Walking to the Sunday market, a circle of Falun Gong followers were seated on the grass in Aro Park doing their meditative exercises as plangent music played from a portable sound system. Beside them, in the Aro Valley community hall, the wonderful uplifting singing of an African evangelical church group rose to the heavens. A … Continue reading Why Wellington is cool
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Heading off to meet a friend for lunch, I walked through Aro Park where, I discovered, they were having some sort of second-hand/local produce fair. Local produce in the inner city? Well, yes. Laila was selling her home made lemon curd & giving away sourdough starters + a recipe. I admire such generosity of spirit, & … Continue reading A bouquet for Nikau
"She wants to take us to lunch," he said. "Let's go to the sanctuary." The Karori Sanctuary, that is. Renamed Zealandia. And so we went. The selection of counter food looked old, tired, yesterday's. I chose a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato ... as I'm sure you know) in toasted Turkish bread off the menu. … Continue reading Karori sanctuary aka Zealandia
A birthday treat, a restaurant specialising in duck. It began on a high note, and swooped downwards. The entrée was very, very good … though perhaps would have been even better if served at room rather than fridge temperature. The main … well, with neither salt nor pepper on the table the message from the … Continue reading Le Canard
Waikanae was a surprise. I’d imagined Zimmer frames and mobility scooters, but nary a one in sight. The resident population’s more retirement village than rest home, it seems, and the place much more attractive than I’d imagined. Leafy, quiet, affluent streets. And, of course, if you drive to the coast there’s the black sand beach … Continue reading Pork chops, Modena style
One of the ‘in’ places to eat in Wellington at the moment seems to be Osteria del Toro, in Tory Street. Had walked past it many times, but it’s position on the ground floor of a backpackers’ had made me assume it would be a bit of a dive. So I was unprepared when I … Continue reading Osteria del Toro
From the fag-end of autumn in Europe to the first day of summer in NZ. It doesn't feel like summer! Everything seems lush & green, as though there's been a great deal of rain since I've been away. But it's lovely, the walk to work almost like being in the countryside. And the bird song! … Continue reading Return to summer?