Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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We had breakfast in Elvis and were all ready to go by 09:00. We drove in to Picton so that Terry could get his hair cut. I wandered up and down 'the street' and into the 'shopping mall' to see what I could find. I bought another two pairs of reading glasses as both of the pairs I bought with me had broken, and an air freshener for Elvis. Right at the end of the street I came across a thrift shop where lo and behold, I was able to purchase a couple of freshly laundered light bed covers for $6 - bonus..
When Terry emerged from the barbers, we took a slow walk back to Elvis. The weather was a little overcast but not cold
Leaving Picton, we drove South to Blenheim. The town was much bigger than we anticipated and we spent a good couple of hours popping in and out of shops. The cost of merchandise seemed less expensive in Blenheim, possibly due to competition from other shops selling the same product. This worked in our favour and Terry bought a new pair of trainers.
The drive on to Nelson was a pleasant one, although it was overcast and raining on and off. We were both imagining that the scenery in the South Island would have been less green than that of the North, but many of the mountains were swathed with rows of tall green pine forests. We stopped a couple of times to take in the views and the fresh air. The damp rising air exuded wonderful fresh woody smells and the only noises that we could hear came from the chattering birds - wonderful.
Once into Nelson we headed toward the Nelson Top 10 campsite. We booked a powered site for Elvis then drove into the centre of Richmond, where we parked for a look around the area
We did enjoy sitting in these bars and cafes listening to people talk - the topic of conversations were so different from those we might hear, or be part of at home. Each town had a different feeling although most we had seen so far were near enough identical in design. Most had only one straight street and the majority of the buildings were only single storey. The hooked lamp posts, painted wooden billboards and spectacular mountainous backdrop all added to the stereotypical image of wild west towns in spaghetti westerns.
On the way back to Elvis we stopped at a Bakery where we bought a slab, probably 6 inches square by 2 inches in depth, of a Bacon pie, of sorts. We took it back to the campsite where I used the kitchen facilities on the site to heat it up. I wasn't feeling too hungry so just had a pot noodle; Terry managed to consume the slab independently ( no surprise there....) I chopped up some fresh strawberries we had bought in Blenheim, with some banana, plain yoghurt and honey for desert.
We retired to Elvis early to take advantage of the free Internet we had been given at check in, and also to do some more Australia research. We put up the awning as were in a sheltered spot plus had our extra blankets if it got too cold during the night.