Holding On

Life gets ya down and you don’t always have the strength to bounce back. You know that feeling? We’re both in recovery from a bad flu we got a couple of weeks ago. As I began to get well I’d look at photos but there was no spark, no strength for thinking and writing. Blogger’s block.

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Photo taken by Nigel at Casafuego, Balclutha


It’s the middle of winter here in New Zealand which doesn’t help. Once we’d both improved a bit I had this idea to stay a night in Balclutha. A motel unit there has a wet-floor shower and a spa bath. Luxury. (Compared to home where we have a tiny bathroom and low water-pressure).

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The motel sign above shows the highway heading toward the iconic bridge that crosses the Clutha River. The highway then carries on to Dunedin, with a few towns in between.


Before heading back home we visited a new Mexican cafe/restaurant that both of us really like called Casafuego (literally “fire house” in Spanish). It’s in a building that used to be a fire station. The food’s great and the interior decor is marvellous. The first photo in this post, the pretty skeleton girl, was taken in Casafuego by Nigel.

A side room has some new decorations since our last visit. These two photos inspired this post’s title. Both taken by Liz.

HOLDING  ON  …

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HOLDING  ON  …

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Near our table I spotted this fabulous hose reel clock, perfect choice for an old fire station!

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— all photos taken a week ago on Monday 08 July 2019


Text by Liz, first photo by Nigel and the rest by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Sorry to hear that you and Nigel have been sick. We have a rule about taking turns, but life doesn’t always work that way! I hope you are back on your feet now.
    I’m not sure I’d want skeleton girl watch me eat, but it looks like a fun place. I do like the Holding On man and burro.

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    1. Hahaha I know what you mean about the skeleton thing! I generally don’t like such decorations but I’ve had to make an exception for this place.. they’ve just done it all so damn well!

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  2. I love that there’s a Mexican restaurant in, what I am guessing, is a smallish town, in New Zealand. Even that is enough to spark the imagination and I see it did, I love the little skeleton girl- reminds me of the Disney’s Mexican inspired animated movie Coco about Dia de los Muertos. I hope some Mexican heat got into the pair of you to fight that flu 😷
    Very interesting hotel decor.

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    1. It was a super-surprise the first time we found this Mexican restaurant had replaced what used to be a nice but very ordinary Indian restaurant. The transformation of the interior is really magic! Balclutha is a smallish town but a good food stop these days. It also has the best pizza shop I know, called Rusticus. Glad you like the little skeleton girl (I thought you would).

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  3. I wondered what happened to you…..🤔 Hope you’re on the mend and feeling much better. I had that last winter and it took me a couple of months to finally feel great again. Missed you. 🙂🐄🌻

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    1. Thank you Tanja! I’m so looking forward to spring.. actually I saw a surprising number of lambs when we were driving through farmland yesterday. Seems so early but in truth we’re having a mild winter temperature-wise. They looked like they were doing fine.

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    1. The decor IS fantastic and we’re amazed at what they’ve achieved! The stay in Balclutha was very nice. I found the spa bath surprisingly therapeutic. Well worth having an overnighter away.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, getting there. You know, I think you’d really enjoy visiting Casafuego! I was really happy with Nigel’s photo of the little skeleton girl – it wasn’t an easy shot due to reflections.

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