We left Christchurch at 7.30am, stopped in Timaru for a hot chocolate and a fantastic lemon muffin about 2 hours later, and arrived in Oamaru before lunch. I’d said I’d go with him, not just because it is quite a long drive when you are by yourself, but the lure of lunch at the excellent Riverstone Kitchen just north of Oamaru was enticing. (Life in our family doesn’t just revolve around food, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it does, from these comments.) He supplied me with a pair of “tool hunting” gloves and we got to work. After looking at every rusty old spanner in the two boxes we had a nil result. The tools are very specific, we weren’t looking for just any old spanner. My theory is that there are some, hidden in some sort of tool heaven, which requires a secret password to get into. In the meantime it is a case of continuing to hunt, and being happy that sometimes the journey is just as good as the destination.
My image this week was made just north of the turn off to Waimate. I’d spotted these red barns in a farm yard on the way down and we made a quick stop on the way home for a photograph. They actually don’t look much like this at all because I’ve added several textures and grunged it up to make it more extreme, while leaving the basic outline of the graphic shapes of the buildings.
Not only did we not find any tools but when I called Riverstone Kitchen from Oamaru to make a reservation I learned they were closed on Wednesdays. The day was saved by a great team at a lovely little cafe in the old part of Oamaru called Tees Street Cafe, and a terrific Thai Beef Salad.
The tool hunt continues.