Awamutu and to Threadbare Cottage and to Julie. We have met through blogging and we thought it would be wonderful to meet in person this time I was in New Zealand.
Julie made us a beautiful lunch, we had a bit of a chat and then had a look at her wonderful cottage....I wish I could put smell into a blog post as the smell going into the cottage was just heavenly!!!
We received a special welcome to the cottage....how good is that!!
Here is a look inside at some of the beautiful things on sale
The other end of the shop, there were so many things I would have liked to take home with me, Julie makes so many lovely things.
We were given a gift each in a personalised bag
I have untied the bow so it isn't as pretty as when I was given it!! Inside was
This, which opened up to
These, which the tablet has put sideways once again!!!
The mug mat smells of cloves and is just heavenly and the soap has lavender and calendula in it and also smells divine!!! It will be beside my bed tonight.
I did buy a couple of things that I couldn't resist, but they are wrapped jn bubble wrap to get home, so should stay that way for now.
We had a wander around the garden, the cats Blackie and Pippi kept well away from us strangers, then the time came to take our leave. We had a wonderful visit, thank you Julie for making us so welcome and for looking after us so well.
From Julies we drove for just over an hour to Rotorua and I am pleased to say we didn't get lost...thank you Julie for the directions, they were spot on!! We went to the tourist info centre to get a map to find the motel and found we were not far down the road. We settled in...we are in an upstairs unit so that meant carrying everything yp the stairs......had a cuppa and then it was time to go out again to Te Puia and a Maori cultural evening.
We saw the opening of the hangi, then were officially welcomed onto the marae and into the meeting house. Then there was a musical performance, with tourists going up on stage to join in, then we had dinner, a feast of food, including pavlova.....I was sitting next to an Aussie from Brisbane, so a lively debate went on all evening as to where the pavlova was first made...I won, although I think he thought he won!! Lol!!
To dinish the evening off we went to see the geyser but sadly it had performed before we got there.
Enough from me for one day, time for bed!
More culture to see tomorrow.