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Friends and family

April 17, 2019

It’s not often that I get together with more than one sibling at a time but last week we managed to meet up with two of my brothers.

Steve & Les were staying with John & Jude for a couple of nights so we went in to join them one day.

We all went into Whakatane to get a few things for dinner that evening, but first we had to check out a couple of bike shops as Leslie was getting a new e-bike. Once we had viewed and checked out what was on offer, it was lunch time.

John and Steve waiting for lunch to be delivered. Note, we were sitting outside in glorious sunshine but within 10minutes we were running for cover as the heavens opened, and thunder and lightening crackled and crashed overhead. Then another 10 minutes later we were back in sunshine.

It was then back to the shop of choice for Leslie to have a test ride,

whizzing along

Back to John’s place where Steve had volunteered to cook up a seafood paella or two for our dinner using not only a paella pan that John & Jude brought back from Spain last year, but also some paella seasoning.

Steve with two pans of paella on the go. Seafood paella which included prawns, shrimps, mussels, squid, and scallops.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished dishes, but I can assure you they looked as good as they tasted. And it was very good too, in fact both John and I reckoned that it was much better than the paella’s we had tried in Spain!!!

sitting in the lounge relaxing after dinner.

Roy and I headed up to Tauranga and the Mount for a day of visiting. First was to see niece Jenna and her new arrival, baby Ashlyn.

getting a few cuddles in.

From there it was over to Mount Maunganui where we were meeting up with one of our ex staff members Margaret and her daughter Suzy along with a few of their friends.

Margaret and I deep in conversation (I think I was sorting out her tablet issues for her).

Roy and Ian solving the worlds problems.

Please note the venue though, the house is right on the beachfront and it was a glorious day to sit out on the deck.

Lunchtime, conversation and company, a lovely afternoon.

But we did note some strange creature in the sand dunes in front of the house…..we presume that they were making a film.

the making of a movie?

We had another call to make to Roy’s friends Bill & Estelle who moved to Papamoa from Auckland a couple of years ago. We caught up with them over a cuppa before heading back to Matata.

parked up in the sunshine at Matata, our last day here before moving on. The weather has been very kind to us for our two week stay and with Easter very nearly upon us, it usually heralds a change in the weather. Let’s hope we still get plenty of sunshine before we head to the northern hemisphere.

Around Tauranga

June 30, 2015

We spent a couple of nights in Tauranga at Sulphur Point which is at the boat launching ramp, however, we have since discovered that there is a much better parking place at the end of Sulphur Point at the Marina  where the outlook is much nicer and its further away from the railway that seems to constantly be on the move all evening.  The Bay of Plenty councils have made it very easy for us to know where to park with each designated area well signposted with clear instructions.  

  Tauranga City blue information sign
After a couple of nights in Tauranga  we had done all our jobs, restocked the pantry, and caught up with people and appointments so it was time for us to move on as we had spent our allocated 2 night stay in this park.  Our next point of call was not too far away at Omokoroa.  

A similar  information sign from the Western Bay of Plenty Council (green) , this one is for the Huharua Regional Park near Omokoroa. 
The parking area at Huharua Reserve, Omokoroa.  

We spent one afternoon doing a bit of a recce of a number of the parking areas available around the region, a must as some places are limited in the available area and also incredibly tight for us to be able to turn around.  The parking in Huharua area is on the left where our car is parked. 

 And here we are parked up.  

This was a particularly nice place to stay as just along the side of our vehicles were a line of mandarin and orange trees which we were free to take as many as we wished.  On the other side of the park (on the right hand side in the first picture) were a grove of very large avocado trees and some lovely grapefruit trees.  Score!  We only took what we could eat over the next few days, but every day there was a steady stream of people coming to collect fruit and walk their dogs.  We tried putting out the net as well in the hope of getting some flounder but apart from a pile of weed, nothing was caught.

Time to move on after our 3 night stay with the next stop to be Tuapiro Reserve at Katikati. Yes, I know, we travel huge distances when we move – NOT!  I think this move was a whole 28km!

  Here we are parked at Tuapiro

  

  The view from the door.  Oh and what’s that on the beach in the distance??

This is what it was, a couple to Clydedales towing a sled along the beach, not a sight you see everyday.  And don’t you just love the seat for the passengers? – a hay bale!   And yes, we have tried putting out the net here as well but without any luck, a move to the other side of the peninsular will be tried later today.

Over the past week I (Bernice), came down with a nasty cold which subsequently has developed into bronchitis, not particularly nice but all that means really is that apart form the usual symptoms I have no energy, and of course I am not up to eating much.  So the other day when I felt like some soup and a toasted sandwich, we got out our trusty old fashioned toasted sandwich maker which is usually used over an open fire, however after John made us toasted sandwiches one day using his toastie iron over the gas element, we thought this was a great idea.  We set up our portable gas stove outside in front of the van and it was no too long before we had delicious toasted sandwiches.  However, in a bit of a brain fade, we forgot to put the stove away once we had finished, and wouldn’t  you know it? Some #^*>{# stole it over night!

  This is the case sitting on the pole in front of the van where the stove was set up, so I have put the case back in situ with a note attached for the culprit.

 hopefully they will return and see this!!
 

Wedding

July 22, 2014

We need to back track a little.  The middle weekend that we were at Otamure Bay (Whananaki) and the weekend before “the” stormy weather,  we hopped into the RAV and drove down to Tauranga for the weekend as our niece Jenna was getting married.  We left Otamure by 9am on the Friday morning, finally arriving in Tauranga at 5pm.  Yes, we did have a couple of stops along the way but not too many or not for long either!

The wedding took place on the Saturday afternoon at Mills Reef Winery, a lovely location.  The bridal party left from the motel we were all staying at which was not too far from the venue.  Jenna’s two younger sisters, Amy and Rebekka, were her bridesmaids.

11Rebekka and Amy getting into the car

Arriving with her Dad, Keith.

 

10Jenna & Chris exchanging vows

Jenna is Bernice’s sister Hilary’s daughter, which meant that 4 of the 6  siblings were there for the nuptials.

56    7Jeff, John, Jude, Sue & Bernice solving the problems of the world.  And yes, I did need a glass in each hand!

9Rebekka and her boyfriend Paul

hugBride getting an Uncle Roy hug!

 

Jenna & Chris cutting the cake.  The background image is of Bernice’s parents cutting their cake.

 

L-R Amy, Bernice, Roy, Hilary, Chris, Jenna, Sue, Jeff, Jude, John, Rebekka

A lovely wedding and weekend away, but it was a long drive back for us with a stop off at brother Steve’s (thanx for the lunch) in Auckland along the return journey. 

Heavyweights

April 28, 2013

The van NOT the occupants are classed as Heavyweight vehicles, and this last weekend there was a rally held at Little Waihi so we thought we would pop long and find out what it is all about.

Before we left Otamarakau, on Thursday night we had Keith & Deb round for a very enjoyable evening and dinner.  Although there are eels in the creek, we left them where they are and instead settled on T- Bone steak for dinner.

 eelsand to prove it, here are the eels still swimming in the creek.

barnacleFound this example of a Goose Barnacle attached to a piece of pumice.  Based on the length of the barnacle shell the piece of pumice must have been floating in the sea for some five years.

Friday morning we headed off to Little Waihi which is further along the Bay of Plenty coast toward Tauranga, not far from Maketu.   It sits on a small peninsular on the inland side of the estuary, with  Pukehina on the ocean side of the peninsular.  We got a great view of the motorhomes all lined up from the hill coming down into Little Waihi.

waihi 1Motorhomes lined up in the centre of the picture. Pukehina is the collection of houses on the ocean side at the top of the photo.

As we had a few errands to run, we headed off into Tauranga once the van was all parked up and settled and before the weekend activities began.

little waihiA close up view…oh, and that is our van parked facing forward in the centre front of the picture.

We arrived back from Tauranga only a little late for Happy Hour, the shopping was quickly put away, poured ourselves a drink, grabbed our chairs and headed over to the marquee to meet some new people and find out what lay ahead of us for the weekend.  We arrived in time for the final two quick fire raffles of the day, and guess what? We won both of them!!  The first was a breakfast pack consisting of bacon, eggs, sausages and pancake mix, the second was a meat pack.   Score!

winningsWinnings.

Saturday; morning tea, meeting new folk, checking out other vehicles, fishing competition, silly games afternoon, and a surprise visit from John who was passing on his way home from Rotorua.  A quick catch up before he left and it was time for Happy Hour.  Bernice remained in the van to watch the netball whilst Roy headed off to be sociable, it was not long before he returned with… yes, you guessed it, another meat raffle win! The freezer is now very full.

As an aside, we have been pouring over the latest editions of both the Cuisine and Dish magazines, both of which have a focus on all things Italian.  We have picked out a number of dishes to try and had stocked up on our Friday shop with items required to make a selection of menu items.  Saturday evening we enjoyed from Dish; Lemon & Oregano crumbed Lamb Cutlets with Potato rosti and salad – divine.

Lemon and Oregano Crumbed Lamb CutletsDinner

 

sunrise 1Early Sunday morning looking across the river estuary to the Little Waihi settlement. sunrise Sunrise on Sunday morning

litle waihi 3Some of the 47 Heavyweights lined up.

Sunday and after friendly farewells, we headed off to Tauranga. This time to Fergusson Park where we had been told was good free parking right on the waters edge.  After first visiting the dump station near Tauranga Airport, we settled into our very nice parking spot before Jenna came for a quick visit.  After more netball watching, time for another delicious dinner, this time an item chosen from Cuisine,

photoan Italian Sausage Ragu with Polenta.