Places named after dead white men

Yesterday morning I went to the Nelson markets. There was heaps on sale, and not one person selling knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags. I found a stall run by the couple who started the Anathoth jam company. They sold it a few years ago, but wanted back in the jam business, so I now have a pot of strawberry jam and ginger marmalade.

Then I went back to the museum for the newly opened mirrors exhibition. It was of the “Hey, kids! Science is fun!” variety, but functioned more like a carnival hall of mirrors than anything educational. My favourite was the obesity epidemic mirror that let viewers see what they’d look like as a really fat-arse person.

I visited the Nelson silversmith who made the Lord of the Rings ring. The lady behind the counter brought out the rotoype and a giant version of it. I looked at it and felt dirty.

I visited the Wearable Art and Collectable Car museum. It cost $18 to get in, and I left feeling a little underwhelmed. Maybe it’s the limitation of displaying frocks and cars – the cars aren’t moving, the wearable art isn’t being worn.

I should also note that I had the worst service from the cafe there. They forgot to make my coffee, and when it finally arrived, it tasted like coffee-tinted milk.

Next I got in my automobile and drove to Upper Motere and visited the Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett pottery. The Nelson area is full of potters (something in the dirt?), but most of them seem to make stuff of the cheerful crockery variety. But there was no cheerful crockery at Upper Moutere, so I bought a couple of pieces.

The trouble with buying pottery is no matter how small it is, it gets wrapped up with tons of bubble wrap and shredded paper, so I have no idea how I’m going to fit all my stuff in my suitcase. Woe!

Today I’m in Blenheim, which is dead cos it’s a Sunday. The main street is empty. It seems the only thing to do is visit a winery and get all Sideways.

2 thoughts on “Places named after dead white men”

  1. I haven’t been to Nelson for a few years, but the last time I was there I bought a lovely paua pendant which I still have and regularly wear. It’s the side of a small shell cut in a large teardrop shape. The guy who made them drove up from Hokitika each weekend.

    Have you been to the site of the Wairau incident, between Blenheim and Picton? Some settlers (including Wakefield’s brother, also named Wakefield) got uppity with Te Rauparaha on his land, and when the wife of Te Rauparaha’s nephew was shot dead in the mélee, a certain amount of hell broke loose. (Having said that, the “Wairau incident” sounds like the sort of name the event might be given in Japan.)

  2. I didn’t visit the scene of the Wairau Incident, but mentions of it are all over the place here. People don’t forget a good melee in a hurry!

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