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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.

Buttercup

Buttercup

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.

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Many of them are in refurbished old buildings.

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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

Oakleigh

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

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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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Darning (Small)

Darning is something I do regularly – mainly socks.  I have what a podiatrist once described as “ski jump toes”.  The ends of my big toes are inclined to point upwards and consequently I often wear out the toes of my socks.  In recent years it’s been hard to find black darning wool.  The last packet I bought in England in 2013.  That’s now finished and I needed more.  I rang Spotlight who told me they no longer stock darning wool.  They could sell me yarn, and I’d need to split it to use for darning.  I’ve done that before, and it’s a pain.  I rang Hands Ashford who told me they had black darning wool in stock, but they’re over in Merivale, and not open on Sunday, the day I usually do ‘extra’ shopping.

Stephen suggested I try Knit World, round the corner in Peterborough Street.  I hadn’t been there for a couple of years, and thought they sold mainly knitting wool.  These days they have a wide range of haberdashery as well, buttons, ribbons, and darning wool!  They are open only 10am to 4pm, but seven days a week.  I’m delighted to know that haberdashery is again available in the central city, and thought I’d spread the word.

“If haberdashery you need
to Peterborough Street, proceed!”

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The Monster March Market was just one of many entertaining options available today.  The weather was sunny and there were lots of stalls at The Commons, on the Crowne Plaza Site, next to the Town Hall.

Market stalls

Market stalls

On such a warm day a parasol was an excellent idea, especially for anyone with exposed flesh.

Woman with parasol

Woman with parasol

I bought handmade soaps – a showertime luxury.

Handmade soaps for sale

Handmade soaps for sale

They were getting ready to play French Cricket, as an alterantive to the ICC World Cup.

Cricket pitch waiting

Cricket pitch waiting

The market finishes at 3pm, so you’ll need to be quick.

“There’s lots of stalls, and food to eat.
Go to the market for a treat.”

 

 

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Retropolitan Shop, which used to be on our corner, moved to a house in Fitzgerald Avenue after the earthquakes.  Today there were busy market stalls outside, and we stopped to have a look.

 

Retropolitan market

Retropolitan market

One woman had a stall filled with various chooky things.  Apparently she’d had a large collection before the earthquakes, and was now selling the survivors.  I bought a group of glass chooks which are currently  sitting on the base of my computer monitor.  It’s a kind of variation on three flying ducks.

Three chickens

Three chickens

“The market stalls were lots of fun
with something there for everyone.”

 

 

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I’m fond of the pink flamingo in my garden

My flamingo

My flamingo

and must admit I felt a little covetous when I saw this adult size blow-up bird in Ballantynes window.

Flamingo in Ballantyne's window

Flamingo in Ballantyne’s window

It’s only $119, and would look great in someone’s pool.  Unfortunately our little pond is definitely not big enough to take it.  I hope one day I may see one at the beach.

“I’d love this great big flamingo
but fear our pond wouild overflow.”

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