Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Guruji is an Indian supermarket with a wonderful range of goods, but their spelling leaves something to be desired!

“They sadly lack a good proof reader.
Where’s Lynne Truss when we really need her?


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The one-off market at the Arts Centre today felt nostalgic – just like the olden days pre-earthquake.   There was a good range of craft and food stalls and pleasant music from Amiria Grenell and Matthew Smith.  As we walked towards the market we met the local Dachshund Walking Group out for a summer stroll.  On this hot day could they be called sizzling sausages?

Note there’s one in a pushchair

With the temperature high it was good to find plenty of shady seats where we could sit and sip a cold drink which came in an ecocup “Made from plants not oil”.

I met a friendly penguin who was promoting the Antarctic Centre.

This was an excellent opportunity to see different goods that are locally produced, and to do some Xmas shopping.

“Arts Centre Market used to be
a favourite shopping place for me.”




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Stunning Stall

Our neighbour Luisa is a clever craftswoman.  She sells her wares at various markets, and has created the ideal stall to take to these.  She’s recycled a horsebox, just one metre wide, painted it attractively, and fitted her racks and goods into it.   It can easily be towed to and set up at any location, has shelter from sun and rain, and somewhere for her to sit.  We spied her today at the monthly Linwood market.

Luisa’s stall

“Her stall will always catch the eye
persuading folk to stop and buy.”



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Charmingly Cheesy

I enjoy Brie, and I liked this sign.

“This sign was bound to make me smile
along the supermarket aisle.”


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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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