Finally we are off on a caravan trip - the weekend was spent with our caravan club buddies, not too far away at Betts Farm. Our previous caravan club rally had been cancelled due to Covid lockdown, as had our planned 3 week trip north. So there was plenty of news to catch up with our caravan buddies. The night ended with a lovely sunset, always so nice to see the gorgeous colours in the sky.
The weekend rally seemed to be all about eating and a little drinking. Glenys was celebrating her birthday on Saturday so she rushed home to bake some delicious scones for morning tea. They were delicious, Happy Birthday Glenys. We all love home baking, and the scones were delicious. Lunch was at the Quarter Acre Café, and then, to top off our foodie experience, Helen and Owen had made some Mulled Wine for us all to sample at 4zeees. I’m not really a wine drinker, but I found it delicious!
I got a real fright when I realised my wedding ring had slipped off my finger sometime during the morning. We had searched high and low throughout the van, pulled the bed apart,and then I remembered I had leaned out the bedroom window to hang the towels on the portable clothesline hanging from the window. Sue rushed over to our van to check and sure enough, there it was hiding in the grass under the towels on the small clothesline – she came back triumphant! I was so pleased and thankful it had been found.
Spotted by eagle eyed Sue, thanks so much!
Then it was on to visit the Studebaker Museum, a place of heaven for American car lovers. I found a little bit of heaven too – look who was inside ready to welcome me! High on my Wish List is a visit to Gracelands, but that probably wont happen now, I guess.
Who loves you, Elvis
There were plenty of Studebaker cars for the men to to drool over, and it was interesting to see a photo of the brothers who designed and made all these various models.
Also on display was a dinky little retro caravan. So cute!
After our weekend at Betts Farm we packed up and headed to the “Naki”, Robin’s old stomping grounds. We were traveling with Val and Bill, keeping them company as they wanted to finalise arrangements for a future ICA rally. We hadn’t gone too far on our travels before our first stop, lunch at Viv’s Kitchen in Sanson. Bill and Val couldn’t go past the world famous in Sanson Cream Horns, while we opted for Chocolate Eclairs. As it happened, we didn’t manage to eat our cream delights with our lunch, so had them packed up to take away and eat later in the day. And yes, our choc eclairs were delicious.
We stayed in New Plymouth at a former tamarillo orchard, a lovely pleasant place to stay, where we opted for power sites, very reasonable at $10 per night. Gemma was kept entertained staring through the windows at all the birds hopping around outside – she didn’t notice the rabbits though, wonder what she would have thought of them?
Staying at New Plymouth
A visit to the laundromat was always going to happen, must keep up with the laundry. Our visit was a little different in these Covid times, as we were not allowed to sit inside and wait till the cycles have finished. I usually stay behind with my knitting, while Robin goes off and does other things which need doing, but not this time. We put the clothes in the washer, went away, came back, retrieved the washing and put it in the drier, left once more till finally returning to collect it from the drier – that all took three trips!
Happiness is clean laundry!
It wouldn’t be a trip to New Plymouth if we didn’t have a meal at Sun World Chinese Restaurant. Being in Level 2 this was a different experience – there was smorgasbord as usual, but we were served by the staff as we made our selections. The food is always very nice here, but we noticed the bookings were very light, perhaps the public weren't quite ready to venture out just yet.
Sun World Chinese Restaurant
The following day we drove to Urenui Beach, driving through a huge Motor Camp to get to the shore. The camp was fairly empty at this time, but will surely be filled to capacity during Summer. This looks a lovely place to come back to in the summer.
So far on this trip I’ve only done a little secret sock knitting, so nothing to show. I do have my stitchery with me as well, maybe I’ll get some time to sit and stitch, lets wait and see.