Saturday rolled around and after picking up Tracy's friend Anna, we headed through the tunnel to Lyttleton for more culinary goodness at the local farmers market. Very busy it was too, and a great array of fantastic produce ... picked up some nice brie, and plum and walnut spread and some rainbow olives (and scarfed a mini bacon and egg pie on the way out). We headed in to the city after lunch and had a bit of a look around the Arts Centre (nothing really grabbed my eye, or opened my wallet) and then the new(ish) city art gallery - some great exhibitions there, including Bill Hammond's eerie bird works and Ans Westera's brilliant photographs.
Saturday night arrived and we headed out for dinner (with Anna and Ross, who I hadn't seen for years) at The Flying Burrito Brothers - a buzzing little Mexican place and an offshoot of the one here in Wellington. It was margaritas and mole all round, then back to Tracy and Scott's to watch the All Blacks hammer Portugal - no contest really!
It was a lazy start to Sunday (a quality PJ session!) and then off on the road as we headed over to Banks Peninsula for a bit of a look-see. We stopped at The Hilltop Cafe for a late lunch - a delicious garlic prawn linguine - and soaked up the magnificent view, right over Akaroa Harbour on a beautifully warm sunny spring day. After we'd had our fill, we jumped back in the car and drove back to the city, just in time for me to grab my things, head to the airport and then wing my way back to Wellington. A great weekend away and just the ticket to recharge my slightly depleted batteries!
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