Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

Ok, so I stole my title from a line in the movie You've Got Mail but these 'Woodland Pencils' are seriously wonderful! I found them displayed for sale in a cafe we visited today, TurQuoise CaFe right by the main road in the Ettrick orchard area, Central Otago. If you're going that way don't miss... Continue Reading →

Time For Tea

In Dunedin this morning we exited the public library to find rain had set in so we quickly made our way to Nova Cafe in the Octagon. This is a great place to get a decent pot of tea. New Zealand. Tea for me is serious business ... Nigel was chief-of-the-teapot but he had camera... Continue Reading →

Turquoise Cafe

This cafe popped up out-of-the-blue! We were en route to Roxburgh yesterday when I saw a flash of blue out my side window and the word 'cafe'. This is Ettrick orchard country and I hadn't seen anything bright blue before. I asked Nigel to turn around and sure enough there's a new cafe (only been... Continue Reading →

Grid Coffee Roastery (2)

Grid Coffee Roastery and Espresso Bar is in Mornington, Dunedin (New Zealand) and located in a building that used to house the cable cars that ran to and from the city, from 1883 to 1957. This post continues  Grid Coffee Roastery. Photos taken during our visit May 29, 2019. Grid street frontage, cropped from a... Continue Reading →

Grid Coffee Roastery

Grid Coffee Roastery and Espresso Bar is in Mornington, Dunedin (New Zealand) and located in a building that used to house the cable cars that ran to and from the city, from 1883 to 1957. I provided background information in my previous post  Mornington, Dunedin.  What I should have said is that the photos in... Continue Reading →

RedRobin Cafe 02

This post continues RedRobin Cafe. The owner of RedRobin Cafe is Robin Stock. When we entered the cafe we chatted a bit and I asked his name - he replied "Robin". I glanced at Nigel and said Nigel's Dads name is 'Robin'. A little later I mentioned Nigel and had barely got three words out... Continue Reading →

RedRobin Cafe

Without question this is the best boutique cafe that we've ever been to. Robin Stock the owner has been in New Zealand for over 20 years, well-travelled (has been a mural painter) and hails from London/Sussex (UK). This tiny cafe is in North Oamaru and Robin offers a hearty welcome, banter, and delicious food and... Continue Reading →

Good Morning!

This is timed to reach northern hemisphere readers in the morning (but for me in New Zealand it's 4.30pm Thursday afternoon). Yesterday we returned from a 2-night trip away, we stayed in Oamaru (East Coast) for the first night and Dunedin for the second night. In Oamaru the two cafes we visited did a fantastic... Continue Reading →

Musselburgh Character

We've been away for two days.. more in future posts. I want to go back to our Dunedin trip on Thursday 17 January. Nigel (OH and landscape architect) needed to visit a job in Musselburgh so on arrival in Dunedin we drove straight to that suburb with just a little time to spare. He parked... Continue Reading →

Art Deco Beauties in Bluff (3)

Immediately past the bright pink art deco building we came across The Lighthouse Gallery with which I was enchanted! It looked wonderful from the outside and later we went inside and relaxed in the cafe where the manager (Bridget) made us very welcome. Its only dawned on me as I write this that the bright... Continue Reading →

Colours of Coffee Flavours

Does my coffee taste musty/earthy or musty/dusty? Hopefully neither, there's lots of better options. Various fruit, nut, chocolate flavours and even maple syrup! Much better than skunky, cardboard, rubber, petroleum, ashy, acrid or meaty brothy. The poster shown below is hung as a framed print on the wall of Vanguard cafe at 329 Princes Street,... Continue Reading →

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