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Tall Tail

Coming along Chester Street I saw what I thought was a man with a large alsatian dog walking beside him.  As I got closer I realised the man was actually wearing a tail.

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I was heading in a different direction and had no chance to ask him the reason for his appendage.  Has anyone else seen a man with tail lately?

“To catch the eye he cannot fail
this man who sports a handsome tail.”

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The Women’s Centre has attractive new premises at 242 Ferry Road in Waltham.

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This organisation is dear to my heart.  We bought our Cottage from one of the founders, and were intrigued to learn that this home had previously been used as a women’s refuge and been the venue for meetings held to establish the Women against Violence Centre which later became the Women’s Centre.  In 1993 when I was studying Community Skills at Polytech I joined the Centre as a volunteer Support Worker.  Later I became their paid Finance worker and Fundraiser and was a collective member.  At this time they were in the old Atlantis Building in Cathedral Square.  The Centre later moved to Greenwich/witch House and another premises in Manchester Street. Many of the workers were close friends, and I have continued an association with the organisation.

Forced to leave Manchester Street after the earthquakes, they had two other homes before moving at the end of last year to these new premises, and yesterday was their official opening, as well as a belated 30th birthday celebration.  It was a pleasure to be there among so many friends.  Some were wearing pink pussyhats, as seen at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st.

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Mayor Lianne Dalziel (right) cut the birthday cake with Centre Manager Ardas Trebus.

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“The Women’s Centre is a place
where women have their special space.”

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The grate at the end of our gutter had disappeared this morning.  This left a large hazardous hole, which I rang the Council to report.  Within two hours a man arrived with a replacement grate.

Grate fix

Grate fix

Apparently newer grates have longer “ears”, so he had to clean out the relevant earholes to make it fit.  I told him how pleased I was with this excellent service, and he said “Always a pleasure, never a chore”.  What a great (grate?) response.

“He soon replaced the missing grate,
returned our road to healthy state.”

 

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Tradestaff Transport

This bicycle was parked outside the construction site next door.

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The young man riding it is from England, and has been here only six weeks.  He’s working for Tradestaff, who kindly supply a bicycle for him to get to work.  It’s sensible inner city transport, and good publicity for them too.

“It’s good that they lend staff these bikes
each one can then go where he likes.”

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Tram Travel

We caught the tram at Cathedral Junction and did a double loop around the inner city.  This was the first time I’ve ridden on the little Invercargill Birney Tram number 15.

Birney no. 15 tram

Birney no. 15 tram

There are only two of these trams left in New Zealand (the other’s in New Plymouth and not mobile).   In 1952, after more than thirty years of service, Birney no. 15 made its last trip to South Invercargill, the most southerly tram line in the world.  After years spent as a farm sleepout this tram came to Ferrymead in 1985, and restoration started in 2009.  It was finally completed in late 2013, since when the tram’s been running in the central city.  This little tram needs only one staff member, as the only door is at the front.  It was therefore more economical for a smaller city like Invercargill.

Inside the tram

Inside the tram

“This is a darling little tram
all done up now and looks so glam.’

 

 

 

 

 

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Riccarton House, built by Jane Deans in 1856 is well worth a visit, and a superb venue for a wedding or other ceremony.  It is owned by the City Council and has been beautifully restored since the 2011 earthquakes.

Vegetable garden beside the house

Vegetable garden beside the house

 

Rose garden on the other side

Rose garden on the other side

 

The aisle was marked with hearts ready for a ceremony

The aisle was marked with hearts ready for a ceremony

 

Seats for little folk

Seats for little folk

The surrounding bush Putaringamotu has native trees up to 600 years old, and many birds.  A predator-proof fence was installed in 2000.

“Historic house and bush beside
are sources of great civic pride.”

 

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Perfect weather today for me to enjoy the World Buskers Festival.   Daytime shows start at 11.20am, in three different venues.  I was glad I’d chosen the North Quad at the Arts Centre, because they had plenty of chairs, and some shade.  At the other venues you have to sit on the ground or take your own chair.  First up was Wacky Chad.

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

 

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

Chad was followed by CircOz.  This trio also performs at night as FlameOz.  Their act would be more spectacular in the dark.

Dimitri juggling with fire

Dimitri juggling with fire

 

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

These shows are definitely worth seeing, and all for a voluntary donation.  Great entertainment for any age.  The festival finishes on Sunday.

“In daytime some great people busk
some even better after dusk.”

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