Saturday, January 18, 2014

Picton Maritime Festival 2014

The Picton Maritime Festival held on the Foreshore every year is a very popular event, people come from far and wide to enjoy the seafood and the maritime games and fun, plus they are entertained by dozens of top class artist on the stage.

The foreshore  looks just lovely with loads of flowers all blooming brightly.

There was a good display of hand made clinker boats,many more than I could get in my photo. The men who had built them would gladly take you for a free row around the harbour - for free!

Plenty of food stalls selling the most delicious food imaginable. First I sampled some king smoked Salmon that was being served free to everyone and it was so yummy I had a second small biscuit, before trying a wonderful Prawn and Scallop kebab, followed a little later by a hot pork sandwich, to top it all off I then had a bowl of Strawberry's and Ice cream.

The food stalls were very popular so I had to stand in a long line a long time, making me very hungry.

Watched some kids fighting it out in a raft race - good wet fun.
All the while I listened to the bands playing beautiful music.
I enjoyed myself and had a feast.
A street was closed so even more interesting stalls could show off their wares and hopefully make plenty of sales.

Pirates roamed around looking for some new recruits.

 The festival goes on into the night and finishes with a great Fireworks display, my favourite part of the show really as the fireworks are let off out at sea from a raft and the sparkles reflect in the water adding to the ambiance.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Picton Ferry

The new replacement Picton Ferry Stena Alegra arrived in the Port of Picton yesterday for the very first time, it has  come all the way from Poland,  to stand in for the damaged Aratere Ferry which lost its Prop while crossing Cook Strait a few weeks ago.
This ship is longer and higher than any of our previous Ferrys.

  Viewed from our home.