Ok, so we have been a bit slack, but what with one thing or another, there has been other things to do rather than blog writing.

We flew to Auckland on Wednesday 21 March, having been dropped off at Nelson airport by Ian a fellow motorhomer,  we were met at Auckland  airport by Jacky and were soon back in the old neighbourhood.   Lots of catching up ensued over the next few days with friends and family.  Wednesday night we had dinner with Jacky and Chris at home.  Thursday we headed into Ponsonby for a meeting with our Accountant, then it was meet up with Antony.  Leslie happened to be in Ponsonby that morning so we all met for lunch followed by us splitting up with Roy heading out to Ardmore to see some clients whilst Ants and Bernice headed off with Leslie to the Shore for a bit of retail therapy before dinner with Steve & Les.

Friday was more a bit more retail therapy with Antony and Roy making sure they would be well kitted out for the wedding.  Then it was back to Jacky’s for some serious cooking for dinner we were having with the old “Gorm” crew! 

gormsJacky, Roy and Anne

A starter of Apple & Fennel Salad (yes, it was supposed to have coconut crusted prawns with it but I ruled them out cos prawns don’t like me!!!!), followed by a Rib of Beef, with caramelised shallots, wilted spinach, potato & blue cheese rosti and steamed beans.  To finish we made a Hot Cross Bun bread & butter pudding with espresso anglaise, caramelised fig and toffeed walnuts.  This was all mixed with the usual fun, talk, singing and generally playing up!  Plans were made to meet up later in the year, and plans to get together for a reunion camping trip next summer!!

I have opted NOT to put the video in here of us all singing those glorious songs, including the classic “Always look on the bright side of life”, but copies can be obtained for a small sum!

Saturday and the day of the wedding.  Although the weather was not particularly good, it was not raining which was a plus.  The wedding took place at Steve and Les’ home, a lovely setting and the bride duly arrived a looking  absolutely stunning.

steveBride escorted in by her proud Dad, Steve.

bride and groomSarah & Shaun

bride and groom 2Signing their life away!

sistersThree beautiful sisters, Erin, Sarah and Frances.

A great afternoon and evening ensued.

Sunday and a lunch date at Eastern Beach with the old Howick crowd; Bill & Estelle, Ron & Jan, Bill & Linda and Malcolm & Pat.  A great afternoon was had with lots of talk and laughter.

eastern beachEastern Beach

bill 1And afterwards at Bill & Estelles.

Sunday evening we were supposed to be catching up Jocelyn, a friend up from Oamaru at her daughters place, however Mairi was ill, so dinner was cancelled.  Actually, we were rather relived as we were feeling rather weary by now.

Monday and dinner with Simon and Antony in town, good to meet up and catch up with them both over a lovely meal at O’Connell St Bistro.

Tuesday and a relaxed day, Leslie came over for dinner, homemade pasta with a lovely lemon sauce with a simple rocket salad – delicious and just what was needed after a week of full on dining out!

Wednesday was another chillout day, although I did get a new rack for my oven!  The oven only came with one rack so now I have two. We flew back to Nelson that evening and were picked up from the airport by Ian.

farewell spitFarewell spit at sunset!

Back to our parking spot at Richmond racecourse where we found friends Pat & Sue had arrived to join us, and so were Margaret & John.  In fact we felt rather special, as each of them had text us earlier in the day offering to pick us up from the airport.

This past week has been spent picking tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplants, zuchinni, chillies etc which have all ended up as chutneys, relishes, pickles, jellies and passata.  The joke around the motorhome park is that we now need a trailer to tow behind the RAV behind the van!!

We have also caught up with Kevin & Faye again, and made the most of things by inviting ourselves to their place to watch the netball over the last weekend.  We have been to the markets, checked out the bookshops and caught up with a few things. 

guinea pig 2Seen just down the road, a village for guinea pigs!

We have been waiting around here in Richmond for replacement recliner chairs to arrive for the van, but we have waited long enough and will now pick them up in Blenheim in the next week or two.  So tomorrow, Thursday 5 April, we will head off from Nelson toward the Marlborough Sounds.  We are heading to Elaine Bay, so hopefully will get a bit of fishing done.  Not sure of cell or internet reception there so we may be out of touch for a few days.


PS.  This just for Chris…….camping with the King!

for chris


3 Responses to “Nelson-Auckland-Nelson”

  1. centrepassoff Says:

    No photos of you guys or Ants from the wedding?

  2. rkvannini Says:

    Forgot to take photos of ourselves….must ask Sarah if she has any!

  3. centrepassoff Says:

    Oh you are slack!!

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