Some of you may not know of a very special little town in the South Island of New Zealand named Pleasant Point. I can tell you it is pleasant by name, and pleasant by nature.
I spent a really lovely couple of days there with my family last weekend and I would like to show you some of the things we saw:
Interior of the first class carriage - with heated, padded leather seats, frosted etched fanlights, and beautiful lamps.
The packet exchange - back from the days when the train carried the mail
Restored Gangers hut with coal range and the sign from the cemetery
Drure Tr 18diesel shunter
the spectacular AB699 - without her coverings waiting for her boiler inspection
D16 2-4-0 Steam engine reversing into the station at Keane's Crossing
Wonderful old signs in the locomotive shed
interior of the ticket office
me and the D16 2-4-0 Steam engine
The Legends Cafe (formerly the Post Office) and once the home of the famous Den Heath Custard Square. I can vouch for the yumminess of the custard square - sadly no photos to share of this culinary delight!
me outside the Pleasant Point railway station - it was so cold I changed from hat to earmuffs!
Oamaru Thames Street, St Vincent de Paul and a old shop facadeOn the way to Pleasant Point (and home) and I can now tell you that in Oamaru I have visited the following: St Vincent de Paul, Hospice Shop and both the Salvation Army stores (most well organised Sally Army stores I have ever visited). In Timaru I called in to the St Vincent de Paul (the biggest St V de P I have ever seen and very well laid out) sadly, the Red Cross was closed.
When I ventured into Temuka I discovered that the Salvation Army, SPCA Op shop and another op shop were all closed on the Saturday so I am planning another visit in future. I did however find a great antique shop "Temuka Treasures" and had a long talk about art and politics with Colin Higgins and Maria Foley in their artists studio aptly named "Out the Back".
I had a great weekend and am planning to go back to Pleasant Point again in the near future. Hope you enjoyed the photos!