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Fishing and Catching

November 8, 2016

I didn’t think it would ever happen, but it has.  I have had enough fish for a while!!!  Last week was one of those weeks,  we were hoping to get out and catch a couple of  fish and it certainly started off well  as last Monday we caught 8 good snapper when we went out with with Gary & Marg.  Then on Wednesday we went out for a fish off a Tokerau Beach with Pat & Sue.  The wind was proving to be a little fickle which made putting out our lines a bit  difficult as the kite stalled getting  the line out through the breakers, then it only went out very slowly to end up only half the distance off shore that we were looking for, never mind. Meanwhile  Pat & Sue had put up their big kite and got their line out to a reasonable distance, ending up about 1.2km off shore.  

Now when we fish off the beach with Pat & Sue  (some distance apart from each other so that the lines do not tangle), we have a set little routine of helping each other bring the lines back in.  We brought our line in first as we thought that there would not be anything on the line as we were not too far offshore. The routine is that  I wind the handle on the reel whilst the three others take turns in taking hold of the the line and walking it up the beach toward the reel. We do this as if we didn’t, the pressure on the reel would be too much by winding it in directly, as well as being far too difficult for the winder, so one by one, they grab the line with glove protected hands and walk it up the beach whilst I reel in the slack line.  With three people walking the line in it doesn’t take too long so long as the wind is not too strong  or a lot of weight on the line.

We did have one good sized fish on our line so we were happy, so we quickly tidied up all our gear, put it into the car before it was our turn to go and help Pat & Sue. The only difference being that Sue winds in their reel and I take my turn walking up and down the beach along with the blokes.   We were thrilled to see that on their line they had 7 good sized snapper and a gurnard, a fantastic result and their best catch to boot.  It was then back to base at Matai Bay, clean up and leave the fish on ice overnight ready to fillet the next morning.  

Thursday morning we filleted all the fish, cleaned up and gave the fish heads away via the same process as before, through a contact made at   http://www.freefishheads.co.nz    

Roy and I were heading away on Friday to a get together of  a special group of friends but more on that in a later post – and we were keen to take some fresh fish with us to share.  So on Thursday afternoon , the four of us headed out again to Tokerau Beach to try our luck.

We each sent out our lines, this time in a good strong off shore wind, and then we sat back to wait for the fish to jump on our hooks – yeah, right!!!  This time, Pat & Sue brought their line in first so we went off to assist.  The wind was still  very strong so it was a good trek up the beach with a very strong pull on the line, it was rather strenuous exercise but all the more pleasing when we pulled in three good fish on their line.  Then it was back to our line to pull in our fish, well,  we hoped there would be fish.    It was damned hard work dragging in our line, with each of us saying that we hoped there was at least a couple of fish on the hooks as it was the hardest pull-in we have ever had.

Oh my goodness, were we ever in for a shock. One fish after another was appearing on the line as it was pulled ashore. One, two, three, four, five……twelve!!  Not only were there 12, but the were all big fish and to top it all off a few of them had become a bit cross at being caught and had got the line into a huge tangled mess.  

I should have taken a photo or two at this stage. But we were just all so busy trying to sort out the line and remove the fish. Next minute Pat  calls out to say he has a bit of a problem…..he has a fish hook well and truly embedded in his finger. Ewwww it does not look good, he and Sue head up to the car to try and sort it out, whilst Roy and I pull the fish and the remaining line in out of the surf before I check on Pat to see what we can do.  Getting the glove off his hand is proving difficult, but my trusty Swiss Army scissors on my key ring proves just the thing to cut off the glove around the hook, which is looking like it’s well and truly staying in his finger.  Hmmm, I’m not the best with this sort of thing,  made me feel rather queasy and yes, I know, imagine how poor Pat was feeling.  Between the two of them, with brute force and strength, they managed to extract the hook from his finger.  Ouch ouch ouch!

Meanwhile it was back to getting all the fish safely off hooks and into the chilly bin loaded with salt ice, putting away all our gear and heading back to Matai Bay.


All a good size (all over 40cm) with the largest one was over 5kgs.  

We think that there may have been another three on the line as three traces had broken and with the tangled mess of lines we had it was more than possible.  

So what did we do with all this fish? Well, that’s another blog entry. 

Matai Bay

November 3, 2016

We are back at glorious Matai Bay. 


 After spending a few days in Kaitaia last week to have some scheduled maintenance done on the van, we escaped back to the coast, although we are now awaiting some more parts to come in from the USA to complete the R&M.  So in between, time for a bit more fishing.
 It was a glorious afternoon Monday, with friends Gary & Marg we headed off to Puheke Beach which is over on the  opposite  side of the Karikari Peninsular from Tokerau Beach where Gary & Marg live.  Gary has a torpedo so I was interested to see how it all works.  The boys headed off in the buggy whilst Marg & I went in the RAV4. Here come the hoons

Parking up

Setting up ready to put the torpedo out
Out it goes

Then it’s just a matter of waiting for an hour or so before bringing it back in , plenty of time to tell tales, have a drink and a few nibbles before bringing the line back in to reveal these 8 beauties.

I made a delicious ceviche with a few of the fillets to share with Pat & Sue and Craig & Glennis whilst we watched the Melbourne Cup the following afternoon.  

Hopefully we will get more fish to share with friends this weekend but that’s another story.

Home Alone 

September 26, 2016

It’s time for Roy to do a granddad trip, so last week he headed off, initially to Auckland, leaving me home alone at Matai Bay.  I could think of worse places to be and although I’m in the van home alone, Pat & Sue are here “babysitting”me, making sure that I behave.   I’ll let Roy do a blog entry on his adventures in getting from Auckland to Christchurch, however safe to say he made it to Ashburton where he is spending a week with the South Island branch of the Vannini family.  Meanwhile I am enjoying the warm north and getting a few chores done, as well as getting out and about.

It’s spring, so it seems fitting to have a bit of a spring clean. Roy and I started having a bit of a tidy up over the past couple of weeks with lockers and cupboards getting a major tidy up, with just a few “comesins” being jettisoned. You know, those things that you keep beacause it “comes in” handy one day. Sometimes, that one day just doesn’t come around. As well, a bit of a reshuffle and tidy up is in order, which, whilst living in a relatively small space is quite important.

Whilst we were in Tokerau the other week, we set about lining the step area with a hard wearing carpet to neaten up the stepwell and make it easier to keep clean.  It just so happened that Brett, the PoP owner, was a carpet layer in his previous working life and he offered to help me line the stairwell.  He came up with a couple of good ideas on how and what to do to make it easy and in no time at all, it was all done.  And very neat and tidy it is too. Of course I forgot to take a before or during photo but here’s how it looks now.


The bottom step has a separate removable piece of carpet, just for some added extra dirt removal.

 And a piece of carpet on the outside step, just to finish off the job. 

Then we decided that a new piece of matching carpet would be great to lay over the vinyl flooring to replace to matting we had as it would smarten things up.  This carpet has to be removable as we usually don’t have carpet on the floor over the summer months plus we need to be able to roll it up when we bring the slide-out in for travelling.  Again, Brett offered to cut it to fit and what a great job he made of it too.


Looking from the bathroom to the front

The view  from the front to the bedroom 

As a bonus, the carpet seems to have  made the van alot warmer, or maybe it’s just the weather warning up.

We also have new curtains being made for the front window which will be ready this week.  Before he left on his trip, Roy put up the new curtain rail which is now extended back over the side windows so when drawn, the curtains are well out of the way of the side windows.  Anyone have any use for a perfectly good u-shaped curtain track? I know where there is one going free!

My next job was to remove the vent linings from inside the van, first to clean them, and then paint them as over time the plastic has yellowed somewhat and they were looking a little shabby.  Being rather vertically challenged, my trusty step stool  proved invaluable to enable me to reach  and remove the fly screen covers and then the mouldings.  Next it was time to make up a makeshift spray booth outside and also mask off the fly screens as the mesh did not need to be painted white. Undercoat was done one day and the top coat was applied the following day.  And yep, again I forgot to take any pictures, and now that they are back in situ, they are impossible to take a half decent photo of.Vent linings back in place.

Now our vents have what are called MaxxAir vent covers over them which means we can leave the vents open in inclement weather.  The male member of this duo has always told me that the MaxxAir covers cannot be removed, as I’ve said previously, I am vertically challenged and don’t do climbing ladders or heights.  Pat offered to climb up onto the roof and remove the covers for me, as he assured me that he had removed his covers for cleaning and he thought that ours should be the same.  And what do you know? Pat was right.  So down they came and I set to cleaning them.

Before and after……notice the difference?

So now they are all back in place, spick and span with newly painted vent linings  inside, it makes a difference to the amount of light coming in too.

Walls and ceilings have been washed down, pantry tidied, drawers washed and tidied.  The protective covers on our leather chairs have been redyded as the black material had faded in the sun.  The outside of the van has been washed clean.  Oven has been cleaned and kitchen cupboards cleaned and tidied.

It hasn’t been all work though, there has been plenty of relax time as well as going out and about. Along with Pat & Sue, I was invited to dinner with friends Gary & Marg who live at Tokerau Beach.  We had a lovely evening, and the dinner was great too with lots of fish on the menu.Marg & Gary with the remains of the smoked fish

I was also invited to join Pat & Sue for lunch out in Mangonui to help celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary….and yes,  you guessed it, I did not take a single picture, but it was a very pleasant lunch eaten whilst sitting in the sun on the waterfront watching the world go by.

I still have a few things on my to do list, but never fear….you should see the list I have for Roy to do on his return 😘

Matai – Kaitaia – Tokerau Beach

September 6, 2016

No, we are not creatures of habit, really, truly, even if it seems as though we are heading back over familiar ground. But we do seem to drift around this region quite regularly, anyone would think that we quite like it around here.  Our two weeks at Matai Bay was nearly up, which meant it was time to move on.  On the Sunday afternoon, with heavy rain forecast overnight, we thought it may be judicious to move from our position on the far side of the camp to nearer the exit ready for our scheduled departure on Wednesday.  

With that in mind and with their usual due diligence, Roy and Pat spent the next 40 minutes or so walking around the prerimeter of the camp, checking for soft spots, making sure the track they were to follow was free of hazards and marking up the path in which  to go.  With everything checked out, Pat went first…the following video shows the latter part of the move.


We followed shortly after, we parked up and were quickly set up ready to make our exit on Wednesday.  And just as well we did move as sure enough the rain did come, heavy and plenty of it overnight as well as most of Monday  which made the ground very boggy.  Just like the previous week, others became stuck in the mud.  With Pats tow rope it tatters from breaking the week before whilst attempting to tow out a bus, we had to improvise and twist together some rope and use the spades to dig out  stuck vehicles.  

Meanwhile we had been fishing a few times, each time with good success at both Karikari Beach and Tokerau Beach.  Roy also put out the line at Matai Bay on Saturday evening,  managing to retrieve it (and the snapper) just in time for the start of the rugby.  

We had a couple of visitors before we left Matai Bay.  The first were Gary & Marg whom we knew from our days in Tokoroa.  Gary used to work for Roy at Kinleith and its been a few years since we have seen them so it was lovely to meet up again.  They now live at Tokerau Beach and kindly invited us, as well as Pat & Sue, along to their place for dinner on Tuesday evening so we could continue reminiscing.  Our next unexpected visitor was Bernice’s brother Steve, who just happened to be in Mangonui and Taipa on business.  He popped in to catch up with us and it was great to hear about his recent holiday in Bali.  Then on Tuesday evening we had a great evening and meal with Gary & Marg and we look forward to a few more catch ups soon.

Wednesday came and with perfect weather,  we reluctantly left Matai Bay to head into Kaitaia as we had a list of things to get done, appointments to keep and mail to pick up.  Over the next few days we got nearly everything done and Friday we said hooray to Pat & Sue as they head across the Tasman for a break but they will be back soon to join us.   Brian & Marj called in to say hello as they are currently parked in Houhora but had come down to Kaitaia for a days shopping, it was lovely to catch up with them again. 

  Our last piece of mail arrived on Saturday morning which meant we could pack up, visit the dump station, fill up with LPG and head off.  This time we were off on just a short trip back out toward Matai Bay but not quite as far, this time to a PoP (park over property) at Tokerau Beach where we shall be for the next  week or so. 

Matai Bay

August 24, 2016

We’re back at one of our favourite places in New Zealand, Matai Bay on the Karikari Peninsular in Northland.  We left our previous parking place, albeit reluctantly, and headed into Kaitaia for a day to replenish the larders, book in for some work to be done, cross a few things off the shopping list, and catch up with a few people before making our way out to Matai Bay.

We arrived at the DoC campsite to find that there had been considerable rain over the previous few days which resulted in lots of boggy ground with evidence of others having being stuck in the mud. We parked up in the top entrance on the hard gravel in behind Pat & Sue,  so then Roy and Pat could walk around the camp site, investigating options and checking out ground conditions, including testing it out with the cars first.  After about a good 45 minutes of deliberating, they came to the conclusion that yes, we could get into our favourite parking place so long as they followed the route that they had determined.  

Roy led the way.  I have to admit that I could not watch as he drove around the perimeter of the camp to our desired spot but we were soon parked up, ready to relax,  closely followed by Pat in their van.

And the view of the bay


Once settled in, it was time to go fishing.  It seems like forever since we have had the kite out fishing but with the wind blowing in the right direction for getting the kites out off Karikari Beach, we all headed off over to the other side of the peninsular.

Away off in the distance along the beach is Pat & Sue fishing, and just past them is Jim. 

 

We put the line out, hauling it back in after an hour or so with two fish on the line, one on the first hook and one fish on the last hook.
The smaller snapper was 33cm and the big fella was 48cm.
Perfect, enough fish for dinner for the next couple of nights. 

 Actually, that brings me to an aside that I have been pondering for some time now. The spelling of Snapper has changed over the years, once upon a time it was always spelt Schnapper, I wonder why or when it changed?  Anyone care to enlighten me?

Back to the present, this is what it looked like for dinner last night 

Snapper with tomato, avocado and orange salad with olives and coriander
And damn delicious it was too!

 

Every morning Roy goes off for an early morning wander, walking quite some distances at times and he always comes back with some ‘treasure’ of some kind that he finds along his meanderings.  But this particular morning he came back with this offerring found washed up on the shore

I think it may be a little on the small side!!

Farewell Matai Bay and Northland hello Shakespear

November 30, 2015

It’s time to leave the warm sunny north to start our journey south to Shakespear Regional Park which will be our home for the summer.  But first our last few days at Matai were spent reasonably quietly, mainly catching up with friends and fitting in the odd spell of fishing, although Puheke Beach (along from Rangiputa) is on my no-go list for the rest of the summer after again getting attacked by some sort of biting insect.  On doing a bit of research I discovered that this nasty little bug is colloquially known as the Mount Mauler, and inflicts its nasty bites, surreptitiously, until many hours later when they start to erupt and itch, not nice.

It was at least three days of incredibly intense itching soothed only by cool damp flannels, and yes, I tried just about every over the counter treatment as well as plenty of alternative treatments, although I can recommend a cold used tea bag daubed carefully onto the affected areas to garner a few moments of relief!!!  

Back to the fishing, we did try our luck off Tokerau Beach whilst also catching up with Pat & Steve who were parked at the Ramp Road freedom camping area.  Our fishing success was moderate but some snapper and gurnard has made it to the freezer for later. 

Back at Matai Bay, good friends Brian & Marj came to join us for our last week there, and along with Craig & Glennis and Jo, we had many an enjoyable afternoon happy hour righting the problems of the world and having a good laugh.  Someone in our travelling party  had a birthday in a few days time, but before we left Matai Bay Steve & Pat delivered some fish as a present, and Brian & Marj made me a lovely wee birthday cake complete with candle.  

We left Matai last Monday and made it to Kerikeri for a night before then continuing on to Uretiti for a couple of nights.  My birthday was on Wednesday and my bestest mate Jacky & Chris invited us to their place at Whakapirau for dinner and to stay the night which we duly did.  Earlier in the year both Roy & Chris had had noughty birthdays without much fanfare, so combined with my birthday it seemed like a good excuse to break it the decent wine.  We have been carting around a bottle of 2000 Church Road Tom for some time so it seemed appropriate to share it at this time, and we can report that as well as a lovely meal, with great company, the wine was pretty good too.

We arrived at Shakespear last Friday and ts good to be back and to see everyone here.  We shall be here for the summer so if you are in the area give us a call.  

R&M

November 17, 2015

Like most homes, there are alway repairs and maintenance to be done in order to keep everything up to scratch, some of which we do ourselves and the rest we leave to those who know what they are doing and who also have the tools and equipment required to get the job done.  The van went in to Kaitaia Tractors last Wednesday to have the bushes replaced on the anti sway bar, as well, they had to fix and reweld into place one of the airbag supports on one side at the rear, then refit the airbag and test it.  The handbrake needed a tighten/adjustment and  as well, we had them spray the underside of the van with anti rust  gunk – that’s the technical name for the stuff – preventive maintenance,  as we spend such a lot of our time near beaches and salt laden air that we thought this was a good idea.  Once all the work was completed, we were advised not to travel on dusty roads for a day or so to allow the gunk to harden properly which meant a stay at the Kaitaia RSA for a night or two.  

After a couple or so days in Kaitaia we were more than ready to head back out to Matai Bay to the relative peace and quiet of the DoC camp,  with a little bit of fishing thrown in the mix as well.  But first more wee chores to be done, you know all those silly little things that are annoying but you never quite get round to attending to them.  The jobs that are designated to Ron, as in later-on!   Things like attach some magnetic catches to the cupboard doors above the drivers and passenger seats.  These doors have never closed tightly, and as I had found some really good magnetic catches in Kaitaia it was time to sort it out.  Roy set about screwing the catches in place, but of course it was never going to be that simple. For a start the doors lift up to open and of course do not open straight out,  they angle down slightly which meant in order to access the inside of the doors you have to twist yourself into awkward contortionist-like positions to use the drill ….then just as he was starting the job, the drill bit broke,  cue colourful language! After much muttering, dropping of tools, bits and screws, more colourful language, the doors now close tightly so no more bits flying out of cupboards on bumpy roads!  Another quick fix was to tidy up all the plugs and cords by attaching a multiplug to the wall out of the way.  

Next we had a blown bulb in one of the brake lights which meant removal of  the brake and reversing light cover, again not a simple job as one screw remained stubbornly in place and needed a special bit to drill it out.  Again, a bit of muttering ensued before replacing the offending bulb, test and reattach the covers.  Then there was the task of reattaching the small handle on the door opening for the fly screen door.  But first a clean up and removal of old glue before replacing the handle and hope it stays in place.

On our recent CoF of the van, it was pointed out to us that the running lights at the rear side of the van were the wrong colour…..the rest of the lights covers down the side of the van are amber coloured, but the ones at the very back were red.  In nearly 5 years and 10 vehicle checks since we have had the van this had never been mentioned before, apparently no red lights should be visible from the front of the vehicle.  Where were we to source such things? after checking a few auto supply shops we resorted to doing a quick internet search which resulted in two new lens covers ordered and delivered within a week, these were easily replaced.  

Roy got up on the roof of the van to check and clean the solar panels.  There have been a large number of birds leaving their calling cards on the windows and sides of the van so we thought they may have also been on the roof, but no, their aim is obviously for vertical  surfaces rather than the horizontal.  All we need to do now is give the van a good clean which we managed to do this morning in between rain showers utilising the rain to wash off the last of the dirt and dust.  A polish will be next on the agenda but that can wait until we get to Shakespear.  

Numerous other ’round-to-it’ jobs have been done, and even some fishing has been fitted in to the busy schedule.  The last piece of R&M to be done is on Roy – he broke a tooth so off to the dentist this week!

Some photos missed in passing

November 15, 2015

The following photos were taken during our visit to Wellington to view the ANZAC Exhibitions.  I have previously written about the exhibit at the National War Memorial but not the Te Papa exhibit. 

But first a picture from the National War Memorial, this first photo created quite an impression as it was taken on the exact day when my father was wounded and in Passchendaele although it is in the Australian sector rather than Abraham Heights where my father was hit by shrapnel in the face and right knee and subsequently invalided back to Hornchurch in England.

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Back to Te Papa.  I have had great difficulty in coming to grips with this exhibition so here are some photos with minimal text.

The following are photos of the models which are 1.8 times life scale.  Each shows a specific individual and is surrounded with displays of letters,  photographs and belongings of the person.  There are detailed biographical notes and also recordings of either the individual or of others who took part in the same action.  All fought at Anzac Cove or in the case of the nurse, supported those who were fighting.

Each of the persons are presented in a tableau representing specific actions on their part,  giving context to their role and action.

The detail in the tableaus is absolutely amazing

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Very expressive of the motions involved

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And that detail includes the conditions in which these persons found themselves

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The last of the tableaus gives a very good sense of  the thousand yard stare and has obviously created a very strong response by attendees as it has become decorated with poppies.

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On a much lighter note at Te Papa, this example of art from tins/cans.  The corned beef cans used were representative of those which were sold throughout the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and a wide range of markets across the world.

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Nearer to our present location the following photo is of a stained glass window in the Whatawhiwhi Church not far from Maitai Bay DoC Camp.  It was first mentioned to us by Stuart Park, a cousin who lives in Kerikeri, who was head of Historic Places in the North and had done research into a large number of churches.  His interest in New Zealand glass art is also represented here as he knew the artist and her work.  We accompanied Stuart and were very very impressed by the window.  It is a very impressive representation of the end of the Karikari Peninsular.  The twin bays at the left are Maitai Bay where the DoC camp is situated and the bottom bay is Waikato Bay.  

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The text at the base of the window translates from the Lord’s Prayer   Thy Will be Done.  The church itself is interesting as it is old but when one approaches it, it turns out that it has a concrete block exterior.  On talking to a very friendly local, it turns out that the concrete blocks are a shell erected around the original wooden exterior in order to preserve the original extrerior.  The interior is original and contains many photos of former clerics, prominent Maori and local people.  A very illuminating historic record.

Meanwhile back on the beach the picture below shows a strange creature? body? piece of flotsam washed ashore.  It consists of connected sacs some of which have filled with sand as they have washed ashore.  Identification would be appreciated, the closest we have come is squid egg sacs?

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And here is an unusual Pukeko showing signs of a malignant growth on the side of its neck.  It appears to represent no hindrance to its growth or abilities.

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Nor on its ability to appreciate an apple a day!

On our own again

November 11, 2015

Sometimes, getting what you want or need is not easy.  We needed a small part (bushes – for those of you who understand technical speak) for the steering anti sway bar  on the van.  Now our van is purpose built Ford chassis therefore parts for the motor and chassis should not be a problem in sourcing them in New Zealand even though the van is American in origin. However, it seemed that Ford in New Zealand were not being terribly helpful, so plan B was put into effect.  A quick search online and within the hour new bushes were ordered from the USA, and despatched  we are told, and will be delivered to Kaitaia Tractors  who will be doing the job within the next couple of weeks.  (Actually, they arrived Friday, just 8 days after ordering them from the States). So what are we to do in the meantime? Head back out to Matai Bay of course.

Over the weekend we went fishing again, this time four good sized snapper came in on the first haul, and not being greedy we decided that that was more than enough for us to share between us, Pat & Sue, and also give some to our neighbours in the camp.  Of course there was another event on that weekend, which made for an early start to Sunday morning.  Pat & Sue joined us to cheer on the All Blacks, and cheer loudly we did, what a fabulous game.  Nearly as good as the Silver Ferns game on Friday evening which I watched on my own from midnight through to the wee small hours!  But a great end to a wonderful weekend.  

  
We went out fishing a couple of times last week, the first time was just a little disastrous as no sooner had we got the kite up and the traces in the water when the wind suddenly dropped, meaning the line stopped going out and instead the traces hooks and bait were being tossed around in the surf, next the wind changed course heading back toward the beach, a very strange sight seeing your kite suddenly appearing over the top of your head. We decided to reel it all in, which is when we discovered that the washing machine action of the surf had tangled the line with the traces wrapped around themselves.  We removed all the traces, gathered the tangled line and returned to the van where we spent the next hour or so untangling and rewinding the line onto the reel.  Never mind, next time would be better we told ourselves.

  
And sure enough just a day later we went out fishing, again with fickle winds but this time we returned with no tangles and two very good sized snapper as well as a bucket load of Tuatuas.  A much better result, easpecialy since once we were on the beach three other lots of people came along and set  out their flashy torpedoes with not one of them returning with any fish!   Not only were the fish biting, so were the sand flies, with one of us proving particularly tasty. 

Now on to the reason behind the heading of this blog entry, last Monday morning Pat & Sue departed Matai Bay to  Auckland airport where they caught a flight to Melbourne to visit family for a few weeks. The four of us have basically been travelling together since May so it will feel a little strange for a while whilst we are on our own. It’s not often you come across friends with whom you can be with over many months and still come out as good friends at the end of it all!! We are due to catch up again once they return from their trip, as we shall be at Shakespear Park by then resuming our camp host duties then it won’t be long before they will be off to spend Christams with family down in Foxton. Fishing will not be quite the same without Pat & Sue assisting us with hauling in our line and sharing the spoils however we shall miss their good company more than anything.   But it won’t be long before we are travelling together again soon.  Besides, we are not really on our own, as other motorhoming friends have found where we are hiding and are making sure we are not lonely!!

Time spent at Matai Bay

October 27, 2015

I am becoming really slack at this blogging lark, I never remember to take photos and there seems to be enough to do in a day to keep me busy.  Of course this past few weeks has meant some very early mornings to watch rugby games, some mornings it has been a 2am start through to the 4am and 5am starts.  Up until the quarter finals we have had a few people joining us to watch it live on Sky, however as the tournament has progressed then All Black games have been broadcast on free to view TV which for me has meant, no need to get out of bed to watch the games as we also have a TV in the bedroom, and without others joining us I don’t have to get up and get dressed! Roy and I also enjoy watching all the games, not just the All Blacks, so it has been a bit of some early morning marathons.  In between the rugby there has also been the Netball to watch, and what with fishing and/or chores to do during the days, sleep has been in short sharp bursts!!

We did not go out fishing over the long weekend though, as there was a fishing tournament on in the area, which meant there was a large number of boats out and about. We are just a little nervous these days about lots of boats around our kite lines, so best to wait until everyone else returns to their working lives.  Although, that does not mean we have been without out fish, we have been given some snapper from some fellow motorhomer said, and other friends gave us some lovely fresh bluenose.  Then the other day campers who were in for the weekend gave us a lovely crayfish.

  

Crayfish just out of the pan

 

Enjoying every last tasty morsel.

We have managed to get a few jobs done on the van that we have been meaning to do for a while.  One was to install a shelf along the back of the two seater which tidies up that area nicely…..of course I have not taken a photo of it but I will do at some stage.  Outside we have gained a locker,  one of the external lockers contained a radio and CD player, speakers, iPod dock,  TV aerial and plug in point plus a 12v plug – the only thing we have used – we do not need to broadcast our choice of music to all and sundry, unlike some with their “doof-doof” music played loudly for all to suffer.  Anyway, we have now removed the entertainment section and gained another locker, which was quickly filled with the rest of the tools and other essential bits that were scattered in various hides holes throughout the van.  I have also had the labelling machine out so now everything is suitably labelled.  The screen door latch has been fixed – it was not catching properly.  The fishing gear has been tidied and refined and a few other odd jobs have been done.

We are now in Kaitaia for a day or two as we get some maintence work done on the van, then we will be heading back out to Matai Bay and its environs to continue relaxing and fishing.