Friday, 9 January 2015

Blog #1 - Welcome Ellen Chester

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 ~  
What an awesome time we had when Ellen Chester of  With My Needle
and her husband, Tom came to stay for several days in March.

Ellen's wish before arriving was that she wanted to see the local attractions
and see what the locals did.

Consequently we spent several days going here, there and everywhere -

Te Mata Peak  -  to overlook the Heretaunga Plains, Cape Kidnappers &
the cities of Hastings and Napier. 
The hills were VERY dry & brown due to having had no rain for weeks!
Bluff Hill -  to overlook part of the Marine Parade of the city of Napier
and the Napier Port. Unfortunately no cruise ships were in port that day.

Vineyards  -
drove past a few of the many vineyards throughout the Hawkes Bay :
Te Mata, Black Barn Elephant Hill (to name a few).
The vines were laden with plump delicious grapes.
Orchards & Cropping Ground  -   drove past SO many.
Orchards of fig, kiwi fruit, apple, peach, pear, nectarine,
apricot & citrus (orange, mandarin, lemon, lime) and land
producing yummy things such as strawberries, boysenberries,
raspberries, blueberries, etc. and crops of vegetable necessities
such as potatoes, sweetcorn, tomatoes, onions, beetroot, etc.

Some of the places of interest that we visited & things that we did -

Participated in the
Art Deco Tour
of Napier township
and watched the video

of the 1931 earthquake
and the subsequent

devastation which caused
the rebuild of the city
in this particular style

An interesting business   …..

Silky Oak Chocolate Factory, Museum & Café

Some more business enterprises  …...
Some “yummy” places for food and drink  …..
Missonview Gardens  ~  Taradale

Entrance to the garden centre & café

Some of the
fabulously tempting delicacies
in the desert cabinet!

Rose & Shamrock Irish Bub  -  Havelock North
Read more of our happenings in my next blog
To read what Ellen had to say
about the Art Deco Tour & Opossum World
visit her blog -


Bye for now.