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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.  

Books and Quinces

April 6, 2016

On our sleuthing around the Wairarapa, one member of the touring party saw that there was a book sale on in Greytown, so of course we just had to visit didn’t we?  I went along for the ride, and I admit that I could not help myself – the books were bargains with a reasonably good selection.  However, I was not buying for myself, I was buying for my niece Natalie and her two young girls Renee & Michelle, well can you blame me? Childrens books were 10 for $1!!!  On our previous visit to see Natalie, I had noticed that Renee (age 7) seemed to be always reading, and reading well in advance of her age as she was reading Black Beauty and White Fang so I thought it was only right that we foster that interest.  Michelle is 2 1/2 so picture books were more her forte and I had to get a few good books for Natalie as well as she is about to go into hospital for treatment so needs some good reading material.   

We visited the book fair on Friday and returned for another session on Saturday.  We then devised a plan on how we were to get the books to the recipients in Wellington.

You see a certain member of the touring party has one of those Gold Cards, it’s for those who are of a certain vintage, which means he can get free train trips. On checking the timetable we found that he could leave Masterton at 4.30pm, arrive in Wellington at 6pm and return on the 6.25pm train getting back to Masterton by 8pm.  

  The collection of books
He was loaded up with around 40 children’s books and a dozen or so novels for Natalie. 
  Off on the courier mission

Mission accomplished, and now they all have plenty of reading material!

Whilst we visited Garrick & Marguerite at Longwood, Margureite gave me some lovely big quinces from her abundant tree.  I don’t think I have ever seen such huge specimens, so  whilst Roy was on his courier mission, I set to to make some quince paste as well as bottle some of the delicious fruit. 

   
 Quince paste

I can tell you that it is the best and easiest quince paste I have ever made.  

  And the bottled quince segments are also delicious and will be a welcome addition to our menus over the coming months.