Archive for July, 2015

Time to catch up!l

July 21, 2015

Yes, I have been having issues in posting a blog but I am assured that it is an issue with the App, and not an issue with me!!!

first of all a few pics that should have been included in previous posts…..

Damaged kiteThis is what a wrecked kite looks like!!!

imageDouble trouble parked at Anzac Bay

imageAnd here we are, fishing from the door at Rays Rest near Kaiaua

Ardmore was our next stop for a few nights whilst we got shopping done, caught up with chores and generally got ourselves sorted. Mind you the first couple of days were utter disasters as everything we attempted to buy or find was proving to be very elusive which meant we spent an awful lot of time running around the city but not achieving much. But then after a couple of days things started to click into place and we got ourselves sorted. We (Roy & I and Pat & Sue) also spent a bit of time at Antony’s, not only utilising his washing machine but also cooking and sharing dinner at his place. We were made very welcome and very cosy nicely tucked up in his house with the fire going keeping us all very warm as Auckland put on a show of chilly weather and good frosts – thanks Ants.

After we got all our tasks completed, we could not wait to get on the road and off over the bridge. I seem to hold my breath as soon as we hit the motorway until we are well on the north side of the harbour bridge then I start to relax the further north we get. We headed back to Shakepear Camp Ground, we arrived to find  our friends Brian & Marj already here and it was lovely to see them again. After catching up with all their news, we settled in for the evening.

Saturday morning we were due over at Army Bay to join the Shakespear volunteers, Rangers, and officials to enter the Navy Base in convoy as this was the day they were set to release Popokatea or Whitehead back into the Park.   You can read about it more Here

We were very privileged to be invited to watch the release of the birds.  The birds had been brought over from Tiritiri Matangi Island that morning and after an official welcome the 40 birds were released into the bush, they made a vociferous entrance into the park.

After the ceremony we had been invited to Steve & Leslie’s for dinner and to stay the night so we were off to Torbay for the evening, and a very pleasant evening was spent. They had their grandson, our great nephew, Ben staying the night and so after dinner we played Snakes and Ladders (been a few years since we’ve played that!!!) then a new game for us which consists of wooden numbers 1 to 9, and a pair of die. The object of the game is to throw the die, and whatever number you throw, you flip over numbers of any sequence that add up to the same total of the dice eg. The dice throw is a 5 and 4, which add up to 9 so you then choose to flip over just the 9 counter, or 8+1, or 7+2, etc etc with the object of the game is to flip over all the counters. So if toward the end you just have a couple of numbers left, then depending on the dice throw if you cannot move then you add up the total of the counters left unflipped and that is your score, then your opponent has their turn, continuing on until the first to reach an agreed total and the lowest total score is declared the winner.   A great game especially for kids to learn good number skills.imageimage

Sunday morning and Roy and I had a few errands to run, then we were meeting Steve & Leslie at the Riverhead Tavern for lunch along with their three daughter and grandchildren attending, oh and Ants and us as well.

imageSome of the family

We had a lovely long lunch before we all set off for our respective homes, it was great to catch up with everyone, and the meal was very good too.

It’s definitely not as cold here at Shakespear as it is over the other side of the city but it has been wet and windy.  In between wet days we have managed to get a few more chores done, like making a new trace board for the kite fishing and other bits and pieces ticked off the never ending list.  One day we headed back across the city to Antony’s to help him stack away a load of firewood as well as take the opportunity to pick up our mail.  Have I mentioned the mail issue previously? Well, living on the road does come with a  few issues, like where do we get mail sent?……we have tried to get most things transferred over to email, but some things have to have an address so rather than using friends and family’s addresses we now have a PO Box in Manukau which is not far from where Antony works so he can check it occasionally for us when we are not around.  But let’s not get into the issue of requiring a physical address (and not a Post Office Box number) by some – the electoral roll is one – as that is a whole other blog post all of its own!!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, we are off again heading northwards. We shall keep you posted.

Bowentown and an OOps!

July 6, 2015

How many of you noticed my error In the Matata post?  It was a test in observation and obviously many of you failed!   I neglected to post a picture of the damaged kite in the post on Matata  and subsequently on trying to rectify/edit the post I have not had any luck, for some reason I cannot add in any photos  so you will have to make do with a non picture blog post.
Since the last post we have been at Anzac Bay near Bowentown for a couple of days. We had another go at putting out the kite over on Waihi Beach but  we did not have any luck with the fishing.    However, we did go to the Bowentown Boat Club for dinner that evening, we saw a sign on the main road advertising $12 roast, so we all thought that we would give it a go, not holding out much hope for a half decent meal but as we had been on the beach all day until 25 mins before our 7pm booking, Sue and I definitely did not feel like cooking.   Well, were we in for a surprise, we had a choice of roast pork belly or roast lamb and it came beautifully presented with all the usual trimmings and a few more,  plus it was delicious with the pork meat very tender and not at all fatty but it did have lovely crisp crackling.  And the lamb was deliciously cooked as well.  We may not have been successful with our fishing but at least one thing for the day went well.

We have tried fishing in Anzac Bay but also without any luck, probably because of the seals that had stationed themselves at each end of the bay.  There were four at one end and five at the other, no fish for us in between. After three nights at Anzac Bay we headed off toward Thames, we had intended staying the night in Thames but the ground was very wet so after doing a bit of shopping, including replacement of the gas stove that was stolen, we headed on to Rays Rest, a parking area on the Kaiaua Shell bank.

Once settled there, we took a quick trip up the road to check out parking at the Kaiaua Boat Club (all parking areas roped off due to very wet ground) and then to our favourite park at Waharau but again, the park was closed as the ground was too wet and soft.  So back to the vans for the night to watch the Super 15 rugby final.

Sunday morning and the flounder net was set out nice and early, then we set about putting out the kite as we had a good strong off shore wind.  We soon had the kite out, left it for 45 mins then proceeded to haul it in.  Roy, Pat & Sue took turns pulling the line up the beach in whilst I wind in the reel. It was a very strong wind so it took a wee while to haul it in, but at least we caught something – two snapper and one kahawai – the latter cut up for bait and the snapper filleted for dinner.

The net was then brought in but unfortunately the flounder have apparently gone on holiday for a while so nothing caught there.  By this time (2pm Sunday afternoon), the wind was really buffeting us around and the weather prospects did not look good, so we made the call to up-sticks and head for Ardmore which is where we are now based for the next few days getting a long list of jobs done before continuing our travels northwards.

Hopefully by then we shall be able to post some pictures, until then…ciao!