Takaka Parade, New Zealand!

It is Saturday and the 100th anniverary of the founding of the Takaka Fire Brigade! The noontime parade is not to miss! We were a little late in walking down our hill, and along Motupipi Street we see band members gathering in the Solly’s lot at the west end of town. Scurrying east into town we get ahead and find a shady spot. Town is unusually bustling, with tourists generally taking the sidewalk seats at the Dangerous Kitchen, Takaka Infusion or Roots Bar, while the locals are standing in groups, chatting together.

First the Takaka Marching Band:

Next the procession of fire engines through the years:


It is over before we know it!

Lunch in town at the Wholemeal and we walk home and do chores until evening, when our friend Judith arrives for a catch-up, and we go back into town to see a fun movie, “No Ordinary Sheila,” a wonderful portrait of a Kiwi woman who died this August. Her life captures much of the magic of New Zealand. I especially always love the walk back up our hill in the dark, filled with thoughts of the movie; the sky — and ground — studded with stars — and glow worms, respectively. The Shrecks, our two lost sheep who have taken up residence on our hill, are waiting up for us when we arrive home.

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