Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

We couldn’t resist stopping at Dispense Espresso for coffee and hot chocolate (and a tasty scone).

Situated beside a pharmacy, it would be the ideal spot to spend time waiting for a prescription.  We wondered about the water dispenser which had no drainage.  Would any drips go to the plant below, and thence to the dog bowl?  Have they dispensed (sic) with any drainage?

The next door stationers had a window display exhorting people to shop locally.  While I totally agree with the sentiment, I thought it would either be preaching to the converted, or likely to send others scurrying back to their own local shops.

We visited the Mitre 10 Mega for garden supplies, and new plants are now safely bedded.

“We’ve been to visit Ferrymead
returning with some plants we need.”


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This morning we visited the Lyttelton Farmers’ Market.  This is a great place to go on a Saturday morning with dozens of stalls selling plants, baked goods, delicatessen items, crafts, clothes, and more.  There’s entertainment too.

Lyttelton Farmers’ Market

Lots of friendly dogs were at the market

Mist on the hills surrounding Lyttelton

I persuaded Stephen to go by bus, and our ride included a close-up view of the gondola terminus which I haven’t seen before – I’ve boycotted it because I don’t think it should have been allowed to be built on the Port Hills.

The weather in Lyttelton was overcast, but back home the sun was shining. For lunch we enjoyed the focaccia we’d bought from Vic’s Bakery’s stall – rosemary with sea salt, and very addictive.

“Lyttelton’s the place to go
to see so many goods on show.”



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Foreign Food

I was surprised to find our New World Supermarket stocks frozen onion rings.  I’d never heard of such things.  I was even more surprised when I perused the packet and found they come from China!  China is a major trading partner, and there have been floods lately in Aotearoa, but do we really need to import onion rings?

Further on I inspected a packet of Budget Hash Browns, and was amazed to find they come from Belgium.

Surely we produce enough food here not to need these imports?  What about all the food miles?  What about buying local and keeping New Zealanders employed?

“Why do we import onion rings
and other non-essential things?”

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Signs at Verkerks shop saying their pork is female intrigued me.

I asked why, and was told they buy only female pigs.  Apparently their meat is more tender.  The meat of male pigs smells and tastes differently, and discerning customers, especially Asians, can tell.  I wonder what happens to the male pigs?  Presumably they go to less discerning butchers and customers.

Apologies to vegetarians for this post.

“”As a feminist should I baulk
at eating even female pork?”


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Riccarton Market

Thousands of people visit the Riccarton Market each Sunday.  Today we were part of that crowd, our first visit in at least two years.  Something new is the little yellow train called Buttercup, which offers rides near the entrance.



Although powered by a diesel engine, it has a convincing ‘toot’, and emits puffs of stem from its funnel.  Perhaps there’s a kettle hidden inside?  Some of the stalls were familiar, but there was lots of variety.  I was pleased to find a suitable gift  for a son-in-law at a craftsman’s stall.  We bought plants and vegetables, and admired the lop-eared rabbits ($70 for a boy).  One stall had an amazing array of pet accessories, including tiny socks for cats or dogs.  We didn’t think Ziggy needed these.

Pet stall, complete with live model.

Pet stall, complete with live model.

Was this a vet’s car in the car park?

Vet's car?

Vet’s car?

By the time we left it was nearly noon and there was hardly a parking space to be found.  Just as well we’d gone early.

“So many goods were on display
with crowds enjoying the sunny day.”

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Real Rangiora

Rangiora is a joy to visit because it has real shops – such a change from soulless malls.


Many of them are in refurbished old buildings.


Part of the library is the old Council chambers, and it has a magnificent ceiling.

Library ceiling

Library ceiling

Local homes are a mixture of very new and attractively old.



Oakleigh was once the home of Major-General Sir Howard Kippenberger who was Editor-in-chief  of New Zealand’s War Histories.


One appeal of travelling north to Rangiora is that you get to see lambs, although these ones were nearly full grown.

It’s easy to understand why so many people chose to move to Rangiora after the earthquakes.  It’s a very attractive town.

“I can see why this town would be
a most attractive place to flee.”



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Congratulations to New World who now accept soft plastic packaging for recycling.

Soft plastic disposal (Small)

This means our “Press” wrappers, bread bags, etc, no longer need to go in the red wheelie bin.  Hooray!  Currently the material is being shipped to Australia where it will be made into park benches and playground facilities.  (Not sure how sustainable that shipping is.)

“A new recycling project here
deserves to get a hearty cheer.”


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