Saturday, 3 December 2022

Vodafone


There are so many phone and internet companies here. There's Spark, Vodafone, Skinny, 2 degrees and many more. In most towns one of the providers might have a support store where people can go in to get help sorting out their plans, phones or internet etc. This one is on one of the main streets in Greymouth.

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Thursday, 1 December 2022

Whitebait Fritters

 

When my parents were visiting recently we decided to try some Whitebait fritters in Hokitika. There is a takeaway shop there that sometimes sells them when the fish are in season. The lady on the left took our order and my father on the right enjoyed his even though they were expensive.



Mine was perfect and much appreciated especially with a little squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of salt. These are a New Zealand delicacy and a true Kiwi tradition. B doesn't like these as he doesn't like looking at the little eyes but I just tell him not to look.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday and Tom's signs. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Oh Christmas Tree


This larger than life Christmas tree was put up at my work last week. Although it doesn't look that big it ended up having to be separated in 3 stages to get it through the doors.  Only in retail....

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Sunday, 27 November 2022

Hokitika Glass Studio


On the wall outside the Hokitika Glass Studio is this mural, it was painted by local artist RAJA aka Mark Haldane and it shows a glass blowing instrument in the process of moulding a piece of glass into shape. If you check out their website link they really have some beautiful pieces. Recently I purchased some little yellow glass mushrooms which now sit in my garden.


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Saturday, 26 November 2022

Unichem


This is the inside alleyway I walk through to get to my hairdresser's at the very end of the corridor. At the entry is the local Chemist/Pharmacy, I think they have 2 entrances, this is just one of them.

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Thursday, 24 November 2022

Coverings


There seems to be a big misconception about living on the West Coast that there's rain, rain, rain here. Funny but since we've lived here we've had less rain that the rest of the country with more sunny days than anything else. I was on my way to a dentist appointment last week and saw that on one of the main streets in town that the coverings stretching from the buildings over the footpaths were out, they will be a good way to shade from the sun when Summer comes soon.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

More Christmas


More Christmas displays and products were seen by us in one of the local $2/gold coin shops. The weird thing about these is that they are decorated with fake snow symbolizing how Christmas is the northern hemisphere but here in the southern hemisphere it's completely the opposite - it's summer for us meaning days at the beach, time spend outside in the garden, barbeques and hot sunny days. 

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Sunday, 20 November 2022

Gallery


I've been wanting to get a photo of this mural for a while now. It's peeking out on the side of a building in one of the main street's of Greymouth next to the railway tracks. Painted by local artist Mark Haldane aja Raja it points the way with an arrow to one of the art galleries.

Linking up with Mural Monday.

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Top up here


Before we moved down here we walked through Westport with me plodding along with my phone taking random snaps of people, places and things in particular this shop front with a couple walking past talking. The "top up here" sign is for those who are on pre-paid plans with their cellphones and it's a very popular option.

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Thursday, 17 November 2022

Having a cuppa


The cafe at Punakaiki aka Pancake Rocks really is worth checking out. While my parents were visiting recently we took them here for a look around. We stopped here to get a coffee, cos you've got to have a good wakeup call in the mornings. I don't know who the lady was but she looked very restful while she was enjoying hers.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022

A bit out of place?


The last time we visited the small ex-goldmining town of Ross we noticed this scene that someone had planned next to the water. It's a Japanese looking garden which is kind of weird enough because most of the old buildings nearby were old English villas and bungalows so the 2 didn't quite tie together.

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Sunday, 13 November 2022

Shipping boats

My cousin has recently moved to Greymouth and after I had visited her I spotted this mural on another utility box. Painted by local artist RAJA aka Mark Haldane this one shows how popular the fishing industry here is.

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Saturday, 12 November 2022

Shadow

 


Another photo from Serpentine Beach when we first moved down here in April. This is one of the places on the West Coast where you can find Greenstone, it's pretty much all over the beach.

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Thursday, 10 November 2022

Christmas time?

We have just started seeing tv commercials for Christmas and while in town I saw that some of the streets had lights up between buildings.

 

And these Santa decorations were on display in the local post shop. Is it too early for Christmas?

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Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Colour


So while I was in town last week signing some last minute papers with our lawyer I couldn't help admire the azalea and rhododendron that were flowering outside one of the old buildings. I'm looking forward to alot more colour come Summer.

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Sunday, 6 November 2022

Kites


This mural on a utility box is a few steps up from my house. It shows kites flying over the snow topped mountains. I'm not sure who painted it but I suspect it's RAJA aka Mark Haldane.


So we've had a busy week. Apart from moving I've been going through old boxes I haven't opened in a few months and discovered so much stuff that I haven't missed and probably don't need anymore. On Friday last week we ended up having to get a lawn-mowing contractor to come and mow the lawns as it seemed the previous tenants who lived here hadn't mowed the grass for what looks like a few months. They were nearly a foot long and even Bruno had trouble seeing anything when he was outside. Now it all looks so much better.

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Saturday, 5 November 2022

Royal Hotel

 


On one of Greymouth's side streets is this beauty. Originally named The Wharfe Hotel (I'm assuming because it's next to the Grey River) and built in 1876 it was renamed The Royal Hotel in 1903. The original burned down in the 1930s and was rebuilt (as per photos below and above).


Photo from between January 1950 and December 1969 - Alexander Turnbull Library.

After new owners completing extensive renovations inside it is now up for sale and unfortunately is earthquake prone like many buildings on the west coast. The hotel has been empty for about 5 years and is due to be demolished at some point.

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Thursday, 3 November 2022

French Croissants and Coffee


I'm a huge fan of croissants and coffee. When I saw these signs in Russell 2 years ago I had to take a photo just to remember the beautiful sunny summer's day. They are advertising the little coffee house at Pompallier House, where the first printery in the country was back in the 1800s. It was also a tannery and home to the missionary belonging to Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier.

Halloween came and went for us, we had one trick or treater and my daughter R gave the little girl all the lollies we had so the look of awe and surprise was worth it. We have moved into the new house and are just focussing on unpacking, the dust from the boxes has given me a sinus infection but hopefully I will be back at work tomorrow.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday and Tom's signs. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Puppy


In Greymouth last week I was visiting an op shop with my daughter R when we saw a tiny Jack Russell puppy. Her and I love animals so we stopped and asked the owner if we could have a small pat. 

We are also moving house today so I won't be on blogger for the next couple of days, see you soon.

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Sunday, 30 October 2022

SPCA Mural


We spotted this mural on the side of the SPCA (Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals) and loved it. It shows a shadow version of dogs, cats, birds and rodents playing on and under a tree. We can't wait to get our own rescue dog and another cat.


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Saturday, 29 October 2022

Quest


I remember this scene in Paihia in Summer 2021. The man sitting on a chair on the left usually lives in Kerikeri, where we lived but I was surprised to see him here too but he was working on a piece of crochet with his needles, strange and cool but true. I wonder if he's on a quest to make as much as he can? Sometimes he would stand on a street with a sign saying "gratitude for a haircut" so I'm guessing he wasn't very well off but he seemed to be a nice person.

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Thursday, 27 October 2022

Tulips


The kids and I were in Hokitika last week and I couldn't help but notice more signs of Spring. Flowering Tulips were sprouting in some of the streets out of plant bases outside the shops. I think they brighten life up nicely.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022

More Halloween Shenanigans

These displays were admired by my daughter R and myself in one of the local Greymouth variety stores.


We ended up buying a few costume things to wear to work on the day.

 

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Sunday, 23 October 2022

Grinders Coffee

 




I've got to have a good coffee each morning, something that wakes me up propertly. On a recent visit to a new cafe that's opened in town I saw they had a mural on their wall inside that I think it's advertising the brand of coffee that they use. Sadly eating there was not a positive experience but that's another story...

Linking up with Mural Monday.

Saturday, 22 October 2022

Possum


In Hokitika is a possum fur/wool/merino shop that sells clothing, mostly for tourists. I was in there with my parents when they visited and I managed to capture a few images with signs and reflections. See what you think...


My parents spent some time browsing all the wares in this shop so I had time for a selfie or 2 in the mirror.


The old man, my father trying on a possum fur cap which he later purchased. Possums are not native to New Zealand, they were introduced by colonials but they have become a huge pest here as they eat the native plants and trees so there is an industry for using their fur.

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Thursday, 20 October 2022

Victoria's


Now that Spring is here the shops are starting to show more clothing fashions geared towards Summer once it gets here in December. B and I were talking about what our Christmas Day plans could be, I don't think we will go anywhere except relax at home. We both work retail so our brains will probably be a bit exhausted after watching people go mad because the shops are closed on Christmas Day.

We have been spending the last 2 weeks filling out endless supplies of paperwork for our mortgage with the bank and with our lawyer, thankfully yesterday we filled out the last lot.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Skeletons

So I was at The Warehouse last week and saw a few displays up showing Halloween costumes and decorations.

Halloween really isn't that popular here but last year we had a few people knock at the front door trick or treating.

I'm wondering if this year it's more popular or the in the South Island. We will see...

In other news we have bought the house we put an offer on, move in date is 30th October. So exciting!

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Sunday, 16 October 2022

Old Street Mural


 On the side of the building in one of Greymouth's streets in town is this mural showing how this particular road use to look in the old days of coal and gold mining, as you can see it looks like there is a gentleman in a suit crossing the road. Many of the original buildings are still there today.

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Saturday, 15 October 2022

Our Lady of Charleston


I've discovered this wee gem on the way to Westport. Located at the edge of the Charleston Cemetery is this monument named "Our Lady" she looks over mostly historical burials of Irish people who came here to gold mine when the area was first settled but she has been in the wars over the years. Apparently vandals broke her arms off and there were a few cracks. According to some local information I found someone found some mannequin arms which were put on and the local priest added some filler with paint and now she looks as good as new.

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Thursday, 13 October 2022

Spring Daffodils



Daffodils are just about everywhere here right now. I spotted these ones in garden planters on the corner of 2 streets in Wesport last week. They smell divine.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Eggs Benedict


One of my favourite brunch foods is Eggs Benedict. Last week we were in Westport with my parents and we stopped at a cafe we had previously eaten at. This is too much for myself to eat so B and I shared it and went halves.

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Sunday, 9 October 2022

Pancake Rocks Mural


At Punakaiki aka Pancake Rocks on the outside of the Ice Cream shop is this mural showing some of the local wildlife such as the Little Blue Penguins. The artist is West Coast man Mark Haldane.

Linking up with Mural Monday.

Saturday, 8 October 2022

Ngakawau Tavern


On the outskirts of Westport just past Granity is this building named the "Ngakawau Tavern" just near the Stockton Mines. Apparently it use to be known as the "Charming Creek Tavern" due to it being close to the Charming Creek walkway. It didn't look too busy when we drove past but there is a sign on the building saying that rooms are $50 per night, so pretty cheap.

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Thursday, 6 October 2022

Westport BNZ


Westport is one of those towns that was first settled in the 1800s by immigrant gold and coal miners. This building on the main street has been around since 1867 and was used by the Bank of New South Wales (which is in Australia) until 1967. These days it is used by a different bank Westpac.


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Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Vodafone

There are so many phone and internet companies here. There's Spark, Vodafone, Skinny, 2 degrees and many more. In most towns one of the ...