Finally it was my turn to fulfill my obligations from the talent auction some time ago.
I had offered to take a group of up to 4 on a Wine tour with a meal at one of the wineries.
This was bid for by several people and went for a good price to our Pastor. The Pastor and her Husband are our best friends so we have all looked forward to this event but working duties stopped us from being able to do this. Finally they asked if I would instead take them out in the evening to Blenheim for a dinner at Roccos Italian restaurant and would I bring Erle my Husband and join them for this evening out. Well, I was thrilled to do this and so was Erle, a night out together is always great fun.
It was a nasty cold wet night when I picked them up and drove to Blenheim, ( 30km away ) we were all rugged up against the cold, but the car air-con soon had us cosy. Roccos is an old established restaurant with a great reputation, I have been there often but not recently so was not too sure whether it would be as good as it used to be. Strangely when we went in I thought nothing has changed at all, the very same pictures and photos were on the wall the table layout was similar the big fish tank was still there, but sadly there were no big fish swimming and no crayfish it was just full of balloons. The fireplace was there but it now has a radiation heater rather than the real open fire that used to cook a haunch of meat all evening making the whole place smell delicious.
We ordered our meal and were delighted to find the portions were still large and the food very Italian and full of flavour. We mainly all ordered pasta and all were pleased with their choice. I was unable to enjoy the nice wine but the others were able to indulge knowing I was a sober driver, the water was nice too.
Was a real good night lots of laughs and good conversation with good service and food. We even had a desert it was so nice, the ambiance of the place is still good. But I did miss the Crayfish and blue Cod swimming in the big tank.
The only other talent that was left to be done was Erle's offer to prune fruit trees, something he is very good at, he went and did his pruning a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed the company of Gil who won the bidding war to get him. Hopefully there will be a bumper crop of fruit next spring.
It has been decided to hold another Talent Auction in 2 years time , any sooner might make us all sick of them, this ways we shall all be waiting eagerly for the next one and will all think up bigger better things to offer.
There were some other things offered; a car grooming, a foot massage, window cleaning, and many offers of lovely homemade cakes, and some garden offers too.
The money collected through this auction is to be sent to the Missionaries sent from our Church to China, Tibet, Pakistan and Philippines.