At 9am I suggested to Erle that maybe we could go out the Marlborough Sounds to Furneaux Lodge at Endeavour Inlet for lunch, he thought this was an ok idea so I rang and found we had just half an hour to get dressed,have breakfast and pack a small day bag for the trip and walk down to the wharves. Bit of a rush but we made it.
We called into several places to drop people for the day like at Motuara Island a special bird Sanctuary where there are Kiwi birds roaming free. Several stopped to look for them and other rare birds, I would of enjoyed that too but we continued on.
Next stop was at resolution Bay where we fed the tame fish, huge blue Cod and other fish played 'soccer' with round bread rolls. And greeted our friends the Sowman's who live in the lovely bay.
Then it was on to Furneaux Lodge. Nestled in lush bush and near the waters edge, We bought a lovely cold glass of white wine and sat in the sunshine and just soaked in the beauty of the surroundings and the wine!
We shortly order our gourmet meals which I intended to photograph but unfortunately we were so hungry that we quickly devoured it all before the photo. The desserts arrived and the same thing happened, I can recommend the meals!
We had a nice little wander around after the meal, appreciating the accommodation and improvements made since my last visit about 25 years ago. When I stayed in this chalet with natural grass growing on the roof as natural insulation against the heat and the cold, not one of the new luxury chalets but I still like the naturalness of it.
I also felt the need to have a swing on the children's swings; result of all that lovely wine!
Soon it was time to leave, we had so enjoyed our 4 hours, time had just flown, but the boat arrived and we had to start back for home. So relaxed and at peace with the world, it had done us both so much good. Not an inexpensive day out but a wonderful one.