We’ve been away about a week now on our travels and starting to head for home. After leaving our caravan at the Leisureline factory bright and early on Friday morning, we packed up Gemma, and parked the car under a shady tree for Gemma’s comfort, deciding we could safely leave her there for a half hour while the temperatures were still relatively cool. Now, what’s for breakfast? There weren't too many customers at that time of the morning, so service was very prompt. We decided on French Toast for him and poached eggs for her, both very tasty.
Our next three nights were spent at a Park Over Property on a farm, not too far from the city. Such a lovely peaceful place after the hustle and bustle of the city, and friendly hosts. Our hostess Lynda has several horses, including two pure bred Arabian horses who had done very well when she competed in earlier years. And her husband John, she told us, has a passion for plowing competitions, so that is why an old plow is proudly on display. Lynda is a true farmer’s wife and commented on the number of rabbits around the property – she often takes her rifle out at dusk to keep the numbers down! I’m sure Gemma would have liked to try her luck at catching one of those young rabbits bouncing around.
Life n the farm
Robin got on with the task of firing up the BBQ and cooking sausages for the evening meal. And our traditional bacon and eggs Sunday breakfast the next morning. Gemma enjoyed some time outside with us during the balmy early evenings, keeping an eye on birds and any insects fluttering about.
On Sunday we went to visit my nephew Shane and his wife Kirstie who live in Te Awamutu. It’s been a while since we last saw them, so it was a good catch up, and to reminisce about the recent passing of his Mum, my elder sister Kathleen. Shane and Kirstie had recently purchased an English caravan, and proudly showed it to us. Welcome to the club, we told them, I’m sure they will enjoy many happy trips away in their new van.
Shane and his new van
Driving to another factory on Monday for even more work to be done on the caravan we passed this interesting church, so had to stop for a photo. I think it was a Sikh Temple and it certainly looked rather grand in the industrial area of Hamilton..
Sikh Temple, Hamilton
Arriving at the factory, we were getting work done on both the car and caravan. While the car was being attended to, we were invited to sit in the office, taking Gemma with us. She was not at all happy when she was bundled into the cat carrier – we keep this fold up one in the caravan in case of emergencies.
Why am I in here?
And to add insult to injury, the office lady arrived at work bringing her two little dogs with her, as she usually does, it seems. They pranced right over to see this poor cat in a carry cage, no doubt laughing in their little doggy minds. We were most surprised that Gemma didn't start hissing and yowling at them! Then, one of the little dogs demanded to get up on the sofa, sit on my lap, and be petted. Don't know what Gemma thought of that at all.
How could you, Mum, while I’m locked up?
As soon as the car was ready, we could get on our way, leaving the caravan behind to get an extra solar panel fitted, plus new batteries. Where to now, we wondered, as we had the day to fill in. We spent some time down by the Waikato River, such pretty surroundings, and ate our lunch there. And there were baby ducks too – this Mum had done very well to keep so many of her brood together, they often get taken while quite young..
Down by the river
Next stop was to the large shopping centre, The Base, to get a couple of things. If we needed to be reminded that Christmas is coming fast, just look at this huge Christmas Tree. It looked wonderful, with the sun glinting on all the decorations, and would probably look even more festive when it was lit up at night. We enjoyed a delicious mixed berry ice-cream here while we waited to the call to tell us the caravan was ready to collect. Mind you, the weather was so warm that I was fighting a losing battle to eat mine before it melted away.
Huge tree at The Base, Hamilton
So, have I been doing any stitching while I’ve been away, you are probably wondering? A little knitting, as it happens, and I’ve also done some stitching too. I’m stitching a design on a tea towel each for my grand-daughters, for when they settle down. Just in case they get engaged one day and have one of those old fashioned “Kitchen Teas” as they did in my day. I bet young ladies don’t do that any more.
Stitching two at a time