We have two new additions to the Blackhead Cottage family - Solly and Cleo!
Solly is a bubbly Jack Russell / Shih tzu cross. He's energetic and loves to run around. He's got his own part of the garden sectioned off, so if you're not the biggest fan of dogs you won't have to meet him. However, if you love puppies like we do, he's super friendly and loves meeting guests. It was almost impossible to keep him still long enough to take some photos for the blog!
Cleo is our kitten. She's quieter than Solly, and a bit smarter too! Cleo generally stays in our house, sleeping in her favourite sunny spot. When she is up and about, you'll probably find her sneaking up on the dog. Cleo is named after Cleopatra - it's said that the Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats.
Neither of the animals are allowed in the cottage in case we've got guests with allergies, but come over to the main house if you want to say hi.
Dunedin was swept up in Ed mania over Easter weekend! The massively popular Ed Sheeran visited Dunedin and performed three sell-out shows in the stadium. It seemed like the whole town was overcome with ed-citement over the long weekend. Here are our highlights:
- The Mural - go big or go home! In celebration, Dunedin commissioned a colourful mural to add to Dunedin's ever-growing array of street art, which you too can visit and post your own #muralselfie. If you'd like to check out our post on the street art trail, visit our blog post here: http://www.blackheadcottage.co.nz/News/Dunedin_Street_Art_Trail
- The Octagon - the bustling heart of Dunedin, the Octagon, looked stunning thanks to lanterns, bean bags, fairy lights, live music, an interactive mural, and food stalls for hungry concert-goers! Local grannies were even enlisted to yarn-bomb trees, benches and bollards. The Octagon and lower Stuart street were made pedestrian only for the entirety of the long weekend.
- Ed-uke-ate - 1100 Primary and Intermediate school children gathered on Thursday lunchtime in the Octagon to perform some of Ed's greatest hits, on the humble ukulele. Unfortunately the man himself could not make an appearance due to security precautions, but the event had a great turn out, with many coming to see the kids perform.
- The Airport! - Even Dunedin Airport got involved in the fun - temporarily painting the 'ED' part of their 'DUNEDIN' sign blue to welcome the British singer. It was even featured on Ed's insta story - along with a pic of his mural, captioned, '#muralselfie'.
It was a pleasure hosting you, Ed, and we hope you visit Dunedin sometime again soon!
Local beach Tunnel Beach is being recognised internationally after being featured in the latest Singapore Airlines advertisement. Tunnel Beach is one of Dunedin's most stunning beaches and we're blessed to be located just next door - a two minute drive from the Cottage. The beach itself is nestled between the sandstone headland and rugged cliffs, and is only accessible through a tunnel carved through sheer rock. The walk down to the cove might be even more stunning than the beach itself. You can see down our honey-coloured coastline, out across the sparkling surf (brilliant on a sunny day!) and down to Blackhead Cottage's cliffs, behind our bed and breakfast. It's no wonder Singapore Airlines chose to feature this gem of a location in their ad!
Watch the advertisement here ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=55&v=6ZOWrb39xLo
Tunnel Beach is a truly unmissable part of your stay at Blackhead Cottage and will be a highlight of your trip. Especially breath-taking during sunset and sunrise.
Dunedin is embracing street art, with a number of large murals painted recently, particularly in the older Warehouse precinct.
There's an art trail that takes about 60 minutes to complete.
See http://www.dunedinnz.com/visit/see-and-do/where-to-go-for-free/street-art-trail for photos and a map.
The Midwinter Carnival is a yearly celebration held in Dunedin's City Centre, the highlight of which is the Lantern Parade. Starting at 5:30 pm, there is live music, food stalls, fireworks, stilt walkers, a drumming band and the parade.
This year's Carnival will be held on 24 June.
A must-see family friendly event.
For more information visit: http://www.midwintercarnival.co.nz/