Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Come visit Kakanui

Roll up, roll up...get aboard the 'Forget yer vasectomy tour' of Kakanui! The wee town is an odd collection of eclectic properties, with equally eclectic owners. There are retirees, artists, parents, students, and odd balls. Your usual population demographic I guess of down town anywhere. Here we have a wee house/cottage with rather a grand entrance way....




This place is just up the road from my mother's house, I think most of the cottages started life as a holiday bach (or 'crib' as they call them down south)


Some of them have different paint on each wall, others have the "left-behind for winter" look.


Old garage doors look as if they have not been opened for some time, and indeed behind at least one garage door is an old  Bullet nose Studebakker in almost usable condition!



This guy was out collecting shellfish at low tide. The place kind of reminds me of the setting for Steinbeck's Cannery Row.




These curious cows are neighbour's of my mother's. They like to follow you up and down the fence line, much to the amusement of my daughters'!



This chap was just sitting there, possibly in camoflage, either waiting for unsuspecting prey or a photographer....



While this tourist peddled his way across the bridge with ease and a carefree air!

Later, on the way back to Christchurch, we stopped at a small place called Winchester. This township is where my father was born, but NOT IN THIS HOUSE. This house is clearly one for Owen to consider.


OK, now then after all that travel I don't know about youo, but I'm thirsty!


How about a Happy World?
15ml Cognac
30ml Cointreau
30ml orange juice
15ml Banana liqueur


Pour all ingredients into a shaker, shake then strain into serving glass (I'd use a champagne saucer cos it looks nice and poncey!!).


And then kick back and groove to this old chestnut from the 80s...


16 comments:

A Write Blog said...

Good grief.

I'd forgotten what green looked like what with all the snow over here.

The Sagittarian said...

AWB - I am loving your photos, we don't get snow to that extent here in the city, having said that I'm not in a hurry to swap just yet...

TheUndertaker said...

Weeelll, it looks like you were having fun? Slightly different pace down there huh. The only thing to overtake was that old geezer on the tractor, haha

Mike said...

Years ago I had this idea that if I could actually take good pictures (I can't), I would travel all around Michigan taking pictures of old abandoned farm buildings and houses.

I'm not entirely sure that had anything to do with your post, but that old garage photo reminded me of that.

The Sagittarian said...

Undertaker - well, sometimes being in a quiet place can reconnect one with oneself so in a sense I did have fun, that tractor is actually one of those bikes that you peddle lying down! Looked like a lot of effort to me...

Mike - thanks for that, I am taking that as a sign that you want me to be your tour guide when you get down this way!

Owen said...

I can see I'm going to have to get to NZ one of these days and go take a closer look at some of these properties you're proposing... but are foreigners even welcome to stay longer than a tourist visa allows if they buy property there ??? That last absolutely gorgeous shack can't cost too much, right ? And it only needs a little tiny bit of work to make it livable for me... I don't need much...

Happy New Year Amanda !

The Sagittarian said...

Owen - oh by all means you can live here, Shania Twain bought half the South island or something close to it and we're always giving away bits of land here and there. The more the merrier, let's fill up those bridges and country lanes...

louciao said...

This is a delightful tour, Saj! I've only had time for a quick look around but I'll be packing my bags in the morning to come back for a longer visit! BTW: we got a piece of mail from Timaru today (for our daughter but we got to look at the stamps).

Steve said...

I think slightly delapilated buildings are far more beautiful and homely looking than brand spanking well cared for ones. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

rb said...

Happy New Year, Saggy! I know I am a bit late. But that's fashionable isn't it? Well, it was back in 1984 anyway.

I love old shacks and things. On Lindisfarne they use old upturned boats as sheds. They are wonderful. I took loads of photos of them.

It's mighty cold here still. I am enjoying the snow but the odd day of warmth and sunshine would be nice - shame I can't flit between here and there!

louciao said...

I see on closer inspection that Winchester is not far from Timaru, where my daughter's former host "parents" have moved. Small world--but beautiful--NZ! I hope you'll quit giving Owen all the good real estate options and pass a few my way!

The Sagittarian said...

Louciao - I had a feeling you'd like the place! Also, Timaru is rather a cute town as well, I have some good friends there as well. Next time I'll do a tour of Timaru just for you!

Steve - I agree, there is something restful about these places.

RB - Up turned boats as sheds, how novel! I'd love to see a photo of that, do they put them on poles or something?? I confess to having had a few quiet drinks in your name the other night, being midnight and still 22 degrees and all I just knew you'd want me to do that...

The villager: said...

Kakanui sounds like the ideal place for me - much more welcoming to lunatics than my village !

安室 said...

goodjob!........................................

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Cool tree cat!

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