Most people associate Wimbledon with tennis and some with wombles on the Common. Not many will think of the small, okay tiny, settlement in Southern Hawkes Bay. A bright spark, probably in an office somewhere in Wellington, has changed the boundaries and technically Wimbledon is now in the Tararua District. […]
Here you'll find my thoughts about life, travel, books and, because I love a laugh, the occasional spoof. All this from the perspective of a small town, on an island, in a country that's too close to the Antarctic for comfort.
Nau Mai, Haere mai. Come on in!
Four o’clock last Saturday afternoon, the temperature was thirty plus, and on the platform at Napier Station we and everyone else sizzled from the heat and the anticipation. This was no ordinary train service. There isn’t one any more for passengers on the Napier line. We were there […]
So far it’s been a day filled with music, parades, air displays, promenades, and lots of laughs. Everyone is out to have fun. . And now we’re Otane bound. What Ho and all that.
Some might think that Otane, in Central Hawkes Bay, is about as off the beaten track as it’s possible to get. Wikipedia seems to think so. But Otane does have a school, a café, a town hall, a country pub and, on Sundays, a market. Once a year, on Waitangi Day, […]
Jill’s Scene has been off the scene since going tropical back in November. But this month sees us out and about, off the beaten track, once more. The small village of Otane, in Central Hawkes Bay, features twice. We were there on Waitangi Day – a post is […]
Twice, between the bus station at Trat and the pier at Laem Ngop, when fellow travellers learned we were on our way to Koh Wai and not Koh Chang they asked us why! It was as clear as the waters of the Gulf of Thailand they considered us […]
We’ve tried to keep informed about the protests that are taking place around Bangkok this week. Staying safe is all about staying aware, we reckon. Although before any one gets too alarmed we haven’t felt any threat to our safety at all. But some reports in the media […]
Fourteen hours after touch down, one local bus trip from On Nut to Klong Toey – made easy by the inside knowledge of our Bangkokian family, a brief wander through the outskirts of the market, and with the help of a local, we found it: Munjai Cafe! Watch […]
Jill’s Scene has gone tropical for a week or two. Watch for posts with an out of the way, off the beaten track, quirky take on Thailand.
Eschewing Ormondville toasted sandwiches was one thing, coming up with an alternative was another. We were hungry! We fancied somewhere untried, somewhere with food, lots of it, and not too far away. Our stomachs rumbled as we drove south. If there’s a debate to be had whether Mangatera ( the hotel is […]