Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Alps to the Ocean

Continuing on my New Zealand travel diary, we went to Mount Cook after Queenstown. It's our 3rd time staying there, I don't think I'll ever grow tired of this spectacular place.

On the highest sealed road in NZ....the Crown Range

The barren but beautiful Lindus Pass

We stopped for a quick look at the antique shop in Omarama, no purchases apart from an airline book for the Captain

After plenty of horizontal time the day & night before, we set out on an Argo tour. The reason we wanted to do the tour is because I am not able to do the usual tourist walk to view the Tasman Glacier. It's 20 minutes long which is beyond my physical capacity. The Argo 8 wheel all terrain vehicle takes you to an area that is closer to the glacier, only a 2 minute walk apparently. Well 2 minutes for someone of average fitness was a mammoth task for me. I had to take it so slowly as my legs are so weak when it comes to going uphill. I was swallowing down vomit most of the way from the exertion, with my dicky heart going haywire. But I made it, & got to see the view over the Tasman Lake & the glacier. Hard to say if it was worth the suffering I endured later on, but a huge achievement for me non the less.

The view from the top...the scale of this place is enormous

I did get to drive the Argo which was a treat

That's Mount Cook above, New Zealands highest peak

That's the Mueller Glacier lake

We stayed at a farm near Twizel. I didn't see anything of it due to being so ill, and when we left a thick fog had set in

We visited Waimate for the first time, & it exceeded my expectations as a town. There were multiple op shops and a few collectable shops

Including this one where I found a vinyl bag

We travel separately to my folks, yet we keep on meeting up in places like this!

The old derelict Arcadia Theatre is just divine, if only the cars didn't spoil the shot!

The main drag of Waimate

It was my second time in Temuka, and although its small the op shops didn't disappoint! 

You can spend AGES in Paws and Claws

The resident budgies that always make me smile

Temuka Treasures in the main street of town

And what did I buy?

This dark green New Zealand made 'Heritage' coat for $5
Paws and Claws Temuka

Some brown button boots from Timaru

This sweet trinket holder from a little shop in Waimate

As well as the green necklace and brooch

A Hermes tapestry bag, not the real Hermes, but a reproduction made in New Zealand in the late 60's early 70's - From Salvos in Temuka

A two tone vinyl-tastic bag from Waimate

Next stop is Mayfield and that vintage shop!

Friday, 17 October 2014

On the Border

I haven't been down to Coolangatta for about a year, so it was a treat to visit there on a lovely Spring day. I wore this handmade barkcloth shift dress given to me by blog friend Susan. I love the square neckline and the colours. I'll be wearing it to death during the hotter months.

We visited 20th Century Antiques, which now has a lovely cafe

I LOVED this handmade cotton dress, but it wasn't the right fit on me
I do love faux patchwork fabric

"That Shop" next door sells rockabilly and pin up style clothing

Stunning views north to Surfers Paradise

Outfit Details.....

Barkloth dress (60's era) - Gifted by Susan
Green tree bird brooch - Gifted by darling Vanessa
Deer brooch and enamel flower brooch - Gifted by Queen Helga
Two vintage Buch & Deichmann bangles - Salvos @ Queenstown
(nearly everything is from New Zealand!)
Button ring - The Collective store
Plastic beaded bag - Op shopped 
Shoes, belt and sunglasses - Retail