Kelly and Steve Taylor are the duo behind ROAR Coffee Roasters and Temple Tattoo. They’re committed Southlanders now, but how on earth did a couple from Matakana find their “forever home” in Lumsden?
Imagine the conversation:
“Happy 30th birthday, darling. I’ve got such a surprise for you.”
Such a surprise! What possibilities spring to mind?
Holiday in Hawaii? A Spa retreat? Sparkling diamonds? Or maybe a cosy meal in your favourite restaurant.
Steve Taylor’s idea of a birthday surprise turned out to be a huge empty Masonic Lodge building in the small, Northern Southland town of Lumsden.
At that point, she never dreamed that one day she would actually end up living in that big old beautiful building and loving every moment of life in Lumsden. Continue reading “Temple Tattoo and ROAR Coffee: Lodging In Lumsden”
The south has long been home to a vibrant café culture. But it wasn’t until Kelly Taylor opened ROAR Coffee Roasters that we finally had our own Southland brew.
Today, cafés up and down the province can serve the freshest-possible delicious coffee. And it’s all thanks to ROAR’S unique blend of beans and service.
I caught up with Kelly and Steve to discover more about Lumsden’s latest local brand. Continue reading “ROAR: Coffee Roasters in Southland”
I have to confess I’m not a fan of pickled onions, but I do love a good sauce and Robbies has “sauces to die for.”
I first met Josie and Gus Robinson of ‘Robbies Pickles and Preserves’ at last summer’s Athol Valley Market.
“It tastes just like Nana used to make” is praise they hear time and again, and with good reason.
Robbies pickles and sauces ARE just like Nana made. In fact, many of them are made from the very same recipes and home-grown ingredients that Josie’s own Nana created in her kitchen so long ago.
Josie Robinson of Robbies Pickles and Preserves. Continue reading “Robbies: All For Pickles And Pickles For All”
Last year James Jubb created a little gem: a video series appropriately called My Southland Story. Its goal is simple. To tell the stories of Southland and why it’s an amazing place to work, live and play.
He wants the world to know that if you’re willing to work and to fall in love with the landscape and lifestyle, then you too can live the Kiwi Southern Dream.
James himself has a good yarn to share about how he became one of Southland’s most passionate advocates. Read moRE
I just love watching figure skaters on TV. I can’t believe how they leap and spin across the ice on a mere five thin mm of steel.
What do you reckon — inspiring… terrifying… FUN? Yes, all that grace and beauty begins with a kid having fun.
But that kid also has to be brave enough to get up when she falls, with the grit to try again — and again!
, In Athol there’s a whole family of them — Adriana, Chonelle and Gabby Evans. Three girls who love the competition, challenges, and friendships of their hectic ice skating life.
Adriana, Gabby and Chonelle Evans at their Athol farm. These are just some of the many bling-covered outfits the girls have skated in over the past 8 years. Continue reading “3 Evans Sisters: Lovin’ The Ice Skating Life”
Kawarau Dreams and Nightmares
If you’re a tourist, or new to Queenstown you probably sweep over the new Kawarau Falls bridge without giving it a second thought.
But I never take it for granted. In fact, I’m still pinching myself to check that it’s real.
Because trying to cross the old one-way bridge used to be a nightmare.
For years we called it a bridge, but the old girl was actually a dam. Although, she never quite managed to stop the river water flowing.
Here’s how it happened.
Continue reading “Bridging The Kawarau Falls”