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In and around Auckland

June 6, 2016

On our way to Auckland the previous week for Judy’s funeral, we heard from Matt at AutoTech that our van would be ready to pick up that night.  We had already planned to stay with Antony for the night so we said we would return to Kopu onFriday  morning to pick it up which is exactly what we did.  It was just a short drive to the Thames Golf course to park up for the night as it seemed a good idea to go to the Thames market on Saturday morning, which we did…….in the pouring rain!

After breakfast in town, we were soon back at the van.  We decided that although the weather forecast was for gale force winds, rain, thunder and lightening, whilst the weather was reasonably ok we thought that to heck with it, we would make a dash for Auckland.  The drive was totally uneventful and we arrived at the Papakura Club and had just settled in when the heavens opened, the wind blew and the skies were lit with lightening and the roll of thunder.  

We have been attending to the more mundane chores of life since we have been here in Papakura.  But of course it also means we get to spend time with Antony whilst we are here.  We had originally planned to be here until Thursday before heading north but in the usual Vannini fashion, plans change, not just once,  but many times.  I think we are now onto version 2.4. but we will get there eventually.  

Doctors checkups and flu jabs  have been completed, mail collected and sorted, I even managed to get a haircut. Shopping has been done, laundry caught up with but best of all the biggest job sorted, that being having our large inbuilt LPG tank re-certified.  It has been a real problem trying to find and organise this to be completed.  Oh, we could find a business that would re certify the tank, but no, they do not remove them from the vehicle but we locked a business locally and the process will commence on Wednesday.  

Meanwhile we have managed to catch up with friends and family, firstly with Bill & Linda, Bill & Estelle and Ron & Jan who all came to the club for dinner last week. We again caught up with Bill & Linda on Friday night at the club, and Jan called in a couple of days throughout the week for coffee and great conversation.  

This weekend in Queens Birthday weekend which means Monday is a holiday for those who work, Saturday we attended to chores with Antony. Sunday we managed to rack up a few kms, first of al heading over the bridge to Torbay to catch up with brother Steve & wife Leslie then later in the afternoon with their eldest daughter Sarahw & Shaun  and their three boys. Then it was back over the bridge, drop Antony off in Papakura, then head out to Paparimu for a lovely dinner and evening with Ron & Jan before back to the van for the night. As per usual I did not take a single photo. 

But I did take a photo of my ‘loving mother’ chores this afternoon

Ironing shirts….haven’t done many of them for a while now!  
 We are now at Ardmore for a few nights before we make our way north. 

Feilding

March 8, 2016

We are becoming used to changing our plans, in fact, it’s getting to the stage that we should not even bother to make plans. We arrived in Feilding Monday afternoon and found Timona Park, a huge complex of large open spaces, rugby fields, soccer/football pitches, athletics tracks, pony club fields and much more all surrounded by a network of roads with large parking areas for self contained motorhomes around the edges with a river on the boundary.

  Parked up in amongst the trees
The plan was to stay the night and then head off Tuesday morning to meet up with Pat & Sue in Alfredton where we would stay for a night or two before heading down toward Masterton for the Wairarapa Harvest Wine Festival this weekend.  Well, you know what is coming don’t you? Yep, plans changed again!  We woke on Tuesday morning to gale force winds rocking us around and on checking with Pat & Sue they too had terrible winds which is not conducive weather for travelling.  

  
So we stay anther night here at Timona Park and…..dare I say it?…..plan to move on tomorrow, but this time to a park just out of Masterton, close to where the Wine festival is being held.  Meanwhile we have a good look around Fielding as its been a very long time since we have been through here and I must say it is a very tidy prosperous looking small town.  

So let’s hope this wind abates and we can get back on track.