Our trip down south coincided with the Waimate Strawberry Fare, a celebration of the local crop that has become a well known event. We parked at the home of Waimate legendary teacher Mary Firth (also fantastic Aunty) and headed inside for a chat. Mary produced a suitcase full of interesting things for Alayna to play with including a small tea set that got some good use in the time before we headed out. Bridget was also there having stayed overnight after a drip down to Dunedin to wow the audiences with talks on the importance of transport and design in keeping people connected (amongst other things).

Ready to walk to Strawberry Fare

Ready to walk to Strawberry Fare (Bridget explaining to Alayna the importance of transport and design in keeping people & teddy bears connected)

House from the garden

Looking to Mary’s house from the lovely garden

Rose in bloom

Rose in bloom

It was a pleasant walk to the Fare and we took a path through the nearby Victoria Park and checked out the birds. We were all impressed by a peacock in full display mode as it tried to get the attention of a frankly disinterested female. We caught up with Mary and Bridget just past the old Empress Flour Mill and then crossed the road to enter the Fare which was spread over Boland Park and Seddon Square.

Old silo

Old silo

There were many many stalls selling everything from handmade crafts to radio controlled helicopters, a variety of food and drink including plenty of strawberries and live entertainment. The raffle reminded me of those that took place (and probably still take place) at the Rangitata Huts every new years, the board rattling around as tickets were sold. Alayna wanted to look at and touch everything and loved some of the toys on display. She climbed into a comfy seat (also for sale) and would have been quite content to stay put if we’d given her food and a hand-knitted doll to play with. We watched a pipe band walk by and I considered talking to some extravagantly dressed steampunk aficionados about a photo but in the end didn’t manage to make up my mind in time.

Raffle

Raffle

Comfy

Comfy

Playing a tune

Playing a tune

We bought lunch and some more shoes for Alayna and then it was time to head back to Timaru and for Alayna to have a sleep. In the afternoon Keryn made a cake for the following days birthday celebration and Alayna got to have more cousin time. As well as Mum’s birthday the next day we’d also be driving north on the first part of our journey home so some preparation for that was also required.

Time for a story

Time for a story


8 Comments

Brendon Doran

Brendon Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

Featuring Bridget & Aunty Mary :)

Catherine Doran

Catherine Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

Lovely photos in that one – in particular the lavender, and the one of Alayna in the chair.

Brendon Doran

Brendon Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

Tsh, that’s not lavender. Not that I’m a botanist or gardener but I think they’re lupins.

Catherine Doran

Catherine Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:35 am

Oops of course they are. We have lavender I should know!

Richard Minty Doran

Richard Minty Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

More importantly, did you enjoy Star Wars last night?

Brendon Doran

Brendon Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

Yes, very much so. The plot similarities to early movies didn’t really cause me issues and it was just a lot of fun.

Richard Minty Doran

Richard Minty Doran · December 30, 2015 at 11:52 am

That is a great review, sums it up really

mary firth · January 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Delphiniums, everyone!!

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