Nico (vilakins) wrote,

What I did today, or, Jaffa Cakes for a JAFA

Thanks to trixieleitz who located a British shop near me, I have now eaten a Jaffa cake. And it was very nice too: intense and extra-orangey. YUM!

But first we went to the annual fair at a local church. We got:

  • a foot-spa (at last, a rhyme for chutzpah!) for only $5, not yet tested
  • almost all the Marcus Didius Falco novels by Lindsey Davis
  • two old Giles cartoon books
  • The Book of the Goons, so old it has pink and yellow 60s psychedelic lettering on the cover; it will go with my Goon Show scripts
  • an SF anthology published in 1970
  • two lamps consisting of giant blue light-bulbs, pictures below

Then because trixieleitz had told me about The English Corner Shop (which isn't on one), we went there and bought Jaffa cakes, chocolate digestives, rich tea biscuits, crisps (pickled onion and worcester sauce flavours), Caramacs, and various sweets that appeal to Greg but not me.

There seemed to be a festival in Onehunga, so we stopped on the way back to see what was going on. It was Onehunga Heritage Weekend (who knew?) and I took some photos, then we went to the Hard To Find second-hand bookshop there. This is an old house full of stairs and little rooms, all packed with books. I really need to make up a list of authors I want before I go back, especially to the SF room.

Photos: band, big horses, bookshop, bizarre blue lamp

Band playing on a street corner in Onehunga

Clydesdales (I think) providing wagon rides through up and down the street

And again, since I know some of you love horses. Their studded black tack is rather Avonic now I come to think of it.

Note the antique fabric place selling feather boas!

Man with books - one of the statues in the Hard To Find bookshop

Morris dancer (I think) in the bookshop. This is by the entrance; the rooms upstairs are stacked to the ceiling with books, and there's a ladder to allow you to get at the top shelves.

One of the blue lamps beside my glowy planet (made of Himalayan salt). The stall-holder was amazed I wanted to buy anything so ugly ($15 the pair) but I thought they showed form matching function and were a very nice rich blue. Yes, you can also see a Bender robot, a motorcycle made of wire, a Spitfire, and assorted cats.

Planet glowing (it actually has markings rather like a gas giant) and the lamp on, a lot paler than I'd expected.

And now I'm off to bed.
Tags: auckland, cool stuff, nz, photos
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