We took a trip into Tauranga, the largest town near us, on an errand. It’s about 30-55 minutes away depending on rush hour. We stopped at a shop to make our purchase, then popped into the Bakery next door for a cappuccino and chai latte, our latest obsessions! It was after 1:30pm so the pies in the hot cases were almost all gone, but the proprietor was happy to make us our drinks. There was one customer eating a pie at a table and we struck up a conversation with both of them. The shop attendant is from Cambodia, and we saw he has posters that he has won competitions for his pies! The customer is a local who has a shop nearby, and a kiwi fruit orchard somewhere in the area. He suggested we go check out the Tauranga Waterfront, and the Fish & Chips Shop at the far end of the ‘strand’. We headed that way with our hot coffee & tea and had a delightful walk despite the extensive construction that is going on in the area and the looming storm clouds.
This group commemorates a series of favorite children’s books by a local author, the “Hairy Maclary & Friends” series. The bronze sculptures are of Hairy Maclary and some of his friends – Scarface Claw, Slinky Malinki, Hercules Morse, Muffin McLay, Bottomley Potts, Schnitzel von Krumm, Bitzer Maloney and Zachary Quack. Who’s who I wonder? On our way home we stopped for some grocery shopping in Te Puke (I still giggle every time I say it), the closest place for groceries, 15 min. from the B&B. By the way, the Fish & Chips shop on the waterfront was closed.
We headed home before the clouds burst, and had a decent sunset before the rain finally arrived overnight.