Friday, March 27, 2015

Trip to Nelson

Have been back from our fabulous road trip for a few days now and sort of coming up for breath but still way too many jobs on the list to get through!

We started our trip south by breaking the drive in Taupo and caught up with friends there for the night before continuing on to Wellington ready to catch the early morning ferry, the Kaitaki, to Picton.  
Kaitaki leaving Picton
Note the cloudy sky, the only effect from cyclone Pam

Decided we needed a walk to stretch our old bones so headed for Queen Charlotte Park and drove up hill and down dale while winding around tight corner after corner but didn't find what we were looking for so, after a welcome coffee, headed west for Nelson.

Had a lovely morning with Meg over coffee and a great show and tell.  Meg and I met at a workshop with Randal Darwall way back 2006.  So much nicer to talk in person and see and touch fabric than look at pictures.  But I'll have the pics until next time.

The weekend with Professional Weavers Network was fun, energising, informative, inspirational.  We visited I-con Gallery, had afternoon tea with the Kayan backstrap weavers from Burma (that is a very sad story), had a physiotherapist show us exercises to help our bodies weave longer, had a talk on marketing and another on preparing an exhibition presentation.  There was lots of food, drink, talk and laughter and over all too soon.
Kayan weavers - the lady with the coffee is the "tree",
holding the loom firm

Outside Nelson yarn shop.

We visited Jointworks Studio, chatted with Jane and Tony and saw Anne Field's AVL loom that was recently rescued from the Art Centre in Christchurch after many years exposed to the elements after the earthquakes.  After several weeks tender loving care and some electronic know-how its working again.  We then headed over Takaka Hill to explore Golden Bay and ending at Puponga at the base of Farewell Spit.  

Farewell Spit on horizon
Enlarge to see poor attempt at an arrow.
Took the walk to Wharariki Beach and was enchanted by a colony of seal pups playing around.  Pics on Pete's camera, I was too busy watching.  Those pups were just like any youngsters, jumping on each other, nipping, chasing, racing.  And posers - the older ones would slide out on the rocks and pose for the camera.
Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes Area

Wairoa River

Queen Charlotte Sounds
While in Blenheim we went to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which I'll talk about in another post.  While there I got a text message to say our ferry back to Wellington had been cancelled and we had been placed on a later sailing.  Over the week we had been travelling rough seas caused by cyclone Pam had made the ferry crossings later and later so to get back on schedule they had to cancel one trip.  Bother!  I had visits planned.  What to do to fill in time.  Go visit a weaver of course.  Peg is not far off being a centenarian and, after major surgery, can't wait to get back to her draw loom.

Spent the night with Esther Nitschke in Feilding, a dear weaving friend who used to live nearby, before making it home late on Sunday.  Apart from two nights at seminar we had different accommodation each night for 12 nights, a wonderful trip but glad to be back in my own bed.  Good night.


  1. Hi Dianne,
    I loved reading about your S. Island trip and it brings back great memories of my time there. It really is great to get away, but ain't it grand to be back home!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Lynette. I'm rather slack on the photography side as tend to leave it to Pete but then it might take months for him to develop them from RAW. Must try better.