Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Huts, Loos, and Churches

I have always enjoyed seeing how building is done in different cultures. Here are a few pictures from along the way during our north island travels.
Rani inspects the bunk arrangements in the Blue Range Hut.

Most tramping huts have wood heat/cooking. Gas appliances have been recently removed.

A very BLUE hut.

Hut builders have a sense of humour, given that this hut is at the end of a 2-3 hour hike along a narrow and steep trail. Note the small cistern to collect and store roof run-off.

We have stayed in a mix of Dept of Conservation campgrounds and 'freedom campsites', where one camps for free. This site had a fantastic picnic table made from old growth wood. The top is one piece nearly 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide.

Our own piece of architecture - a 45 dollar dome tent that bends alarmingly in any sort of wind, but has kept us dry for two nights of rainy weather to date.

We found this classic iron paneled loo in one of the towns we passed through.

Modern stainless urinals but with elegant shadows cast by piercings in the panels.

I did not have a dress on, so no need to adjust :)

Immediately opposite the antique convenience is a completely automated touch free loo, complete with musac ('What the world needs now is love...')

Burnside church

1 comment:

Michelle Graves said...

Oh how these photos made me laugh!! We encountered one of those totally automated loos in Invercargill. Complete with the same Muzak! I was a more than a little amused by the "10 minute time limit" announced as the door closed...