We Saw a Diamond in the Flesh

There are not many 17 year olds who could command the attention of a theatre full of people but Lorde did just that.
Lorde came to Dunedin on her world tour (thank you! As a New Zealander she knows how few people bother to grace the South Island). When we drive past the venue to find a park the queue was literally around the block. In the rain.
She put on a great show from start to finish and the crowd loved her. I can’t recall ever being at a show that caused girls to scream in delight.
It was great to see people of all ages, from those too tiny to see without bring lifted to those with grey hair, enjoying themselves together.
Lorde completely deserves the praise she is getting and long may it continue!

Exploring the World’s Bottom

On our Labour Weekend holiday we ventured out from our base in Riverton to explore the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.
The first sight we discovered was a bra-covered fence, not unusual in NZ, with a sign declaring it to be “Tom’s Tit Stop”. We tried to get a good photo but the scary dogs barking at us and the presence of (we assumed) Tom, looking at us from his caravan, led us to conclude that the bras were souvenirs of unfortunate victims of Tom – like Wolf Creek.
From there we visited Cosy Nook, Monkey Island (pictured, top left) and Gem Stone Beach. While we didn’t find any gem stones we did discover a little house tucked behind a cliff and trees above the beach (bottom left).
Lunch was sausages in Tuatapere (right) the sausage capital of New Zealand. Now, I am one who usually prefers their sausages made from fungus (Quorn) but man oh man I cannot stop thinking about those Tuatapere bangers. I need to find a supplier.
From there we headed to Bluecliffs then onto the Cliffden Suspension Bridge, once the longest of its kind in the country.
A very satisfying road trip, ticking off many new places we never knew existed.

Daniel Watch

A movie starring Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz is being filmed in Dunedin. Rachel’s husband, Daniel Craig, is also in town.
He apparently visited our mall (lucky him) and a couple of boys got photos with him – right under the window where Mummy Pigalina works. My friend Shannon swears he saw his limo driving around and got excited today when he saw it again. Except it wasn’t him, it was a posh lady going to the bank.
Kathy and I went to see if we could see anything interesting where all of the movie trucks were parked. We saw the wardrobe truck (pictured, you’re welcome).

Gardening Champion

I decided to replant a shrub that was growing in a pot into the ground. The ground was nice and soft but full of roots, of what I have no idea. Also I was wearing jandals (flip-flops) which aren’t great for spade work. My “that’ll do” attitude took over.
I am hoping that nature will sort out the mess.

Doggy Bedtime Secrets

Oh hey Tobias, why aren’t you getting into bed?
I lifted his top blanket to reveal his secret stash of goodies – amid the soil lay a biscuit and a lard bird feeder that had been missing for months. Today it must have been ripe enough to dig up to save for a midnight feast.