We are now halfway
through the filming and have a 4 day break. I am split as to what to do.
Some of us are going off skiing in the mountains, others going off down
to the south of the Island to the fiord land. What should I do? Well I
set my heart on learning about jade carving last time I was in New Zealand
so I really wanted to go off to the jade carving centres and get some
jade to take home. So I head off to Hokiteka (called Hoki by the locals)
about 100 miles to the north of Franz Josef.
Now writing this after
eating in Café de Paris in Hoki. I am in a good mood and taking
in everything. Staying in a delightful B&B opposite the Museum in
this compact little town (Teichelmann's B&B). It is the old
doctor's house and run by two very friendly and kind people. Much better
than the various motels in town.
Left Franz Josef about
9:30 in the morning. I had called in on the two Mikes to see if they wanted
to get some breakfast but they had had a late night before and so I went
on my own. While I was sitting in the coach waiting to leave they came
past and banged on the window. The coach was packed and it was quite nice
to have some people to say bye to me. The Mikes pawed at the window jokingly
pleading with me to stay and Mike B wishing me a good trip. They go off
to the café to get some breakfast and while I am sitting there
surrounded by other travellers Mike L does a mooney from the café
window!! There are no words.. No words ..
Went round the jade
centres in Hoki. I was hoping that I might get to go up a river and find
my own but the rock is actually very difficult to spot and one can only
really tell it by cutting the boulders open. After talking to a few of
the jade carvers in the workshops in Hokitika I learnt a lot about this
amazing rock. Took some good photos and managed to get some rough-cut
sawn jade samples that I can work on when I get home.
Brought some bone
and jade carving books in Hokitik and also a little treasure ‘Live
to Paint & Paint to Live' by a New Zealand artist Rita Angus.
Very inspiring book and just perfect for reading in the evenings.
Went onto the beach
today. All the houses tend to look toward the Alps' range that runs to
the other side of the town to the beach. It's as though the people have
forgotten about the beach!
The beach is very
simple and an almost forgotten part of town. The sea roars - that immense
surf wall - not loud but immense all the same.