My latest visit to Tokoroa introduced me to Venya from the local craft shop. Venya deems from Russia and apparently is a referral to boyhood. The shop is maize of craft and color and Venya was kind enough to allow me to include an environmental portrait with my purchase.  Her time manning the shop allows her to be in a constant state of fixing intricate articles for friends and family.

I left with a purchase and a promise to take her up on an offer of a stay over and tea.  Winter in Tokoroa is always dramatic and the trip would not be complete without the inclusion of a landscape or two.