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Jill's Scene

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.
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Hello, Mangatera

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 […]

So Long, Ormondville

After a long hiatus through the winter months, spring, and a birthday in need of a celebration, saw us out and about once again. This time to the Ormondville Pub, more correctly known as The Settlers Arms. We’d never been before and it well and truly met our core […]

Top of The Pops at The Duke

Central Hawkes Bay is beautiful at any time of the year. On our most recent visit – for lunch at the Duke of Edinburgh in Porangahau – the poplars were still yellow, the maples were turning and, after the first rain in months, there was a hint of […]

Puketapu Resurrection

Just when our readers may have given up on us we were out and about again at Easter. This time we chose somewhere a little closer to home for some of our group: The Puketapu. Once this hotel may well have been described as off the beaten track. […]

Lessons From The Crown

We’ve visited the Norsewood cafe several times over the years but this time in keeping with our aim to visit Hawkes Bay Country Pubs we lunched at The Crown Hotel. It was immediately apparent that this is the haunt of the true local: the sort who go along […]