During our weekend away in Hastings, we found the cutest little sweet shop. In fact, it was recommended to us, as Robin had commented to a local that he really loved black ball sweets and was having trouble finding them anywhere. So we were sent along to Birdwoods, not too far away in in Havelock North. As well as having a sweet shop, there is also a gift gallery, a café, and a sculpture garden to wander through.
Lots of cute ceramic birds for sale
We walked down the path to the tiny sweet shop, made out of recycled materials, we were told. There were a pair of topiary birds by the fence.
This way to the sweet shop
And it was such a wonderland inside. Large glass jars filled with sweets of every description lined the shelves. Robin soon found his black balls, and I decided on acid drops and raspberry drops. We find boiled sweets are handy to have in the car when we are on long journeys.
Robin busy checking out the sweets
There were all sorts of old toys, kitchen items and containers displayed from days gone by, including these two little darlings, Teddy and his girlfriend Dolly.
Happy hanging out in the sweet shop
With our purchases made we checked out the gallery, peeped into the café which was full with customers enjoying their lunches. Everyone looked happy and the food smelt divine. The sculpture garden outside had such a variety of things to check out, and I was rather taken with flock of sheep. Closer inspection showed that they were created from lots of tiny beads – amazing indeed.
This was such an interesting place to visit, Birdwoods will definitely be on our list next time we visit this area again – I can’t wait to try the cafe and Robin is sure to need some more black balls again.