"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899

Zed Says a GoodBye to Hippie Haven


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Hippie Haven is no more.

Zed seems not to care in this photograph but I assure you he does.

Hippie Haven was an eclectic mix of food, clothes, music (old 33s and CDS) and was a bit of a meeting place for an odd collection of characters, including me.

It has been here for 20 years and a lot has happened to us in that time.

The owners are an interesting couple, Liz (a very strong lady with an excellent laugh) and Chris (a muso who is a dead ringer for Frank Zapper).

The shop had a magnificent view and we loved to sit with the dogs on the deck and stare back at the forest.

In recent years I have visited less and less as the vibe of the place turned negative.

The building is one half of an old dairy and is going to be torn down to make way for a fast food business.

I’m writing an article for our local newspaper on the recent history of this site and the ongoing battle by some of the locals to stop development.

The battle has caused quite a stir in our little community.

I even managed to get an interview with our local member of parliament, something that would not have happened if this had not been such a big local story.

ImageMe chilling out on the back deck of Hippie Haven. A great place to meditate.

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The view from the back deck of Hippie Haven. You can see what I mean.

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