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Published: 18 March 2022

By Andy Ross

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This week's blog

Colin McCahon's painting "Taylor's Mistake" hangs in Ravenscarr Gallery, a new venue in Christchurch. Colin McCahon's painting "Taylor's Mistake" hangs in Ravenscarr Gallery, a new venue in Christchurch. We are currently in Christchurch, having come through across Arthur's Pass on Thursday afternoon. 

The journey across is so that we can pick up supplies that are not readily available across on the West Coast, and to take some boxes, which we left last month, back home from this side of the mountains. We are rushing about town, seeing friends and family, and generally being busy with all the things that people do in towns so this week the blog will be delayed until we get back home and I can think about it clearly. 

What has happened this week is exciting though! I have met with the Merino and Strong Wools Association, and chatted to a couple of other companies involved with wool, had a lovely converstion with a Maori weaver of flax who has Scottish ancestry, been to see some cloaks in the Christchurch Museum,explored a new gallery in the city, done a spot of gardening and bought some lovely native plants for our properties,  found a Yamaha baby grand piano and an 870 seat theatre in Greymouth, and, at the same time, found a tapestry loom in the upstairs room of that theatre, and learned lots about life in this new-to-me land. Amazing what comes out of the woodwork - and that includes borer, which has infested the skirtings and panelling of our hall and which is being dealt with while we are away. 

So, for the moment, I hope you have a good and quiet Sunday. Apologies for the blog lateness. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!