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.... History, crafts, scenery and heaps of other stuff .......

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Coronation Cafe

Arise Sir Salem!!!!

The Crown Jewels are at the Coronation Café

There was no need for us to travel all the way to London to see the crown jewels as the City and Sea Museum has replicas with all the glamour of the originals on display at the Coronation Cafe.
On a wet, windy and very humid day we popped in for a look around and just loved everything there.
Salem was even knighted by the Queen.

Come on in to the Coronation Cafe

There was bunting and Union flags all around the cafe and the Union flag was painted on the floor.
The tables and chairs were all painted gold so it looked very regal.

Have a seat and look at the Union Flag painted
on the floor.

The cafe was closing soon but we managed to get a hot drink each.
There wasn't a lot of choice so I got a latte and Salem had a fluffy which was very small for $2.
So I ended up giving him some of my coffee.

Replicas of the Crown Jewels

The crown jewels that were on display were made for the Centennial Exhibition in 1939.

Under one of the many creative crowns

There were lots of very quirky crowns around the cafe, my favourite was made out of pencils.
Very clever.

Colouring in his crown

There was coloured pencils and pictures of crowns to colour in so Salem did that while I thumbed through a couple of the books on the table.

They were all about the Queen and some were of her coronation.

Every table has books about the Queen

This was a "pop-up" cafe so apparently there wasn't much in the way of food earlier on.
There was no food at all when we came in.
But it is such a great idea and makes good use of this space.
It would be great if they did some Devonshire teas.

Bye for now.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cable Car Station is to be Replaced

We found out recently that the cable car station/ terminal is to be demolished to make way for a new "improved" and up-to-date terminal.
We don't like the plans that they have published and like the charm of the station that is already there.
This was built in 1979 but will be gone by late April.

Salem and I thought we had better go and take some photos of our beloved station before it is gone.
It was a beautiful day and as there was two cruise ships in town, we couldn't actually ride the cable car up the hill as there was a queue of hundreds of tourists down at the Lambton Quay (city) terminal.
So we caught the bus up the hill and then went for a lovely walk through the Botanic Gardens.

Some articles about the cable car:

And website:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Giant Bugs at The Botanic Gardens

On our way through the Wellington Botanic Gardens, we encountered some magical beasties.

It was a very nice surprise.  The Botanic Gardens have some amazing lighting displays and there was lighting rigged up around the giant bugs.

They must look amazing all lit up at night.  It's a pity we can't get to see them at night.

But they look amazing in the sunlight.  This is all part of the displays that are put on every summer.

I wonder what our next summer treat will be??????

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's Time for a Yarn

Granny square blanket so far.

I am finally back and ready to start blogging for another year.
I really needed the break as the holidays have been hectic.
I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year.

Time for a Yarn was held for the first time this year on Wednesday morning.
It was good to go along and have a chat and a cup of tea (or two, in my case) and a biscuit (ditto).
I was without my boy this time as he was at his dance schools summer school helping teach the little ones.
The project I took with me this time was a blanket I had just started a few weeks ago.
It is just made with small crocheted squares.
I was inspired by watching "Wartime Farm" and Ruth was making a blanket and I had made a small collection of small squares which I was going to use as bunting but I thought this was a better idea even though I have crocheted many blankets.  But I haven't made one this way before.
So I've been making heaps more squares and sewing them together.
It will be a lot bigger for the next get together.

Time for a Yarn

Come to the library with your knitting, 
crochet, embroidery,
hand sewing, tatting - anything involving 
yarn or thread - 
and share an hour with like-minded 
people. We meet on the 
last Wednesday 

of every month in the 
Paraparaumu Library 

meeting room at 10.15am for a cuppa, 
followed by a "yarn" 
while we work on our projects, share ideas,
 tips, and 

The next session will be on 
Wednesday 27th February.