Travelling Teapot

Wonderful to see this vehicle parked in Elgin Street yesterday.

It’s a unique mobility scooter ridden by Katrina Douglas who owns Grymmstone and Treacle Emporium, a steampunk design shop.  If I ever need a mobility scooter I would love to have such a creative one wouldn’t you?

“A pleasure to get a snapshot
of this delightful gold teapot.”

Tim Rice and Me

This morning’s ‘Press’ has a review of the latest version of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.  I haven’t seen this, but have seen several other versions over the years, and love the songs.  Reviewer Charlie Gates complained that every central character is male except for the narrator.  Perhaps he’s unaware that the show was originally written for a schoolboy choir in London?  I still have a copy of the first recording of the complete work, and fondly remember our local vicar introducing “Any Dream will Do” to a church service in the 1970s.

Charlie’s review states that Tim Rices’s lyrics are smart and playful and says: “It’s rare that rhyming couplets make you chuckle, but his do.”  I’m proud to report that people often say my couplets make them laugh.

“Tim  Rice is not the only one
whose rhymes bring giggles cos they’re fun.”




Myrtle Menace

Myrtle rust has invaded the North Island, threatening native species such as pohutukawa, rata, and manuka.   I’m concerned about that, of course, but my more immediate worry is that the rust also attacks feijoa trees.  I can appreciate their relationship to pohutukawa, because in our garden we enjoy our feijoa’s Christmas display, similar to pohutukawa in the North Island.

Feijoa tree at Christmas 2009

I always thought feijoa might be related to citrus, because it’s recommended to give them citrus food.  Because of this I haven’t put feijoa skins in my worm farm, but I’ve learned today that worms are happy to eat feijoas, so that’s a habit I will change.  This year we’ve had the best harvest ever from our “Unique” feijoa which we planted in 2000.

Today I’ve baked a Feijoa Loaf – yum!  I just hope Myrtle may be contained in the North Island and keep away from the Avon Loop.

“I hope rust spores will cease to hurtle
down here I would not welcome Myrtle.”

Mighty Morris

The Morris Minor was conceved in 1941, and launched in 1948.  The concept of designer, Alec Issigonis, was to produce a practical, economical and affordable car for the general public that would equal, if not surpass, the convenience and design quality of a more expensive car.  He summed up his approach to the Minor; that he wanted to design an economy car that “the average man would take pleasure in owning, rather than feeling of it as something he’d been sentenced to” and “people who drive small cars are the same size as those who drive large cars and they should not be expected to put up with claustrophobic interiors.”  Issigonis wanted the car to be as spacious as possible for its size, and comfortable to drive for inexperienced motorists.   This morning a 1958 model was parked in Armagh Street.  Almost sixty years old, it looked just lovely.

When I returned two and half hours later it was still there, despite being in a parking space limited to one hour.

“I guess if you’re a car that old
you need not do what you are told.”




Ready Rainbow

A great jet of water pouring over the river and Oxford Terrace prompted me to investigate.

It turned out to be a Fire Brigade Training exercise.  They simply lift up the cover of a fire hydrant and plug into the water main.  The bright sunlight provided a rainbow in the water.

The firemen assured me they were kindly washing the road.  When I inquired what might happen to any car coming down Oxford Terrace from Hurley Street they demonstrated how they could change the direction of the water flow.  It’s good to know the brigade is prepared for all kinds of fires.

“I went across to see because
I wondered what the water was.”



First Flower

The year’s first snowdrop appeared today (actually it’s a snowflake).

It has a slightly chewed look, maybe it isn’t quite open yet, but I look forward to soon being able to pick whole bunches.

“I’m pleased to see this first wee gem
and looking forward to more of them.”


Floral Festival

Our late lamented Festival of Flowers has been replaced in a small way by last weekend’s Autumn Garden Show in the Botanic Gardens.  Ten different groups had displays in the Marquee, and there were chrysanthemums and bonsai in the Ilex Visitor Centre.  Unlike the Ellerslie Garden Show this was completely free, and was enjoyed by many, despite it being a rainy Sunday. I loved this Very Hungry Caterpillar (pumpkins, with a radish nose) in among the toadstools:


Garden clubs each had one square metre to display their version of ‘Ultimate Autumn Style”  I think this one was the Avonhead Club’s:

The Christchurch Beautifying Association turns 120 this year, and their stall holders were dressed appropriately:

The CHS Fruit and Vegetable Circle had an impressive array of produce:

The Canterbury Horticultural Society also displayed produce:

I was pleased to learn they now hold their monthly All About Gardening sessions at the Bridge Club in Nova Place, and I could well be tempted.  They have a public Facebook group HortTalk, where you can have your gardening questions answered.

Terra Viva were the sponsors for this show, and are to be congratulated.

“So many beautiful displays
depicting gardens many ways.”