Progress around town

Last week Dandelion moved from opposite the supermarket up to the vacated Thai Food place next to the new Kia Ora Diary. Their shop is bigger and has more really lovely looking things. There are to my own delight items for the Science Fiction fans. I’m hanging out till Wednesday so I can have a look inside instead of pressing my nose against the glass.

This afternoon I passed The Green Jersey Cycle Tours shop. They have taken up in the old Butchers shop on Daniell Street. I caught a gentleman putting up their new sign.

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I’m looking forward to taking a look inside once its opened. They will also be a cycle repair shop, which is exciting, as I’m hoping to save up for a bicycle so I can take the boys cycling in the summer.

This means south of the railway lines all the shops, except the old Pizza place, are fully rented.

I also saw that the skinny shop between Totem and CTC is now occupied and setting up shop. Lots of that new paint smell and some interesting looking art already present. I’m looking forward to that one.

Since I’ve heard the old Dandelion shop is already rented, only the recently vacant Apothecary shop is empty north of the railway line.

Whoever is thinking of building more shops on the ZenGarden better hop to it. We’ve almost run out of shops!


New art installation

This arrived on Thursday. I think it was Thursday. I first saw it on Thursday.


After the last few days of wind and rain and hail I’m actually quiet surprised its still there. I know nothing about it. I will be an ass and assume its just waiting there for the next stage of transport. To where ever that maybe. Although I really hope that the #FeatherstonZenGarden is not it’s final location.

Perhaps it _is_ art. of some form. Or potential art.

What ever it is, I’m glad our main street empty lot is so useful for the company involved. Although if I were them I would not leave it there too long just in case the Council try to start charging some sort of fees.

Working Bee

On Sunday 20 July 2014 a Working Bee was held by the members of the MenzShed on the site where the Trusthouse BottleO will be moving to. They have removed some of the horrid fence I disliked so much and moved some dirt around. This is in preparation of the move of the BottleO over to its new site.

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The Featherston MenzShed have a Facebook page you can follow if you are interested in what they do and the movement of their building. I applaud what they are about. I am sad that they have been put in this situation by the Council. But I am hopeful of the contribution which they will give to the town. I hope the best for them as a group.

Someone said to me last night. What about the Gusto/Lotto building? What is happening to that? Why not move that onto the #FeatherstonZenGarden so it can be used as a commercial building? Perhaps with some work it could be the central Information Centre people keep asking for? Perhaps it could be a shop for a baker or a bookbinder or a milkshake bar, with pool and pinball machines. A warm hangout place.

And could someone please put some seats up so we can sit in the sun on a dry winters day! The only seats around are either out of town or under the trees.

I like to think the rain washes things clean. The buildings and footpath and rocks take on a sheen not seen during the summer. You see a place at its worst in the winter and hope for a bright summer. I like rocks, funnily enough having spent 4 years of my life looking at them. People always make fun of the rocks. But the rocks are the only things that will endure, and even then they too will change their appearance. This may be why I like the idea of a Rock Garden so much. No matter what happens to the people, the houses, the plants, it’ll be the rocks that tell our story in millions of years. It will be the roads and foot paths and toilet bowls that will show how we lived now to the future.

Mountains will rise and fall.

Seas will come and go.

Ice will carve monuments to time in the rock.

The silliness of man will be forgotten amongst the stars that we are made of.