, mind you not by choice it’s due to Auckland being in lockdown. Unless I am out walking. Then I get to stalk him at his temporary abode – Motutapu Ward in Auckland Hospital.
Today’s stalking viewpoint is from the Domain which is a huge park and where a significant Museum is situated. Wandering around here creates a calming effect for me, though being a public space I seem to find an area to find solitude and space just to be. A respite from negative thoughts and the four walls of where I am staying. A quick nature hit for this nature lover. It lifts my spirits no end.
A few Domain Park facts
The domain is the oldest park in Auckland and has over 75 hectares of land with a variety of attractions to distract, such as outdoor art, culture and of course nature itself. There are a number of different gardens located in the park including the Wintergardens and the Formal Gardens, a display from the 1860s with exotic trees, birds and trout. The duck ponds, had the first piped water supply in Auckland back in 1866 and the Band Rotunda standing there since 1912. The most recognisable building in which the Domain Park is built around is the Auckland War Memorial Museum which sits at the highest point on a volcanic rim. I am spoiled for choices of parks in Auckland. This park is by far my first choice, as I feel closer to the Squire by being there. It is also a place where we gravitated to after his specialist appointments and even managed an enjoyable lunch outdoors during winter.
Here are things that caught my attention during the first few days of spring.