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Farewells and other bits

February 26, 2018

Our farewell dinner with Ian’s family was held at a local Vietnamese Restaurant. We have been warmly enveloped by the Denny family and we were looking forward to getting together with them again. There were Ian’s parents Barry & Christine, his two brothers Matt and Mike, and his cousin Julie & Brian. They are all so easy going and fun to get along with, we were assured of a great evening.

Back row: Matt, Ian, Antony, Alex, Mike

Front row: Chris, Bernice, Julie, Barry, Brian, Roy

Let’s just say that the food was great, the drinks flowed and the Sambucca shots that seemed to keep coming at the end of the evening made for a fun end to the night!

Matt channeling his inner Vietnamese.

They all decided that Christmas 2019 would definitely be celebrated in New Zealand with all wanting to experience a totally different type of climate for the festive season. They are all saving madly in anticipation of their big adventure to the antipodes.

We didn’t always go out together as a family, Ants and Alex met up in town on a few occasions and then we would get some random collection of photos to let us know they were having a good time.

these two out for cocktails and silly indoor golf!

or I get random photos of…guess what we are having for dinner?

And it’s not all gourmet food…..check out this one that Antony and Ian sent to us when they were left home alone after having been at the football all day!

who knew that there was such a thing as “chicken dinosaurs”? Let’s just say that boys will be boys and will do anything to get a reaction out of Mum!

A lot of cooking was done at home over the time we spent in London with Alex doing a bit of baking as well. One day she decided to make Neenish Tarts, just like Grandma used to make. For those of you who don’t know what these are they are a sweet pastry base with a creamy lemony filling and iced with half chocolate and half white icing. They are an antipodean delight and one of my favourites. I can attest that Alex’s version were fabulous and every bit as good as her Grandmas.

Alex channeling her inner grandma!

We also went along to watch Alex play netball on numerous occasions, wrapping up against the biting cold and at times it was not at all pleasant and I hankered for NZ summer weather…..but now we are back and in the searing heat wave and humidity we are experiencing I can now confess that I am hankering for those chilly days where we can rug up against the cold, enjoy a hot toddy or two and cheer from the side lines. Her team mates made us feel very welcome and we even enjoyed the odd night out with them too. Oh and yes, you guessed it, I didn’t take one picture at the netball!

Our last few days were all a bit of a whirl, with us all pretending that our departure date was not imminent.

Then comes those dreaded goodbyes, they don’t come any easier and even though we have plans for future meet ups to look forward to, it does not make it any the less emotional. All in all, we have all had a great time creating lots of wonderful memories.

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Trains and netball

April 6, 2016

Wellington is a one and a half hour train trip from Masterton, earlier in the week Natalie had mentioned that netball was on in Wellington on Monday evening and would I like to go with her? Of course I said yes, so Natalie organised the tickets 

 

and I sorted out the train trip.  

The train left Masterton and 3.45pm arriving in Wellington at 5.15pm which meant we could meet, get a bite to eat, before getting to theTSB bank Arena on the Wellington waterfront for a 7.30pm start.  My return train left Wellington at 10.25pm getting back to Masterton around midnight….or so I thought!

I got on the train in Masterton and when the conductor came along to issue my ticket, I asked for a return ticket, oh no she says, that late train only runs on a Friday!!  Hmmmm, someone must read the timetable better!   OK, plan B then.  I quickly contact Natalie and say that I will now be staying the night with her, and then contacted Roy to tell him he will be home alone tonight! 

I duly arrived in Wellington rail station to be met by Natalie, we headed to the event centre to park and then went off looking for a bite to eat – Wagamama it was to be.  Funnily enough, Monday 4th April was 5 years ago to the day that we met up with Natalie before we crossed over to the South Island just after we bought the van. Read about it here

Then it was time to head to the game.  Neither Natalie no myself have ever taken a “selfie” before so after I tried and failed, Natalie had a go…. 

 this was the result!   We decided selfies were a silly idea.

  The teams warming up.
No more photos were taken as we were too busy watching and cheering.  A very good game of netball that went right down to the final whistle.

Then it was back to Natalie’s house for a few hours sleep before it was an early start the next morning to first catch the train into Wellington then the train to Masterton.  By 10am I was back at the van, where we quickly packed up and were on our way to Woodville to meet up with friends Brian & Marj.