Just a little stitching to show so far. I’ve enjoyed several hours stitching away outside under the caravan awning. Autumn weather here usually means quite warm settled days, so we are making the most of it. Mind you, the nights are quite chilly now in the caravan. Time to put my fluffy bed socks on!
Our three week road trip started with a weekend caravan rally on a farm in the hills of Otaki. We had a real treat on Saturday night before our evening entertainment arrived – toasted marshmallows! And not just any marshmallows, “Flamin Mallows” especially made for BBQs and extra long. Dennis had made long toasting forks for us all, and we gathered around the fiery brazier toasting our marshmallows. We were entertained by a musician in the evening - he played my all time favourite song, Ten Guitars, and we all sang along. In fact, the group was in fine voice all evening, singing along to all those songs from years gone by.
Next was a trip over Gentle Annie, one of those roads not often travelled, from Taihape to Napier. 140kms of steep, winding road, up and over several mountain ranges with the scenery changing from steep grassy slopes, pine plantations, and National Parks. Finally we arrived at our stop for the night, free parking at the Springvale Suspension Bridge. When the rain eased, we went for a walk to check out the bridge. Opened in 1925, it was an economic necessity to open up more remote land for farming. After 45 years the suspension bridge was considered unsafe for heavy traffic. In 1970 the road was realigned and a new bridge was built alongside the old one. Saved from demolition by Tony Batley, the bridge is now owned and managed by Heritage New Zealand.
Staying at Springvale Suspension Bridge
The next morning we set off along Gentle Annie to complete our journey, up and over even more hills. What’s this on the road? You know you are in the country when you encounter stock on the road, a fine lot of black steers being moved along the road. There was nothing to do but stop and let them walk around us.
We are now in Napier and have had a busy few days. Took a trip along to nearby Silky Oak Chocolates to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate for afternoon tea – so decadent and delicious! And buy a little chocolate too, of course.
Yummy Hot Chocolate
We drove over to Hasting to see my sister Kathleen and her hubby, and catch up with all their news. Sadly, both of them to not keep good health, but take one day at a time. So it is very important to see them when we can.
Two sisters: Jenny and Kathleen