Local Heart, Global Soul

April 13, 2018

Beach House Café: A Villa Remodeled

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch made the drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in December 2017 on the very newly opened State Highway 1.

Closed for repairs for just over a year after a massive earthquake, some of the damage we saw left us in awe of just how much of hillside can be shifted by Mother Nature during a 2 minute shake.

In fact, it was not only clear why the road had to close for so long, but also a wonder that it’s open this quickly considering the size and number of land slips that need clearing, hillsides to be stabilized, bridges checked and repaired, road edges repaired etc.

Despite a number of places where we needed to wait for oncoming traffic to take their turn getting though sections of road that were still one lane only, and the naturally slow speed limit through areas still not fully repaired, we made fairly good time to Kaikoura, where a break for lunch was in order.

Deciding to avoid the central area of town, we kept to the main road and picked this place for no other reason than there was a parking place on the main road close by and after perusal of the menu it got a thumbs up for serving toasted sandwiches and Caesar Salad for Little Mr. and Kiwi Daughter respectively.

Called the “Beach House Café” this is housed in a traditional old style New Zealand villa and has been open plan renovated to suit a café style. It means that the various rooms of the house open to the public flow from one to another but still retain their own character.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 6, 2010

Like I promised you… …it’s in the mail.

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,The Hague,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When we travelled though the United States last year I took  photos of several things that seemed very ordinary indeed to some of readers who live  in the USA.

You comments showed me that you thought it rather humorous  that I should be so fascinated with such simple every-day things like yellow buses or mailboxes.

For me, these things are some of the little icons of America  that you see in movies, or in books  and they look so different to the buses and mailboxes I’m used to, that yep, guilty, I stop and stare.

I promised you a while back that I would show you what our mail collection boxes look like…  so as promised, here is the photo of one of ours  to show you why I think your mailboxes are quaint and have character.

Ours are modern and have no soul.  There are two slots,  like unseeing eyes, one for post going to the local city and immediate surrounding area and the other for post going to all other destinations.

At New Year, don’t bother to try and post a letter, all the boxes get sealed up in an effort to defeat the nationwide sport of teenagers who have a long a dedicated history of blowing them up with firecrackers.  Year before last the kids waited until the day after New Year,  and the previous occupant  of this spot got itself expanded into at least four very artistic, albeit  rather ruthlessly jagged pieces.

Senseless of course and I usually don’t like vandalism at all, but that said, I’ll have to admit that it was rather impressive to behold. PTT came and disposed of the pitiful carcase very swiftly and I think that this year the regular presence of  the local constabulary has helped this one to reach it’s second birthday without adding to the letterbox mortality rate.

Now that promise is fulfilled. Ta Da!  Drum Roll…Can I have a cheque please? … oh what?  I might have guessed.

Naturally…      ….”It’s in the mail“.

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