Sunday, May 5, 2013

Botanic Gardens

Autumn in Dunedin is so lovely!  As you can see!

 If you are a parent or an excellent honorary auntie or uncle, then you know about the Botanic Gardens.  The playground is pretty good (but certainly lacks the glory of Mosgiel's destination playground), the duck food is FREE from the visitors' centre and the green house is the warmest place to hang out in Dunedin in the middle of winter!

It astounds me that some rich dude gifted the Pavilion to the City.  What an awesome legacy and Dunedin is so much richer for it. It I end up with a big whack of money (ha, ha, ha), I would totally just build a palace for people to chill and drink coffee on the week ends!

There's not much else to say really...except Crusty Corner is across the road!  BONUS!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bad News at Balmac

A mournful day on the hill when I ordered the field mushrooms with rocket, truffle oil, tapenade and bacon. I was told it is no longer on the menu at Balmac #7. I was 3 days too late.

Though the staff was adequately sympathetic about my loss, I felt as though it wasn't enough. I wish someone had told me; I wish I had had the chance to say good-bye.

I had to console myself with the Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé:

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Roller Derby: Live Every Moment Charity Bout

About a year ago, I discovered a wee passion for bashing.

The Roller Derby Revival has been in full swing for over a decade now. The sport is perfect combination of raw athleticism, skilled skating and theatrical costuming. Dunedin Derby started up in 2010 and has been rolling strong ever since.

These groovy girls are opening the 2013 Season with a bout to benefit Otago Hospice. How awesome is that?!

Great night out, great family event, great cause! See you there. I'll be the one in the skull socks!

Above: Ruby Smash, Ana Phalaxis, Sister Strychnine, Anne Thrax 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ross Creek

When I am not at Ross Creek, I am a big fan.

When I am at Ross Creek, I heart-in-my-throat love Ross Creek!

I appreciate being alive! Honestly my heart leaps up, William Wordsworth style. The smell of moist soil and leafy trees is reward enough for getting my arse off the couch and down to the end of Cannington Road.  All of a sudden, those Romantics I had to study who were all hyped up on Nature suddenly make sense.

Ross Creek is an easy-peasy walk which is how I like my dose of outdoors. The best bit is the path which starts just past The Rocketship House but I also like the path that goes down from the reservoir to Woodhaugh Gardens.

The nice thing about Ross Creek is that everyone on the path is so friendly and welcoming. Old people, dogs, the famous National Rep running woman, teenaged boys, the power walking mummy mafia and me. Ross Creek makes me nicer.

The other nice thing is its proximity to Balmac # 7. Hello, exercise reward!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy Birthday to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens

I like the Botanic Gardens.  Who doesn't?

It  isn't usually the most exciting place (except that time my kid chased Bret MacKenzie's kid) but it's a green, flowery, free destination.  And there's a big caffeine temple in the middle of all that cultivated nature. Perfect for Sunday morning peace.

Today was a different story.  Today The Chills played to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Gardens.  People packed up their Grandma quilts and filled their chilly bins. (We had bacon and egg pie; cheese and onion tart; and homemade hummus).  And Dunedin turned on the sunshine and heat.

See all the little people on the hill?  What a good turn out!  One of the things I love about Dunedin is that being in a crowd in an enjoyable novelty, not a regular stressor.

All up it was a great day and I think I might go back next Sunday afternoon. Instead of middle aged  local rockers, it's a brass band!  Way cooler, in my nerdy opinion, and probably less of a crowd.  See you there?