A week of Whangamata

It doesn’t seem like we have been in Whangamata for a week, but we have and we have even managed to keep ourselves busy and out of mischief.

Roy has been very busy working on his new computer program which he is hoping that he will have completed in the next day or two. These things always take much longer than anticipated but he is getting there. This is for our business of producing user specific online Exposition and Safety Manuals for small aircraft and helicopter companies that carry passengers. These Manuals are a CAA requirement, originally many years ago Roy & Barry developed a computer/Internet based Manual system to replace the cumbersome paper based system. The new program will encompass safety management systems as well as the exposition. Our clients are based all around the country and as it is a computer based system, it means that we can run the business from anywhere in the country (or world) so long as we have Internet access. Bernice does the ‘office’ work and makes sure Roy is fed and watered and kept happy!

Toward this end, I have been busy making more zucchini pickle, not only for ourselves but for Alexandra, as it is her favourite pickle and I know she wants to take some back to London.

20140217-114207.jpgzucchini pickle

Alex arrives back in NZ next week, for a short one week visit as she is chief bridesmaid for her friend Lee who is getting married in Gore. For those of you who are long time blog followers, you may recall that when we were in London we had a fabulous weekend with Alex, Lee and Matthew, see brvannini.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/moving-day/ . We would have loved to have joined Lee & Matt in celebrating their big day but we have our niece Fran’s wedding to attend in Auckland the same day and we cannot be in two places at once. We will only get to see Alex for a day or two but she will be back in October for another wedding so we will just have to make sure we have lots of fun together in the few days we have.

I have also been perfecting my sourdough bread making skills. Some days the bread is fabulous, other days not quite so good and the strange thing is that I cannot work out why some days the bread is light and fluffy and another day it would make a good brick! But here is the latest loaf, light and deliciously tasty.

20140217-114230.jpgAnd yes, it pairs well with the pickle and a little cheese.

One day last week we got a call from friends Brian and Marj, as they were heading through Kaiaua on their way southwards and were wondering if we were anywhere nearby. We decided that as it was only just over an hour away we would pop up and see them and share a bit of lunch whilst we have a catch up.

20140217-114253.jpgabout to tuck into lunch at Ray’s Rest near Kaiaua.

Living full time in our Motorhome means that we are constantly making adjustments and improvements to the van and the gear we have with us, ditching some unnecessary items and adding new pieces. This can be anything from buying new fishing gear (or net), to more tools – btw thanx Steve for the drill, donating a few unwanted items to local charity shops, to our latest acquisition….

20140217-114137.jpg yes, the washing machine at the Bach has had a baby!!!

Much debate over many years has taken place as to whether getting a small washing machine would be advantageous over the current washing method see https://brvannini.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/. I cannot pass up a bargain though and when I found this brand new, never been used, Motorhome washing machine for sale on Trade Me, I put in a cheeky bid. Much to my surprise I won the auction! A quick trip to Tauranga to pick it up and voila, we now have a washing machine. The machine itself only weighs 17kgs, and does a load of 2.2kgs. Although it is fully automatic, I can save water only using 20 litres maximum, by reusing the washing water and doing the whites first, take them out and do the coloureds etc etc then spin them all. I can do a whole wash using relatively little water as I use Simply Living Washing Balls which negate the need for rinsing. A bit of messing around but, in this busy life on the road, I am sure I can find time!

The next job of course is to figure out where we can install the machine and store it so that it is not in the way. I have sacrificed a cupboard in the toilet area, it was a drop forward bin-type of cupboard which was supposed to be a laundry hamper except we used it to store odds and ends. And as we have had a clean out of all the lockers we have had a reshuffle to ensure everything has a home as well as donating a few unwanted items to a local charity shop.
We had to remove the cupboard by taking the door off and removing the hinges from the base, remove the sides and base of the cupboard from the door -as it was all one unit, then make a slightly larger opening by cutting the base of the frame, installing a floor and reattaching the door to make it side opening.

20140217-114323.jpg door removed, base of opening cut down, and base of cupboard to be made.

20140217-114347.jpg washing machine in place

20140217-114415.jpg safely housed behind the door.

We have to make a few more adjustments to make it easier to use, such as put in sliders on the baseplate so that the machine can be rolled out of the cupboard to use and a tray made to sit the machine in to contain any possible leakages, but that will all have to wait until we get to Auckland later in the week. Anyone in the market for a very good hand wringer???


2 Responses to “A week of Whangamata”

  1. Frederick Church Says:

    Hope the ‘carpenter’ can utilise the drawer slider idea that you saw in my pantry…. was great to catch up again at Ray’s Rest.
    Frederick. “Fredrock Cafe”

  2. In a pickle | The Vannini's Manoeuvres Says:

    […] the occasional visitor). Of course I had already made a large batch of zucchini pickle for Alex brvannini.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/a-week-of-whangamata/. And she took a good supply of this back with her. When at Kawakawa Bay, see […]

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