At the start of the year I went to the top of the South Island for some tramping. Conveniently there was a jazz festival on at the same time! I’ve missed going to live jazz events since I came to Greymouth. The first gig I went to was some rather inoffensive swing jazz. Not really my thing. The next night I went to Sumo Jazz.
They are the tutors from CPIT, and were very good. The next day they had an afternoon of jazz in a local park. Would be rather nice with some deck chairs and a picnic. I had neither and so made use of all the food trucks in the car park.
The next day I headed out to the museums, starting with Nelson Provincial Museum. The displays are rather high quality, but like every other provincial museum it’s still just a collection of random crap.
They also had an exhibit on Graham Percy. I’d heard about his elephant film thing but never seen anything else he’d done. It was well worth a look.
I had a bit of a bimble around town. There is a history walk you can do. The museum has guide maps. It’s not esecially amazing – but if you like old buildings it does the job.
I thought it looked like a pool pumphouse. But no, it’s the only surviving trout hatchery in NZ. Acclimatisation of Northern Hemisphere flora and fauna had a huge impact on NZ, so this is worth a look.
From there I zipped up to Founders Heritage Park.
In Greymouth we have Shantytown, which is set very clearly in the 1860s. Founders is different – it’s a collection of old buildings from different periods collected on one site.
Some of the buildings have history displays in them, but others are rented out to small businesses. It’s a good way of getting a sense of life in to the place.
Appropriately enough it’s in the bakery, but it would be nice to see the old ovens working. I also couldn’t buy any right there, which seems like a way not to make any money. There was also a cosmetics company and a fabric printing business, amongst others.
The displays were ok.
It was advertised as a cure for ‘brain-fag’! I always wondered if there was a term for my general malaise and ennui, and now I have it!
Now as exciting as heaters and planes are I did find the last display reached a new level of tedium. A huge collection of model boats and knots. You may like that sort of thing. I did not. It also had a video about the history of Nelson, which I would recommend if you are suffering from insomnia.
I went next door to the Japanese garden.