We drove up to Kaikoura this week!

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We arrived at 4:30pm because we had an awesome lunch at Wairapa Hills Winery & Cafe. Tried to find a spot for a cup of coffee in Kaikoura town but nothing seems to be in the mood for it, the one we settled for in the end managed to burnt the coffee. So, we wanted to try some fresh crayfish too, and decided to head out to Nins Bin just in time for them to sell out and close for the day. Went back to Kaikoura town again, decided to try out one of the restaurant, and got served mushy seafood.

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So, that was it, not much luck in terms of food, but plenty of good scenery out there!

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Headed out to Christchurch Botanical Garden again, and saw this! I had a feeling this is more exciting than America Cup. We had a wander around the garden and I checked out the native plantings to get some inspiration. I managed to get some, but I still need to process that into the Orchard Cottage. Think Ponga.

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Went to Birdlings Flat for the first time in my life even though it is just around the corner and I have been here long enough. Its beautiful, the pebble beach is awesome!

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Went to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Its a lovely place to just chill and wander around and look at stuff.

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Proud to say, I finally know how a Kiwi looks like!

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Took the Transalpine train day trip today. It is beautiful! I can’t wait to hop on the train again early Spring, the view will be magnificent. As we passed by the Alpine Fault, I saw some paddock which is on pretty flat land, being ridged into a wavy pattern, like a crinkled potato chips, with the edges joining to form one interconnected ditch. It is as if the farmer has swale-ed his flat paddock. Does that give you a permaculture design idea on a piece of flat land?

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So, I took the ladder out, stand on top of it, and took some pictures. The birds definitely got the better view.

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The Orchard Cottage this week.

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