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Day 15 - Dunedin To Chaslands: Teapotland, Dollyworld, Free Veggies, The Lost Gypsy Gallery
 
 
 
We left Dunedin in the morning and headed south on State Highway 1.

We stopped in a town called Milton, The Town Of Opportunities, and we bought some diesel. There’s a famous English poet called Milton. And in this town there are streets named after other English poets, like Shakespeare and Chaucer.

Next we stopped in a town called Balclutha and went to the supermarket, had a coffee and read the paper at the Heart & Soul Cafe, and went to the information centre and bought a postcard of this bridge. I sent it to Waipukurau in New Zealand.

Espresso + Paper

After Balclutha, we left State Highway 1 and drove into the Catlins on the Southern Scenic Route.

You’re approaching the turn off to Cannibal Bay. The bay was named after human remains were found here by a land surveyor. Today Cannibal Bay is a breeding ground for Hooker’s Sea Lions and Elephant Seals
Tourism Radio

When we were driving through a town called Owaka, we saw lots of teapots, so we stopped to have a look.

Next door to Teapotland was Dollyworld.
The owner said she’s been collecting dolls for about ten years.

Started off doing the dolls when I was in Greymouth. Um, doing them up for children, like a dolls hospital. If they needed parts or repairs, we were there to, sort of, just trial and error, but fix them up, yeah. 
For me it’s an enjoyment of seeing the finished product. You know, they might have horrible, horrible hair, the children give them knots and what have you. So I wash them and clean them and send them away brand new.
Chyrstle Collis
Dollyworld

She said she opened her doll collection to the public because she enjoys meeting people.

Families have come in here, grandparents and say, “I remember that doll” … when they were young. You know, so the memories are good. You can see the look on people’s eyes, the smile on kids' faces. And that’s what it’s all about.
It’s swapping cultures and stories. It’s a mixture of everything, it’s not only the dolls. People are telling me about their lifestyle, their dolls, their food, their wine. So I’m learning too as well. 

In Papatowai we stopped to have a look at the stunning coastline.
And we found a vegetable garden with free vegetables. We thought it was amazing … and so did some tourists from Israel. That night’s salad was divine.

Up the road from the free veggies, we found the Lost Gypsy Gallery. I’d never heard of it before and it was a fantastic thing to stumble across.

The gallery was an old bus full of interesting things to look at and touch and wind. This is the train of thought.

What are you looking at? Stop looking at me!

We also had a look inside the Winding Thoughts Theatre (of sorts).
It was so cool.

Florence Hill Lookout

That night we stayed at the McLean Falls Holiday Park. It was an awesome place with a cozy cafe and a jazz band. I really wasn’t expecting to be able to end the day listening to live music … it was perfect.

 
 
thanks to:
United Campervans
Tourism Radio
Teapotland
Chyrstle Collis
Dollyworld
Blair Somerville
The Lost Gypsy Gallery
McLean Falls Holiday Park
Ménage à Trois
Kiwi Holiday Parks
 
music
 
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artist: Eric Elvendahl
 
track 1
artist: The James Quintet
track: If The Blues Were Some Other Color (take 10)
album: The Studio Sessions Volume 1
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: New York City, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
 
track 2
artist: The James Quintet
track: Untitled Jam 01
album: The Studio Sessions Volume 1
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: New York City, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
 
track 3
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies
licence: CC BY 3.0
artist site

track 4
artist: Quantum Jazz
track: Jingle Jazz
album: Hand In Space
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: Denmark
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site
 
track 5
artist: Aquascape
track: Vacuum Fields
album: Tunguska Chillout Grooves vol. 1
licence: CC BY 3.0
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
track on YouTube
YouTube channel
Facebook
MySpace
Twitter
artist site
 
track 6
artist: JP Mounier
track: New Way
album: Blue Eyes
licence: CC BY-SA 2.0
from: st féliu d'avall, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
YouTube channel
MySpace
 

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