But Kilbirnie is a nice enough little place with nearly everything one could desire in the way of shops and services. A lot of it is on the flat, which is a big plus in Wellington, and it is a junction for buses. The Lyall Bay, Miramar, Seatoun and Strathmore Park buses all converge here.
I find it a pity that nearly all the old style buildings (and businesses) have gone or are about to go, imminanently, and what has been erected in its place is mostly hideous.
The Kinema Cimema - a place I often visit in my dreams - has vanished and now there is a pokey mall.
George & Georges - a department store which had that most exotic arrangment of paying where the shop assistants put the money in a brass cylinder and put it in a chute and it went winging across the ceiling on a wire network to the office upstairs - is now a funeral home. It is right across the road from the Rita Angus Retirement Home - which is handy. If not exactly encouraging for the old folks.
I could go on and on.
This whole peninsula starting from Evans Bay was not so long ago a dry area. So I was surprised on this visit to find a bar in what had been a butcher's shop.
"That's new, that's different,' I said to myself.
In the days of the six o'clock swill us kids would have to look lively crossing the road about 7pm as the fathers drove home for dinner from the pubs.
Ah - the good old days. Or were they?
Fondest memory: The picture from left to right - Strathmore, Rongotai and Rongotai Airport, Kilbirnie.
It lies between Lyall Bay and Evans Bay.