The cafe in Tuatara Lodge, Invercargill is my go-to place to sit down with good food, a hot drink and just chill out and forget about everything else. Yesterday (Saturday) I sat down to enjoy one of my favourite comfort foods – savoury mince on toast – which they do really well. Later I had coffee and a peppermint slice. I’d come prepared with a book and thoroughly enjoyed doing nothing for ages. Nigel was with me apart from when he went to the nearby public library.
You may recognise the mannequin as I’ve shared photos from this cafe before. This time she’s wearing really cool shades…
My idea of happily chilling out.. and to cap it off I’m Number One!!
The book of poems I’ve bought along to read is “feeding the dogs” by Kay McKenzie Cooke. Kay is a truly local poet having grown up in Southland, now living in Dunedin, Otago.
Here’s one of the smaller poems from Kay’s book along with a photo taken by Nigel on a recent trip to Central Otago, 30 April, when there was snow already on the mountains (we’re now in late autumn in New Zealand). This was taken as we were on our way to Alexandra.
— by Kay McKenzie Cooke
because they don’t speak
receive my undivided attention.
highly the way they
shoulder snow, shrug
off the weight
of cloud, stand
legs astride, feet
planted like the farmers stand
when they discuss
the weather, but bigger —
as the sky
they breathe in
and never breathe out.
— Kay McKenzie Cooke has a WP blog at CUTTINGS
Autumn leaves litter the cafe entry, both sides of the door
and a sheep peers over a plywood divider by one of the tables.
Another photo of the mannequin with more of the surrounds
Lastly, the Tuatara Lodge building seen from the outside – I really like it!
Previous post I did about the same cafe: Tuatara Backpackers
Text by Liz, photos by Liz except for the one by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)