Thursday was a whirlwind of brunch at Island Bay, settling into the hotel where we would be holding the first of the birthday parties, and zipping around town gathering supplies (and coffee)...
|The waves at Island Bay, across the road from our brunch cafe|
|Julian and I stopped for long blacks at the Flight Coffee Hangar!|
On Friday, after the party, I went for a lovely solo stroll from our hotel to the waterfront and back. The familiar landmarks looked beautiful in the early evening light...
|Looking across the harbour|
|Over the bridge to Civic Square|
|My favourite library ever (sniff)...|
|Old Bank Arcade with overhead bus power-lines|
I had Saturday afternoon all to myself, so naturally I headed for Tash's amazing yarn shop Holland Road Yarn Co, stopping for a quick lunch at Deluxe on the way.
|Oriental Bay beach, below my old flat|
|Deluxe Cafe has reliably amazing salads!|
I spent nearly two hours at the yarn shop, browsing and chatting... and spinning! A spinning group was in residence on the shop's couches, with wheels and spindles whizzing. Jen invited me to join in, and loaned me one of the shop spinning wheels and some fibre to have a try at wheel-spinning.
I had only ever spun yarn using a spindle, so I needed help to get started (thank you Alexis!). I managed to get everything flowing nicely a couple of times, in between fighting with over-twisting, re-attaching my fibre, and spinning the wheel the wrong way. I definitely got a good taste of using a wheel, and I've started researching affordable models. ;)
|Holland Road is a wonderfully colourful place!|
|A rainbow of Quince & Co yarn|
|The Brooklyn Tweed Shelter wall|
|My very first wheel-spun yarn!|
|An amazing Sophie's Universe blanket on the shop's knitting couch|
|Heading back to Oriental Bay via the waterfront|
|Boat-sheds in the sun|
The other big highlight of my few days in Wellington was joining my old choir on Sunday morning for some plainchant, Byrd, and Palestrina. Due to a long and expensive period of earthquake-strengthening, St Mary's has been closed for the last few years and only re-opened a couple of weeks ago. It was so good to see my choir friends and sing with them again...
|The restored St Mary of the Angels, open again at last!|
|My view from the choir loft|
I rounded out my trip with a lovely lunch with Willie and family, and then headed north to my family in Whakatane. I'll be here for a couple more weeks before I fly back to Melbourne. So far I've been enjoying Mum & Dad's cooking, scoffing all the feijoas I can find, and quietly getting back to my knitting projects.
These are my precious new yarn pets from Holland Road - aren't they gorgeous?
|Knitsch Singularity + Brooklyn Tweed Arbor|
Yarn is definitely my favourite kind of souvenir. <3