Monday, February 8, 2016

Arrowtown, Aeroplanes and Gin

Howdy Neighbour and I went for a trip down Memory Lane - well, the Arrow River, anyway. We started the day with a hearty pastry overdose at Provisions Cafe.
Howdy Neighbour with the 'world-famous-in-Arrowtown' sticky buns
I miss this place., and I miss that face.

After a long day of walking, talking and eating ice-cream, it was clearly time for bubbles and more talking.

The Wee Red Hen
Trouble? Us? Surely not...
Flying back to Wellington, the views from the plane are outstanding.

My house is down there
Aoraki Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki
Godley River and Lake Tekapo
Islands through the clouds in Queen Charlotte Sound Totaranui

And back in Canberra for a gin tasting evening with friends. We sampled 17 varieties of gin, with and without tonic. We didn't know which they were as we took notes, and then their labels were revealed at the end, allowing us to see which had been our favourites. It's always good to find you like a gin that isn't outrageously expensive (Opihr; approx $60 for 700ml) or slightly more pricey (Copperwave from Hunter Distillery; approx $70 for 500ml).

Gin selection below fabulous artwork by Louise Numina
Some of the garnishes
Gindelle with some of the best
Gindelle and Calamity Sue
Different styles of note-taking

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