These Remain

The last photos from our trip to Riverstone on 22 January. When I look at the "remains" its always a toss-up whether they get used or deleted. Did they get left to last because they're not very interesting or are they worth posting? In this case I've decided to post and I hope some of... Continue Reading →

Taken to a New Level

The owner-chef of Riverstone Kitchen, Bevan Smith, is said to call the gardens "the engine room" of his award-winning restaurant in an Otago Daily Times article from 19 March 2017. The article makes an interesting read as it's mainly an interview with two gardeners who grow the produce and supply the kitchen. The gardens have... Continue Reading →

Hydrangeas and Pots

When we were at Riverstone on 22 January the hydrangeas near Riverstone Kitchen were looking really beautiful. From memory I think the green ones are Limelight. The shade sails shelter one end of the building and under them is a side entrance into the restaurant. The sails form interesting patterns against the blue sky and... Continue Reading →

Dream Weaver

Dot Smith loves pink and always wanted a castle. After a lifetime of dairy farming, raising a family, running businesses, and making gardens she finally got around to achieving her childhood dream - her very own castle. I'll leave it at that but if you'd like to read more there's an article HERE. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →

Dot’s Dream Castle

This story begins with COLOUR. Yesterday, driving home from Kurow, we'd driven through Waitaki Bridge and were on our way to Oamaru. Suddenly in front of us was a big sign for Riverstone Kitchen. My excitement knew no bounds... I'd long wanted to visit this place! Both of these photos were taken from their car... Continue Reading →

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