Week One in Wellington.

Back in New Zealand.

Early for the Rugby. South Africa vs. Wales RWC 2011.

Slightly cold and damp before the match.

Wellington from the dog park.

Lucy Dog.

Our soon to be ‘hood.

Kia Ora. 

Soooooooon! Not that I am stalking our house or anything…

After the hail storm…

We’ve had a good first week here in Wellington. I’ve had some time to get myself a little more acquainted with a great city. So far – some place that I love …

  • Wellington City Library – This is an amazing library. Everyone, including the staff of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, is so helpful and nice. There is an immense amount of resources, books, periodicals, videos, and music. Of course having a view of the harbour while looking up some great craft books or some fiction is always inspiring. And access to the CBD’s free wi-fi connections is always helpful for emailing your mother from far, far away whilst sipping your soy flat white… (Did you get the email Mom??)
  • Minerva (Cuba Street) – THE Textile Bookshop that everyone should stop if they are in Wellington. They have the largest and best selection of craft, fabric, knitting, textile, fashion… the list goes on… that I have seen in this hemisphere! And of course, seeing the Meet Me at Mike’s book there will make everyone’s day back in Melbourne!
  • Knit World (Cuba Street) – So many choices! So many colours! So many ideas! While they have a lot of imported wools, they have a lot of New Zealand made wools that may be pure merinos, or a mix – check out the merino-possum-silk blends! Fascinating! 
  • SaveMart – As a seasoned thrifter, I cannot recommend this shop enough! We were able to hit up the Porirua store and I was quite impressed. Think Savers on Sydney Road, but about 50% larger and just as cheap! I was able to pick up a couple vintage dresses (from the costume section of all places) and a pair of jeans for about $35.00 NZ. Brilliant! I think I’ll be making the drive out to Porirua on a regular basis!
  • Vincent’s Art Workshop – Now THIS is a great place! Vincent’s is an open studio where you can use their space and have access to their art supplies during most business hours. Every Thursday is a Women’s Only Day, this is when I was able to pop in to check it out. There is such a huge sense of community that is just astounding. They do have certain classes and workshops that you can attend for a small fee, and there is also at least two tutors on hand to help. I was very excited to see they have a woodworking shop, clay and pottery and their own kiln, mosaics, painting, drawing and a whole heap of other things to get your hands dirty. I’m going to try and attend a couple of their life drawing classes in the next couple weeks. 
  • The French Art Shop – The best way to describe this art shop is stated on their website… “A cross between a chemist shop and a lollie shop for artists.” How true is that statement? Oh so very! After just popping into Gordon Harris’s up the road, I came across the French Art Shop and  found myself in love. 

And on a silly note – yesterday while on our way to an appointment, we saw the Springbok Prop, Tendai Mtawarira aka BEAST hanging out on the streets of Lampton Quay! Very cool to see some international Rugby players around town! Loving this city right now!

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