The Captain & I have been planning a visit to St Biddies to visit the Squirrels for ages. On our past two trips we just weren't in the same place at the same time, so we booked this date well in advance! We love the hour journey between Dunedin & Lawrence....green, green fields, enormous hills, new lambs & simply stunning scenery.
St Biddies is just as I'd imagined. It's such a beautiful building, almost 90 years old, with rambling gardens & picturesque views. Of course it's filled with all sorts of treasures. I could have sat soaking it all up for ages. So much to look at, it's a feast for the eyes. It was such a treat to explore this beautiful place.
Of course the highlight was meeting Vanessa & Warren in the flesh, after following their blog for so long now, & corresponding for a few years. Vanessa was the reason I jumped in & started my blog. She is just as lovely as you can imagine, so sweet & full of joy. And Warren is an absolute delight too. It felt like we had known each other for ages, & we felt so at home in their company.
Vanessa & Warren had made a delicious feast for lunch, of bacon & egg pies, salad & freshly baked bread with home made hummus. And then there were sweets.....an incredible coffee cake & Warren's freshly baked scones. I'll admit to having two slices of cake, it was so good. After sitting in the sunshine & chatting away, we went on a wee tour of the garden, had a play in Basil the camper van, & retired inside to discuss our Southland op shop route.
With Basil Brush in Basil
Time passed by SO quickly, & with my energy flagging we said our goodbyes & made the journey back to Dunedin. Even the Captain said the Squirrels are two of the most lovely people he's ever met, & I've got to say our day at St Biddies was just perfect.
Of course gifts were exchanged, with some enamel jewellery for me & some reading material for the Captain.
On our way home we stopped to photograph the old Ewing Phosphate building along the highway. It has such wonderful character, & the farmer came out to tell us a bit of it's history.
So that's the end to one perfect day in our favourite part of the world!