Today is cold and grey but my hostess kept her promise and took me in on the bus so we could catch the ferry to Devonport.
Devonport is only a five minute ferry ride from Auckland city. The first thing I saw when we got out of the terminal building was this....
This place was great. Can you smell the chocolate? I had a great time here. This place makes so many flavours of chocolate - even a special Hokey Pokey one. It took three people to explain to me that Hokey Pokey is a butterscotch toffee type sweet that crackles when you eat it. New Zealanders put it into chocolate and into icecream and they love it. Not wanting to soil my pristine white apron I was reluctant to try it out so cannot vouch for the accuracy of their descriptions.
We went to the yarn shop and to the quilting shop but alas, my hostess forgot to take a photograph of me there. When I timidly voiced my disappointment she dismissively said "well you have better where you come from. I'm trying to give you unique experiences you know".
Maybe that is why she took me past this place.
Uh? Truth to tell I am enjoying myself so much I hadn't thought about that. Anyway we had a discussion and apparently the itinerary is -
Tomorrow we go to the Auckland Embroiderers Guild Annual Display of Work at Bishop Selwyns Residence. Doesn't that sound posh.
Next Saturday we go to a place called Orewa, where all the embroidery ladies from this region get together for a stitch and chat day.
Methinks I might like to visit those but then perhaps I need to think about where to next. My hostess said she will write about it all on her blog in a week or two but she was rather hoping I could stay until her birthday before I went on with my journey. Anyway I pleaded with her to put out the word and see if there was anyone else who had a spare bed for me and would show me other interesting places. Please think about it.
And now I'm really tired so its back to my sleeping pod and bye bye for now.