New Zealand Trip days 8-9

Dunedin to Nelson

Back on the road again, heading North. I stopped at the Moeraki Boulders, where the tide was out and there were tourists all over the place.

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At Oamaru I stumbled across Enterprise Beads and bought some strings of beads for knitting and some spinning wheel charms I will make into earrings. Nothing else terribly interesting on this stretch, since I’d visited Ashburton already coming South. On Wednesday night I stayed in Rangiora.

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The Jaywalker socks reached the turning of the heel.

Thursday morning was clear and sunny. I made a last minute decision to take Lewis Pass to Nelson and return on Saturday by the coastal route, rather than the other way around, because the weather forecast for Saturday was not looking good. Mind you, the mountain tops were still hidden by cloud (it’s a conspiracy against me!) and road works prevented my stopping at one scenic lookout.

At Brightwater I visited Hallblacks – another supplier of natural coloured fleeces, but she has also got a good range of commercial yarns, and, if it’s your thing, lots of novelty yarns including some I’ve never seen before (maybe that’s not hard since I don’t usually look for ‘dead muppet’).

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I chatted to Mary, the owner, for quite some time as she is a former English teacher and we were discussing education systems (among other things). I bought a prepared half fleece from a Lincoln lamb by the name of ‘Curious’. Apparently the other half of Curious’s fleece was purchased by a Melbourne chorister.

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After a quick visit to the Visitor Information Centre, I checked into my hotel in Nelson. From my room I had a lovely view of the Church spire.

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