Monday, February 08, 2016

Church Picnic at Ngakuta Bay

Today  is Waitangi Day here in New Zealand a public holiday and is also Church Picnic Day.  Our Church and also a Blenheim Church join together for this lovely picnic by the sea at the private home in Ngakuta Bay of one of our members.

 About 50 / 60 people attended, sitting out in the sun on the beach edge, food and coffee seemed to taste so much nicer.

 Good conversation with people we didnt know as well of some we knew well.  Many went out in kayaks some swam while I played Frisbee with a dozen others. the children and some of us adults who are still a bit child-like enjoyed the lolly scramble. They did the scramble by throwing the lollies and hitting them with a badminton bat to send them all over the lawn and a few into the sea.

Then there was a Water Baptism,  Renee, a lady from the Blenheim Church was Baptized in the sea while we all sang and prayed for her. She was very happy if rather wet.

Our Pastor and a young Dutch girl who was just visiting Picton who went with us in our nice red car, lovely to have company.
Our car enjoys the view at Ngakuta Bay.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

New Car for us

Such a lovely day Erle and I have had. I woke thinkigg something nice happened yesterday and it was like oh yeah we got our new car. Good start.
It is a Toyota Camry Hybrid, runs on Petrol and battery should be very economical.  Its Australian assembled.

Pretty soon Judy came visiting for coffee and to see our new red car. Whilst drinking coffee she said where are you going to drive that lovely car and we said oh maybe Rarangi. She said be mad take it for a lovely long drive go out for lunch make a day of it. So we did. Drove out to Havelock to have lunch at Slip Inn but it was packed to the gunnells it is a holiday weekend here in New Zealand and every man and his dog seem to have had the same idea. We photographed the car visiting Slip Inn

Then we headed over to the local Pub,for a counter lunch, while the food was being prepared I playe the poker machines and won back the money lunch cost, then after lunch I had another go and won the same amount again. Wow. Decided we would still go to Rarangi to visit my Brother and show off the Toyota Camry Hybrid where we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon tea with Bob and Jan before driving home for a rest. But the pretty red car was all dusty so Erle set about giving it a good wash. What a spoilt car.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

New Years Day BBQ

 New year's day was such a lovely sunny day that we decided to try out our new bbq. All those year's like 20 year's or so of driving taxis and shuttles I used to dream of being the one was going out in the evening to a bbq at the beach instead of being the driver who took them. So we made it happen. We asked our neighbour  along too and we had a lovely evening it was still nice and warm with no breeze a perfect evening. We enjoyed our wine and nibbles an watched others catch small fish on the beach while our food cooked to perfection.

 We should do this more often now that I can.

We bought this cute wee BBQ for ourselves for Christmas, it is a kind of special one with many different top grilling plates and there is even a wok, it doubles as a cover for the whole thing. One reason for buying it is the constant talk of everyone having an alternative method of cooking in case of earthquake or other emergency where there may be no electric power for days.

This family was doing really well catching small fish, probably for the cat, it kept them happy. There were lots of other swimming in the sheltered water too.

Our neighbour Marcia lends a hand on the BBQ too, we cooked sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes, everything was just perfect as the weather was. The two bottles of wine were pretty good too.
A great start to the new year.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Punga Cove Resort and helicopter

While at Punga Cove Resort in the Marlborough Sounds, I threw myself into a hammock and as I lay sprawled in unlady-like grace in zoomed a helicopter with guest coming for lunch at the restaurant! At only $1500 a flight I do hope the lunch was spectacular.

It came in so low it was almost hidden behind the sun umbrella before is gently touched down on the heli pad.

Whilst I was still laying in the hammock I looked up into the huge Punga tree fern high above me and decided to photograph it too. These tree ferns are what the resort is named after, there are many of them on the hillside around the Cove.

We did have a lovely time while staying here, sadly I came down with a nasty heavy cold so didn't feel up to going out fishing or playing in the spa pools as we had intended. Being together is the important thing when celebrating your Anniversary, we drank several toasts to just that and also to My Dear Mother who we felt was with us in spirit some times. She was approving.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Anniversary Treat

Its our Wedding Anniversary we think its our 20th so we decided we should really celebrate. We honeymooned down the Marlborough Sounds so thought we should go back down the Sounds again. Decided to go to Punga Cove Resort, not where we honeymooned, its nice to try somewhere different.
We caught the Water Taxi and roared down the Sounds along  some other people who were going to walk the Marlborough Walk. A great scenic but quite energetic walk, we have walked parts of it but are unlikely to ever walk the whole way as it is just too far for unfit us.
There is road access to Punga Cove but the road is long and narrow and winding, some of it is gravel too. We have driven there twice and that is enough, much nicer and quicker in the water taxi.

We were met at the wharf and our luggage carted away up the hill to the Lodge where we shall be the only people in a huge 5 bedroom house. Plenty of room to move and we have the best room in the house, just look at the veiw from the window; our very own Punga (tree fern) just outside our room.

We quickly settled in and went back down the hill to lunch at the Boatshed Cafe on the wharf. Really delicious pininis  filled with smoked chicken and cranberry sauce, yummy served with lots of chips, enjoyed out in the sunshine enjoying the view.


We lunched here each day. In the evening we dined in the big restaurant 

high up on the side of the hill, the view from up there is lovely  a water taxi is at the wharf dropping people off in this photo.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Marina to Marina run and walk day

A big event for the young people of Picton is this Marina to Marina run, from Waikawa Marina to Picton Marina not a very long distance, maybe about 8km just right for kids and not fit adults ofcause there are some fit athletes in the running to and they win it but the others have fun.

There are lots of stalls set up at the finish line even for once there are actually interesting food stalls.

We didn't realize there would be food or that the food would be so nice looking. I enjoyed some yummy smoked salmon and some some uncooked fruit balls and chocolate balls too. But there was quite a lot of middle eastern food and salads plus baked potatoes and hot roast pork sandwiches and icecream and fruit etc.
Plenty of people around to watch and cheer on the participants.
A rather late arriver at the finish line one of the adult walkers makes it to the finish with lots of clapping..

 The event was run by the Girl Guides I think, and we were shown the wonderful brand new clinker boats specially designed for children to use on the harbour.We can expect to see them out practicing any time from now on, will look great when they can have races and fun.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our yellow Bubble car

While is Rarotonga we hired a small yellow bubble car a Toyota IQ.

 Just a wee 2 door car that got us around the island just fine. But bellied on many rough spots and almost vanished into major pot holes on some small roads, specially when we drove up to Wigmores Waterfall. Last time we were in Raro we came up here to enjov the cool on hot days, but now the road has deteriorated greatly and it was not easy to drive without going into the pot holes.
 There were quite a few others up here and one of them took our photo.
We stopped off at the old Sheraton buildings and were able to wander around and even go inside the old half finished buildings. I was impressed by the fact that most had an in-ground built in spa pool.  Also by how very extensive the building are. Apparently someone went bankrupt and the building had to be stopped, never to be re-continued. Now goats wander at will around the place to keep the grass down, and it seems that go-carts have a track around the grounds.

Maybe someone will restore the place sometime. Looks better than it is.